Those living in the culinary desert that is the outer
'burbs of West or Northwest London may wish to note that there is a beacon of good chow in the unlikely environs of Ruislip. Yes, Ruislip - that generally dismal slice of Metroland. And, even more unlikely, the place is in a hotel. Chowwife, pup and I tried it last night. Excellent French influenced cuisine - about Michelin one rosette standard.
The restaurant is Hawtrey's and the hotel is The Barn.
It was thinly populated last night which led to over-attentive service. Plenty of waitstaff with too little to do. And that is my sole (and extremely mild) criticism.
Hounds in the area are encouraged to try it. I guess it is trading at a loss so if it is not better supported, it will decline or close. Hounds with a long layover at Heathrow may well find the longish taxi ride to it worthwhile. It is near a tube station but the route from Heathrow is a dogleg which would take at least an hour.