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alex james | Oct 21, 2004 06:59 AM

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.

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