The Leconfield has steadily grown its reputation since it opened its doors in 2011 and is tipped by many as one of the UK’s next Michelin-starred destinations. It is no coincidence that the restaurant's glowing reviews coincided with the arrival of head chef Paul Welburn in 2015. With his years of Michelin star experience as head chef at Rhodes W1, Paul has crafted a menu that highlights the very best of British food.
The beautiful market town of Petworth is steeped in history and just an hour’s drive from London. Visitors will have no shortage of things to do, with the town set in the heart of the South Downs national park and also home to the 17th-century Grade I listed Petworth house. The restaurant’s building is also historic, having formerly been a pub called The Red Lion for 250 years. Guests will be welcomed by the restaurant's award-winning front of house team, who will guide them through the impressive dining room which features a grand vaulted ceiling and its original Georgian beams.
Once seated, visitors have the option of ordering from a set menu (lunchtime Wednesday to Saturday and evenings Tuesday to Thursday) or à la carte (served Tuesday evening and both lunchtimes and evenings from Wednesday to Saturday). However, it is the restaurant's five course tasting menu that allows guests to fully experience the culinary skills of Paul and his team. The dishes are a celebration of seasonal, local produce and include signature dishes such as Crispy pig’s head with apple salad, Gin and tonic cured salmon and Caesar salad croquettes.
The Leconfield also boasts an impressive wine menu. It includes an extensive Champagne list with local sparkling wines, as well as the more extravagant French Champagne houses. The front of house team, led by Hollie Temple is everything it should be, and to finish their meal, guests are recommended one of the restaurant's delicious desserts. It is here that Paul’s cooking is at its most creative, with unusual flavour combinations such as Strawberry, douglas fir and basil and Gooseberry pudding, yoghurt and blueberry.