We couldn’t be more thrilled with the press we have received since opening The Double Red Duke back in June. After our opening being pushed back and back due to Covid restrictions the team were all raring to go as well as I think were many journalists who had been kept away from a new hotel and restaurant opening for far too long.
Our first pre opening review was FT Weekend’s visit for a feature in ‘How to Spend It’. The article zeroed in on the cooking over fire principles of our food and loved it. ‘The wood-roast pork belly ribs had a tasty cracking trim.’ ‘ A leg of lamb, rubbed in rosemary and garlic…the meat was lovely but it was the bark (from the skin turning black) that got my attention. Intensely herby and bitter, it confirmed that the burnt bits are often the best’.
We are very proud to have featured in a number of lifestyle magazines including Vogue, Elle, Conde Nast Traveller, Country Life, GQ, House and Garden – the list goes on! ‘A beautiful inn with wonderful food and the joys of the Cotswolds on the doorstep. One of ‘the new hotel openings to know about in 2021’. Vogue – ‘A perfect place to spend a cosy weekend’. With articles mentioning the ‘informal but utterly sumptuous’ interiors ‘with rich fabrics, roll top baths, and 100 acres Apothecary products to enjoy’. As well as ‘cosy sitting rooms, a restaurant with red velvet banquettes, the light-filled bar and garden room and – surely the best seat in the house – a counter where guests can polish off a spit-roast Sunday lunch while watching the kitchen team in action.’
The broadsheets have also been regular visitors and we have had some really quite lovely reviews and mentions in all of them. Do look through our press page for all of our reviews including those for The Swan and The Chequers.
However, like any new restaurant, the well known food reviewers are the real test and we had both William Sitwell and Jay Rayner in quick succession and we couldn’t have been more pleased with what they had to say in The Telegraph and The Guardian respectively. ‘It’s a class act’ – Jay Rayner in the Guardian. ‘It was like arriving in Venice for the first time. An unforgettable, emotional experience’ – William Sitwell in The Telegraph Magazine.