🌳 9 Glasshouses Seating 2 – 8 People | 🥂 Open Wed – Sat for Lunch and Dinner | 🍽 From £55pp
Why we love it for a weekend
Forget snobbish surroundings and overly stiff waiters, The Scenic Supper on the gorgeous Todenham Manor Farm in the Cotswolds serves up fine dining in fabulous outdoor glass houses. It’s an inside-out restaurant experience that breaks all the culinary rules – and one that’ll definitely leave you hungry for more.
Picture this: 9 sustainably-built glasshouses (seating 2 – 8 people), placed slap bang in the middle of a private field deep in the Cotswolds, giving views out over the lush Gloucestershire countryside.
To the side of the glasshouses, there’s an al fresco gin bar serving craft cocktails, King Stone Gin, English sparkling wine and local beer. Nearby, there’s a talented culinary team, headed up by Head Chef Sam Idione, beavering away in the kitchen creating the incredible dishes that’ll be your lunch or evening meal.
This is The Scenic Supper, one of the newest and, arguably, the best restaurant experiences in the Cotswolds. It’s the brainchild of Toby Baggott, Scott Sullivan and Sam Lawson King, three friends of over 20 years who launched The Scenic Supper in 2020 after Covid affected their own small hospitality businesses.
Their concept? Serve incredible food in a unique hilltop location, unconstrained by the usual stuffy traditions of fine dining and delivered by a young, modern team who want this to be more than just a delicious meal. The reality? All of the above, nailed.
From April – September, The Scenic Supper team will be serving lunch and dinner on Wednesdays to Saturday from their Todenham Farm location. Todenham is a 900-acre family farm in the heart of the Cotswolds, close to the Gloucestershire/Oxfordshire/Warwickshire border. The land was once owned by Westminster Abbey and has been producing and providing food for the local community for generations.
The Scenic Supper site sits on the outer fringe of the farm, in a field of its own with plenty of parking nearby. As a dining guest you take a seat in one of the sustainably built, glasshouses which have been positioned to make the most of the incredible rural views.
Each glasshouse is individually made from reinforced glass with charred timber finishes inspired by the ancient Japanese art of Shou Sugi Ban (to protect them from the elements naturally). The glasshouses are weatherproof and come with blankets to take away the chill once the sun sets, but do dress appropriately to stay warm. Aka: leave the high heels at home.
The Food and Drink
Be in no doubt: The Scenic Supper is Cotswolds’ fine dining at its best. Scenic Supper head chef, Sam, sources and showcases the Cotswolds’ finest fresh seasonal produce in keeping with The Scenic Supper’s ‘Paddock to Plate’ ethos.
All dishes on the pre-set four-course lunch and four or six-course dinner menus focus on inventive modern British dishes with European touches. Everything is prepared fresh each day from the on-site kitchen (which is housed within a converted shipping container) and the meat comes from grass-fed rare breeds beef and pork from Todenham Manor Farm’s own herds. The pre-set menus are delicious and, crucially, mean there is very little food waste.
Choose from a four-course lunch menu costing £55pp, a four-course dinner for £55pp or a six-course dinner menu for £65pp – all served with homemade bread. An optional cheese board costs an extra £10pp.
To wash it down, Scott and Sam shake up a fabulous cocktail made using Sam’s own award-winning, artisan King Stone gin, homemade shrubs, cordials and mixers. Also available are Cotswolds sparkling wines, Cotswold Brew Company beers and Spinners Cider.
We loved the Peppermint Espresso Martinis, but a word of advice: book a taxi home or a room to fall into locally when you go (we suggest The George and The Bower House at Shipston-on-Stour or The Fuzzy Duck at Armscote). Because once you taste the incredible food and enjoy a cocktail as the sun sinks below the horizon, you just won’t want to go home.
- Wednesday to Saturday lunch from 12.30pm – 3.30pm and for dinner 6.30pm – 11pm
- Todenham Manor Farm lies four miles from Moreton-in-Marsh
- Pre-set menus: four-course lunch (costing £55pp), four-course dinner (£55pp), six-course dinner menu (£65pp)
- All dietary requirements can be accommodated
- A seasonally-changing vegetarian menu is also available at every sitting and a vegan menu can be created on request
- Parking and toilets available on-site
- Unsuitable for wheelchair users
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