Cliveden is one of the most beautiful country houses in Britain, its chequered history makes it all the more fascinating. Architect buffs will love to read about how it has evolved through many different styles since is was first built in the 1700s, but for most of us, it is from the Astor era onwards that it really gets interesting.
There is a new play about the Profumo affair indicating that it was all a bit of a 'set-up' and of course the film Scandal tells the original 60s tale of Russian spies, call girls and the British establishment.
We just went for lunch at the newly renovated restaurant. It is beautiful and only £28 for the set menu, I was loathed to take pics after the recent French chef banning food photography and saying that it is 'ill-mannered'.
The entry hall where afternoon tea is served is about as 'English castle' as you can get.
But the new dining room is light, modern, beautiful and airy...
It is so close to London that it is worth the trip, a walk in the grounds rounds of lunch nicely, and once it gets its Michelin star I am sure prices will shoot up.
I forgot to take a pic of the outfit , but wore a Whistles lilac fish scale skirt and purple top.
Are there any good restaurants that you have discovered recently? Are sequins too much for lunch?!