This Crowne Plaza Hotel restaurant and bar was once, many moons ago, known as Refettorio - with Giorgio Locatelli at the helm, no less. Today, it still follows an Italian theme, with a menu showcasing classic plates from across the boot, served in a grand, Grade II-listed setting.
They feature alongside dishes designated 'signatures': think fresh burrata served with asparagus and balsamic vinegar, chargrilled swordfish with cherry tomatoes and rocket salad, and casarecce Calabrese - pasta with a fresh tomato sauce, n’duja sausage, Calabrian olives and parsley. Desserts range from affogato and zabaione to tiramisu and plates of Italian cheese.
Six bottles sourced from Spain, France, Chile and New Zealand are the only concessions on an otherwise all-Italian wine list - even the bubbly options are proseccos or sparkling Venetian reds. Expect Italian beers, too.