The Don

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A City stalwart, this St. Swithin's Lane restaurant and bar inhabits an address with plenty of history - it played host to the first cellar from the Sandeman port house. It's this brand's cloaked motif that gives this venue its name, and port still plays an influential role on a lengthy wine list. 

There's a French slant to the modern-European menu, with dishes such as ballotine of foie gras, crispy poached duck egg with a mornay sauce and grilled Dover sole meunière alongside fillet of beef 'Rossini' with foie gras, potato dauphin and a Madeira sauce, and ravioli of pumpkin and ricotta with sage, amaretti crumb and beurre noisette.

The Don's wine list boasts more than 400 bottles from the old world and new, with a further 25 Champagnes also available. 25 bottles are available by the glass, alongside 14 sherries, ports and sweet wines. The list is categorised by region, with France playing a prominent part. 

Venue name: The Don
Address: The Courtyard
20 St Swithin's Lane
Opening hours: Bistro Lunch served noon-3pm, dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Fri. Restaurant Lunch served noon-2.30pm, dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Fri.
Price: Main courses lunch £8.95-£14.95, restaurant £12.95-£25.50.
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