3 Rosettes 2011 – 2017
Phil Fanning’s culinary production is full of ingeniously fresh fusion ideas, bringing Asian influences to bear on a modern British. The attention to detail throughout is astonishing, and the wine flights worth the extra for a carefully-selected roll call of matching flavours.
1 Michelin Star 2011 – 2016
Creative & Intimate – Cooking is a mix of Asian dishes and British classics given ambitious modern makeovers.
Phil Fanning’s cooking fires on all cylinders, with a choice of tasting menus from 6 to 10 courses all exquisitely presented and truly innovative.
Tom Yum with Pork Gyoza is one of many dishes sizzling with South-East Asian spice.
Muscovy Duck in Red Miso swings eastwards again, and Mandarin Sake Trifle with Black Beans and Coriander maintains momentum to the end.
2015 Best Fine Dining Restaurant
The Bedfordshire Food & Drink Awards 2015 highlighted some of the most splendid culinary treasures from across our plentiful county.
Paris House is a regular winner of the Open Table Diners’ Choice Award. These awards are designed to celebrate top-rated restaurants and winners are selected based on real feedback shared by diners on the Open Table website.
Rated 15/20 – 2014 Service was excellent: friendly and capable. I enjoyed the inventive cooking at Paris House, its young kitchen team clearly having considerable talent.
Phil Fanning – 2011
In the 28 years since Caterer began recognising the brightest talent in hospitality, just 810 people who work in the industry have ever earned the right to attach the words “Acorn Award Winner” to their CV, in a sector that employs almost two million. Many of those, including such stellar names as Marco Pierre White, Marcus Wareing and Michael Caines, have gone on to become major figures in the industry.
“Michelin Star Chef Phil Fanning is one of the bright young things in the British food scene. His style is distinctly contemporary, without falling into the trap of being modern for the sake of being modern and he tempers his classical French roots with far-reaching ingredients and an eye for theatrical mischief.”
“Our special guest, Phil Fanning is a Michelin-Starred Chef and runs masterclasses in foraging for foods and seeking out natures hidden tasty treats…”
February 2016 – Restaurant Review
“Paris House portrays an importance of working with fresh, seasonal ingredients which as a whole underpins their whole gourmet philosophy.”
“Set in a 22-acre deer park, this Michelin-starred restaurant is running a summer garden tasting menu full of herbs, edible flowers and vegetables harvested on-site. We’re excited by the mackerel with oyster leaf, dill and cucumber, as well as the leeks with parsley oil and leafy celery.”
March 2015 – Restaurant Review: Guardian Soulmates
“The courses are choreographed and presented before you with the skill of a theatre performance, and it’s not just this display that is impressive but the wonderful fusion of flavours. The food is an exciting mixture of internationally themed dishes concocted from unusual ingredients found locally”
“Chef Phil Fanning is one of the bright young things in the British food scene, he began cooking at an early age and even made an appearance on Junior Masterchef as a finalist in 1997. His style is distinctly contemporary, without falling into the trap of being modern for the sake of being modern. He tempers his classical French roots with far-reaching ingredients and an eye for theatrical mischief. ” – Great British Chefs
In her career Claire has worked for some of the countries finest restaurants and industry figures, including Tom Kerridge’s two Michelin Starred Hand and Flowers and Heston Blumenthal’s Hind’s Head in Bray. This experience coupled with her love for fine food and wine and a passion for top quality service makes her an inspirational figurehead for the team at Paris House.
Keith Grant was born in Liverpool on 10 August 1930. Educated at Bootle Grammar School, he left at the age of thirteen to work in the local Co-op. He received his first opportunity to practise as a painter while doing National Service in the RAF. In turn, classes at the Working Men’s College, Camden, enabled him to enroll at Willesden Art School (1952-55). Going on to the Royal College of Art (RCA) (1955-58), he studied under Colin Hayes, John Minton, Kenneth Rowntree and Carel Weight, and gained a silver medal for mural painting.
His work demonstrates a Pre-Raphaelite attention to detail, yet his paintings are drawn more from memory and experience, and skilfully interpreted as a sensation of a particular time and place, and as a celebration of island life. The power of these works lies in the simplicity of the subject, exquisitely realised.
Michael Kenna looks for interesting compositions and arrangements within the natural landscape. He is drawn to certain times of day and night, preferring to photograph in the mist, rain and snow clear blue sky and sunshine do not inspire him. He only photographs his work in black and white, as he believes that,
Paris House was originally built in 1878 as part of The Paris International Exhibition. The ‘Street of Nations’ was located on the Rue de Nations (next to the Quai d’Orsay) in Paris. It was bordered on each side by 28 pavilions representing 28 countries. Britain was represented by 5 houses, of which Paris House was one. Visitors entered the Grand Exhibition Hall through the front door of any one of these houses.
Paris House, designed by Gilbert Redgrave and built by William Cubbitt & Son, was based on the Renaissance half-timbered architecture of the Cheshire region of England and was erected in prefabricated sections of the Tudor style and pegged together. The 9th Duke of Bedford fell in love with the building, had it dismantled, shipped piece by piece to its current home and rebuilt in the stunning grounds of the Woburn Estate. Here, it was extended and made into a usable home.
On arrival at Woburn the building was mainly used as accommodation for staff of the Abbey. Duchess Mary Russell of Bedford, the wife of the 11th Duke, also used it as a hospital and it soon became affectionately known locally as the ‘Tonsil Hospital’. The Duchess, known as “The High Flying Duchess” because of her passion for planes, invited a pilot who had rescued her when she crashed her plane in to the desert, to use the house. He lived there until 1937 when, at the age of 71, the Duchess disappeared after leaving Woburn Abbey in a De Havilland Gipsy Moth plane, which crashed into the North Sea.
During the Second World War the house played host to many notable guests including the Queen Mother’s brother, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth (as she was then), General de Gaulle and Dennis Sefton Delmer – Director of Special Operations during the war and the first British journalist to interview Hitler.
There is a bomb shelter in the back garden that is said to have been built for Winston Churchill as a bolt hole from his work at nearby Bletchley Park. There is also rumoured to be an underground tunnel connecting the two – but this is yet to be proven!
In the years that followed, Paris House enjoyed a colourful culinary history. In 1983 it was acquired by Peter Chandler, the first English apprentice to celebrated chefs Albert and Michel Roux.
The new Paris House opened under the 10 in 8 Group in February 2010 under the culinary leadership of Executive Chef, Phil Fanning. In 2013 Phil and his wife Claire took over the ownership of the restaurant. A full refurbishment of the kitchen and dining rooms followed in Spring 2017, injecting new life into Paris House and bringing it back to its former glory.