Michael Caines at ABode

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Located in what is reputedly the country’s oldest hotel, just across the road from Exeter’s gothic cathedral, this stylish, contemporary restaurant provides a stark modern contrast to its historic setting. Co-owner Michael Caines may be expanding his Abode Hotel empire & shaking the pans at Gidleigh Park, but his presence is felt in seasonal menus that might involve wild mushroom raviolo with baby spinach, roast ceps & mushroom velouté or roast partridge with quince purée, braised chicory, marinated raisins & Gewürztraminer sauce. Homemade ice creams & sorbets are a speciality & are often served as part of more elaborate desserts, witness an assiette of apple involving a mousse & crumble as well as apple & Calvados ice cream. The extensive wine list kicks off with a page of reasonably priced global house recommendations, but prices inevitably soar. The kitchen also serves the hotel’s relaxed MC Café Bar.

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  1. In January, Tim and I spent a night at the ABode hotel in Exeter, while we were down there doing wedding planning. For those of you who don’t know, we both went to university in Exeter and have many happy memories there, which is why we wanted to get married in Devon. We settled for Dartmoor in the end, but most of our suppliers were located around the city centre, so we generally stayed around there.

    The ABode hotel (formerly the Royal Clarence) is located on the beautiful cathedral green and is home to one of Michelin starred chef, Michael Caines’, restaurants. We were booked onto a ‘date night’ package,...
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Michael Caines

Michael Caines MBE celebrated two decades at Devon’s two-Michelin-starred Gidleigh Park in 2014 – a remarkable achievement, given that he lost his right arm in a car accident shortly after starting there.  In 2000, he teamed up with Andrew Brownsword to open the ABode hotel group and his self-named restaurants can be found in Exeter, Chester and Manchester. Caines credits French masters Raymond Blanc and the late Bernard Loiseau as his great teachers.

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