Michael Caines’ secluded country house hotel continues to enchant visitors with its disarmingly serene outlook and ever-so-English sense of decorum. This dreamy woodland oasis – with a stream meandering through the front garden – is a crowd magnet, as is the cooking of the two-Michelin-starred chef and his brigade. To start, Brixham scallops might be paired with celeriac and truffle purée and a soy and truffle vinaigrette, while langoustine cannelloni appears with braised fennel, sauce vierge and shellfish sauce. Game always gets a good outing in season (perhaps Waddeton pheasant with cumin and pumpkin purée), while Dartmoor lamb might appear with boulangère potato, fennel purée and a tapenade jus. Unwavering consistency and highly skilled execution are also the hallmarks of desserts such as the trio of chocolate (parfait, mousse and ice cream). Happily the kitchen’s dazzling expertise is matched by an equally professional front-of-house team, and a blockbuster wine list is there to provide the perfect liquid asset.
This year marks Michael’s 20th anniversary at the helm of the kitchens here at Gidleigh Park and the 11th Exeter Food Festival, founded by Michael to celebrate the rich and abundant food culture of the South West.
Max: 4 people
Starts: 01 Apr 2014
Expires: 02 May 2014
£38.00 for 3 courses (appetiser, starter (or dessert) and main course) and £49.00 for 4 courses (appetiser, starter, main course and dessert) with coffee and petits fours at £7.50. Larger party over 4 please contact the restaurant directly.
Max: 4 people
Starts: 16 Apr 2014
Expires: 30 May 2014£38.00