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A shoo-in for overseas tourists, this blissful Devon hideaway bewitches everyone with its unashamed Englishness, aristocratic beauty and luxurious comforts, Gidleigh Park’s suave accoutrements and enchanting natural assets (including a stream meandering through the front garden) still work their magic, but it’s all change in the kitchen. Supremo Michael Caines has bowed out after 20 years as the driving force behind this West Country aristocrat, but his successor Michael Wignall is no slouch, having picked up two Michelin stars while cooking at The Latymer at Pennyhill Park. He’s a master of precision-tuned, intricately detailed food, and his thought-provoking menus tell their own story: cured venison bresaola with two varieties of carrot, goats’ curd, watercress and beetroot; Cornish John Dory with roasted leek, dulse seaweed, miso potatoes, sea vegetables and razor clams; Gariguette strawberries, sorbet and jelly with basil seeds, caramelised white chocolate and set custard. In short, eating here is a sublime culinary experience, enhanced by glorious treasures from a voluminous, blockbuster wine list. Needless to say, we’re watching the new regime’s progress with interest.

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Gidleigh Park

Gidleigh Park, Chagford ,North Tawton TQ13 8HH

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Great improvement

by   platinum reviewer (93)

Oct 2016

We had experienced Michael Wignall’s cooking at Pennyhill Park as well as that of Michael Caines here, both two stars but rather different styles. Our impression of the former had been somewhat coloured by the unfortunate dining room and the substandard front of house staff, which we felt let the chef down, especially when the majority of the dishes in our ten-course tasting menu had been of an outstanding finesse, expertly balancing tastes and textures and beautifully presented on the plate, and...

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Paul A.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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Gidleigh Park

Gidleigh Park, Chagford ,North Tawton TQ13 8HH

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Great improvement

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Oct 2016

We had experienced Michael Wignall’s cooking at Pennyhill Park as well as that of Michael Caines here, both two stars but rather different styles. Our impression of the former had been somewhat coloured by the unfortunate dining room and the substandard front of house staff, which we felt let the chef down, especially when the majority of the dishes in our ten-course tasting menu had been of an outstanding finesse, expertly balancing tastes and textures and beautifully presented on the plate, and...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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Gidleigh Park

Gidleigh Park, Chagford ,North Tawton TQ13 8HH

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End of an era, look forward to the new era

by   platinum reviewer (84)

Jan 2016

Editor's pick We've been fortunate to stay at Gidleigh quite a few times, and have always found it to be most welcoming and relaxing. Long time fans of Michael Caines cooking, we have seen dishes develop over the last 18 or so years. The food is top quality, whether you have a full dinner, a light lunch, or tea and home made biscuits. Just to focus on dinner, the canapes served with drinks are tiny mouthfuls of deliciousness, every one perfect e.g. goats cheese mousse with crisp sharp apple and toasted...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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Gidleigh Park, Chagford ,North Tawton TQ13 8HH

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Michael Caines still up there

by   platinum reviewer (93)

Mar 2015

Classic French cuisine can be too traditional and consequently somewhat passé. If it is tweaked to give it a modern edge, it can be outstanding and this is precisely what Michael Caines has achieved at Gidleigh Park. The hotel has a sense of luxury about it, but we were unable to commence the evening by luxuriating in the surroundings as we were first ignored and then left to ourselves for some time once we had been ushered into the lounge. Even if this was the result of our arriving just as...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 7

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Gidleigh Park, Chagford ,North Tawton TQ13 8HH

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Feb 2010

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We stayed early 2009, pre recent ownership change. We know the restaurant is very well regarded, but for our taste, although good, we thought the food was often very over complicated and over powering without good reason, sometimes completely masking the taste of the underlying meat or fish – also, a bit too much each evening after several nights in the hotel. The restaurant atmospghere was very formal, which I guess is inevitable with a high end Michelin stars place in the provinces, with lots...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 6

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Gidleigh Park, Chagford ,North Tawton TQ13 8HH

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Nov 2009

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It comes as no surprise to find the food and service are as good now as they always have been. The change in ownership doesn't seem to have changed much apart from the loss of some of the warm and friendly local staff. The hotel has had a face lift which, I am assured, was much needed. I didn't see the bedrooms but my wife did and with few exceptions thought they appeared well decorated and comfortable. I'm told the previous owner, a dedicated wine buff, still lives nearby. Michael Caines commutes...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 5

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Michael Wignall

Once named ‘the best chef you’ve never heard of’, Michael Wignall of The Latymer at Pennyhill Park in Surrey is one of the industry’s hardest grafters. An extreme sports fanatic, he was close to becoming a professional BMX biker before the call of the kitchen became too strong. He worked at several fine-dining legends including Heathcote’s, L’Ortolan, Cliveden and The Devonshire Arms in Yorkshire before joining Pennyhill Park in 2007.

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