Lympstone Manor 22

Lympstone Manor, Courtlands Lane , Exmouth, EX8 3NZ

1 reviews

115 British Devon

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  • Lympstone Manor hotel restaurant bar Devon
  • Lympstone Manor hotel restaurant bar Devon
  • Lympstone Manor hotel restaurant bar Devon
  • Lympstone Manor hotel restaurant bar Devon
  • Lympstone Manor hotel restaurant bar Devon
  • Lympstone Manor hotel restaurant bar Devon

SquareMeal Review of Lympstone Manor

This Michael Caines project is a hotel conversion of a Georgian mansion, resulting in 21 bedrooms and a 60-cover Michelin-starred restaurant (awarded just six months after opening). The grand country pile is set within 28 acres of landscaped grounds, with vineyards sloping down to the Exe estuary. For Exeter-born Caines, this is heralded as a culmination of everything he has achieved so far in one ambitious vision, which is sure to make gastro fanatics sit up and pay attention across the UK. The restaurant includes three dining rooms (called Haldon, Mamhead, and Powderham), each overlooking the estuary and styled individually. The modern British menu majors in seasonal originality and spoils of the Exe, via both à la carte and tasting menu offerings. Our pick is the signature eight-courser – on our visit, we sampled Caines classics such as salt cod with crab, chorizo and samphire; followed by melt-in-the-mouth Dart Farm beef fillet with red wine jus. As for wines, the list makes room for an exploration of UK vineyards, while a wine-tasting room on the ground floor houses a sommeliers’ table, where small groups can book tasting sessions.


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10.0

Food & Drink: 10.0

Service: 10.0

Atmosphere: 10.0

Value: 10.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

David T. 22 March 2017

My wife and I attended one of the "pre-opening" evening meals in advance of the official opening early in April. In spite of being local to the area and checking the map before leaving we were unable to find the entrance as the signs had not yet been erected and I must admit some frustration that there had been no effort to erect even a temporary notice at the drive. We took a chance and drove through the stone gateway and down a long drive taking encouragement when we noted signs such as overflow and guest parking but we had no sight of the house at that point so continued on until we reached the turning circle in front of the house which once again left us in confusion as there was no exterior lighting or any indication that we had not arrived at a private residence. Thankfully on stepping out of my car to investigate two enthusiastic and comforting staff members quickly approached my car and offered to park it for us while we warmed ourselves over pre-dinner drinks. The luxurious and comfortable décor gradually calmed my temper as we enjoyed an excellent Vodka martini and a glass of Mr. Caines wonderful own label champagne. We opted for Michael Caines signature taster menu with an accompaniment of carefully selected wines with every course which the Sommelier proudly announced would be dispensed from the state of the art single glass equipment capable of storing and serving 20 fine wines by the glass. An innovation that Michael had insisted on including in his new venture. After serving canapés our hostess then escorted us to our table in the dining room, a circular booth which is quite uncommon in restaurants in this country and although it fostered a comfortable and relaxed ambiance the velour covers do make access tricky as you try to "slide" in to your seat. There then followed an assault on our senses through seven courses, each accompanied by interesting and sometimes unexpected but perfectly matched whites and reds with every seafood, meat and dessert course. The food was often complex, always interesting and the sheer variety of ingredients defies my describing it in these few lines but it all worked amazingly with the possible exception of one course which matched braised chicory with duck and chorizo accompanied with a white desert wine. The duck was heavenly but we had an uneasiness with the combination of the other flavours and I cant imagine the challenge of matching a wine to this. Dining at his level is not easily achieved and it soon became clear that there had been a master at work when I met Michael Caines himself as he emerged from the kitchen in his chef's whites asking if I had enjoyed my evening. The cost for this exquisite dining experience in luxurious surroundings takes it well outside of anything but special occasions or the demands of the leisure classes but for those who are discerning enough it is well worth it.

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