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Summary

“Obviously everyone was nervous about the departure of Michael Caines, but fear not!”“Michael Wignall is off to a fine start” at this famous Tudorbethan manor house discovered “after a terrifying drive up a narrow lane” on the fringes of Dartmoor. Once ensconced, there’s the chance to “relax in the beautiful lounge and enjoy a warm welcome” amidst a setting of “country sophistication”, before moving onto the main event in the dining room. The new kitchen’s output is “utterly amazing – so quirky and gorgeous” and backed up by an “exceptional wine list”.

£157
Exceptional
Exceptional
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“I don’t think as a package it can be bettered in the UK!” – this “luxurious yet understated” Tudorbethan manor set amidst “wonderful garden and grounds” in a fairly remote corner of Dartmoor is a culinary Xanadu that’s long been a mainstay of the survey’s Top-10 UK Restaurants (No. 6 this year). Michael Caines's “sumptuous” cuisine – “traditional yet tweaked with a modern edge” – is a “pure indulgence” (“like a team of magicians have been at work in the kitchen!”) and backed up by a particularly impressive cellar. In mid-2015 he announced that he would start stepping gradually back from the kitchen here to open his own hotel in Lympstone in early-2017 – The Latymer's Michael Wignall will succeed him.

£154
Exceptional
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

It’s very hard to fault any facet of this “luxurious yet understated” Tudorbethan manor, “beautifully situated” down “a magical mystery tour” of windy lanes on the edge of Dartmoor; despite his many commitments, Michael Caines’s cuisine is absolutely “terrific”, and service is “flawless” too.

£139
Exceptional
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“An extraordinary experience in all respects!”; this culinary Shangri-La – again, the UK’s foodie No. 1 – occupies a plush Tudorbethan mansion, set in “glorious” scenery (and gardens), on a remote fringe of Dartmoor; Michael Caines’s “beautifully crafted” cuisine is “unbelievably excellent”, and matched with a “vast selection” of unusual wines.

£135
Exceptional
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Owner's description

The elegant and intimate two Michelin-starred restaurant provides a sophisticated backdrop to Executive Chef, Michael Wignall's decadent tasting and à la carte menus. 


One of the most respected chefs in the UK, Michael Wignall has won Michelin stars in every kitchen he has headed since being awarded his first star in 1993. Michael is famed for his respect for food and an ever evolving style which creates unique dishes full of flavour and underpinned by a contemporary, less formal approach to fine cuisine. Describing his food as ‘modern, technical and meaningful’, each element features to add flavour or texture, enticing diners to experience new combinations and ingredients complemented by vegetables and herbs picked from Gidleigh Park’s own kitchen garden.


Matching the high standards in the kitchen, Gidleigh Park’s internationally renowned wine cellar accommodates over 1,300 bins and 13,000 bottles from around the world. Home to a selection of European, New World and Bio Dynamic wines, the cellar offers one of the most impressive wine lists in the British Isles.


 

Restaurant details

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The chef

Classically trained, but with an inquisitive mind that is very much open to developments in modern cooking, Michael Wignall's food is distinctively self-styled - highly technical and carefully crafted, with every detail refined and perfected. Recent travels to the Far East and Japan have become hugely influential in determining the direction of his menus; the clean flavours, pared back presentation and simple elegance encapsulated in this approach to cuisine now defining many of his dishes.


Michael's attention to detail, utmost respect for quality produce and drive to ensure ingredients are kept true to their own flavours and identities characterises every dish. Each a masterpiece in its own right, most begin with a sketch, travel through the trial and error process and will only appear fully formed on the menu in their final iteration following exhaustive testing and trialling.


But the evolution does not stop there; daily experimentation and development happens behind the scenes, with inspiration drawn from all walks of life, Michael consistently strives to build upon and develop dishes – be it the technique, flavour combination, presentation – there is always scope for improvement. A close relationship with suppliers to inform the rearing or growing processes also allows him to directly influence the produce he works with, encouraging experimentation literally in the field to develop his dishes with exacting precision.


The final results are dishes made up of multiple ingredients, with multiple techniques – each offering huge amounts of flavour, but with everything placed on the plate for a reason, no individual flavour is allowed to dominate – elements shine individually, yet work together in seamless harmony. His innovative and imaginative combinations are sophisticated and unusual, allowing distinct textures, flavours and ingredients to both complement and enhance the other components.

Gidleigh Park Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Gidleigh Park Restaurant in TQ13, Chagford by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Gidleigh Park restaurant.
Joe S
Quite an achievement for Michael Wignall to...
Reviewed 4 months, 15 days ago

"Quite an achievement for Michael Wignall to make the transition seamless (and hold on to the two Michelin Stars) but he has done it while making his own mark and establishing his own style. Faultless, original, stunning to look at and to eat (and backed up by a deep and fascinating wine list) all in a gorgeous setting on the edge of Dartmoor."

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terry c
Beautiful all round food fine delicate flav...
Reviewed 5 months, 20 days ago

"Beautiful all round food fine delicate flavoursome in a gorgeous setting."

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Chagford, TQ13 8HH
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Monday - Sunday Lunch 12.00pm - 2.00pm Dinner 7.00pm - 9.00pm Afternoon Tea 3.30pm - 5.00pm

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