Harden's survey result
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“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”.
“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.
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.
“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.
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.
Gidleigh Park Restaurant Diner Reviews
"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."
"Beautiful all round food fine delicate flavoursome in a gorgeous setting."