Michael Wignall has left Devon’s Gidleigh Park after two years at the helm to set up his own venture. He has been replaced by former Restaurant Nathan Outlaw head chef Chris Simpson. Simpson delivers his first service when Gidleigh Park re-opens after its annual closure on 12 January. Wignall joined Chagford’s famous Tudorbethan manor house in […]

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Lympstone Manor, the new hotel and restaurant from distinguished chef Michael Caines, who ran the kitchen at Gidleigh Park for 21 years, opens for business on April 3 and is taking bookings now. Formerly know as Courtlands House, Lympstone Manor is on the Exe estuary near Exmouth, and has been refurbished at a cost of more than £7million. It has […]

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Tom Kerridge is hosting a week of dinners with the pick of West Country chefs at his new private-dining space The Shed, almost next door to his Marlow pub the Hand & Flowers, in the last week of March. The Gloucestershire-born chef has lined up Peter Sanchez of Casamia in Bristol (Monday  March 27), Michael […]

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Gidleigh Park in Devon has earned the AA’s ultimate five rosettes accolade, exactly a year after chef Michael Wignall took over the kitchen. Only 12 other restaurants in the UK share the motoring organisation’s highest distinction, and for the first time this award has been announced in January rather than waiting until September. Wignall’s cuisine at Gidleigh […]

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Distinguished chefs from as far away as China, Japan and Australia will line up alongside stars from Europe and closer to home at Obsession, the two-week gastro-festival hosted by Northcote restaurant and hotel in Lancashire early next year. Now in its 17th year, Obsession runs for 17 successive nights from Friday January 20. Tickets tend […]

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The Raby Hunt near Darlington was the biggest winner in yesterday’s (snooze-worthy) 2017 UK and Ireland Michelin Guide announcements, with chef James Close bagging his second star. Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck in Bray returned to three-star status, having been omitted from last year’s guide during its residency in Melbourne. There were no other multi-star promotions this […]

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Chef Ben Spalding will launch a rather tasty sounding series of dinners next month with some big name chefs from around the world. #AllGunsBlazing starts on 31 May at 4th Floor studios on Commercial Road, Shoreditch. The line up sounds impressive: Paul Foster – former head chef at Mallory Court, he is due to launch his own venture […]

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Matthew Worswick has been announced as the new head chef of The Latymer – Pennyhill Park’s luxurious and highly fêted country house hotel dining room in Bagshot. He takes the reins from Michael Wignall who left for Dartmoor’s lauded Tudorbethan manor Gidleigh Park in January. Matthew, who previously led the kitchen team at The Lawn, Thornton Hall […]

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It was big news last year that Michael Wignall, long-time chef at The Latymer in Surrey’s Pennyhill Park, was to leave to take over from Michael Caines at Gidleigh Park in Devon. It is still not known who will fill Wignall’s undoubtedly big shoes – his “fine and complex” cooking helped secure a spot just outside […]

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Today (26 August) saw the unveiling of the Waitrose Good Food Guide’s top 50 UK restaurants with Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume in Cartmel taking pole position for the second year. So far, so good. We wouldn’t begrudge Mr Rogan the top spot, he was within a hair’s breadth of topping our survey last year and – without […]

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