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 He has been replaced by former Restaurant Nathan Outlaw head chef Chris Simpson.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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Jay Rayner in The Observer doesn’t so much review Marylebone newcomer Fancy Crab as eviscerate it… “Fancy Crab isn’t good. It’s a terrible waste of their money and our money and everybody’s time. “The restaurant’s shtick is the enormous red king crabs, fished from the cold waters of the North Pacific around Alaska, which can […]

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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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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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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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It’s not often the comings and goings of chefs causes too much excitement here at Harden’s – but this is BIG news. We’ve known for a while that Michael Caines was planning to take a step back from Gidleigh Park after 21 years at the helm, in order to launch his own hotel and restaurant […]

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