RestaurantsDevonChagfordTQ13

survey result

Summary

£155
£££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

There is still the odd reporter who feels that Andrew Brownsword’s 100-acre Tudorbethan pile – long a gourmet destination – has lost its edge since Michael Caines left in 2016, but despite such nostalgia, reports this year were almost wholly praiseworthy. Chris Eden (who joined in 2019 from the Driftwood Hotel, where he was the first Cornish chef to hold a star in his home county) now oversees this “haven of gastro delights'', where meals “exquisite in every detail” contribute to “an exceptional experience” that's “ideal for a romantic weekend” featuring “lovely walks through the estate” (on the edge of Dartmoor).

Summary

£193
£££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Possibly “not as good as in the days of Michael Caines… but still a joy to behold”. It’s SatNavs at the ready, as you charge down single-track lanes on the fringes of Dartmoor to discover this plush gourmet Shangri-la, set in 100 acres of picturesque grounds. Andrew Brownsword’s famous Tudorbethan manor house has long been one of the UK’s foremost culinary destinations, but has not hit a proper stride since Michael Caines left (after 21 years) in 2016. Since that time, the hotel has seen a steady succession of new chefs. Michael Wignall came and went. Then Chris Simpson, lasted a year but he moved on in January 2019. Then, in October 2019, the establishment lost the second of the two Michelin stars it formerly held. The upheavals of this period have notably decreased the volume of survey feedback we receive, and there is also the odd disappointing report, too. What’s more eye-catching, however, is the resilient quality of the team, and the relative consistency of both ratings and commentary we receive (for example – “we got there and the executive chef had left two weeks before. The head chef had taken over and still did a brilliant job, the sommelier also did a stunningly good job; I am not always the best customer as I like to ask questions, but the service was absolutely excellent throughout”). In September 2019, Chris Eden joined from Cornwall’s Driftwood – perhaps he’s the man finally to capitalise on the enduring potential and appeal here?

Summary

£193
£££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Possibly “not as good as in the days of Michael Caines… but still a joy to behold”. It’s SatNavs at the ready, as you charge down single-track lanes on the fringes of Dartmoor to discover this plush gourmet Shangri-la, set in 100 acres of picturesque grounds. Andrew Brownsword’s famous Tudorbethan manor house has long been one of the UK’s foremost culinary destinations, but has not hit a proper stride since Michael Caines left (after 21 years) in 2016. Since that time, the hotel has seen a steady succession of new chefs. Michael Wignall came and went. Then Chris Simpson, lasted a year but he moved on in January 2019. Then, in October 2019, the establishment lost the second of the two Michelin stars it formerly held. The upheavals of this period have notably decreased the volume of survey feedback we receive, and there is also the odd disappointing report, too. What’s more eye-catching, however, is the resilient quality of the team, and the relative consistency of both ratings and commentary we receive (for example – “we got there and the executive chef had left two weeks before. The head chef had taken over and still did a brilliant job, the sommelier also did a stunningly good job; I am not always the best customer as I like to ask questions, but the service was absolutely excellent throughout”). In September 2019, Chris Eden joined from Cornwall’s Driftwood – perhaps he’s the man finally to capitalise on the enduring potential and appeal here?

Summary

£165
£££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Chris Eden “has made a good start” (taking over the baton from Chris Simpson in September 2019) at this famous culinary Xanadu: a Tudorbethan mansion down a one-track lane on the borders of Dartmoor in gorgeous gardens that was regularly hailed by our diners’ survey in Michael Caines’ era, a few years ago, as the UK’s top gastronomic destination. On most accounts “it’s still maintaining its high standard of food and the superb wine list” and fans say that “if you’re looking for an exceptional foodie experience look no further”. A number of return visitors, however, this year, judged it inferior to their previous trip, especially when it came to value at the vertiginous prices. “Quibbles taking it from 5/5 to 4/5 are the wildly overpriced wine list and the sameness of some of the courses”. Also, “the set of small rooms are somewhat awkward”, and for style-conscious types “the 1970s-styling, with unsympathetic lighting and heavy curtains” raises the query “time for a refurb?”

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Restaurant details

Highchair,Menu,Portions
No jeans
40
Yes

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Dinner   £115.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £45.00
Filter Coffee £6.50
Extras  
Service 12.50%
Chagford, TQ13 8HH
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
SundayCLOSED

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