Michael Caines MBE has renovated this once-private home (Courtlands) near Exmouth to create a 21-bedroom country house hotel with 60 covers spread across three individual dining rooms. With a vineyard and landscaped gardens and views over the Exe Estuary; watch out Gidleigh Park?
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“Gidleigh Park on steroids!”. Michael Caines “has shown exceptional skill” in creating this hugely ambitious and “luxurious” two-year-old (“you can see a lot of money has been pumped in”), which has a “wonderful setting, now complete with a vineyard”; and “once the grounds have matured a bit, it will be even more stunning than it already is”, and with excellent views of the Exe estuary. “Dining is split between several rooms so you do not feel you are in a crowd” and the “very confident” cuisine is “as you would expect of Caines: if not overly inventive, then classical, delicious and executed to perfection” from either the à la carte or the ‘Signature’ or (in the evenings only) ‘Taste the Estuary’ eight-course tasting menus. For many reporters it’s just an all-round smash hit, and an “unpretentious” one too. But there are others who qualify their praise. The “ornate surroundings” (“the pomp factor is off the scale”) can feel “very quiet and refined, but lacking buzz” and service though generally “very helpful” and “unobtrusive” is found on occasion to be a “work in progress” or “stilted”. Top Tip – afternoon tea is another option here: “the scones and sandwiches are particularly delicious”.
“Micheal Caines back at his best: his passion and drive for his hotel are boundless!” – all of the many reports on his “flagship hotel, situated on the Exe estuary” are rapturous about “the complete package” delivered by his year-old solo venture: “foodie hotel heaven” which combines “awesome views”, with “exciting food”, “lovely contemporary design”, “immaculate service”, a “serene and beautiful environment” and a sense of “pure luxury”. Some “work is needed to keep the prices in the real world” but quibbles are surprisingly few in this respect. Both Estuary (all fish) and Signature tasting menus combine exceptional flavours, textures and presentation to make them “a unique experience”.
With its “to-die for-views” over the Exe estuary, Michael Caines “stunning” new venture (his solo project after over 20 years at Gidleigh Park) “lives up to expectations” for the fair number of reviewers who have already made the pilgrimage to this converted Georgian country pile (once owned by the Baring family). “Furnished to compliment and comfort” in style that’s more “grand” and traditional than it is funky or boutique-y, its “classic, top class cooking” (“exquisite, balanced and satisfying”) plus “you-want-for-nothing” service all add up to an experience that’s “exceptional in every way”. In October 2017, Michelin speedily stepped up to award it a first star – two next year?
Lympstone Manor is a historic Grade II listed Georgian manor house that has been creatively and comprehensively transformed into a contemporary country house hotel. Situated overlooking the mouth of the Exe estuary, our 21 luxurious guestrooms and suites take full advantage of this wonderful situation. To reflect this, they are each named after the birds of the Exe estuary and each name-sake an inspiration to our guestrooms which embody our vision of luxury, refinement, comfort, quality, and originality.
Dining at Lympstone Manor is an exceptional experience in every way. Here in the beautiful fine dining rooms of a Georgian mansion, Michael Caines MBE, chef/patron and one of Britain’s most celebrated and influential chefs, is able to fully express his vision of modern British cuisine that is fresh, seasonal, original, and exciting. Utilising the bounty of the Exe estuary, East Devon and the Southwest, his faultless cuisine is superbly matched by wines selected from a world cellar that contains over 600 bins.
Michael has long championed the outstanding larder of Southwest England. It is Michael’s brilliant creativity allied with his global taste and vision that allows him to transform the seasonal and regional into dishes of rare precision, focus and flavour.
|Wine per bottle||£49.00|
Michael Caines MBE, chef/patron of Lympstone Manor, is one of Britain’s most celebrated and acclaimed chefs, and has held a reputation of two Michelin stars for 18 years. Over the past 21 years he has earned a global reputation for his distinctive modern European cuisine utilizing the finest local and regional produce and ingredients. Amongst numerous other accolades, Michael has cooked in 10 Downing Street for the Prime Minister, received an MBE in 2006 for services to the hospitality industry and was awarded AA Chef's Chef of the Year in 2007.
Lympstone Manor marks the pinnacle of a career that has been simply scintillating. For the past two years, Michael has spent his time creatively and imaginatively transforming an historic Grade II listed Georgian mansion overlooking the Exe estuary into his wholly personal and exciting vision of contemporary country house hospitality for the 21st century.
In addition to Lympstone Manor, Michael oversees Michael Caines restaurants in North Devon - The Coach House by Michael Caines at Kentishbury Grange and North Wales - Palé Hall. He is also a partner and ambassador for Williams Formula 1 Motor Racing team.ian mansion overlooking the Exe estuary into his wholly personal and exciting vision of contemporary country house hospitality for the 21st century.
Courtlands Lane, Exmouth, EX8 3NZ
|Monday||12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm|