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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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.
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.
Lympstone Manor Restaurant Diner Reviews
"First class food, well presented with attentive/efficient but unobtrusive service all in a lovely setting. Wine list is not cheap."
"An outstanding restaurant with great service and ambience. Both Estuary and Signature Tasting Menus combine fantastic flavours, textures and presentation to make them a unique experience. The White Chocolate Candle was out of this world (yes when it was presented it actually had a burning wick.) The best restaurant that I have eaten in for years"
"Lovely contemporary country house with a wonderful Michael Caines restaurant. The dishes are delicate & tasty & the service is excellent. The Estuary Tasting menu which is all fish apart from the desserts is well worth sampling. The souffles are sublime."
"I went for the food, so two dinners, afternoon tea and lunch, were booked, and I'm so glad I did, I could go on and on and on, BOOORING, but so good. One dinner was a la carte the first night we arrived, the amuse-bouche started in the bar, and I was encouraged to try the duck liver, tender, melt in your mouth, I really don't feel well equip enough to describe it. The tasting menu was all seafood, as intricate and detailed as the surroundings, there was one, the red mullet that took me back home, it had a tomato base, super intense, I could eat that every day. Afternoon tea was delicious and inventive, only problem is I wanted more . . . And being the greedy foodie that I am, I also visited the 'pantry' where they have the moistest, lemonyist cake ever. I was back often."
Courtlands Lane, Exmouth, EX8 3NZ
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|Tuesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 7 pm-9:30 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|