We’re fast-tracking Lewtrenchard Manor’s covert dining space to the top of our spring/summer hit list
Ditching tradition in favour of an innovative eating experience, Lewtrenchard Manor’s Purple Carrot restaurant grants guests a unique vantage point of its award winning kitchen. Offering diners an alternative to the Jacobean manor’s grand dining room, the intimate space strips back formalities and directs the focus entirely on the food.
The bespoke experience allows guests to indulge their imaginations and watch head chef Tom Browning and brigade craft intricate tasting menus via a trio of cleverly positioned flat-screen televisions. Open to just eight guests per service, dinner at Purple Carrot starts in style with a glass of champagne and canapés at the bar before diners are led to the darkened private dining room.
The seven course menu shifts with the seasons and, in line with Tom’s loyally local ethos, often includes herbs and vegetables from the kitchen garden. This spring, curious guests can look forward to watching Tom and team craft dishes such as lamb with asparagus, morels and wild garlic, and unctuous desserts along the lines of dark chocolate and mint with exotic fruits, coconut and coriander. Intrigued? The Purple Carrot experience starts at £89 per person and there are options to add an impeccably paired wine flight, as well as coffee and petits fours.
Jo Rees loosens her corset and revels in drama and dinner at one of the South West's most historic country house hotels, Lewtrenchard Manor
With a CV namechecking some of Devon’s most respected restaurants, Tom Browning steps up as head chef at Lewtrenchard Manor