Beautiful family run hotel on the edge of Dartmoor
There’s no denying that Food Insider’s Guide writers are privileged to visit some fabulous restaurants and foodie hotels in the pursuit of sharing good finds with readers. And there are lots of wonderful establishments across the South West which we’ve discovered over the years. But it’s only occasionally that we encounter somewhere that’s as strangely special as Lewtrenchard Manor.
Its quality is as impossible to capture as the shafts of light streaming through the leaded windows of the panelled dining room, but the house is alive with it. It’s in the playful mix of antiques and follies, in the setting hidden deep in lush countryside, and in the well-loved features of the house which has charmed the Murray family into buying it – twice.
In the six years since they returned to the manor for their second stint, they’ve been refurbishing the bedrooms one by one, created an Italianate courtyard in which to linger over drinks and lunch, and injected new life into the gardens – including the walled kitchen garden where head chef Tom Browning and team source fresh produce daily.
The quality and style of dining created by Tom is finely tuned to complement the house, with delicate and exquisite dishes inspired by the garden produce. His cooking confidently demonstrates both art and craft in the skilled way that the natural ingredients are elevated, and in the unfussy but decorative presentation.
Lewtrenchard is a hidden gem in all senses of the word, and it’s well worth venturing off the beaten track to experience its loveliness. Dip your toe in with lunch – fantastic value at three courses for £25 – immerse yourself in the delights of dinner, or completely abandon yourself to its otherworldly charm by staying the night.
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Pot roasted breast of pigeon, blackberry, shallot, seeds
Roasted fillet of sea bass, butternut squash, quinoa, almond
Iced peanut butter parfait, banana crémeux, passion fruit and banana sorbet
3 courses £49.50 per person
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