You’re in illustrious company when you add your name to the list of greats who’ve eaten at Dartington Hall. Yul Brynner, Henry Moore and Benjamin Britten are just a few of the renowned creatives linked to this stunning destination, which is still a happening hub for the arts, says Rosanna Rothery
Medieval grandeur, a stunning courtyard and acres of glorious formal gardens puts the hall’s two AA rosette White Hart pub and restaurant at the top of the hit list for those who love atmospheric dining.
VISIT FOR kitchen alchemy as head chef Luvo Mafani and team transform stock pub dishes into seasonal surprises. The bog standard bangers and mash gets a makeover to become a comforting sweet game dish, complete with cranberry and venison sausages, plus fluffy herbed potatoes. Choose to eat in the ancient echoing kitchen of the Grand Hall or go intimate in one of two stone-and-beam dining rooms. If it’s sunny, bag a table in the Grade II-listed gardens.
DON’T VISIT for a funky modern vibe. You’ll want to channel your inner lord or lady of the manor.
WE LIKED the high ceiling, leaded windows and oak studded beams in the majestic Great Hall, also a venue for weddings, events and concerts.
INSIDER’S TIP Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy gorgeous green walks through the sprawling leafy woodlands of the 880 acre Dartington Trust estate before winding your way down to the art galleries, food shops and boutiques.
What we ate (dinner)
Starter Potted ham hock, black pudding, pickled vegetables, sourdough
Mains Gribble’s cranberry and venison sausages, champ mash, green beans, red onion gravy
Pud Summer berry pudding, honeycomb ice cream