A beautiful Jacobean Manor House, on the fringe of Dartmoor, and set in its own garden and park. The interior splendidly keeps-up the original atmosphere, with its oak panelling, massive fireplaces, leaded windows and period furnishings. The candlelit dining room overlooks an attractive courtyard.
The food offered has bold flavours - with the likes of 'Compressed Oxtail and a Red Wine Sauce'; 'Sauted Sea Bass on Cassoulet with Chorizo and Basil Oil;' or 'Tiger Prawns with sweet peppers and pickled vegetables' amongst the starters.
'Pan-fried Monkfish with Mushroon Risotto'; 'Spring Lamb with a little Moussaka, a baked Fig and Feta cheese'; 'Roast Breast of Duck with Morteau Sausage and Artichoke Pure' or 'Fillet of John Dory with curried Apple and Butternut Squash' among the mains.
Desserts, such as 'Glazed Lemon Tart, Raspberry Purée Raspberry Ice Cream' and 'Lemongrass Pannacotta with Coconut Parfait and Lychee Sorbet' are of a high standard as is the selection of West Country cheese.
They also have a dining area called 'Purple Carrot' - where you cam view the main kitchen at work. This has it's own website www.purple-carrot.co.uk/purple_carrot.aspx (http://www.purole-carrot.co.uk/purple_carrot.aspx)
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week 12.00-13.30; Set L from £21 (2 courses), £25.50 (3 courses); plus interesting Bar Menu
- Dinner: all week, 19.00-21.00; Set D from £49.50 (3 courses); Tasting Menu £69 (7 courses); A bar menu is also available.
- Seats: 50, plus 16 outside
- Wine: a well-thought-out wine list, kicks off in the mid £20's, and includes a good selection by the glass
- Children's portions: No, and no children under 8 at D
- Wheelchair access: Yes (but not lavatory)
- Directions: See the map on this page - or leave the M5 at junction 31, taking the A30 towards Okehampton. Continue for 25 miles, leaving at Sourton Cross. Follow signs to Lewdown, then to Lewtrenchard.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: Gunnislake or Calstock Rail (both about 10 miles)
- Outside eating
- Rooms available