A change of ownership here - it's due to open as The Pig at Combe in July 2016 - please enquire.
It's hard to beat the romantic setting of this hotel/restaurant, set in a Grade 1 Elizabethan Manor in a estate of over 3,000 acres - in rural Devon. The approach, up a 1 mile drive amongst free-roving Arab horses and game birds, gives a clue to what's in store.
The elegant dining room is beautifully set, with crisp white napery, and you can enjoy a pre-prandial drink in the comfortable lounges - which have seasonal log fires; even imagining you live in past times.
On the food front, menus closely follow the seasons, and an excellent network of sourcing means that only the best (generally local) produce is used. All details are considered - honey coming from their own bees; preserves being made in-house; as is all the bread served (being made from organic stone-ground local flours).
An autumn menu might bring the likes of 'Escabeche of Red Mullet , Caponata, Basil and Tomato Oil'; 'Purple-Sprouting Broccoli and Sharpham Brie Tartlet' and 'Duck Liver and Foie Gras Parfait' among the starters.
Perhaps 'Grilled Sea Bream, with Saffron and Prawn Potatoes & Chive Velouté'; 'Roast Poussin Breasts with Cannelloni of Leg Confit & Morel Sauce'; 'Pan-seared Brill with Crushed Ratte Potatoes with Capers and Olives, Baby Fennel and Bouillabaisse Sauce' and 'Local Sirloin Steak with a Garlic Soufflé & Shallot Sauce' among the mains.
Leave room for 'Chocolate & Grand Marnier Tart with Blood Orange Sorbet'; 'Lemon Cheesecake' or their excellent selection of West Country Cheeses.
No mobile phones; and no children in the dining room after 19.30, unless having a full meal.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week; Mon-Sat 12.00-14.00; set L £29 (2 courses), £36 (3 courses); Sun set L £39 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week; 19.00-21.30; set D £54 (3 courses)
- Seats: 75, plus about 30 outside
- Wine: a well-thought-out wine list, travels the world, kicking off in the mid £20's
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Honiton Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page - or leave Honiton on the A375 towards Sidmouth - after the 2nd roundabout, follow the brown signs to 'Combe', through the beech woods.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: 2 weeks in Jan
- Outside eating
- Rooms available