A country house hotel/restaurant, refurbished along Colonial lines. Its high position gives it excellent views towards Torbay and Lyme Bay. For dinner a comfortable dining room with crisp white napery and well-spaced tables make it ideal to combine a business meeting with pleasure. Whilst lunch, and lighter evening meals, are served in their bistro conservatory, which has excellent views over the gardens and sea.
The kitchen sources his ingredients locally whenever possible, so fish figures prominently.
A snapshot from a late Spring menu brought 'Roast Devon Quail with Foie Gras, Braised Artichokes, Butternut Squash Purée, Beetroot and Hazelnut & Truffle Dressing'; 'Pan-Fried Brixham Scallops with Pancetta, Pearl Onions & Pea Cream' and 'Chicken Liver Parfait with Red Onion Chutney & Toasted Brioche' amongst the starters.
Perhaps to be followed by 'Pan-Fried Torbay Seabream with Wild Mushroom Gnocchi, Needle Leeks & Split Bacon Jus'; 'Roasted Rump of Hatherleigh Lamb with Herb Purée & Braised Baby Vegetables & Tarragon Jus' or 'Braised Pork Belly with Buttered Cabbage, New Seasons Asparagus and Langoustine Boudin'.
Finish with 'Pear Tarte Tatin'; 'Bread and Butter Soufflé with Rum Consommé and Raisin Ice Cream' or their selection of West Country farmhouse cheeses.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.00 served in their bistro; mains about £11 to £18; sel L Sun £19 (2 courses), £25 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week 19.00-21.00; mains about £7 to £24 – set D £16,50 (1 course), £21 (2 courses), £27 (3 courses)
- Seats: 50, plus 45 outside
- Wine: a good list, helpfully laid out by style, kicks off at around the £19 mark
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Torquay Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page - just off the A379, between Torquay and Shaldon
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: check Christmas openings
- Outside eating
- Rooms available