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On the fringes of Exmoor National Park, just a short, pretty drive to the north coast, Kentisbury Grange is a former Victorian manor lovingly morphed into classy boutique hotel. The old manor’s coach house was not forgotten in the transition and has been turned into a stunning restaurant, and with its kitchen under the guidance of Michael Caines, it’s quite the dining destination. The impressive space is contemporarily rustic, with a stylish bar on the first floor and tables outside for when the mercury has risen in north Devon. Regional ingredients get a good outing on menus that show intelligent flavour combinations in the modern British manner. A first-course squab pigeon comes with beetroot tartare and preserved blueberries, while crab ravioli has spikes of lemongrass and ginger, and a full-flavoured crab bisque. Among main courses, Cornish sea bass stars with hay-roasted Jerusalem artichokes and a hit of truffles, and slow-cooked pork tenderloin arrives with white pudding purée. For dessert, the apple and blackcurrant soufflé with Granny Smith apple sorbet is a fine, fruity finale.

Awards, Accolades & welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence

Bright, modern cooking in a fabulous revamped coach house

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The Coach House by Michael Caines
Kentisbury Grange, KENTISBURY, Barnstaple, EX31 4NL
Phone : 01271 882295


  • Seats: 54
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening Times
  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 41
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 12
  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu

About The area

Discover Devon

With magnificent coastlines, two historic cities and the world-famous Dartmoor National Park, Devon sums up all that is best about the British landscape. For centuries it has been a fashionable and much loved holiday destination – especially south Devon’s glorious English Riviera.

Close to the English Riviera lies Dartmoor, one of the south-west’s most spectacular landscapes. The National Park, which contains Dartmoor, covers 365 square miles and includes many fascinating geological features – isolated granite tors and two summits exceeding 2,000 feet among them. 

Not surprisingly, in Dartmoor the walking opportunities are enormous. Cycling in the two National Parks is also extremely popular and there is a good choice of off-road routes taking you to the heart of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Devon’s towns and cities offer stimulating alternatives to the rigours of the countryside.

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