“A taste of contemporary Devon” - AA Inspector
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Built in 1890 by stationery supremo WH Smith, Bovey Castle was reinvented as a ‘golfing hotel’ by the Great Western Railway company back in 1930, an association acknowledged in its top dining venue, the Great Western restaurant. It’s a grand old pile, big, bold, and glamorous, with the requisite spa and golf course to keep 21st-century sybarites busy until dinner. The Great Western is an equally plush space, suitably romantic with art deco lines. Local lad Mark Budd leads the kitchen team, and his fondness for regional ingredients from land and sea looms large in good-looking contemporary dishes that reveal well-honed technical skills and sound classical roots – from starters like squab pigeon with almonds, blood orange and sorrel to mains such as roast Creedy Carver duck with turnip, Roscoff onions and date sauce or roast fillet of Darmoor beef with beef cheek, boulangère potatoes, Grelot onions and celeriac.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 120
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2.30
- Dinner served from: 7
- Dinner served until: 9.30
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 11
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About The area
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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