Lympstone Manor Hotel
“Top-flight country house cooking” - AA Inspector
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With breathtaking views of the Exe Estuary and the stunning Jurassic Coast, this contemporary country house hotel is surrounded by 28 acres of grounds and its own vineyard. It makes for an elegant and refined setting for the food, which can be enjoyed in three sumptuous dining rooms, each named after an area of Devon. Rather than austere and buttoned-up, the food and environment are designed to be enjoyed rather than revered for the sake of it and it’s a relaxed and engaging experience. The food is reassuring in its classical underpinnings, not feeling any necessity to re-invent a wheel which already turns smoothly and cohesively. There are no illusions or trickery, just beautifully crafted dishes with clarity and distinction, the success enhanced by quality produce. The kitchen has its roots in the French classics but it’s utterly contemporary and ingredient-driven, starting with a finely-tuned pan-fried duck liver with braised chicory, confit orange purée, anise and orange-scented jus. It might be followed by a subtle and restrained dish of butter-poached Brixham turbot, braised leeks, poached scallops, truffle and chive butter. Pistachio soufflé with pistachio ice cream is a classic way to finish.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 60
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- 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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