Dartmoor National Park, NORTH BOVEY, Moretonhampstead, TQ13 8RE
Built in 1890 by one William Henry Smith (WH Smith to you and me), Bovey Castle was first opened as a 'golfing hotel' by the Great Western Railway company way back in 1930, and both associations are acknowledged in today's dining options: Smith's Brasserie and the big-hitting Great Western restaurant. It's a property with a real sense of drama - big, bold, and glamorous, with a spa and that golf course to help pass the time until dinner. The Great Western is an equally lavishly done out space, suitably romantic with an art deco swagger. The kitchen is headed up by Mark Budd, a local chap who always had his eye on the top job here, and he hasn't wasted any time making his mark. Regional ingredients from land and sea loom large in good-looking contemporary dishes that reveal well-honed technical skills and even a sense of fun. Creative amuse bouche get the ball rolling, along with superb breads (bread gets proper attention here), before a first course such as smoked and cured South Coast sea trout with multiple ways with beetroot and creamy goats' curd. Next up, perhaps a first-rate bit of fish like Dover sole with a poached oyster, or charred rump of Devon beef with a poshed-up cottage pie, and, among desserts, Black Forest gāteau makes for a stunning finish.
Tel: 01647 445000
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for lunch: Mon-Sat
Cooking type: Classic British
Chef: Mark Budd
Number of seats: 120
A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £28.00
Sunday lunch: £30.00-£35.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.
M5 junct 31 signed A30 Okehampton, stay on A30 until Whitton Down. Follow signs to Morehampton A382, stay on A382 until rdbt, turn right for Postbridge & Princetown B3212. Stay on B3212 for approx 1.5m. Bovey Castle is on left