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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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A taste of contemporary Devon

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

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 gâteau makes for a stunning finish.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Closed for lunch: Monday to Saturday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Mark Budd

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines over £30: 300
  • Wines by the glass: 11

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets


  • Seats: 120
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 32
  • On-site parking available
  • Off-site parking available: Onsite valet parking only

Additional information

  • Seats: 120
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 32

Getting here

M5 junction 31 signed A30 Okehampton, stay on A30 until Whitton Down. Follow signs to Morehampton A382, stay on A382 until roundabout, turn right for Postbridge and Princetown B3212. Stay on B3212 for approximately 1.5 miles. Bovey Castle is on the left.

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