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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
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

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. Mains might take in 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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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Closed for lunch: Monday to Saturday
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday to Monday in winter (except Christmas and school holidays)
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef(s): Mark Budd

Food and drink

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

Price guide

  • 2-course dinner from: £55
  • 3-course dinner from: £65
  • Tasting menu from: £85
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

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

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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Exeter St Davids
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