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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 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 – perhaps ballotine of rabbit and serrano ham with butternut squash and parsley risotto to open the show. First-rate fish is always a good call – monkfish, say, poached bourguignon-style in red wine with smoked bacon, parsley and wild mushrooms – while meatier fare could be Devon pork and perry with crushed turnips, wood sorrel, and potato and pear terrine. Finish in style with warm plum soufflé with Garibaldi biscuits and buttermilk ice cream.

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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

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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