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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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Well-judged cooking in a Dartmoor village inn

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Private dining
Wines by the glass
Credit cards accepted

Chef-patron Duncan Walker’s charming restaurant with rooms occupies a whitewashed, 17th-century former coaching inn in a picture-perfect village on the fringes of the moor. There's a cosy lounge with squashy sofas by a wood burner, and a pair of smartly inviting dining rooms with bare oak tables, and walls hung with art, but refreshingly free from designer pretentions. Make sure you allow enough time to give the modern European menu and concise, well-chosen wine list a full workout. And with fewer than 20 diners to cater for, you can expect focused cooking of pin-sharp accuracy. Walker is a chef who has the knack of achieving big flavours from harmonious combinations of top-quality ingredients, whether it's a starter of grilled sole with braised endive and citrus juices, or a well-judged marriage of roast quail with artichokes and black trumpet mushrooms. Main courses are intelligently composed too, with vivid flavours to the fore in dishes like spiced pork belly with sautéed scallops and lemongrass, or grilled turbot in a ragout of spring vegetables and Madeira. Puddings push the right buttons with hot prune and Armagnac soufflé with cinnamon ice cream, or a classic tarte Tatin.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 3 weeks in January, 2 weeks in June
  • Days closed: Sunday to Tuesday
  • Closed for lunch: Wednesday and Thursday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef: Duncan Walker

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: International
  • Wines under £30: 16
  • Wines over £30: 29
  • Wines by the glass: 4

Price guide

  • 3-course lunch from32
  • 2-course dinner from46
  • 3-course dinner from52
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Steps for wheelchair: 1

Facilities

  • Seats: 16
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 10
  • Off-site parking available: Village square, village car park

Additional information

  • Seats: 16
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 10

Getting here

A30 westbound, exit Cheriton Bishop, Drewsteignton, Castle Drogo, turn left at Crockenwell, follow signs to Drewsteignton. A38 to A382 Bovey Tracey, Mortonhampstead, turn right at Sandy Park, continue past Castle Drogo, follow signs to Drewsteignton

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