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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

In a charming village on the edge of Dartmoor, this former coaching inn houses Duncan Walker's small restaurant with three letting rooms and two dining rooms offering fewer than 20 covers. Calm, relaxing and informal are the buzz words here, with plain wooden furniture and subdued lighting in the dining rooms, one in sage green, the other claret, and a menu perfectly in keeping with the style of the place, offering just four choices per course at dinner. Walker's cooking is marked by a lack of sensationalism, judiciously combining top-drawer fresh ingredients so dishes are strong on flavours. Grilled loin of rabbit in Parma ham, moist and succulent, is accompanied by top-class gnocchi, lemon and sage as a starter, jostling for attention with sautéed lobster with pea and mint velouté. Main courses are intelligently composed too, with sauces and gravies adding depth; vanilla sauce for roast fillet of sea bass, of pinpoint accuracy, on a bed of spinach with scallops and asparagus, and Madeira jus for grilled loin of venison with black pudding and boulangère potatoes. Puddings elicit oohs and aahs, if passionfruit soufflé is anything to go by, the sauce poured in at table, accompanied by coconut ice cream.

Opening hours

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

Chef

  • Chef: Duncan Walker

Food and drink

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

Price guide

  • 3-course lunch from £: 32
  • 2-course dinner from £: 46
  • 3-course dinner from £: 52
  • Credit cards accepted

Children

  • Children welcome

Accessibility

  • Steps for wheelchair:: 1

Facilities

  • Seats:: 16
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats:: 10
  • Off-site parking available:: Village square and 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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