I'm slightly gobsmacked by a few of the reviews on this site. Perhaps we have fundamentally different taste buds? Or are they just overwhelmingly negative people? Either way, Broomhill has been a consistently positive experience for my family and friends we have brought there - extremely fine food, backed up by an ethos of slow-cooked, locally grown ingredients.
Our visit today was representative of our times past. A starter of beef soup, tender chunks of meat in a cunningly spiced (and generously portioned) broth; tastily flaky salmon with sides of perfectly cooked asparagus on a delicately flavoured base of potato and pumpkin pie, topped with a flavoursome basil sauce; and to finish, the most divine of almond and orange tarts. I'll say it again - I have no idea how others have had such a different experience.
All this is to say nothing of an art gallery designed and stocked with taste and a sense of elegance (the restaurant is similarly decked out), and grounds that are among the prettiest in the area, which is to say something.
All in all, we like this place. If you hate nature, deplore tasteful surroundings and have had your taste buds surgically removed, it is not for you. Otherwise, I would heartily recommend it.
Ps - we have never stayed at the hotel here; perhaps they wake you with claxons and cold water and the maids curse you under every breath; but I doubt it. The staff have always been friendly and approachable, so my confusion continues.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Broomhill is a late Victorian hotel with six light and airy bedrooms.The Hotel lies in one of the most glorious valleys in North Devon surrounded by hundreds of acres of woodland and bound by its own stream. The Broomhill Sculpture Park displays one of the largest permanent collections of contemporary art and sculpture in the South West.The Broomhill restaurant ‘Terra Madre’ has won the North Devon Food Awards five times due to its high standards and commitment in using the best of local produce. Terra Madre’s Mediterranean, Slow Food inspired dishes are created using fresh, organic, fair trade produce from neighbouring farms and the coast. ... more less
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