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“Just excellent”

Lewtrenchard Manor Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Lewdown
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $19 - $76
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Description: A beautiful Jacobean manor house deep in the Devon countryside, Lewtrenchard Manor offers luxury dining in a sublime setting. Dating back to the 1600s, the Manor has an interesting and varied history, a fact that can be seen in every nook and cranny throughout the hotel and dining rooms. One of the finest restaurants in the county, the Lewtrenchard Manor restaurant is overseen by Chef Matthew Peryer who learned his trade in high quality Michelin stared establishments. The menus make the most of the best of Devonshire produce while employing the methods and flavour combinations of chic modern European cuisine, earning the restaurant its reputation. Lively and relaxed, Lewtrenchard Manor is a superb place in which to indulge in the very best food and, indeed, delightful wines from the extensive cellar of old and new world labels.
London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Just excellent”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

The food was just excellent - all courses of an equally good standard. We have dined in Michelin star restaurants and the food at Lewtrenchard is just as good. We will be back!

Visited January 2013
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English first
Minorca, Spain
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Beautiful atmosphere, excellent staff, competent cuisine”
Reviewed November 25, 2012

We had evening dinner at Lewtrenchard Manor on a wet and stormy night in November. When we booked we had no inkling that the hotel had suffered a flood a few days before and the restaurant had been closed. No problem. – The ballroom had been turned into a restaurant area. A beautiful room with high, ornate ceilings and period features. Wonderfully warm, with the subdued lighting giving it an intimate atmosphere. The staff, without exception, were attentive, without being overly intrusive. Service was welcoming, competent and faultless throughout our evening.
Now the food. There were flashes of brilliance and overall the menu which offers a choice of four starters and four main courses was interesting, giving sufficient choice for meat and fish eaters. There was no vegetarian option on the menu but we noticed that a guest was offered an alternative when requested. Canapés served in the bar over a pre-dinner drink were superb; particularly the petit warm Scotch egg, containing a delicate soft boiled quail’s egg. Fantastic!
At the table, a basket containing a trio of three different varieties of bread rolls for each guest and an amuse bouche of spiced butternut squash were excellent. We ordered starters of Seared scallops with celeriac, chicken wing and consommé and Red Leg Partridge with rillettes, hazelnut, apple and juniper. Both were beautifully presented with well-balanced flavours. Perhaps the only criticism was the consommé, which was so intensely flavoured it could have obliterated the scallop. A big ‘thank you’ to the waitress who advised me about this and avoided ruining the dish. This says a great deal about the competence and training of the serving staff – excellent!
Main courses were: Loin of Venison with pork cheek, potato terrine, parsnip and capers and Rib of Devon beef with “Oxtail Pie”, Shallot, Girolles and carrot Purée. Again, presentation was excellent, but in our view, both dishes were very rich and contained too many competing flavours. The addition of a small dish of fresh, unadorned, seasonal vegetables could have lifted both our main courses, (a shame - particularly as the Manor has its own Victorian walled kitchen garden).
We opted for a selection of cheeses and biscuits, so did not sample the desserts on the menu, but enjoyed the coffee and petit fours, before heading home. The meal was unhurried. Perfect for us, we wanted a long evening, but it may have been a little slow for some.
The Restaurant has a comprehensive wine list ranging from the lower end at £20 per bottle to eye wateringly expensive fine wine. The reds showed a heavy bias towards France. The inclusion of more New World wines, particularly from Chile, Argentina and California would be welcome additions to the wine list.
Overall, a leisurely, relaxed evening which we thoroughly enjoyed.

  • Visited November 2012
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Northamptonshire
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93 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Fantastic food but odd service and atmosphere...”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

The quality of food is excellent, but the service does not match it. This is a country house but needs some updating to bring it up to date. We just felt there was something not quite right! The table cloth was soaked in water, it was cold sat in the restaurant and lack of skill fom the waiting staff, although they appear to try very hard. Worth a visit for food, but don't expect much more, it could be great with a little bit more investment.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Paul W
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Duncan M, Owner at Lewtrenchard Manor Restaurant, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Dear PAWNorthamptonshire,

Thank you for the great food review. It would be great if we could have a little more detail on your service. If you would like to contact us directly we will hopefully be able to put it right for the future. With regards to investment we are starting to put money into the property but as we only bought the hotel earlier this year we had to get over our start-up costs first.

The Murrays
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Wrexham
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Wow!”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

We were here for a family wedding. We didn't stay here so I can't comment on rooms and breakfast etc, However, the grounds are stunning, the staff were very good and the food was outstanding! The only downside was possibly the drinks were a little on the pricy side and it was only a very small bar but then I suppose it was in proportion the amount of guests there. The wine was very nice!!

Visited October 2012
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Duncan M, Owner at Lewtrenchard Manor Restaurant, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Dear SkippyWrexham,

Thank you very much, we thought that the whole day went very well and all the guests were great, it was a please to serve you all.

The Murrays
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Difficult to find!”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

Difficult to find but worth the effort.
A beautiful old Manor House where we stopped for lunch which was certainly worth the effort of locating. The food was outstanding and a reasonable price too!
Excellent service from a well trained young man.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank AlanAbrams
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Duncan M, Owner at Lewtrenchard Manor Restaurant, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Dear AlanAbrams,

Thank you for the great post. We are tucked away but should not be too hard to find, however SatNav does seem to bring people to us by some rather unusual routes. Hope you find us easier next time.

The Murrays
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