We'd heard good things about the restaurant at the Old Inn and we weren't disappointed. The welcome is warm and includes being greeted by the two dogs, Tyne and Teign. Socks the Cat ignored us but retained his place on one of the settees. This first room doubles as a bar and has comfy sofas and chairs. There are two dining rooms - one for couples and one for larger parties. The decor throughout is simple and elegant.
The menu is based on four choices for each course and it's currently shown as the sample menu on their website. We both started with red mullet with pickled ginger and a coriander consomme. For main courses we chose turbot and lamb and for puds, a lot of chocolate and a souffle. The cooking is exquisite, the portions are perfect and it made for one of the best dinners we've had in a long time. We drank red and white house wine by the glass but the full list is good and none of the prices look outrageous. The house white is a Pinot Blanc and the red a Pinot Noir.
All in all this is restaurant that is small enough for the chef to take an interest in his customers and still offer superb food. I was reminded of eating at Raymond Blanc's Manoir aux Quatre Saisons when he first took it on and before it became the huge enterprise it is today, although Chef Duncan doesn't actually come at sit at your table and chat to you after the service.
Go before it gets a Michelin star and is booked out for weeks on end.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This 17th Century guesthouse has recently undergone huge changes, carpets have gone & original floors, walls and fireplaces are now exposed. All five rooms have been entirely refurbished. We offer good food, sourced locally - organic where possible - and cooked well, from great breakfasts to dinner in the evening. The Inn is in the centre of Drewsteignton village, Castle Drogo is less than a mile away and the Two Moors Way passes the front door. ... more less