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“Simply Stunning” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Restaurant at Combe House Devon - CLOSED

Restaurant at Combe House Devon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $36 - $67
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: In Top Best Foodie Hotels in SW England - voted by readers of Food magazine. Combe House Devon is a stunning 450-year old Elizabethan Manor, set in 3,500 acres of one of Devon's finest estates. It's informal, relaxing and hugely romantic, and wherever you wander (and there's quite a bit of it) something magnificent catches the eye. Devon foodies will undoubtedly have heard of Combe House. The acclaimed restaurant is highly praised as one of the best in the south west, and service is genuinely faultless. There is loads of local game and fresh fish and most of the vegetable and herbs come from the restored Victorian kitchen gardens. The support for local producers and seasonal dishes here is obsessive - and with good reason. The restaurants are popular and The Good Food Guide 2014 describes Combe House as a 'seductive hotel with seriously good dining'. Hadleigh Barrett and Stuart Brown, Master Chefs of Great Britain, are responsible for a changing menu packed with interesting meat and fish options, from scallops with creamy tarragon gnocchi to seared duck breast with braised red cabbage. The cellar is what you'd expect from a grand old country house - but all wines are chosen less to impress than serve the season, mood or nature of their dishes. Eat in one of two spacious dining rooms with traditional fire places. Admire the murals, relish the atmosphere, enjoy the flavours from mercifully well-spaced tables. You'll always receive a warm welcome - it's best to book ahead for lunch and dinner. Genuine hospitality is always on the menu.
Taunton, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Simply Stunning”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

Magnificent food, wonderful service and a lovely setting, what more could you want. Combe House is a true joy, the staff are attentive and friendly, the dining rooms are lovely and the food was beautiful. There is not much more I can say except that you must go there if you can !

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Tim M
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English first
Paignton, United Kingdom
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195 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Devon Delights”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012

There is nothing more quintessentially English than Combe House, an historic manor house near Exeter in glorious Devon. We recently enjoyed afternoon tea in this honey-coloured stone Grade 1 Listed Elizabethan country house, the heart of the 3,500 Combe Estate.
Everything about Combe says "gracious living" but there is nothing ostentatious about it so for afternoon tea cupcakes with sprinkles will be conspicuous by their absence! Until December you will have a Afternoon Devon Cream Tea but after the beginning of December the menu will change to the Festive Afternoon Tea which will include cinnamon and sultana scones, Christmas cake, a traditional Yule Log, mince pies, gingernut biscuits as well as honey roast ham and smoked turkey and smoked salmon finger sandwiches.
The afternoon tea we enjoyed included cream cheese and smoked salmon and traditional cucumber sandwiches, delicous light-as-a-feathera homemade fruit scones with the Chef's homemade preserve made from home-grown Mara des Bois strawbeerries, Devon clotted cream (served as quenelles, rather than plonked in a dish), tartlets filled with creme patisserie and fruit, eclairs, homemade buttery shortbread and chocolate brownies.
Fine quality tea - the essential component of afternoon tea - is loose leat and you may choose from a wide variety of blends, also fruit and herbal teas, and Freetrade coffee and chocolate. And of course, as this was such a special tea, we each chose to have a glass of Champagne (there is the option to include Champagne with this delightful afternoon tea.)
How can I sum up the experience? Well, there are no gimmicks here. Empahsis is on quality of ingredients and the kind of tea you would love to be able to present to guests in your own home - wonderful scones, neat-as-pie sandwiches, and gorgeous cakes and pastries. Furthermore, there is a genuine wish by the owners and their excellent staff to make visitors feel welcome and totally 'at home' while they are at Combe House. HIghly recommended.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank MargaretTotnes
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13 reviews
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“Elizabethan manor surrounded by arab horses”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Combe house hotel is a treasure to find and cherish for special occasions. Beware of the imitation website of another establishment which is passing itself off as being Combe House. It is not. This time we were fooled into calling the wrong restaurant so when 6 of us turned up for lunch there was no reservation but the staff were very kind to fit us in and make us feel welcome. The dining room is so pretty and the food and wine delectable.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank genevieve d
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Somerset
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82 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“What can you say?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

A birthday outing for four family members. Welcomed at the door and shown to soft chintzy sofas by a log fire in this beautiful Grade 1 listed country house hotel. A bottle of fizz arrived, courtesy of son and daughter in law as we looked at the menu and ate the delicious canapes; smoked trout, some sort of parfait on a spoon and exquisite cheese straws. We moved into the bright, intimate dining room and our drinks followed. Warm rolls, fresh butter, nice flowers. A tasty amuse bouche of warm wild mushroom soup. Hard to remember everything but there was foie gras parfait, crab and veal shin shredded and wrapped in caul, all garnished with leaves, sauce and drizzle. Delicious. Main courses included fillet and blade of beef, partridge breast and leg confit with wonderful crisp vegetables. Tempting puddings that looked a treat and cheese with no extra charge. Reasonably priced wine (bottle and by the glass) and port to finish. At £52.00 for 3 courses including canapes it is not cheap but the service is excellent, the food wonderful (every time) and the ambience delightful.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank ilminstertraveller
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76 reviews
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“Couldn't think of a better start to an autumn break”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

Stopped here en route to holiday in south hams. From the moment the door was opened we couldn't fault the attentive and friendly service. Low key luxe - spot on for the stunning venue! Great food, great wine - definitely worth it!! Will be back, to stay not just lunch!!

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1 Thank Aeparker81
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