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“Exquisite as Always”

Gidleigh Park Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 18 Restaurants in Chagford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $81 - $196
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Set majestically on the bubbling upper reaches of the River Teign, Gidleigh Park enjoys an exquisite location on the very edge of Dartmoor National Park. At the heart of the hotel, the elegant and intimate two Michelin-starred restaurant provides a sophisticated backdrop to Executive Chef, Michael Wignall's decadent tasting and à la carte menus. One of the most respected chefs in the UK, Michael Wignall has won Michelin stars in every kitchen he has headed since being awarded his first star in 1993. Michael is famed for his respect for food and an ever evolving style which creates unique dishes full of flavour and underpinned by a contemporary, less formal approach to fine cuisine. Describing his food as ‘modern, technical and meaningful’, each element features to add flavour or texture, enticing diners to experience new combinations and ingredients complemented by vegetables and herbs picked from Gidleigh Park’s own kitchen garden. Matching the high standards in the kitchen, Gidleigh Park’s internationally renowned wine cellar accommodates over 1,300 bins and 13,000 bottles from around the world. Home to a selection of European, New World and Bio Dynamic wines, the cellar offers one of the most impressive wine lists in the British Isles. Join us for lunch, afternoon tea or dinner and enjoy your choice of tasting or à la carte menus, dedicated to the finest seasonal ingredients.
Reviewed March 9, 2013

Afternoon tea with friends at Gidleigh Park is a tranquil setting in a relaxed and comfortable lounge with unassuming yet exacting service from the staff.
A recommendation as from previous experience is to order three afternoon teas for four persons, even this will be a hurdle to devour, so the kind staff at Gidleigh Park will ensure you can savour every last bite with the remaining pastries & cakes boxed for you to take home, how wonderful Gidleigh Park to take away.
Champagne with Afternoon tea is a must for those not driving, a very palatable choice, not too dry for the afternoon. Finger sandwiches with a variety of fillings to suit all guests and as on every occasion allergies are catered for by the staff at the point of booking.
Pastries and cakes are divine with fresh fruits and the lightest of sponge.
Choice of leaf teas is extensive but the Gidleigh Park blend is certainly one to try.
As always my favourite choice of all hotels to stay and eat with it's impeccable attention to detail.

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Reviewed March 9, 2013

Wow! What a beautiful place to visit! This was our first trip to Gidleigh. We had heard so much about it over the years and had been given our lunch as a present. We weren't disappointed....From the moment we arrived to the moment we left the staff looked after us and constantly made sure that we had everything we wanted. We arrived early for lunch and relaxed by the fire in the sitting room and enjoyed reading the papers and several coffees. Our food was delicious and we loved the wines we chose. We left feeling thoroughly spoilt.

We hope to return for many more special occasions with other members of the family. We cannot really comment on the cost of our meal as it was a present but we would certainly pay extra for this experience again. Gidleigh is somewhere to keep for special treats.

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Reviewed March 3, 2013

We had high expectations of our visit to Gidleigh Park, and we were not disappointed. From start to finish, everything was perfect. It's in a pretty location, with winding roads that cannot fit two cars abreast, so it does feel quite remote and special.

The hotel itself is stunning, with wonderful views from the huge bay windows. We had an aperitif before our meal, and could hear the nearby stream burbling away. I think that we were quite lucky that our visit was on a day when the place was not over-crowded: we went for Sunday lunch, and it's probably a different story on a Saturday! So there were guests there, but you also got to feel that you had it a bit to yourself.

Service was very attentive, but not in your face. We had the 8 course Signature menu, and it was delicious. The portions were the right size for us - we have eaten at other places with taster menus and it has become a struggle to finish (which means you don't enjoy the food as much towards the end). But we thoroughly enjoyed everything.

It seems to be a popular place for birthdays - there were at least 3 other people having tea and coffee in the lounge at the end of our meal who were there to celebrate a bithday, too. We can't say we blame them! We would love to go back: deserving of the over-used expression 'awesome'.

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Reviewed February 26, 2013

From the sweeping drive through gorgeous grounds to the exquisite entrance, lounge and dining rooms, Gidleigh Park is a wonderful dining experience. The two Michelin-starred kitchen headed by Michael Caines has produced perfection every time I have been there. Expensive but worth it for a special treat. Allow plenty of time, service is swift, very caring and unobtrusive but it's worth allowing a good half hour on arrival for canapes and champagne in the lounge and a relaxing hour there over coffee and petit fours adds to the experience. They even supply wellington boots and umbrellas if you want to walk through the grounds where two streams meet (I know two people who have proposed there) and if you are really to full to move the hotel is first rate.

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Thank Pursuitman
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

See my review of the Three Crowns, Chagford.
On Friday afternoon we went for a walk in the Devon countryside. We arrived at Gidleigh Park hotel to enquirer about lunch on Saturday. They have us warming afternoon tea. We booked and they decided not to bill us for the tea.
We returned for lunch on Saturday to what I can safely day was the best, the very best, lunch I have ever had.
Mind you we choose Plymouth gin as a pre-lunch tipple and had a bottle of Camel Valley Brut with the meal so with that combination life can only be good.
If you can find enough pennies to have a meal here at lest one in your life; DO IT !!!
You will remember the experience long after you forget the price.

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Thank Chris R
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