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“Outstanding in every way”

Gidleigh Park Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 18 Restaurants in Chagford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $81 - $197
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, 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 August 10, 2013

A Saturday lunchtime birthday treat was beyond my expectations.....the welcome we received was outstanding as was the food and selection of wines. We opted for the a'la carte menu options and took recommendations on glasses of wine to compliment the various courses. Friendly, professional, simply superb! This is the first review I have struggled to write, as praising is not as easy as being critical ☺ Visit Gidleigh - it is charming - and I intend to return with friends and family.

Thank Roon S
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

We went to Gidleigh Park with some relations who are local and go regularly and they were treating us - as it was lunchtime my husband and i chose the 'lunchtime' three courses for £39 each - you get your 'amuse bouche' when having your pre lunch drinks anyway and the appetiser is one of the three (it was gazpacho which i don't normally like and still don't like but the others did). We then had the beef (wonderful - no potatoes come with it but by then i had two of the choice of three types of warm bread/rolls on offer so was not short of carbs!) and for desert i had the caramel parfait which was gorgeous. Our relations had their three courses from the a la carte so theirs was £110 each - we were very pleased to have saved them £140 between us for forgoing the starter - i really don't think any starter was worth that and although the 'lunchtime ' menu is limited and they wanted their faves from the main menu - i cant see why you would pay a la carte at lunchtime unless money is no object! The other thing i would do if i ever went again would be to have the starter and main from the lunchtime £39 menu and just get the 'petit fours' and coffee as that is £7 and you actually get three mini puddings rather than traditional petit fours (I had seen this on line and then forgot) so had already had ample desert so had only one and a bit of the three pots - it really is too much after three courses including desert - but very good value if you haven't had the desert. Of course you dont come here for value - and i can see why they have the stars - and why the food is spaced around the plate as a work of art - you really do need to take your time and taste each wonderful intense flavour individually and appreciate them - it is def a rank above 'ordinary' restaurants. However if you don't like your food played with too much (it was almost too 'handled' for me..) this is not for you.

the staff are discrete - professional - presentable and charming - i find it quite amusing the way they describe what you ordered with not much more than you read on the menu but they are certainly knowledgeable when asked any questions - but if you were shy or on a first date and didn't want to be interrupted (not that they do interrupt of course - they wait for an opportune moment !) you may not want so much interaction with the staff - but again- this is where the money goes and if like our host you like to pay so that others can treat you impeccably - you will not be disappointed!

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Thank lellybellybean
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

There are 3 choices - a la carte, 5-course tasting menu and the 8-course signature menu.

We chose the signature menu (£135) and every course was wonderful.

The wine list was enormous, and would doubtless have challenged even the best wine buff, so we left the choice of wines with dinner to the Sommelier.

The majority of wines were lovely but it was perhaps a rather expensive option at around £100 per head!

1  Thank Tiny60
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

A wonderful Monday lunch time treat bought by friends for my husbands birthday.

After a delicious Pimms (with all the correct bits) on the tranquil terrace we moved into the restaurant and ate the most delicious lunch.
We chose the four course lunch menu and were not disappointed.
Highlights for us were the starters, mine the beetroot salad, it was amazing, wonderful flavours and so pretty. My husband had the Brixham crab, delicious.

The highlight after the food, was the service, it was wonderful. I don't think I have ever felt more comfortable in a fine dining restaurant as I did at Gidleigh. The team there were fantastic. Even fixing our wobbly table on the terrace, but never once did the service feel intrusive and we never once felt that we were being rushed.

A perfect summer lunch time treat. We wish we could have stayed (and afforded) and sampled the amazing sounding rooms I imagine it is a magical place whatever the time of year.

Thank you Gidleigh.

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Thank Elizabeth H
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

We loved this restaurant. From driving up to the beautiful hotel and walking in the water garden to sitting on the terrace in the sunshine sipping our cocktails, we were made to feel welcome and at home. Michael Caines has a lot to answer for with the food, it was fabulous as we knew it would be. The crab cannelloni with a sauce vierge, duck confit cooked to perfection and an orange and Grande Marnier soufflé to die for. The restaurant is cosy with enough tables to give it a lovely atmosphere. All of the staff were excellent. The lunch menu we chose was 3 courses for 49 euros and so not a bank breaker. Wine is extra but there is a wide variety to choose from. Coffee and petit fours are extra but you do not go here to save money you go to enjoy the experience and we certainly did. We will be back.

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Thank Spanishharlem83
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