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“Disappointed beyond belief.”

Gidleigh Park Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 18 Restaurants in Chagford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $77 - $187
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, 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.
Kidderminster, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Disappointed beyond belief.”
Reviewed July 15, 2014

I wanted to give my husband a lovely treat whilst on holiday and booked lunch at Gidleigh Park having long admired Michael Caines. We did arrive late having got hopelessly lost and were warmly welcomed. We had drinks on the terrace which was very pleasant and enjoyed the wonderful garden view.
We were shown into a dining room and seated and it became apparent that the other guests were all talking in whispers. There was absolutely no atmosphere at all and we found our Summer luncheon menu and food a huge disappointment. My main course was so over seasoned and I do like my salt. The portions were very small and the baby vegetables had no flavour,if I had any potato I certainly couldn't find it. The chef had kindly made a diabetic ice cream to accompany a chopped fruit salad ( reminded me of the tins of fruit cocktail) for my husband which we appreciated.
We returned to Dartmouth feeling so ripped off . Sorry but not in the same league as the wonderful Le Manoir.

  • Visited July 2014
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3 Thank hillgrovechris
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Damien B, General Manager at Gidleigh Park Restaurant, responded to this review, July 16, 2014
Dear Hillgrovechris

We are very disappointed to hear your experience of Gidleigh Park was not to your liking, should you wish to contact us to discuss your luncheon further I would be interested to hear from you. generalmanager@gidleigh.co.uk
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“High excitement for high tea!”
Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

We were visiting friends in Devon and were very lucky indeed when they took us to Gidleigh Park so that we could experience an English high tea. We were delighted with the grounds, the presentation and the service we received. We each chose different teas and were impressed that the staff could remember who was having which tea. We enjoyed tasting the range of sandwiches, cakes and pastries but the scones with strawberry jam and traditional clotted cream were the standout. They were quite simply the best scones we have ever had and really did 'melt in our mouths'.
One of the waiters was from Portugal and as we had recently been there it was great to talk with him about his home country.
This has to be the most magnificent place in which to enjoy a true 'Devonshire tea'.

Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Baligirl11
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Damien B, General Manager at Gidleigh Park Restaurant, responded to this review, July 14, 2014
Dear Wendy F

It is lovely to hear you enjoyed Afternoon Tea with us recently, we also agree the scones are fantastic, they are lovingly made each day by Andy our Pastry chef who has worked with Michael Caines for 17 years here at Gidleigh. I will let Marco our waiter know you enjoyed speaking with him, he will be very pleased. Kindest Regards
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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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“Superb lunch”
Reviewed July 4, 2014

For anyone who has never had the pleasure of a visit to Gidleigh it is most definitely one of those places that you really should visit. This one was very special because the lunch was preceded by a tour around the grounds and gardens. This included sampling some of the herbs and vegetables that were later used for the lunch. The service is always impeccable, the ambience is superb and the quality and presentation of the food is incomparable. Fortunately we live close enough to enjoy it a few times each year

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Trevor S
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Damien B, General Manager at Gidleigh Park Restaurant, responded to this review, July 14, 2014
Dear Trevor S

Thank you so much for your review, it is lovely to know you enjoy your visits and appreciate what we do. I am also pleased to hear you live so close as we would love to welcome you back for that next special occasion. Kindest Regards
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Truro, United Kingdom
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“Special experience”
Reviewed July 3, 2014

The tasting menu at Gidleigh Park is magnificent and the experience is so much more than the meal: the beautiful grounds, the formality of the service, the fine looking interior, the crisp linen and white china, the quiet and calm of the setting. It is perfection and the pace is such that you can spend hours enjoying the food and atmosphere. The wine flight is well recommended and sommelier very knowledgeable. While staff attend to your every need, service does not feel intrusive or snobby. Thoroughly recommended for a special occasion.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Rosebud120604
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Damien B, General Manager at Gidleigh Park Restaurant, responded to this review, July 14, 2014
Dear Rosebud120604

What a lovely review, we are so glad you enjoyed the full Gidleigh experience, I know all the team will be pleased to read this. Thank you so much for your kind words, we very much look forward to welcoming you back. Kindest Regards
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Nottingham, England
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“Wonderful lunch”
Reviewed July 3, 2014

We visited Gidleigh for lunch on route to Padstow for a holiday - we'd wanted to go for quite a while as we love Michael Cains cooking when he's on television, but living in Nottingham the distance has always been somewhat prohibitive.

On arrival we were given our menus - mine had actually been adapted to reflect my 'fish eating, vegetarian' needs - I didn't expect this and it was a really nice touch. We were invited into the lounge where we had delicious canapés and cocktails, overlooking the beautiful grounds in beautiful surroundings.

The food was exceptional from start to finish, the serving staff were knowledgable and attentive and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

The only very minor downside (and it is very minor), is the road leading to Gidleigh is extremely narrow in parts, so I would suggest you allow a little extra time for your journey - it is well worth it!

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Merrix-Willis
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Damien B, General Manager at Gidleigh Park Restaurant, responded to this review, July 7, 2014
Dear Merrix-Willis

I am so pleased to hear you enjoyed the experience and of course we thank you for coming all that way to see us, we are very honoured. We really appreciate you taking the time to post your review. Kind Regards
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