Fodor's Expert Review Gidleigh Park
One of England's foremost country-house hotels, Gidleigh Park occupies an enclave of landscaped gardens and streams, reached via a lengthy, winding country lane and private drive at the edge of Dartmoor. The extremely pricey contemporary restaurant, directed by chef Michael Wignall, has been showered with culinary awards. You may see why when you dig into the pastrami of wood pigeon with blackberry and smoked oats, or cassoulet of razor clams with edamame beans and cuttlefish gnocchi, two of the choices often on the prix-fixe menus (£60 for three courses or £75 for seven courses at lunch, £125 for three courses or £145 for a ten-course banquet at dinner). The wine list is formidable, and the locally pumped spring water is like no other. Antiques fill the long, half-timber building, built in 1928 in Tudor style; there are also 24 luxurious guest rooms.
Chagford, Devon TQ13 8HH, England
- Top-notch dining experience
- Prix-fixe menus with multicourse options
- Excellent wine menu