Review on Great Western Restaurant, Bovey Castle
In June 2014 Bovey Castle was acquired by the Eden Hotel Collection, the AA Small Hotel Group of the Year 2014/2015 and is being restored to its former glory, as part of a multi-million pound restoration programme. Surrounded by 368 miles that make up Dartmoor National Park, the estate includes an 18-hole championship golf course, spa, country lodges and an outdoor-pursuits centre.
Guests staying at this opulent Jacobean-style mansion might think they are taking part in an informal house party on a grand scale, with the bonus of just about every country pursuit you could imagine - from archery to falconry. Fine dining takes place in the stunning 1920's Art Decor style Great Western Restaurant which takes its name from the Great Western Railway, who were the first owners to open Bovey Castle as a golfing hotel in 1930.
Seasonal pickings from the estate are teamed up with plentiful supplies of local produce for a repertoire of dishes with a strong seasonal thumbprint. Kick off with starters in the shape of Brixham crab and line caught mackerel, pickled cider apples, roasted peanuts and apple jelly or roast wood pigeon, red leaves and cauliflower Spring chutney sauce. Follow on with pan fried Dover sole, caramelised cauliflowers and pommes soufflé, potted brown shrimp, shellfish reduction or carnivores might opt for the roast rump and breast of new season lamb, wild asparagus, English asparagus, peas and girolles. Close the show with a warm raspberry soufflé, orange blossom honey sauce and Goat's milk ice cream or English strawberries and clotted cream, Champagne and rose petals, wild strawberry puree.
Informal dining takes place in the Smith's Brasserie, a cosy room featuring a theatre kitchen and a central fire pit.
Great Western Restaurant, Bovey Castle is also featured in: Michelin Guide, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm Sun
Dinner: 7.00 - 9.30pm Mon-Sun
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express