Aug 17 2014

Gidleigh Park

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Gidleigh Park is a country house located in a wooden wally in Devon. It is quite hard to reach the place on a very narrow road, which is very beautiful, but apparently during the winter larger cars can’t even get there. Gidleigh Park houses a two-Michelin star restaurant with Michael Caines as the main chef (the restaurant was recently voted number 1 restaurant in the UK by the Harden’s Sunday Times Food List 2014). Gidleigh Park also has bedrooms (apparently all individual in style and design) and you can stay there for the night and then wonder in the gardens of the estate, which I saw some people doing when I was there.

I was visiting Devon and my boyfriend chose Gidleigh Park for lunch on a Sunday and we took the long and narrow road to Gidleigh Park. The inside of the house was very old and had a lot of charm. It had eclectic art and antiques and different style rooms, the lounge had different tables, chairs and the bar was done up in a completely different style. Gidleigh Park showcased British charm and elegance.

You could chose to have their signature sample menu for £140/ person, but instead we went for the much cheaper version, their lunch set menu for £44/ person for 3 courses (you could also have 4 courses for £57). Also note choosing dishes a la carte would set you back £115, so the lunch menu seems like the cheapest way how to enjoy Gidleigh Park. We did not have any wine, but apparently thy have an amazing wine cellar.

The three course lunch menu included a small appetizer, a starter and a main course and you could choose from one of the 3 starters and one of the 3 main courses. Our appetizer was “goat’s cheese foam with beetroot jelly, candied walnuts and granny smith apple”, but as my boyfriend does not like goats’ cheese he had a tuna tartar as his appetizer which actually looked better than my appetizer. I was not too keen on the goat’s cheese foam. I did like the crunchy bits of beetroot jelly and walnuts (did not like the apples), but the whole texture, I did not think was great. I chose a starter of “spinach and parmesan ravioli with pea and garlic puree, quail’s egg and a nutmeg foam” and my boyfriend went for the “”Devon quail with herb puree, potato gnocchi, truffled egg yolk and a tarragon jus”. Most of the people around us in the room (people were divided among a few rooms) were having the third starter “Brixham crab with crab mayonnaise, tomato and avocado vinaigrettes with a chilled tomato consommé” and I overheard conversations where people were saying how good the crab was. I liked the spinach and parmesan ravioli although was less keen on the accompanying pea and garlic puree. Overall I liked the Devon quail dish more and though the quail was delicious, as were the potato gnocchi.

My boyfriend and I chose the same main course “Dartmoor lamb chump with olive crust, fondant potato, smoked aubergine, roast garlic and tapenade jus” and you could also chose to have a main course of tomato and basil risotto or a lemon sole boudin. They did not give you too much lamb, but the lamb was nice, pink and delicious, and I also very much liked the fondant potato. I also found the roast garlic very delicious. After our main course we did not feel like a dessert but did want something so we ordered coffee and petit fours for £7.50/ person, although my boyfriend was saying we should not have done it and just hoped they would give us some small petit fours for free after our meal. The dish we got though was very nice with three small different desserts that were each very delicious and very impressive.

I did not have the best meal I have ever had at Gidleigh Park (and maybe that is because I did not have their signature set menu), but I loved the whole experience of going to this secluded country house which is so British and having a meal there.

Date: 17/ 08/ 14
Price for 2 people with some alcohol: £130.50
Location: Chagford, Devon

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Gidleigh Park
Chagford TQ13 8HH
Devon
United Kingdom
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