We had quite a journey from one end of Exmoor to the other to get here, but it really was worth it! The dining room was lovely and bright, the art work was interesting, the tables were tastefully decorated and laid and, most of all, the staff were friendly and welcoming, informal and informative!
We booked for a three course lunch and it was difficult to choose from the selection as they all sounded so good! Our youngest is coeliac but this was not a problem and they were very helpful, no fuss at all and he could have nearly everything on the menu. [ so important ].
The portions are very generous, the chef obviously wants to feed his guests and deliver full on flavour too. We were all presented with a 'amuse bouche', a lovely breaded arancini ball, full of flavour on a spoonful of herby labneh, and our youngest had a stuffed pepper with labneh...perfect! Butternut squash soup was flavoursome, mussels and linguine were perfect, plump creamy Exmouth mussels and a delicious cooking liqour. A trio of ham hock terrine, croquette and duck liver parfait was generous, and the slab of parfait was as good as any 'bloc de foie gras'. [ I would return for that alone!].
Main courses were equally generous, and all so full of flavour. A Moroccan style lamb casserole with cutlet and Merguez sausage instantly reminded me of eating out in Turkey, venison casserole was rich and tasty and pork belly with fava bean mash and chorizo was unctous, tasty and filling.
Finding room for dessert was difficult, but we ploughed on, all were fantastic. Couple that with generous portions of home breads and butter [ gluten free was gorgeous] and a sensible well priced selection of lovely wines [ we had a Carmenere ], and you have true perfection.
For me, the duck liver parfait will now be on my 'last supper' menu !
Well done to the owners and chef, we would recommend this to everyone. I hope that we return someday.
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