North Bovey, Dartmoor National Park, TQ13 8RE
Surrounded by 275 acres of Dartmoor National Park, and serving beautiful fare is Bovey Castle. This five-red-star stately country house is a magnet for those looking for luxury, and the dazzling three-AA-rosette-awarded Great Western Restaurant is just the place to find it. Executive head chef Mark Budd respects the fresh, local produce on his doorstep, and he instils a sense of fun and creativity into his dishes to reflect the magnificent surroundings. For example, Brixham crab and poached Cornish lobster are paired with green apple, avocado and vanilla buttermilk crunch for starters. Follow with roast loin of Bovey Estate venison served with caramelised shallot chutney and red leaves. The chocolate liquor parfait with orange and sea buckthorn sorbet is a memorable dessert. Afternoon tea, Sunday lunch and a tasting menu are great reasons to return. Attention to detail is evident in every aspect of the hotel, from the sophisticated welcome guests receive to the attentive service in the restaurant. Add the 60 bedrooms, 22 self-catering lodges, Elan Spa and award-winning golf course, and a stay at the truly magical Bovey Castle has to be on the cards.