Kentisbury Grange Hotel, North Devon
Set in the idyllic North Devonshire Countryside is the stunning luxury boutique hotel Kentisbury Grange nearby to Barnstaple & Exmoor National Park. The exquisite Victorian manor house is surrounded by breathtaking rolling hills, the ideal countryside setting.
Upon arrival we received a warm welcome from the hotels doorman who took our luggage and showed us to our room. Staff were very welcoming.
We stayed in one of the hotels Kentisbury Suites, one of their largest and most luxurious rooms. Our suite was incredibly spacious and loved the touches of Royal blue. The interiors and fabrics range from the chic designs of Christian Lacroix & contemporary decor by Jim Thompson Collections.
Can we please take a moment to admire the free-standing Victorian bathtub of dreams? It was so gorgeous! Our bathroom so spacious equipped with double sinks as well as a shower!
We were kindly greeted with a bottle of chilled Michael Caines Blanc de Blanc champagne & tasty homemade biscuits in our room to enjoy before heading for dinner!
The Coach House by double Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines
It was truly a culinary delight to experience the Six Course Tasting Menu & Wine Pairing at The Coach House created by double Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines. The restaurant was a former 17th century coaching house & was full of rustic charm.
The Coach House gained a Three Rosette Award for Culinary Experience in the AA Awards. Head Chef James Mason cooked up quite the masterpiece in the kitchen during our visit.
For starters we enjoyed the Mushroom Espuma with Cocoa powder which was a mousse like soup. The texture was unique and the taste was out of this world, really ever so moorish especially with the warm rustic bread dipped in to it. This was teamed with the 2015 Chablis French dry but fruity white wine.
Second on the menu was Quail Ravioli Sweetcorn purée, truffle, pumpkin seeds. The flavours of this dish were very well thought out and beautifully presented. This was teamed with the 2016 Portillo Pinot Noir an Argentinian wine with raspberry & vanilla flavours which brought out the sweetness of the dish.
Our third dish was the Lemon Sole Boudin Seaweed buerré blanc, fennel teamed with Grande des Rocs Picpoul de Pinet from the Languedoc-Roussillon area in France, a light & crisp white which works well with seafood.
The fish was so delicate & soft and the sauce of this dish was a creamy delight.
For out fourth dish the Exmoor Beef Sirloin Watercress purée, wild mushrooms, smoked marrow, madeira jus teamed with the 2013 Cadet du Chateau la Claymore, Lussac-Saint-Emilion, France, a deep red ruby vintage wine perfect for teaming with a beef dish. The meat was so tender & the flavours worked together beautifully.
Then it was on to the desserts, first we had the Goat’s Cheese Ice Cream Beetroot granita, dark chocolate sponge which is acquired taste due to the bitterness of the Goat’s Cheese. The beetroot & dark chocolate teamed together with the creamy texture of the ice-cream packed quite the punch!
Our final course was the Raspberry Mousse Pistachio macaroon, raspberry jelly & sorbet. Both desserts were teamed with Monbazillac from Domaine de l’Ancienne Cure 2013 containing barley sugar & dried fruit flavours to add some extra sweetness to our culinary experience at The Coach House.
The Coach House by Michael Caines was very impressive indeed, the low lit lighting added a wonderful atmosphere to the restaurant offering a luxurious but homely dining experience. Enjoyed watching the chefs at work whilst sitting at our table also. Highly recommend if staying in Devon.
We enjoyed a couple of after dinner cocktails at The Coach House which were beautifully presented, my favourite was The Smoked Old Fashioned with Apricot infused Makers Mark containing Orange Bitters, Brown Sugar & Oak Smoke & a moorish Champagne cocktail containing Elderflower & citrus.
Breakfast with a view
Enjoying breakfast in the comfort of our suite overlooking the rolling Devonshire hills was a highlight of our stay. The Pancakes topped with strawberries, blueberries & maple syrup were so moorish!
Kentisbury Grange is such a serene location. It was so relaxing to wake up in the morning to birdsong and the trickle of the stream outside of the hotel. The interiors had a historic cosy charm.
Relaxing in the beauty of the Devonshire countryside at Kentisbury Grange was a pleasure, our suite was stunning & a pleasure to stay in. Our Dining experience at The Coach House was impressive. The surroundings were just breathtaking.
What do you think of Kentisbury Grange & The Coach House judging from the photographs? I would love to hear your thoughts!
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