When Felicity Cook and partner Aaron Vanstone took over this uber rural restaurant in February 2020, they hardly expected to shut within weeks of opening. But they kept the faith through lockdown, as did the local Hartland community who enthusiastically supported Pattard Restaurant from the moment it reopened.
Don’t be fooled into thinking this was simply altruism, however, as once word was out about how good the experience was, even its hidden countryside location couldn’t keep diners away.
Customers travel to experience elegant and contemporary cooking that Aaron and a single sous chef craft in the open kitchen of this 26-cover barn conversion. Local and seasonal produce is employed in menus that take a modern approach to classical British and French fine-dining cuisine. Beautifully presented dishes are complemented by an attractive rustic setting which is almost entirely crafted from wood, other than accents from minimalist Scandi blue chairs, local lino prints and milk bottles (the barn was formerly a milking parlour) full of hedgerow flowers.
Felicity runs front of house, providing attentive service and wine recommendations to the small band of diners feasting on multifaceted dishes layered with seductive elements.