A slice of historic grandeur
A visit to this family-run Jacobean manor house is rather like stepping back in time. With wood panelling, stucco ceilings, ancestral portraits and crackling logs lighting up huge elegant fireplaces, Lewtrenchard Manor is a delicious place to dine and stay.
Hidden away in rural Devon, the house is steeped in history and was even mentioned in the Domesday Book. In 1626 it was bought by Henry Gould and remained in the family for generations (eyeball the Gould clan over dinner – their portraits hang in the dining room). Then, in the 19th century, Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould – who penned Onward Christian Soldiers – inherited the property and transformed it into the house it is today.
However good Baring-Gould’s taste in architecture, it’s odds on he didn’t have a kitchen crew who could create the kind of beautiful dishes that modern-day visitors experience.
Using fabulously fresh ingredients, including many plucked from the kitchen garden, the team craft à la carte and tasting menus for guests to enjoy in the panelled dining rooms. Dishes include beef tartare with brick pastry, hazelnut, truffle egg-yolk puree and onion, and poached chicken with haricot beans, pancetta, café au lait sauce and truffle powder.
Trencherman’s tip: book the Purple Carrot private chef’s table experience with flat‑screen views of the kitchen action