Luxury hotel, Bovey Castle in Dartmoor, has been awarded the coveted accolade of three AA Rosettes for its culinary excellence.
The hotel, part of the Eden Hotel Collection, is home to the Great Western Restaurant headed up by Mark Budd who has a passion for provenance and incorporates this into his menus, which helped in the restaurant’s bid for three Rosettes.
Now the rating takes the Great Western Restaurant to within the top 10% of the AA restaurants that have achieved this level of cuisine.
AA Senior Hotel & Restaurant inspector, Garry Baldwin MIH said: “The re-invention of the dining options at Bovey Castle, in line with the development of the AA five-star hotel, now sees the Great Western Restaurant under the direction of Mark Budd. Mark uses the finest ingredients the South West and the UK can offer, ensuring dishes are created with flair and imagination whilst keeping a sense of fun and indeed credibility to the hotel and its surroundings.”
Budd has adapted his menu to reflect Bovey Castle’s surroundings: the ‘9th Hole Chocolate Tree Stump’ is a nod to the estate’s championship golf course, while the ‘Bovey Meadow’ dessert of cream cheese ice cream, Perry poached pear, bee pollen and honeycomb celebrates Bovey Castle’s landscape.
Budd is also developing a herb garden on the estate and he has also introduced the ‘Big Green Egg’, an outdoor ceramic oven to slow cook dishes such as old spot pork and crackling.
Looking to the future, Budd is working in conjunction with the Bovey Castle estate team to bring Dexter cattle to the estate.
The Dartmoor country estate has gone from strength to strength since it was acquired by the Eden Hotel Collection in 2014, having undergone an extensive £3.5m refurbishment encompassing general restoration work throughout, plus considerable work on the spa, brasserie, restaurant, public areas and bedrooms.