Gidleigh Park ‘now the best restaurant in the country’

Michael Caines hard at work

From today’s WMN and something I think we would all agree with?:

Double Michelin-starred Gidleigh Park is now arguably the best restaurant in the country after landing yet another accolade.

Last week, the Devon establishment came first in The Sunday Times and Harden’s “Britain’s Top 100 Restaurants” after earning a rating of 9.86 out of 10.

Now, the Dartmoor eatery has been awarded Most Excellent Restaurant in the annual Condé Nast Johansens 2011 Awards for Excellence.

Executive chef Michael Caines MBE, who lost an arm in a car accident, has built up a solid reputation since joining the hotel in 1994 and still regularly cooks in the kitchen.

He said: “I can’t keep up with all this good news. What a fantastic award to win. Again,  none of this would have happened without the hard work and loyalty of my team.

“My heartfelt thanks must go out to owners, Andrew and Christina Brownsword, head chef Ian Webber, general manager Sue Williams, resident manager Sue Kendall, restaurant manager Damien Bastiat and head sommelier Edouard Oger.”

The   inspectors were particularly impressed with “The beautiful rooms, world-class cuisine and excellent service” at Gidleigh Park.

As well as winning Top Restaurant in the Sunday Times awards, the country house also came first in the Best Places to Stay and Best Wine Lists categories.

Mr Caines added: “Gidleigh Park has been my pride and joy ever since I was appointed chef in 1994. We’ve gone on to hold two Michelin stars for almost 12 years and my team has never taken its eye off the ball – these awards mean a great deal to us and we feel like Christmas has come early.”

Gidleigh park won praise for its “flawless cuisine,” and for being “luxurious and welcoming, a wonderful all-round experience in a gorgeous location”.
The privately owned Tudor-style country house hotel is situated on the banks of the North Teign River in a 107-acre estate of woodlands and secluded gardens surrounded by Dartmoor National Park.

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