Karen Perrow experiences exceptional cooking at this popular restaurant
Once a 16th-century farmhouse, The Thatched Cottage has been transformed into a restaurant of culinary excellence. Our gastronomic journey through Devon’s abundant seasonal foods and flavours began in the walled garden at the back of the property, perfect for those pre-dinner drinks on a warm evening.
Once inside, our intimate, cushioned window bench table was dressed with a crisp white linen cloth and napkins, and adorned with night lights in dainty holders. Freshly baked bread rolls and a complimentary smoked salmon mousse proved perfect early partners to our choice of a French Chardonnay, which was fresh with hints of slightly buttered toast.
My starter of avocado, roasted pepper and crème fraîche terrine, with chicory and walnut salad, was a creamy combination; blended flavours that got on like old friends. My companion’s rosette of melon, chargrilled pineapple, strawberry and mint foam with macerated berries was a vibrant creation that shone with ripe colours.
Succulent textures and rich, deep flavours oozed from our main courses – we both chose a grilled steak, sirloin and fillet respectively, with bubble and squeak, shallots, mushrooms and red wine jus. Chef and owner Colin Seymour, along with his partner, Chris, certainly has a passion for cooking with local produce, creating dishes of exceptional quality.
For dessert, my warm chocolate fondant pudding with clotted cream and chocolate sauce erupted like a sweet fountain when I dipped into it, while my friend’s fruits of the forest cheesecake, with a strawberry compote and brandy snap, was a work of art, almost too good to eat. But, of course, we couldn't resist.
This was more than a meal. It was a complete dining experience to savour to the full.
Karen loves: the tender steak in a rich, red wine jus, the artistic presentation of dishes, the setting’s ambience
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