Lympstone Manor

Courtlands Lane | Exmouth, ENG EX8 3NZ  [SEE MAP]Exmouth, ENG  [SEE ADDRESS]
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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5

Sunday lunch for my son's 21st birthday - fabulous service

Apr 12th, 2020

We decided to treat ourselves to lunch for my son's 21st birthday in March. The service was amazing and nothing seemed like too much trouble. We had a lovely family meal and did not feel rushed at all. The food was beautifully presented. Afterwards we had a stroll around the beautiful grounds. We would definitely return to Lympstone Manor for a future special occasion. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5

Perfect peace, stunning location..

Mar 31st, 2020

We stayed for one night (wish we'd booked 2). On booking the Housekeeping emailed with various options to make our stay perfect - the usual room offers (wine, chocolates etc) but also choice of bedding (feather or synthetic), arrival time, dinner time etc. The arrival and reception went seamlessly, we were shown around the Manor on our way to our Grand Suite (Avocet). The suite had an outside seating area, lounge (with TV and complimentary gin), sleeping area (with TV) and raised bathroom suite. All beautifully presented. Usual room equipment (hairdryer, coffee machine etc - all quality brands). Binoculars were also provided for bird watching. Only niggle was the dressing area - the lighting was underwhelming for dressing mirror. We had cocktails in the lounge which was a little crowded but would have prefered to be outside (again crowded). The decor reflects its sea heritage and estuary location. For dinner we chose to upgrade our visit to the Signature Tasting Menu and the Wine Flight. All well presented and delicious; the wine complimented the dishes. Coffee and petit fours were taken in one of the lounges. Breakfast was extensive and well presented. We walked around the Estate and vineyard - the Sculpture walk was interesting and enhanced the grounds. We had a visit to the kitchen before leaving which was eye opening and an oasis of calm. Thoroughly recommend visiting and we will return..hopefully very soon. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5

Expensive but worth every penny!

Mar 29th, 2020

We've eaten here twice in the last six months, most recently for afternoon tea and previously for lunch. As you'd imagine from Michael Caines the food is as good as you can get, served impeccably in gorgeous surroundings. But the nice surprise is that there are decent portions for such an establishment and the service is friendly not stuffy. It's not cheap, tea was £100 for 2 and lunch over £200 for us, but as a treat it's amazing. There is a warning though, you must book beforehand and can't call in on a whim, I tried and got turned away! TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3

Disappointing outcome for Special occasion with no response to feedback!

Mar 21st, 2020

This was a birthday celebration for my wife. I opted a for a couple special occasion package to include suited room, champagne, flowers and chocolates, a glass of bubbly before dinner, the tasting menu and breakfast. We found that the room had a few niggles, then they 'forgot' that we had opted for the package and offered us a priced drinks menu for pre-dinner drinks even tough we had said who were were and mentioned that we had opted for the package, then we found the 'fish & seafood' tasting menu quite samey, in the end it was difficult to distinguish between dishes, mostly beurre blanc, foams & purees, it was crying out for some crunch, texture and different flavours ... On the upside we had the wine flight which was excellent with a fantastic sommelier - and the breakfast was delicious. All in all for the price he charges (in excess of £1000) we felt that this was not value for money. Worst still, we wrote a note to air our grievances but have had no response whatsoever ... poor do ... TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3

Very disappointing lunch.

Mar 15th, 2020

We went for lunch for my wife's birthday. We ate from the a la carte menu. We did have high expectations but I'm afraid the experience was very mediocre. The service was efficient and polite but somehow lacked warmth and the atmosphere was not relaxed. One felt the staff were very aware that they were in a Michelin starred restaurant and were nervous that the customers may not be happy. The bar/lounge area for drinks before lunch has a very strange seating arrangement with very many of the seats in the centre of the room facing a wall about three feet away, rather than being able to benefit from the splendid views. Our starters were scallops which were beautifully cooked but just the same as scallops in any decent fine dining restaurant, with a parsnip puree which is quite common. Main course we both had the turbot. To my taste it wasn't cooked quite long enough by maybe a couple of minutes as it was translucent and not as flaky or soft as I expected but would probably have been fine, except the butter sauce with it was so strong it completely dominated the whole dish and smothered the delicacy of the turbot and the leeks etc. served with the dish. The presentation was clumsy, a piece of fish dumped on top of some small leeks etc. and spoonfuls of the thin sauce poured liberally all over everything. The menu had a limited choice with only three starters and three main courses so it was surprising that there were small scallops with the turbot as well as being one of the starters. It didn't suggest that anybody had considered the "balance" of the menu. It was a poor dish by any standard. Desserts were delicious. My wife had the Coconut Panacotta and I had the Rasberry souffle. Both did have the wow factor for presentation, flavours and delicacy. The soufflé was light and fluffy all the way through, full of flavour and served at a temperature that was not too hot to eat straight away. It was also presented with a completely flat top - very clever ! Shame the pastry chef isn't in charge of the main course. Seating in the restaurant was also strange. The designer clearly has a thing about seats in the middle of the room facing walls. The seating was simply three large curved banquettes side by side with another three back to back with those. We had one facing the windows - about three feet away but those behind would have been about three feet from the wall. The room is too small for such large seating in the centre of it so it gives a slightly claustrophobic feel rather than light and airy. Three courses and just a half bottle of wine and two coffes came to £386. It wasn't worth a third of that. Although the location is stunning we did not benefit from it at all. The grounds are extensive but there is no landscaping other than a small rectangular pond very close to the house and surrounded by short "municipal" railings - very odd. This was well below the standard of comparable country house restaurants. Very disappointing. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

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