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“Innovative and mostly well-executed cooking”

The Restaurant at the Salutation Hotel
Ranked #2 of 25 Restaurants in Topsham
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Situated in the heart of Topsham, The Salutation Inn has been providing bed and sustenance to sailors, travellers and revellers for nearly 300 years, with Tom and Amelia Williams-Hawkes at the helm for the past five years. Tom is the Chef Director, having previously worked alongside Michael Caines, Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing. With six renovated boutique bedrooms and a high-reputation for gourmet feasting, The Salutation continues to be the go-to destination for celebrations and special occasions, while their GlassHouse is the perfect daily escape for coffee, cake and afternoon tea.
Reviewed 6 August 2022

We stayed here for a week, so were able to sample most of the menu. The food was interesting and generally well-conceived. The standard was very good, with flashes of brilliance, but also some not so great. A turbot and lobster dish was excellent, but only the second time. The first time, a few days earlier, the turbot had been overcooked, and I also asked that the coriander foam be replaced by a simple sauce. The result, with a beurre noisette sauce, was delicious.

A chicken confit terrine was very good – with more chicken flavour on the second tasting, so consistency in the kitchen is somewhat of an issue. A pork tenderloin main was so dry and overcooked that we had to send it back – something I do extremely rarely. On re-cooking, it was fine.

A salmon tartare starter was tasty and well-designed, as were a scallops and belly pork starter, an octopus and cuttlefish risotto main and a chocolate tart and cassis sorbet dessert. However, a sirloin dish lacked the flavour I would have expected.
The dessert list was short and, with the exception of the chocolate tart dish, pretty conventional. If only the innovative ideas that permeated the starters and mains could feed through to the puds!

The wine list was as interesting as the savoury dishes. Although fairly short, it included gruner veltliner and both red and white appassimentos. But for best value, step up to the more expensive “familiars” – Sancerre and Pouilly-Fuissé were both great.

Despite the “room for improvements” noted above, we thoroughly enjoyed eating and drinking here. The service was first class – I can find nothing to criticise (that’s also extremely rare for me!).

Date of visit: July 2022
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2  Thank Mike G
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Reviewed 4 August 2022 via mobile

Came in last night as it was my girlfriends birthday and couldn't fault the experience. Every course was incredible. Staff were really nice and gave my gf a nice little surprise with her dessert which really made her evening. Will definitely be back again. Thanks for a special evening!

Date of visit: August 2022
Thank Craig L
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Reviewed 19 July 2022

Absolutely fantastic food and service. Classy without being pretentious. We both had scallops with pork belly - delicious! i had beef sirloin which was perfectly cooked and my wife had turbot and lobster - again, fantastic. Cheese board was top notch as was pudding. Would be back in a heart beat if I lived near!

Date of visit: July 2022
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1  Thank PacoBoy
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Reviewed 23 June 2022 via mobile

A great meal in lovely surroundings with perfect service was ruined by the discovery that they serve foie gras.

Best avoided by vegans, vegetarians, or anyone with a sense of decency (and just for info, only the latter applies to me!).

A crying shame.

3  Thank Hieronymus_in_Hell
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Reviewed 17 June 2022

We celebrated our wedding anniversary at The Restaurant at The Salutation Hotel recently, and could not fault anything about it whatsoever, the service, food and drinks were all wonderful, also great value.

We'll hopefully return one day!

Date of visit: May 2022
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1  Thank Ian M
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