This is a hidden jewel in this small seaside town. When I phoned up the night before for a lunch time reservation today 5 May, I was advised I was the only couple booked in so there would be plenty of room. I was also advised that the Sunday lunch would cost £29.5 each. So it was with some apprehension that my wife and I visited this restaurant within the Riviera Hotel.
The decor of the restaurant was superb, we had the feeling that we were back at The Ritz. Tables were superbly arranged, and the ambiance of the place was fitting of the price.
The meal was superb and would have done credit to the best of Master Chef, both for taste and presentation. The staff were excellent and again matched the service we had experienced at The Ritz.
My meal included poached pears with other fruit and sweet chutney, then sweet potato and chili soup, the main was an excellent Devon beef medium cooked together with vegetables which had been tastefully prepared. I finished with ice cream to give my stomach a pleasant rest. Coffee was served in the lounge overlooking Sidmouth Bay. My wife had sliced duck with red cabbage salad, then the same soup, followed by Dover Sole with Tempura Prawns and Risotto cooked to perfection. She had a fruit selection served in a brandy basket to finish.
So initially a meal which I had reservations about turned out to be superbly cooked and presented to a high standard, and was exceptionally great value for money.
Since it was a lovely sunny day the tables in front of the Hotel were continually filled with people enjoying lighter lunches and drinks.
Some of the staff have been at this hotel for a long time, and have maintained old fashioned standards which are rarely experienced any more.
I would highly recommend this restaurant you will not be dissapointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Riviera, with its echoes of the South of France and prime position on the seafront, is the choice for the discerning in search of relaxation and quieter pleasures. Many bedrooms have been recently refurbished, so, whether you stay on holiday or on business you will be treated to the kind of friendly personal attention that can only be found in a private hotel of this quality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riviera Hotel Sidmouth
- Hotel Riviera Sidmouth, Devon