There is no doubt this country hotel is in a stunning and peaceful setting. The rooms are a little old fashioned but they are clean and spacious (the only gripe is they don't supply tea or coffee making facilities in the room). We were treated to a one night stay with a five course tasting menu which was raved about in reviews we read prior to our stay. I can only surmise that they ate food cooked by someone else or have their restaurant's confused. The soup was watery and tasteless (something we overheard another couple commenting on during dinner). Thinking this was just a blip we carried on eating only to be faced with worsening courses as the evening wore on – fried salmon balls, curried lentils as the vegetarian main and slightly overcooked chicken. For a meal which costs £70 per head it was hugely disappointing. The wine accompanying the meal was very poor quality too. We had a tasting menu at the Purple Carrot near Okehampton just a week earlier and it was far superior – every course was imaginative, delicious and beautifully presented. In my opinion, The Northcote Manor Country House Hotel needs to raise it's game massively.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 3 AA red starts, 2 AA Rosettes, AA notable wine list and 'Devon Venue' in the Westcountry Wedding Awards. Northcote manor is a cherished Country House Hotel set in the foothills of Exmoor National Park, Enjoy sweeping views over the Taw Valley, sundowners on the sun terrace and cream teas on the lawn or in front of crackling log fires. The perfect wedding venue or conference. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Northcote Manor Umberleigh
- Northcote Manor Hotel Umberleigh
- Northcote Manor Country House Hotel Devon/Burrington