I undoubtedly had one of the most memorable dining experiences this year at The Gallery Restaurant at Boringdon Hall, where we enjoyed a 7 course tasting menu paired with a fantastic wine flight.
The restaurant is under the helm of Chef Scott Paton and his kitchen team definitely has some sorcery within it as the meal was just exemplary and you could see the endearing passion of the kitchen with each dish that was brought out.
The setting was intimate and fabulous, with views of The Great Hall down below as we dined.
Our evening was off to a gratifying start with a selection of amuse bouche that included a four cheese sablé, which was a delicate, crumbly biscuit packed with flavour, as well as the dreamiest onion veloute, baked bread selection (Pretzel was to die for) before embarking on the 7 courses!
Amit had opted for the regular tasting menu whilst I was intrigued by the Vegetarian/Vegan Tasting Menu, as I am slowly making the transition myself.
Amit’s first course was a Bird’s liver parfait, pedro ximenez and brioche, whilst mine was fermented mushroom pate with lapsang souchong jelly, which in all honesty, blew my mind!
Our course was paired with the Terra Iconia Beaujolais from Burgundy, France, which was a new discovery for us and we have been searching for it on the internet ever since to source some bottles for ourselves.
Next up was Scallop ‘taco’ for Amit, whilst I had a vibrant and flavoursome Kohrabi, green pepper and avocado with taco spices and coriander, both paired with Laurent Miquel Albarino from France. The confluence of ingredients in my dish imparted a whole host of flavours, and I really enjoyed this dish, amazed by the myriad of flavours exploding in my mouth.
Our third course was a beautifully presented Brixham crab with curried emulsion, mango, cardamom, and lime for Amit, and mine was a hearty Celeriac risotto with crispy onions and chives. This was really tasty and I was getting worried about being too full at this stage, but bravely ploughed on! Both dishes were paired with Trimbach Gewürztraminer from Alsace, France.
Now on to the mains. Amit picked Braised Turbot, celery root and truffle in a Champagne sauce, whilst I had a Caramelised onion and allium tart, French beans and garden herbs, which was a cohesive explosion of textures and flavours, and a real standout dish for me from this menu.
Our mains were paired with Ermita de San Felices Rioja Blanco from Spain, which was yet another new discovery, mainly as I had never had a white Rioja before, and I absolutely loved it.
As we completed the savoury aspect of the tasting menu I was in awe of the amazing food we had devoured, and in particular the seasonal touches and incredible quality of the produce.
Now dessert, which we both took great pleasure in indulging in, was a Raspberry mousse, pistachio cream and raspberry sorbet for him, and a Poached pear, peanut and pear sorbet for me, paired with the most beautiful Sparkling Rose Lyme Bay, a delight from England.
We finished off the sweet course with an Infinite vanilla, white chocolate and pear as well as Lemon sorbet with poached apricots, paired with Laurent Perrier La Cuvee Brut from Champagne, France.
Both rounds of desserts were incredible. I had however, saved space for my favourite course of all, the Selection of artisan local and French cheeses served with preserves, pickles and crackers and a glass of Taylor’s 10 Year Old Tawny from Portugal. I love cheese and this was the perfect way to round off what was a sensational and superb meal, and one which will remain a highlight for a very long time to come.
A big thank you to Josh, our sommelier on the evening, who was really knowledgeable about the various wines and made our experience that extra bit special.
If you are in Devon, or looking for a gourmet break, I can’t even put into words how amazing the tasting menu experience is to do it enough justice – it is one that simply has to be experienced in all its glory to fully give it the full recognition that it deserves. I was so impressed with the Vegetarian version of the menu, as it was so innovative and so creative, and Amit equally loved his menu too.
The tasting menu costs £75 per person.
Supplement for dinner inclusive £20 per person
7 glass wine flight – £45
You can read about my stay here: https://www.binnysfoodandtravel.com/2019/09/08/hotel-review-boringdon-hall-hotel-the-enchanted-place-on-the-hill/