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Smith’s Brasserie at Bovey Castle

North Bovey, Dartmoor National Park, Newton Abbot, TQ13 8RE

((((* British
Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 10:00 - 22:00
Saturday & Sunday: 08:00 - 22:00

Food and service and venue was very good thanks.

Nick Slade 27 March 2017
from Falmouth

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In a stunningly regal setting on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, Smith’s Brasserie at Bovey Castle is a shining example of British tradition. Classic recipes are made using local produce, with the restaurant boasting countryside views and roaring fires.

The Smith's Brasserie menu is filled with gourmet takes on British classics. To start, there are favourites like Salcombe crab salad or English pea soup, while mains feature hearty recipes such as roasted lamb fillet with minted French bean salad and balsamic dressing, or cheddar-crusted Salcombe fish pie. Lighter bites include a range of generously filled sandwiches, including a steak, onion and mushroom ciabatta. There are also dedicated vegetarian and kids' menus.

On the dessert menu at Smith's Brasserie, the British classic flavours continue with options like seasonal Eton mess, and sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream. Diners can also choose from the extensive international wine list.

Offering a true taste of British tradition in a breathtaking setting, Smith’s Brasserie at Bovey Castle is surrounded by lush countryside, and sits 14 miles from Newton Abbot.

Smith’s Brasserie at Bovey Castle

North Bovey, Dartmoor National Park, Newton Abbot, TQ13 8RE

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Customer reviews for Smith’s Brasserie at Bovey Castle

3.9 ((((* (based on 53 reviews)
79% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • ((*** 3 April 2017 by Alicia Thew from Teignmouth

    The restaurant is very attractively designed and our table was very comfortable. The food was tasty but over priced, as the presentation on the plates was poor-average. The service wasn't good, the staff seemed stressed and small requests came across as hassle. The first round of drinks we ordered took a long time to come, and were finally chased up at the bar by whom I assume was a manager. To start we ordered some nibbles to have with our drinks before the main course, however a waitress tried to remove these from the table when we were clearly not finished, and the first drinks hadn't yet arrived! The restaurant was not busy, but towards the end of our meal a member of kitchen staff came out of the kitchen obviously to see how many more meals would be ordered, this seemed unprofessional and we felt a little rushed. We assume that the slowness of service was due to a wedding taking place, however we do not feel that this should have impacted on our visit to the restaurant. My mother and I had spent the morning in the spa, and had come down to meet the rest of the family for my birthday lunch, so it was disappointing not to feel particularly valued or 'special' on this occasion.

  • ((((* 27 March 2017 by Nick Slade from Falmouth

    Food and service and venue was very good thanks.

  • ((((* 19 March 2017 by Kayleigh Vickery from Plymouth

    One word ... WOW
    We had an amazing experience here to celebrate a late anniversary/Christmas present. The staff went above and beyond to look after us. From a perfectly placed setting for our meal to the personalised treat at the end.
    We were given full details of the specials on offer as well as nice wines to compliment.
    From ensuring we were enjoying our courses to clearing finished plates efficiently, the staff were exceptional.
    I enjoyed the Ham Hock for starters and my husband ordered the 'small' Cesear salad that would feed a small family. The portion sizes were amazing for starters!
    For mains we had the Shepherd's Pie and off the specials menu, the Lamb loin. We couldn't fault any of our courses, they were beautiful. Unfortunately we couldn't fit in desserts as tempting as they were.
    The restaurant it self is beautifully presented, easily accommodating small and large parties with various table sizes, my favourite feature was the fire pit in the middle. I could have happily sat there all evening.
    Can't wait to return! Two very happy customers

  • (((** 5 March 2017 by Alan Stealey from Caerwent

    We really enjoyed the setting of the Brasserie; and our meals were all delicious. It was a shame about the other guests, a group of girls, with their mothers, made the place feel like a school canteen; and another table was protesting - just to get a free bottle of wine, we think - about their mussels tasting of fish (or something). The staff were excellent though.

  • ((((( 2 March 2017 by Susan from Newton Abbot

    Love food and great service, fabulous location.

  • ((((( 26 February 2017 by Lyn Rothbone from Devon

    Stunning location, beautiful restaurant, delicious food, attentive staff. What more could you ask for?

  • ((((( 15 February 2017 by Samantha Porter from Paignton

    Attended Smith's Brasserie on 14th February, being Valentines night and my father's 70th birthday. First time we have visited Bovey Castle and we were very impressed. I telephoned beforehand to ask if chef would be kind enough to present a plate to my father with Happy 70th Birthday written on it and it was presented to my father not only with greeting on but truffles as well! Staff hospitable and very professional. The four of us had different dishes from the menu which were cooked to perfection. Your staff kindly showed us around the Great Western Restaurant after our meal and we are looking forward to visiting again in the very near future. Although we live close by, I am sure we will treat ourselves to an overnight stay with spa use. I cannot praise Bovey Castle enough and I shall be recommending you to all my friends and family. THANK YOU BOVEY CASTLE!

  • (((** 19 January 2017 by James Selman from Exeter

    A pleasant restaurant with ok food. Unfortunately the price of the food far exceeds the quality offered. A disappointing experience overall.

  • (**** 5 January 2017 by Michael Blagden from Tavistock

    Very poor meal. Beef tough, few vegetables

  • (**** 5 January 2017 by Gary Wolens from London

    While the service was attentive, my son and I unfortunately ordered the steak which was absolutely terrible. In addition to being tasteless, it was the toughest piece of meat I have ever been served. I was surprised that such an establishment which obviously prides itself on quality would serve such poor quality food. It's a shame as it lessened the experience of the evening. In addition to telling the waiter of our disappointment I also told the front desk and am now telling you.

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