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Smith’s Brasserie at Bovey Castle

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

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

We thoroughly enjoyed the fish cake/soup/calamari/arancini starters and lamb/fish pie and plaice mains. Brasserie was a relaxed environment, perfect for casual dining.

Jonathan 28 May 2019
from Bridgend

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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 128 reviews)
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  • dinner (67)
  • lunch (56)
  • luxury (54)
  • romantic (40)
  • afternoon tea (37)
  • large parties (26)
  • private dining (23)
  • child friendly (22)
  • al fresco (21)
  • trendy (19)
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  • (((** 14 August 2019 by Lisa from Devon

    This is there 4th time I have been to Smiths & each time I have come away very underwhelmed .. It nice surrounding but the food is average & the service a bit slow (even when the brasserie was not busy)

  • ((*** 13 August 2019 by Ruth from Newmarket

    Overall the experience was good. Service was friendly and the starters were amazing (one calamari and one friend duck egg with bubble and squeak). However we both ordered the fillet steak and asked for rare. Mine was overdone (between medium and medium well). I politely let the waiter know and he kindly offered to take them back to the kitchen. However they soon returned with my sister's steak cut in half claiming it was fine. My sister's was borderline rare so they said so you can have it as it is. Mine was definitely overcooked but the waiters had made me feel stupid and small so I ate it anyway. I feel disappointed by this. The steak was one of the most expensive things on the menu and I would expect to have my requests taken seriously and not be made to feel like I was overreacting or being stupid or unreasonable. The experience marred the overall experience.

  • ((((( 19 July 2019 by Michael from Bovey

    What a delightful first impression was given to us by the staff of Bovey Castle and Smith’s Brasserie. Everyone was so friendly and our traditional fish and chips dinner was quite good.

  • (((** 17 July 2019 by Philip from Fairlight

    Booking was easy and was pleased to note i could include dietary information. Staff were attentive and friendly, my complaint is that 2 main courses were bought to our table then we had to wait what seemed to be about 5 minutes for the second two main courses. However, one of the second group of meals served to us, was quickly taken away again as we had the presence of mind to ensure it was diary free. Apparently despite making sure this was clear when ordering our food, it appears it was missed. We did draw the issues mentioned to the waiter after we paid the bill, as i didn't want him to consider we wanted money of the bill. We are given a bottle of wine as a means of

  • ((*** 11 July 2019 by Vikki from London

    Unfortunately the service was extremely slow and the burger was very disappointing. It was BBQ night but I specifically opted to order from the menu for a freshly cooked burger rather than one that had been sitting out a while but it appeared to be of the same poor quality. Prices were surprisingly high especially when the food and service weren't worth it.

  • ((((( 28 May 2019 by Jonathan from Bridgend

    We thoroughly enjoyed the fish cake/soup/calamari/arancini starters and lamb/fish pie and plaice mains. Brasserie was a relaxed environment, perfect for casual dining.

  • ((*** 21 May 2019 by Dawn from Newton Abbot

    Very expensive for what was on offer. Prawn salad was just lots of lettuce. Burgers rather solid and dry.

  • ((((( 3 May 2019 by Liz from Okehampton

    Waiting staff excellent, very attentive, excellent food.

  • ((((( 1 May 2019 by Paul from Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

    We decided to lunch at Bovey Castle with friends, as a memorable footnote to an extraordinary long weekend in Devon and we were not disappointed. Choosing the Brasserie over the more formal Great Western was the first correct decision: the menu in Smith's was varied and exciting with the promise of fine locally sourced ingredients apparently honoured. All dishes were enjoyed with my fish pie being very traditional and enjoyable with decent chunks of fresh fish.
    The staff were excellent with the right balance of friendliness and efficiency; they made us feel very welcome.

  • ((((( 19 March 2019 by Colin from Exeter

    The whole evening was fantastic...food service and cost ..we will be booking again very shortly

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