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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 had a lovely lunch and dinner for my partners birthday. Service by all staff was excellent, food was lovely.

Alan 22 December 2018
from Teignmouth

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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 115 reviews)
78% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • luxury (50)
  • lunch (48)
  • romantic (37)
  • afternoon tea (34)
  • large parties (25)
  • child friendly (21)
  • private dining (21)
  • al fresco (20)
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  • ((*** 15 January 2019 by Marcus from TAVISTOCK

    Excellent server very obliging sadly the food was not good, expensive and very average... at best I would only eat a quick lunch here as we use the pool and grounds frequently but certainly not dinner.

  • (**** 8 January 2019 by paula from Yeovil

    The menu looked lovely, we arrived on a Friday at 2pm so the restaurant was not overly busy and were greeted and seated politely. Unfortunately from that point on the experience was very poor. One male server was very abrupt although both female staff were nice there was no one person looking after us and I think they all thought the other was so we were left some time before a drinks order was taken and later our food order. It then took over half an hour for our starters to arrive, the waitress did notice we hadn't had anything at that point and they arrived about 5 minutes later. It was disappointingly simple although tasty. Our mains then also took over half an hour to arrive and when they did both dishes were mostly cold, my husbands pastrami was thick, chewy beef and the toasted sandwich was cold, my cod was warm but the cauliflower aloo gobi was again cold. No table check so it was at least 20 minutes before anyone came back to our table. Instantly we were offered our meals free of charge and we were told we would only have to pay for our drinks and desserts that we had plenty of room left for as we hadn't eaten much else!
    In all it took nearly 2 hours to have the 3 courses which would not have been an issue if they were busy but we felt we were just ignored and forgotten. We have been here before for afternoon and tea and it was amazing which is why we came back, sadly we won't be rushing to try them again. The staff on arrival were lovely and welcoming and at least we didn't have to ask for a refund of any sort it was offered quickly which was much appreciated as it's not nice to complain. I'm sure this is not the chefs normal service, January blues maybe but really not good enough in a hotel of this standard.

  • ((((* 22 December 2018 by Alan from Teignmouth

    We had a lovely lunch and dinner for my partners birthday. Service by all staff was excellent, food was lovely.

  • ((((* 21 December 2018 by Gillian from Devon

    Lovely food attentive staff,any mistakes rectified quickly.

  • (**** 6 December 2018 by Laura from Bristol

    In short: service was ok, food was bad.

    The prawns and avocado salad had no taste, the dressing was a spoonful of mayonnaise!!
    Their fish special with risotto came as one small piece of overcooked fish over some type of risotto, did not even have the artichoke hearts (which was the main reason we ordered it)...unless they were mashed into the risotto? It was underwhelming.
    their deserts were whatever was left in the kitchen freezer! There was no toffee in my salted toffee banana split?! The creme brulée was blah
    We were looking forward to a lovely evening with good food (we had been on the road most of the day), but instead got late service (even though there were less than 10 customers in the restaurant), and whatever they could scrape together for dinner.

    Definitely would not recommend.

  • ((((( 28 November 2018 by Rosie from Exeter


  • ((((( 18 November 2018 by Josephine from Exeter

    The restaurant is lovely, suits all occasions so can be as formal or as relaxed as you want to be. Love the open fire in the middle and the mix of areas and lighting.
    The staff were lovely too, so accommodating, and the food was amazing - I still find myself thinking about it! Can't wait for an excuse to come again!

  • ((((* 3 November 2018 by Michael from Salisbury

    Good balance of attentivenes, efficiency and leave alone.

  • ((((( 12 October 2018 by Philip from Yelverton

    Brasserie staff forgot the birthday candles.
    Summer pudding was solid.

  • ((((( 5 September 2018 by Gail from Exeter

    having lived in the area for some time had not realised this little jewel was on our doorstep, the surrounding grounds were lovely, the menu was extensive and accommodating , there was no pressure with the courses, we wanted a long leisurely lunch this was accommodated , all of the courses were very well presented, staff were attenuative but not over baring, polite and courteous , we had four courses and all were excellent, alcohol was slightly over priced but that was to be expected due to the location, the 12.5 service charge was a little bit disappointing as total spend was £340 and does this monies go to staff? as a separate tip was left for staff, we could not complain about any of the dinning experience as we have dinned at Gidleigh Park and Smith's was far superior. we will return to experience the full evening dining in the restaurant and also for lunch to the Smith's brasserie

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