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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

4.0 ((((* (based on 123 reviews)
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  • ((((( 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 service and cost ..we will be booking again very shortly

  • ((((( 7 March 2019 by Hazel from Sevenoaks

    Food varied, tasty and well presented. The evening was enhanced by Sylvie, our Polish waitress who puts everything into her job with an infectious charm. She was at Bovey last year as well.

  • ((((( 19 February 2019 by Glenn from Dartmouth

    The food service and whole experience was fantastic, it was a late Valentines treat for my partner and we were both very impressed. The scotch egg was great as was the NZ Sauvignon which we had to accompany it, the only one tiny thing we could pick fault with was the size of the lamb wellington. The slice was very large but the dish itself was excellent, a tiny fault with an otherwise amazing meal and day.

  • ((((* 22 January 2019 by Lucy from Dartmouth

    Lovely food. Service was very friendly however a little slow.

  • ((*** 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.

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