We absolutely love cooking and serving delicious exciting food which utilises the very best produce that Exmoor and North Devon offers.
We buy local produce – meat from local farms and fish from local day boats, all fresh of the highest quality and very low in food miles. We have our own kitchen garden in which we grow herbs, salads and our own vegetables for the table.
Our dinner menu is small and fresh but changes every day to make sure that there is always something different every evening to tempt you.
As our restaurant is open exclusively to residents, there is quite a unique house party atmosphere here at The Old Rectory. Guests are invited to join us for predinner drinks and delicious canapes before deciding on their choice for dinner.
Our talented executive chef, Thomas Frost, was raised locally and returned to the area a few years ago to start a family . He has a wealth of more than 20 years cooking experience gained at some of the best Michelin starred restaurants in London, Bristol and North Devon. Having been moulded by one of the best chefs in the UK, the legendary Michael Caine, he is now focused on firmly establishing himself on the North Devon food scene
Thomas has a distinctive modern style with a delicate touch of the unexpected. Taking influence from both classic and modern techniques he focuses on extracting full and exciting flavours from every ingredient on the plate
Most of our meat is from award-winning Heale Farm run by the Petch family.
Anne Petch is regarded as the go to person in the area for meat. She is a truly inspirational (now retired) farmer who started keeping pigs at the young age of 16. She is passionate about promoting traditional breeds and animal welfare and was one of the first farmers to be involved with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust in the 1970s. Their common sense farming methods and natural feed, coupled with the slow growing traditional breeds, has produced award winning flavoursome meat.
We try to buy our fish fresh from local Day Boats out of the North Devon Coastal Fishing Ports. We try to ensure that the species we use are not from threatened or depleted fish stocks.
Cleanliness and hygiene are of utmost importance and the kitchens were recently awarded a 5 star award for food hygiene
We love wine and are always keen to discover interesting new wines usually from smaller family run wineries around the World. For example, we recently visited South America and added a number of fabulous previously unheard of wines and grape varieties to the list.
We like our guests to drink amazing wines at a fair and sensible price – allowing them to experiment and have fun, rather than offering a jaded and lazy selection of famous ‘names’ with a hefty price tag. We recently were awarded “Best Value across the Board” in the Champagne Taittinger Wine List Awards
We take great pride and put a lot of effort into finding the right wines for our award winning wine list and we really want you to reap the benefits of this policy – we don’t want to gather dusty bottles in the cellar!