Taste of Success as Prince Hall Hotel
The Prince Hall Hotel near Two Bridges is celebrating the sweet taste of success having been awarded Gold in the Taste of the West Awards 2014, hot on the heels of last year’s Silver.
A regular recipient of rave reviews from guests, the hotel’s restaurant is served by a team of just three in the kitchen, headed by owner, Chris Daly, and chef, Richard Greenway, who took the helm two years ago. Having started out washing dishes in a café whilst travelling in Australia, Richard’s love of cooking has brought him a long way and he now says of his role at the Prince Hall Hotel that “it doesn’t feel like a job”.
Unlike the Chef, the daily changing, seasonal menu is created using food that hasn't travelled vast distances, with ingredients either home grown, home reared or scrupulously sourced. From Brixham supplied fish to Dartmoor meats, Princetown ales and Sharpham wines, the offering reflects the team’s love of West Country fare.
Speaking about the award, owner, Chris Daly said: “First-time visitors are often somewhat surprised to come to the middle of Dartmoor and discover top-notch food. We’re surrounded by such amazing produce and we try to create a menu that reflects this. We work incredibly hard to ensure that everything that comes out of the kitchen, from the cooked breakfast to the cream teas and pre-dinner canapés are of the same high level, and it’s a huge accolade to receive this recognition for our efforts.”
The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner to non-residents. Light lunches such as Devon Oke and Devon Blue Cheese Ploughman's with artisan bread start from £9.95 or £6.95 for a sour dough toasty; two course dinners cost from £36.50 or £42.50 for three courses, both options including canapés and a pre starter. Afternoon tea is served daily from 3pm.
Taste of the West is the largest independent regional food group in the UK. The annual Taste of the West Awards promotes the very best in the South West food and drink industry.
Dearest Fi hit the big 50 last week, and being the owner of a beautiful country house hotel decided to use this wonderful location to host a House Party weekend for close friends and family. Being one of the honoured guests, I cannot sing the praises of the staff for making this weekend one to remember for a long long time.
Having exclusive use of the hotel for the entire weekend enabled a full and fun itinerary. Guests arrived on the Friday afternoon to enjoy cream teas by the fire, and later an evening meal in the lounge, catching up with old friends and greeting new. Retiring to the comfort of our bedrooms when bedtime called - which was much later for some!
After a fine Devonshire breakfast, Saturday gave the guests a choice of activities in which to partake, a choice of a Falconary display, Archery, Pony treking, a walk with local wildlife expert Richard Hibbert, a bouncy castle and Sumo wrestling!
For those who were subject to too much wine the night before, or were feeling less energetic, the fire, newspaper and comfy sofas were more appealing........
On Saturday evening we put on our finest to meet in the bar and lounge for drinks. We were then taken into the restaurant where we enjoyed a delicious meal - (I chose the venison, and my mouth is still watering at the memory!) . After dinner we gambled the night away with a visiting Casino. Oh! if it really were that simple to win so many thousands in so little time.
I cannot imagine a better way to have chosen to spend a special occasion, and would certainly recommend exclusive use of the hotel to my friends.
Photos to follow.......(Just airbrushing the ones of Fi) xx
Dartmoor played a starring role with Alistair Appleton in Escape to the Country on TV this week. Guess where house buyers Tim and Mo enjoyed a cream tea whilst discussing their options??
There are four new residents settling in at the Prince Hall...
The new additions are British Lops, a west country breed which originated around the Tavistock area.
Apparently the Lop has a great deal going for it as a breed. It is generally "docile and easy to manage and is hardy enough for outdoor systems. It grows readily and will finish with a well-muscled, lean carcase at pork or bacon weights". Which, dare we say, will be good news to our chefs!
Meanwhile, enjoy these cute pics.
Anticipation has been mounting for some time about Steven Spielberg's
War Horse, which hits cinema screens this month (13th January). Based
on Michael Murpago’s book, the film was shot on location on Dartmoor during
You may have seen our press coverage pegged to the film locations in The Herald Express, Daily Express and The Times and Spielberg's rave review of Dartmoor on BBC Breakfast.
Spielberg praised the beauty of the Dartmoor countryside in a recent Daily Mail interview, saying: "I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor ... And, with two-and-a-half weeks of extensive coverage of landscapes and skies, I hardly scratched the surface of the visual opportunities that were offered to me."
Dartmoor locations included the small village of Meavy, Gutter Tor, Venford Reservoir and Ditsworthy Warren House, an isolated Grade II listed building near Sheepstor.
Avid Sherlock viewers were also treated to glimpses of Dartmoor in the second episode of the current BBC drama, The Hounds of Baskerville, which aired on Sunday 8th January.
Conan Doyle’s novel tells the story of an attempted murder motivated by the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound. It was whilst staying at the Prince Hall, at the time the private home of the Barrington family, that Conan Doyle was reputedly inspired by the surrounding countryside to write The Hound of the Baskervilles.