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Furtive feasting at Boringdon Hall

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With a Best Chef Food Reader Award adorning the Gallery Restaurant’s wall, Scott Paton’s culinary conquests are perhaps Boringdon Hall’s worst kept secret. But despite the accolades that he’s collecting for his innovative dishes, Scott’s teaming up with fine wine suppliers to host a series of secret suppers

Boringdon Hall Hotel and Spa

The grand Great Hall in the belly of Boringdon is an suitable setting in which to start an evening of dining decadence. Posh frock donned, glass of crisp champagne in hand; all that’s left to do is to guess which of your fellow guests are also surrendering themselves to a night of furtive feasting – and which are just here for a regular dinner.

Not only will you look fabulous, you’ll also feel fabulous if you’ve spent a thoroughly self-indulgent afternoon in the lavish new spa. A couple of laps in the shimmering pool, a session in the herbal sauna and a glass of fizz in the alfresco hot tub works wonders.

The bespoke menu for the evening is kept under wraps until you’re at the table, so guests can ponder what seasonal delights the kitchen will craft as they navigate the 16th century building’s original stone walkways and crooked corridors.

Scott presents his masterpieces to the 28 diners around the table, sharing thoughts on the produce and the inspiration behind each plate. On our visit, Scott’s signature starter of delicate Brixham crab studded with sweet mango and dressed with curried emulsion and lime was one of the creations on the lust-worthy line-up. Locally shot venison lavished with Boringdon berries and muscat was another Paton classic in the making.

Courses are matched with beautiful picks from the cellar and explained by the experienced sommelier.

And at the end of a night of jovial feasting – including a chat with the chef over coffee and handmade petit fours – we’d recommend retreating to one of the luxurious bedroom to avoid any designated driver disagreements.

Boringdon’s next secret supper with Polgoon Vineyard takes place on November 10 and tickets are priced £79.50 per person.

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