Peaceful foodie retreat in a stunning moorland setting
With most modern hotels advertising their wi-fi credentials as a benefit for guests, it’s quirky to find a bolthole that prides itself on its disconnectedness. The premise at the Two Bridges Hotel is that an escape to the wilds of Dartmoor, without the distraction of the internet and interruption by mobile phones, is a time to reconnect with your loved one. It’s an enchanting idea.
The Brontë-esque setting of the moor is certainly romantic and the 32 bedroom hotel, set right in the heart of the National Park, itself feels timeless with its wood panelling, comfy leather sofas, four poster beds and open fires. There’s a shabby chic charm about the setting which makes it feel comfy and intimate, and you’d half expect to find Holmes and Watson having tea in front of a roaring fire amid the ancient sporting-themed etchings, mounted pike in a case and the five grand, wood-cased clocks – none of which tell the correct time.
Head chef Mike Palmer is one of the reasons why people love the hotel, and in addition to running the Tors Restaurant and casual dining in the bar, he also showcases his considerable culinary talents in special gourmet events.
You don’t need to be staying at the hotel to treat yourself to afternoon tea – a well earned treat after a ramble on the moor; or you can relax in the cosy lunge with its log fires and enjoy a great value lunch along with a pint of locally brewed ale.
Following dinner, a short stroll outside around the hotel’s extensive grounds reveals the remoteness of the setting with total darkness and on clear nights, a blanket of stars. No texting, no emails, just pleasure in the moment. That’s somewhere worth escaping to.
Dartmoor oxtail – blue cheese, white truffle, wild asparagus
Creedy Carver duck – fondant potato, raisin, chorizo,chicory
Tamar Valley strawberries – white chocolate, meringue, pistachio, pannacotta
Three course lunch £20, three course dinner £37.50
It’s just a short walk to the ancient Wistman’s Wood, well worth a visit.