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Boringdon Hall

Review February 2020
Àclèaf, Boringdon Hall Hotel

Sue Stoneman and her husband enjoy an exquisite evening at Head Chef Scott Paton’s new restaurant, Àclèaf

For a special culinary experience, make a beeline for Boringdon Hall in Colebrook, Plympton. In Saxon times, the name Boringdon meant ‘enchanted place on the hill’. And enchanted you will be the moment you arrive. This super-luxurious venue maintains the historic charm of the Manor House, complete with wonderful spa facilities and, of course, excellent fine dining restaurants run by award-winning Head Chef Scott Paton.

Scott gets the taste buds tickling with his latest venture. His delicious dishes are created from fine ingredients. Àclèaf diners can relax and enjoy the views of the Great Hall, while being well looked after by the attentive, knowledgeable staff.

We sampled the six-course tasting menu – the whole dining experience was exquisite. A wine flight (which is extra) is available to accompany the menu. We thought this would complement the meal – it did, perfectly. Every dish is beautifully presented, sublime in taste, colour and flavour. The menu doesn’t give much away but a waiter, or Scott himself, will talk you through every plate as it is brought to the table.

The menu we feasted on comprised: duck, plum and chutney; crab, curry and lime; quail, turnip and yolk; sole, clams and sea herbs; beef, beetroot and pepper; and hazelnut, crème fraîche and caramel. If you have room, there’s an optional cheese course. Not forgetting all the extras – the amuse-bouche, cheese sablé, wafer, delicious homemade French breads and the pre-dessert, which is individually made for each guest (after filling in a puzzle), plus the petit four at the end!

I don’t want to reveal any more, as I urge you to enjoy the complete dining experience and discover every little surprise for yourself. Needless to say, our evening was enchanting, just like the hotel and the staff.

For a special occasion dinner or celebration, why not indulge yourself. For an extra special treat, make a night of it and stay over in one of the luxurious rooms. You can also experience the Gaia Spa facilities.

Àclèaf is open Wednesdays to Sundays for dinner, offering a four-course signature menu (£80) and six-course tasting menu (£95).

Bookings available via: dine@acleaf.com

Sample Menu


  • Four-course signature menu: £80
  • Six-course tasting menu: £95
Sue loves: the surprises, attention to detail and all-round exceptional dining
Boringdon Hall Hotel
Devon PL7 4DP

01752 547267

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