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Wildflower Restaurant, Moorland Garden Hotel

Wildflower Restaurant, Moorland Garden Hotel

Sue Stoneman enjoys classic British dishes, cooked to a high standard

You will find the Moorland Garden Hotel located on the edge of Dartmoor, a short distance from Plymouth and Tavistock. While it’s well known as a wedding venue, it also boasts the AA Rosette-awarded Wildflower Restaurant. The menu offers a great range of British classic dishes showcasing local produce. There is also a choice of dining experience: the formal main restaurant with views overlooking the lawns, or the more relaxed Dartmoor Bar.

My dining companion and I had a table in the Wildflower Restaurant with views of the terrace and the moorland gardens. There was a varied choice of dishes and, to be honest, they were all tempting. I chose mussels to start, which were beautifully cooked in a cream and white wine sauce. I used the fresh homemade bread to mop up the last bits of the sauce. My friend’s wild mushrooms with a creamy spinach sauce came with brioche toast which gave it a sweet and enjoyable texture.

The slow-roasted ox cheek I had for my main was exceptionally flavoursome and fell apart into its bed of mash. My friend chose the lamb rump, which was cooked perfectly pink and very tender, and served with creamy dauphinoise potatoes. We shared a side of fresh, seasonal vegetables, which was plenty for us, as we had already glimpsed at the dessert menu and didn’t wish to be too full! A glass of Malbec was a good recommendation by our waiter, which we sipped throughout the meal.

With room for dessert, I tucked into a warming stem ginger pudding, while my companion chose the spiced autumn pie. These proper homemade ‘comfort’ puddings came served with ice cream and clotted cream – a perfect marriage of flavour and texture. They really hit the spot!

Sample Menu


  • House-smoked mackerel, poached fennel, grilled baby gem
  • Venison haunch terrine, spiced red onion chutney, pickled radish, black pudding, toasted sourdough


  • Pan-fried catch of the day, tomato arancini, mussels, squid rings
  • South West confit duck leg, haricot bean cassoulet, wilted spinach


  • Rich millionaire mousse, golden shortbread
  • Selection of West Country ice creams and sorbets


  • Starters from £5.95
  • Mains from £14.95
  • Desserts from £5.95

Sue loves: the cosy window seats, relaxed atmosphere and homemade ‘comfort’ desserts
Wildflower Restaurant, Moorland Garden Hotel
Near Plymouth
Devon PL20 6DA

01822 852245

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