Your Devon and Cornwall Wedding - March/April 2024 (Issue 48)

DEVON’S GIDLEIGH PARK RETAINS ITS MICHELIN STAR The team at Gidleigh Park and executive head chef Chris Eden are celebrating the news that Gidleigh Park has retained its Michelin star, following the release of the Michelin Guide 2024. Chris Eden commented, “We’ve had a great year at Gidleigh Park and we are all delighted to have retained our Michelin star. I’m continually proud to head up Gidleigh Park’s kitchen and to work with such a brilliant team. We’re incredibly lucky that each day we get to showcase the beautiful produce we have in the West Country, and I’m delighted that the great feedback we’ve received from guests this year has been followed by this news tonight.” Simon Franks, regional general manager of Andrew Brownsword Hotels commented, “Chris works pure magic in the kitchen and the delight his menus continually deliver to our guests is a testament to his skill, and his leadership of such a talented team. Congratulations to everyone at Gidleigh Park!” Chris joined the team at Gidleigh Park in 2019, bringing along his produce-led ethos to the kitchen there. Chris first won a Michelin star at Gidleigh Park in 2023 and is a champion of local producers, handling ingredients with exceptional skill and care, with the seasonal bounty from the hotel’s kitchen garden also regularly informing Chris’ menus. The restaurant at Gidleigh Park is open for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday, and a brand new lunch menu is now also on offer on Friday and Saturday. For further information or to book a table visit or call 01647 432 367. WELLNESS RETREATS LAUNCH AT SOAR MILL COVE HOTEL NEAR SALCOMBE Offering the epitome of comfort and luxury against the staggering backdrop of the South Devon coast, Soar Mill Cove Hotel has announced the introduction of a series of new wellness retreats. Set in a quiet valley at the end of a lane, just a short walk from a hidden and secluded beach and the South West Coast Path, Soar Mill Cove Hotel offers one of the most idyllic spots for an unforgettable restorative retreat in Devon. With only the sound of the waves and birdsong, this privately owned property is a place for those who love the peace and tranquillity of a stunning location. The hotel is renowned as a place for families, couples, and those who enjoy walking. It offers a Discovery Spa with Temple Spa treatments, a heated indoor salt-water pool, gym facilities, and a sauna. There’s also a grass tennis court, a grassy play area for children, and a wash-down area and kitchenette for those who bring their four-legged friends. The hotel offers a range of sea-facing rooms featuring patio doors opening on to sun-soaked wooden decks with wicker loungers and there are family suites, rooms for couples, and two self-catering villas for ideal for larger groups. Set back from the sea in a valley, the hotel’s location has a secret and exclusive feel. A 10-minute walk through the fields leads visitors to the sandy Soar Mill Cove itself with shallow swimming and rock pooling possible at low tide. Visitors can walk one of the most spectacular sections of Devon’s South West Coast Path to Salcombe, or northwest to Hope Cove. For the less energetic, Salcombe is a 10-minute drive away. The main restaurant offers modern British cuisine with a focus on local seafood and meats. A smaller dog-friendly restaurant and a lounge with wicker swing seats provide additional dining options and the hotel’s champagne bar caters to those with more spirited tastes. The retreats are open to people of all abilities and ages, with the promise that new friendships will be forged, and participants will feel stronger, more energised and connected to their bodies and nature. Future dates include Sunday the 19th of May and Sunday the 22nd of September 2024. The retreats cost £149 per person. To book, call 01548 561 566 or visit WELCOME IN Enjoy a stay in one of these chic hotels What’s new? 15 THEMED VENUES