Adding to its impressive haul of awards and accolades, Maidencombe’s family-owned and run, country-house hotel, Orestone Manor, for the fourth consecutive year, has scooped the enviable gold restaurant win in the highly competitive, 2019 Taste of the West Food and Drink Awards.

This family-run, hidden gem of a hotel, led by husband and wife executive chefs, Neil and Catherine D’Allen, son Craig and his wife Laura, first entered the Taste of the West Awards in 2016, the highly skilled Devon family are thrilled with the judges’ decision; for the fourth year-running, recognising Orestone Manor’s passion for food and fine dining, creating delicious, award-winning dishes from locally-sourced, delicious Devon produce.

The Taste of the West judges were effusive in their praise of the Orestone Manor kitchen and restaurant-led by talented head chef, Daryl Sharpe, saying of the award winning venue, ‘Truly inspiring to see a local family owned business producing such a brilliant dining experience’, while the food served was described as perfect in every way, ‘Everything spoke of the best possible ingredients, cooked to perfection and presented perfectly.’

The gardens at Orestone Manor
The gardens at Orestone Manor

The quadruple gold restaurant win comes at a serendipitous time for Orestone Manor; it joins existing awards and recommendations from Conde Nast Johansens, TripAdvisor’s’ Hall of Fame and double AA Rosettes for fine dining; and ushers in Orestone Manor’s new spring menu.

Commenting on the Taste of the West 2019 gold win, family-owner and Orestone Manor’s Executive Chef, Mr Neil D’Allen said: ‘It’s excellent to hear about our gold selection in the Taste of the West Awards – it’s testament to our highly skilled team at Orestone Manor, the incredible array of delicious south-Devon food we source, and what we strive to do with every single dish we serve for our many guests.’

‘Our passion for delicious food is everything you’d expect in a hotel owned by my wife, and I – two trained chefs. With an emphasis on modern European food, our mission is the food we serve balances wonderful ingredients deliciously cooked, allowing the favour of the South Devon region to shine. This Gold Taste of the West restaurant gold win pays homage to this.’

Afternoon tea at Orestone Manor
Afternoon tea at Orestone Manor

‘For us all to savour and enjoy, this idyllic part of South Devon provides some of the country’s finest and freshest produce available, be it delicious vegetables tied to the season, South Devon beef, West Country free range pork and lamb, local estate wild game, delicious Brixham Crab, hand-dived Torbay scallops and lobsters, dayboat fish, rope grown mussels – it’s simply incredible what’s on our doorstep, be it from the Devon land or the watery seaside larder that sits on our doorstep.’

‘Thanks to the expert skill of our talented kitchen team and the staggering choices this wonderful Devon location provides, we keep creating award-winning dishes that delight judges and guests alike.’


Orestone Manor, Rock House Lane, Maidencombe, Torquay, TQ1 4SX, Tel: 01803 897 511, www.orestonemanor.com. Reader Offer: Up until the end of April, scoop 20% off the Devon Foodie Heaven, Orestone Manor’s direct booking rate and enjoy a delicious complimentary bottle of prosecco in your room.

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