We have eaten at the restaurant four times in total over the years and the food is every bit as outstanding as the expert reviewers say it is. However service is always very slow and choice is very limited. We find the atmosphere a bit off-putting as most of the guests seem to be financiers and accountants down from London; and the patron, understandably, takes more interest in them than in less free-spending locals. His wife, the chef, is by contrast totally charming and unaffected.
Her cookbook--with foreward by James "Gaia" Lovelock, a local resident and patron of the restaurant--is excellent.
A wind farm development is now being considered for a site only about a mile from the hotel which threatens to destroy the attractions of the area for Londoners looking for a restful break in beautiful countryside.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in 50-acres of stunning countryside, streams and woodland, the panoramic views extend over both Bodmin moor and Dartmoor. This luxury privately owned country hotel offers peace and tranquility in a relaxed environment with organic kitchen gardens and 50 acres of pasture & woodland. Unpretentious dining, free Wi-Fi and parking. Dogs welcome in some of the rooms.Hotel awards include South West Small Hotel of the Year for two years running and runner up for Small Hotel of the Year for Great Britain. All of the rooms share a homely ambiance, are spacious and equipped with king size beds, Egyptian cotton linen and fluffy towels and robes as standard. Free Wi-Fi access, flat screen TV, designer toiletries and much more besides. There is a range of room types available, from Standard, Superior and Deluxe options as well as one suite.Among the many restaurant awards, an article written by by Giles Coren gave Percy's 9/10. Diners are well looked after and are treated to a culinary experience to remember. Specialising in modern British cuisine, everything is cooked to order & beautifully presented. Flavoursome rather than fussy, all dishes are made from the very finest locally sourced or homegrown organic ingredients. Lamb & pork are reared on the Estate and the kitchen garden provides vegetables, herbs, salad leaves. The two orchards provide apples which are juiced and offered to guests for breakfast. The peaceful surroundings and excellent grounds make Percy's an ideal venue for special celebrations and private hire. Wildlife abounds including a family of beavers, who have been very busy in stream and ponds and bring much delight to guests who tip toe down to the valley to see them at dawn and dusk. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Percys Hotel Virginstow