On May 18th 1988, we opened Percy's, a Wine Bar and Restaurant in North Harrow. We opened to a full house of 80 customers.
It was the start of a steep but steady learning curve but thankfully I had a great grounding and I was a fast learner.
Percy's Wine Bar & Restaurant was very popular from the beginning, so we decided to invest in a property in the country to retire to in a few years' time. The following Easter, Tony & I ventured West for a few days in search of such a property and found what is now the Coombeshead Estate.
When initially viewing the property, the then owners convinced us that the Devon longhouse would make a fine restaurant. The seed had been sown. The deal was sealed and planning was obtained for conversion of the old granary to 8 spacious rooms.
During the intervening years, Percy's reputation swiftly gained momentum. In 1996, Percy's Devon was opened as a Restaurant with Rooms. In 1998, Percy's in London was sold and all efforts were re-directed to Percy's in Devon.
Tony and I have created an idyllic rural bolthole, ideally suited to those who want a sumptuous chill-out break in warm, spacious comfortable surroundings, with the opportunity to enjoy the walks and wildlife ponds together with the magnificent views over the moors from the Coombeshead Estate.
My daily menu is freshly prepared with ingredients largely sourced from the surrounding land. For animal lovers, the sheep are relaxed and friendly, as are the Large Black pigs, which love a tummy scratch.
In the summer you can enjoy looking down the valley at the medieval castle in Launceston and in the winter, kick off your wellies and curl up next to one of the wood burning stoves to read a book or play cards. In the spring, April – May time, lambing takes place and for those who wish to get involved, the opportunity is there.
Brush up on their own cookery skills and food management/preparation skills, courses are available all year round. Click on the link for more information on Tina's Cookery Workshops.
For those who wish to bring their own hounds, dogs are accepted in some of the rooms and children over 10 are also very welcome.