“From the moment the gates swept open!”
Reviewed 4 September 2012
From the moment the gates swept open it became immediately obvious the Percy's was going to deliver what the website had promised. A beautiful balance of the classic and contemporary, with a real sense of passion and emotional investment to deliver the complete dining experience. The skill and precision of each plate provided an adventure for the palate, superbly balanced, every dish served as a chapter in an amazing culinary journey.
It is plain to see that an extraordinary amount of hard work and imagination has gone into creating Percy's, it truly is a gastronomes oasis in the Devon countryside.
Fabulous place, fabulous people and exceptional food!
“Simply lovely !”
Reviewed 3 September 2012
My husband and I have just returned from a three day break at Percy's. It is the second time we have visited and we cannot sing it's praises enough. Tina and Tony are great hosts, the food is fantasic and the wine list considered and well priced. We plan to return, but won't be leaving it five years next time.
“You must go, this place is amazing!!”
Reviewed 20 August 2012
We have sent two fantastic days at Percy's, I cannot compliment it enough. We were greeted by Tony on our arrival and shown to our room Sage, it was like a little house, we had a seperate sitting room and kitchen on the lower floor and the bedroom and bathroom were on the floor above. Everything was there that you needed, including some lovely cake which they left everyday. Once we had settled in we borrowed some wellington boots and had a quick walk around the grounds, it is beautiful, so tranquil. Tina is an amazing chef, the food was incredible the depths of flavour that she achieved, the ingredients were so fresh, but then they have not travelled that far!. Percy's is in a fantastic location, and is near some great places to visit, we took the opportunity to visit RHS Rosemoor, and Bude. WIll definatley be recommending this to our friends and we hope to visit again soon!!
“What a find..!”
Reviewed 20 August 2012
We ventured out from our holiday in Bude to have dinner at Percys on a wild ( August !! ) night and were more than rewarded with a friendly welcome from Tony and our fellow diners, and then an excellent dinner of the best ( vegetarians look away now ) roast lamb we have ever tasted, reared on the property and served with vegetables from the garden at Percys. The daily fixed menu format that is explained on the website assures that you get the best of what is available at that time. A big thank you to Tony and especially to chef Tina his wife for a great dinner. Definitely recommend.!
“An experience we will repeat”
Reviewed 23 July 2012
Percy's provided exactly what we were looking for, a relaxing country retreat away from the stress and strain of home and office. Added to this we were treated to Tina's outstanding and creative culinary delights each evening with fulfilling breakfasts in the morning.
On arrival we were greeted by Tony who swiftly got us settled into Chervil where we found homemade cake (everyday) and fresh milk in the fridge for our tea and coffee.
This is a great location for branching out into Cornwall as well as the North and South Devon coastlines. In addition, the Coombeshead Estate offers great woodland walks.
A thoroughly delightful stay which will be repeated very, very soon.
“I'm going to be frank ... again ...”
Reviewed 22 July 2012
I have to be frank if you have a spare weekend, or even just one night in the week then I can assure you that a night staying at Percys will not disappoint on any level.
For me I am a little bit of a task master about service, setting, ambience, quality and overall delivery of hospitality in this country and tend to spend quite a bit of time seeking out trips for myself and my Fiancée. I had come across the Percys a number of years ago but they had fallen off my radar as life took me this way and that. So I was full of hope and a little trepidation when we arrived. Was this to be as good as I had heard and read about? Where they still sticking to their ethos? Was I going to enjoy my stay and leave relaxed and refreshed ready to take on the world once again? For all of these the answer is a resounding YES
Service: Excellent WYSIWYG with the owners who are dedicated, helpful and hard working to produce the experience that is PERCYS
Rooms: Excellent. Clean and comfortable and are stocked with everything that you will need on your stay.
Food: Have to say that my first’s night’s meal was the best meal I have had in a number of years, and the second nights meal was also a delight.
Setting: You are surrounded by acres of natural Devon countryside, teaming with wildlife. Spent a languid hour walking around the grounds unwinding on our arrival.
“This is the place!!!”
Reviewed 29 June 2012
Percys is a wonderful experience, so much so that we have re-visited a dozen times in the last 4 years. For laid back Peace and Quiet on a beautifully wooded estate this is the place, For a select choice of individual rooms ( x7 ) in a converted granary where room ammenities are standard and not just a novelty statement in others descriptive text ,This is the place! For a welcome that is informal, where the owners dogs wag thier tails in anticipation of guiding you across the lush acres of open fields and woods.
And then there is the food, meals, menus, no collective term does Percys cuisine justice.
The stunning use of herbs in all dishes created by Tina the chef makes you appreciate how food could be. In developing these combinations it makes you envious of anyone employed as the resident taster.
Tony the genial host, guides those like ourselves in appropriate wine selections. He provides an attentive service, whilst respecting privacy.
We will be back sooner rather than later
“A wonderful experience”
Reviewed 24 June 2012
My partner and I have just returned from a three-day break at Percy's Country House and Restaurant. We were celebrating a birthday and wanted somewhere special that would also accommodate our dog. Following a recommendation from our friends we were not disappointed.
On our arrival we were warmly greeted by Tony and his three dogs and shown to our room next to one of the vegetable gardens (that's one of the special things about the place, its ambience and animals). Our room consisted of a bedroom with a nice big bed; an en-suite bathroom and what was particularly good a large sitting area with a large comfy sofa, T.V and tea and real coffee making facilities. The daily appearance of cake was an added treat! From our rear view window we were able to observe horses with their new foals.
The 'piece de resistance' was the evening meal. Each night we were served some of the best food we have ever tasted along with excellent recommendations on wines, a particular joy of Tony's. Tina's cooking is to be highly recommended and part of the joy for us was trying to identify the different herbs that she uses. We could not come away without purchasing a copy of her Cookery book with her vey useful tips.
Percy's is a special place and one that we hope to return to.
B & H
Reviewed 20 June 2012
What a find! Lovely quiet place in unspoilt countryside. Excellent food and good hosts.
“C&G West Sussex 'As good, if not better, than ever!”
Reviewed 11 June 2012
We love it at Percy's! Despite the terrible weather, we had another memorable short break, this being our fifth visit. Tina's food is wonderful and the relaxed but very comfortable atmosphere is perfect for a getaway. Rooms are spacious and comfortable with fluffy towels and robes, tea, fresh coffee, daily baked cake, a fruit basket and fridge with a pint of fresh milk and mineral water laid on. Breakfast is delicious with Tina's own bread and muesli, fresh apple juice and farm eggs accompanied by her own cured bacon and sausages. The set dinner menu changes daily, depending on availability on the estate. If you have any dietary needs, they will be accommodated with ease. The views are stunning and the animals delightful, with new born piglets and foals at hand when we ventured out for a walk. Tony's horses are thriving and his passion for bloodstock is obvious. If you have a few days to spare and don't know where to spend them, look no further, Percy's will look after you!
“Hier kann man glücklich sein”
Reviewed 28 May 2012
Wer wirklich etwas über Percy’s Hotel erfahren will, sollte nur die Tripadvisor-Kommentare mit maximaler Punktzahl lesen, denn alle anderen haben nicht verstanden, um was es geht, und können es somit nicht beurteilen. ?Nun waren wir schon zum zweiten Mal im Percy's und wir werden bestimmt wieder hingehen, denn es ist einzigartig. Es ist wie ein wilder Park, er wartet entdeckt zu werden, mit einem Hotel und Restaurant, wo man verwöhnt wird. Die Tiere auf der Farm sind eine Attraktion für sich und man könnte den ganzen Tag im und ums Hotel verbringen, vor allem mit Kindern. Auf den Spaziergängen wird man von den Hofhunden begleitet. Wir haben dieses Jahr sogar unsere eigene Hündin mitgenommen. Ich glaube, sie war noch nie so glücklich. ?Die Zimmer sind sehr gross, charmant und funktionell eingerichtet. Zum leckeren Kuchen am Nachmittag kann man sich auf dem Zimmer Tee kochen und auf dem gemütlichen Ledersofa ausruhen. ?Für die, die es dann doch noch schaffen sich loszureissen, gibt es im Umkreis von maximal einer Stunde Autofahrt sehr viel zu entdecken und zu unternehmen. Es lässt sich ein attraktives Programm für verschieden Generationen und Interessen zusammenstellen. Unsere Lieblingsattraktion fanden wir aber ganz in der Nähe - das Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre in Lifton - so amüsiert wie dort haben wir uns schon lange nicht mehr!?Abends wird man dann von Tina und Tony im Restaurant verwöhnt. Bei einem Aperitif am Kamin wird der Wein ausgewählt. Wir waren sehr zufrieden mit der Auswahl und den Weinen.?Tina ist eine wunderbare Köchin, die den ganz grossen Auftritt den Zutaten lässt. Zutaten, die direkt von der Farm oder aus der Nähe von Produzenten, die sie kennt, kommen. Das Fleisch ist unglaublich zart, das Gemüse und der Salat so frisch geerntet, dass einem Supermarktkunden fast die Tränen kommen, wenn er zu Hause wieder vor dem Gemüseregal steht! So frische und lokale Zutaten bedeuten aber auch, dass nicht immer alles verfügbar ist. So gibt es ein fixes, täglich wechselndes Menu. Mir ist es mehr als recht, nicht auswählen zu müssen. Tina erledigt die Auswahl für uns ganz wunderbar. Alles ist lecker und schmeckt auch Kindern, die so ganz nebenbei Neues entdecken. Mir ist es wichtig, dass die Tiere, die ich esse, ein artgerechtes Leben hatten und stressfrei gestorben sind. Schweinefleisch esse ich nur, wenn ich weiss, woher es kommt, und eigentlich nie in Restaurants. Anders im Percy's: Den herrlichen Schinkenspeck und die leckeren Würstchen zum Frühstück- Faggots unbedingt probieren! - kann ich sorglos geniessen, denn Tina und Tony denken gleich wie ich. Diese Philosophie ist das Konzept des Hotels, in perfekter Symbiose mit einem Bauernhof und der Natur. Wer sich auf diese Philosophie einlässt, findet im Percy's ein Paradies. Auch wenn oder vielleicht gerade weil die Tiere für Tina und Tony gleich wichtig sind wie die Gäste. Es kann tatsächlich vorkommen, dass Tina kurz aus der Küche hüpft, um nach einem Schwein zu sehen, dass bald Ferkel wirft. Wenn ein Fohlen während des Abendessens zur Welt kommt, schlüpft man am besten in die bereitstehenden Gummistiefel und pilgert auch in den Stall. Das soll so schon geschehen sein. Wie langweilig sind dagegen andere Hotels!?Einige Tripadvisor-Kommentare haben mich sehr traurig gemacht: Wer findet, der Speck war zu fett, hat wohl vergessen, dass der Speck von einem Tier kommt und kein genormtes Produkt ist. Solche Leute sollten nicht nur eine Nacht im Hotel verbringen, sondern gleich einen ganzen Monat auf dem Hof, im Garten und in der Küche mitarbeiten. Sie könnten viel lernen.?Andere Meinungen auf Triadvisor, die ich nicht teile, betreffen den Service. Das Frühstück wird von der reizenden Karen serviert, die sich sehr freut, wenn sie Gänseeier offerieren kann, und man ordentlich viel isst. Charmanter geht es nicht mehr. Das Abendessen wird von Tony formvollendet serviert. Doch ein gewöhnlicher Kellner ist er nicht. Wäre er ein gewöhnlicher Kellner, wäre das Percy’s Restaurant noch immer in London und eben nicht das, was es jetzt ist. Wenn Tony den Gästen das Essen serviert, ist es nicht eine Dienstleistung, die nachher mit der Rechnung beglichen wird. Nein, es ist ein fast andächtiger Moment, in dem zwei feine Menschen ihren Lebenstraum mit anderen teilen. Das ist eine sehr ungewöhnliche Situation, ein unerwartetes Geschenk, das etwas verwirrt und einige Gäste anscheinend überfordert. Was noch verstärkt wird, weil Tony nicht viel dazu sagt. Kein Smalltalk, sondern nur eine grosse Geste. Man denkt unweigerlich, ob man nach dem Essen die Teller selber abräumen sollte, weil es unangemessen erscheint, sich weiter bedienen zu lassen. Ich würde übrigens auch nicht zögern, es zu tun, wenn Tony einmal während dem Abendessen in den Stall müsste. ?Geplaudert wird nach dem magischen Moment, Tony erzählt lustige Erlebnisse mit Tieren und Gästen. Und ich finde einen Weg, mich für alles zu bedanken: Das Geschenk annehmen, verstehen, um was es Tina und Tony geht und wiederkommen! ?Unser Tipp: Kinder und Hunde mitnehmen. Mindestens drei Tage bleiben und sich täglich viel Zeit nehmen, die Farm zu erkunden!
“Try it before wind farm ruins the business”
Reviewed 26 May 2012
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.
“what a find”
Reviewed 20 May 2012After reading some mixed reviews I wasn't sure what to expect. But what a fantastic place, A warm welcome, an excellent room and all the things that make a stay more enjoyable. The first night we ate in the restaurant and loved every mouthful, my thanks to the chef in making such a visit well worthwhile. my only regret was the restaurant wasn't open for the second night. ?The grounds are great and we were joined by one black lab who showed us around the grounds. ?Well worth the money, we will definitely be back. Thank you.
Reviewed 28 May 2012 Great country hotel with wonderful food, relaxing environment in the middle of the Devon countryside. Be aware that dinner is based on what is available but Tina is such a great cook you will be amazed with what is produced from her own garden and livestock. You will of course be asked if there is anything you would prefer not to eat and then be presented with a wonderful 4 course meal in the lovely dining room?Great for walking and enjoying the countryside and not fat from North Cornwall if you are venturing further west
A great unwind, and a very happy Walter?
We booked Percy's because we could take Walter, and we just wanted to relax and get some fresh air after a busy year. (Walter is our black Labrador by the way) On arrival we were greeted by Tony the owner, who explained the lie of the land and showed us to our accommodation. The rooms are in a single block about thirty yards from the remainder of the property. The accommodation is a modified old farm building, the conversion is tasteful, spacious, and high quality. Our room was clean, bright and well equipped, Percy's own Internet access is available as is BT Openzone. Tony asked us about Dinner, we agreed to book into the restaurant each night unless we let them know otherwise, after night one we would not have dreamed of eating elsewhere! Enter Tina, Tony's wife and a truly talented Chef. The food was fantastic, which leads into the main point about Percy's The property is around 130 acres in size, and the result of 20 years work for the couple, an environment which includes, pasture, woodland old and new, ponds, wetland, at least one stream and a vast array of wildlife. When wandering around one encounters racehorses, sheep and pigs, the latter wander contentedly around the woodland. Percy's is organic, the property is surrounded by raised beds crammed full of produce for the kitchen. We just thoroughly enjoyed Percy's, having said that it could have been made for us, peace and quiet, mother nature, an attentive staff in the background, great food, O and a very contented Walter.
“Percy's Hotel - a real find!”
Reviewed 28 April 2012
The inspiration for this visit was Tina's cookery book, which we had bought at the Ludlow Food Festival a couple of years ago. We checked the reviews with trip advisor and they were somewhat mixed but the values about food prominent in Tina's cookbook persuaded us to follow our instincts. ??We could wax lyrical about the lovely room, with it's separate seating area and the lovely cake waiting for us each afternoon; the gorgeous country estate, the excellent and unobtrusive service but we can keep it simple by saying this is simply the best place we have found in this country. The environment is just superb and the absolute topping is the food - without doubt, the freshest, most perfectly balanced, beautifully cooked and utterly delicious food we have had. ??In short if you don't appreciate great food, superb accommodation and a wonderful country environment then this probably isn't the place for you but if you do enjoy those things, as we do, then Percy's is an experience you shouldn't miss.
Reviewed 31 January 2012
Spent 1 night here to celebrate my husband's birthday.??Perfect from start to finish. We were warmly welcomed by Tony to our spacious room in a converted barn. Lovely to have a proper coffee maker and fresh milk in the fridge and the cake was yummy! The accommodation is not country house style, but extremely comfortable with good attention to detail (fluffy towels and bathrobes, etc. and scrupulously clean)??Dinner was just fantastic. Tina's food is truly delicious from the warming spicy lentil soup amuse bouche, perfectly cooked scallops, wonderfully juicy pheasant and truly delicious chocolate truffle sponge! (I never eat puddings, but managed most of this one!).?The food & hospitality ethos of Tony and Tina may not be to everyone's taste (after looking at some of the previous comments) but I would highly recommend it! How wonderful to be served food that has been produced with love and care! ??I hope to return again soon.
Reviewed 12 August 2011
My husband and I spent the most wonderful three days at Percy's. The food was fabulous, very carefully prepared. We joined another couple for dinner at the suggestion of the host, and we had a great time. In the morning, we visited the hen house to choose our eggs; that was an experience! During the day, we took long walks and also toured the area. We loved our trip and look forward to returning before long.