ADVERT: Beyond Escapes Totnes – by Sue Stoneman

The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business but was approved before publication.

As part of my role for Dining Devon, I get to visit and eat at places I’ve not been to before nor heard about and my recent visit to Beyond Escapes Totnes was one of these, beyond my radar on the Devon foodie/leisure scene.

I used to live further south towards Kingsbridge before my move to Exmouth many years ago and regularly cut across country from Totnes to Torquay which is where you will find the Beyond Escapes Restaurant, down one of those small typical Devon lanes just off the A385 near Berry Pomeroy.

Whilst it was dark when we arrived, we could see from the well-lit surroundings it looked like a very clean, smart, newly built resort (opened February this year). The BE Tempted Restaurant was nestled in amongst the grounds of the restored Mansion House and luxurious holiday lodges. Some of you Totnes folk may remember this place previously called Barton Pines.


Dining Devon was invited here to sample the autumn menu from their Restaurant.  We were given a quick tour of one of their stunning lodges which are available to book.

Do check out the Beyond Escapes website for details of booking these out as well as information on the BE You Spa and Gym. I’m already thinking ‘girly’ weekend away, spa treatments, lunch and an afternoon tea visit!
Don’t worry guys, you aren’t left out as there are plenty of treatments for you men too! Ideas for Christmas presents people!

The restaurant was warm and welcoming, and we would have lovely views over towards Brixham from the large windows. I could imagine seeing the colourful patchwork hills and glimpses of the sea from here during the summer.

We were very well looked after by our waiter Steve; he asked if we would like to sample some cocktails the bar staff were making that evening. I had to refuse, being the designated driver for the evening but Andrew enjoyed a Gingerbread Margarita, creamy and like a gingery Brandy Alexander.

It was a tough choice from the Starters or Lite Bites Menu. I went for the Brixham Mussels with Devon Cider, Cream and Garlic and my husband chose the Spicy Curry Koftas. We could have had soup, a Grilled Goats Cheese dish or Calamari. These arrived not long after we had some bread and oils to nibble on. My mussels were tasty and the sauce, very creamy. Andrew’s Koftas were not over spiced but with subtle Indian flavours.

For mains, I stuck with fish, as we were sipping a very pleasant Sauvignon Blanc from Chile, and chose the Maple Syrup roasted Salmon Fillet which was served with buttered new potatoes and seasonal vegetables. It arrived on a hot plate, was a decent portion and was very tasty.

Andrew’s stomach was telling him he wanted a burger but he was persuaded to go for the Curry of the Day, a Chicken Jalfrezi, which he enjoyed, along with the poppadum, small naan, and homemade bhaji. There were plenty more dishes to choose from as well as dishes for the non-meat eaters. Vegans and Gluten Free diners need to let the chef know as they are happily catered for.

Feeling slightly full, but enjoying our relaxing evening out, the chef’s Chocolate Brownie came well recommended so I had that for dessert (it was a good Brownie) and Andrew went for the Banoffee Pavlova with a Biscuit Crumb and Toffee Sauce which he said was quite light and he readily polished it off, whereas I had to ask for some tinfoil so that I could have the remainder of mine with a cup of tea the next day as I didn’t want to leave any on my plate. It was a very generous portion even for me to eat!

Overall the meal was very pleasant and priced at about £30 per head for a three-course meal excluding wine. It’s not fine dining, but freshly ‘home cooked’ locally produced food generously served on hot plates, well presented and tasty.

Sunday Carveries are proving popular with the locals offering unlimited Yorkshire Puddings. Now that sounds inviting – who doesn’t like lots of Yorkies with their Sunday roast?

Sunday Carvery prices which look very reasonable:
One Main Course – £10.95 (£8.95 for Vegetarian option)
One Main Course and either a Starter or Dessert – £13.95 (£11.95 for Vegetarian option)
One Starter, Main Course and Dessert – £16.95 (£14.95 for Vegetarian option)Under 12’s Main Course – £5.95

So if you want some good, honest food, a choice of popular dishes with friendly service in a relaxed, convivial atmosphere, why not escape to BE Tempted at Beyond Escapes Devon. It could be worth combining your eating experience with a stay and a bit of pampering too.  Did I mention that most of the lodges have hot tubs?

Where is it?
Beyond Escapes Devon, Blagdon Road, Higher Blagdon, Totnes, Devon. TQ3 3FZ (or for SAT NAV please use TQ3 3YG)
TELEPHONE: 03301 274300

Plans are well underway for a Beyond Escapes North Yorkshire to open in 2020.

This review was hosted by the restaurant.  The review was seen by the restaurant before publication.

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