For Christmas, I gave my husband a trip to the Old Belfry at Yarcombe, which is near Honiton, Devon. The hotel is an old village school house in a sleepy Devon village. The owners, who also run the hotel themselves with no additional help, are exceptionally friendly. We spent the past weekend at the Old Belfry.
The restaurant, which is the star of the hotel, seats only 12 people, and food needs to be ordered the day before arriving. On the night we were there, there were only 6 people dining, including us, but it was never awkward.
We both had the most delicious starter of Brixham scallops with white pudding, bacon, whisky and cream, followed by a lemon and ginger sorbet.
My husband had Venison in red wine and chocolate sauce and I had monkfish with lots of mashed potato. The desserts were beautifully presented: mine was Rhubarb parfait with pistachio ice-cream, ginger shortbread and rhubarb coulis, and my husband had a flaming baked tiramisu alaska!
The six rooms are named after poets - we were in Wordsworth which had a large arched lead paned window which was an original feature of the school. The bathroom was well equipped with L'Occitane products.
Such a lovely quiet weekend without our children!
Love Mrs Jones x