Rosanna Rothery stops off for tapas at Broomhill Art Hotel.
THE funky sculptures which you encounter when you walk up the path to Broomhill Art Hotel and Sculpture Garden, on the outskirts of Barnstaple, set the scene for this arty hotel.
It's no surprise the venue was voted Top Restaurant in North Devon Food And Drink Awards.
Its tastefully decorated Terra Madre eatery is an uplifting and unusual place to take visiting friends and family for an evening out.
Creativity, inspiration, quality of life and art are not just prevalent in the stunning surroundings – the food showcases these qualities in abundance too. But did you know apart from the impressive dinner menu you can pop in their on a lunchtime to enjoy tasty Mediterranean titbits on their tapas menu? This Saturday, on our way to the seaside, we did exactly that.
Dishes, ordered at the bar, ranged from a duo of trout mousse and smoked trout to delicious dahl. Everything tasted like it was quality – scrumptious local cheeses, dried meats and fish – and cooked freshly on the premises with plenty of subtle flavours.
All the little dishes were a feast for the eyes and it was lovely to enjoy a light lunch that was a celebration of sensations – tastes, smells, colours and textures. And as always there was a great choice for those who prefer veggie food. If like me, you enjoy curling up in a pool of sunshine with a good book or a newspaper, you can do this in blissful peace and comfort during the daytime at Broomhill. Not just for a destination for an evening out, it's a great place to arm yourself with a coffee, sink into a comfy leather settee and just chill out.
Tapas at Broomhill Art Hotel costs £9.95 for three dishes.