*The Devon Foodie team are constantly on the lookout for new venues in which to eat and stay. So, we were thrilled when Beyond Escapes invited us to try their new on-site restaurant BE Tempted. Please note, this was a complimentary review and all views are our own.*
Review by Collette Dyson
Situated in the beautiful Devonshire countryside, Beyond Escapes Devon offers visitors a stunning collection of lodges and apartments to enjoy, with far reaching views of Torbay. What was previously known as Barton Pines – a gorgeous redbrick Manor House – has undergone a sympathetic restoration in 2018. The renovation has brought the building well and truly into the 21st Century, as a spacious holiday complex complete with its own on-site restaurant BE Tempted…
The BE Tempted Restaurant
We visited the BE Tempted restaurant on a busy Sunday lunchtime and the venue was bustling with people. The restaurant itself is a contemporary light and airy space that is split into two sections. There’s a casual bar area on the right hand side as you walk in and a more formal dining area to the left. The restaurant also has bi-folding glass doors which lead onto a decked dining area for the sunnier days (which sadly seem to be behind us for the time being).
We were given a warm welcome on arrival and shown to our table, which had enviable views of the countryside and bay beyond. After taking our drinks order we were brought seeded rolls, olive oil and balsamic vinegar to enjoy whilst we perused the menu.
For his starter, my husband chose the Salt and Pepper Calamari (£6.95). This was just the right amount for a starter and contained crisp, fried calamari which was soft inside and served with a simple aioli. Meanwhile, I opted to start with a Grilled Goats Cheese with Beetroot, Carrot, Cucumber Salad and Pine Nuts (£6.95). This portion size was not for the faint hearted. A huge wheel of grilled goats cheese rested on a bed of sliced carrot and cucumber with a scattering of pine nuts, squares of beetroot and a drizzle of balsamic. Granted, the cheese was quite mild and ate well with the salad.The balsamic gave a welcome sweetness to the dish and overall I enjoyed the plate of food. However, I do feel that it could have benefitted from a lighter touch.
For the main event, my husband went for the Roast of the Day. This was a hearty portion of soft pink-in-the-middle beef, hidden under a balloon of Yorkshire pudding accompanied by carrot batons, green beans, cauliflower cheese and a thick flavoursome gravy. You can’t go far wrong with a Sunday roast, especially when it’s piled high with veggies and dosed in gravy. This dish was a real hit with my husband, leading me to believe that roast dinners are one of Beyond Escapes strengths.
For my main course, I opted for the Maple Glazed Salmon (£15.95). This was served with carrot batons, green beans and potatoes, all of which were all drizzled with a healthy dose of maple glaze and the salmon cooking juices. The fish itself was soft and deliciously sweet. I must admit, I’d never have thought to accompany fish with maple syrup, but I will have to try this combination at home as it was lovely.
For dessert, my husband somehow managed to make room for a Banoffee Pavlova with Biscuit Crumb and Toffee Sauce (£6.95). This was huge helping of meringue with a crispy outside shell and a gooey toffee-like inside. It came with lashings of toffee sauce, banana flavoured cream and fresh banana slices. It wasn’t the most refined pudding in the world, but it definitely went down well.
Our Thoughts on BE Tempted
Even though the restaurant was busy, the staff at BE Tempted were very helpful and attentive (which is great if you have hungry children in tow). The food was affordable and bistro style, with very generous portions. BE Tempted also offer a takeaway service, where you can pre-order a ‘Breakfast in a Bag’ or a hand-stretched Sicilian pizza. They also do an excellent roast dinner if you’re looking for a family friendly destination to frequent on a Sunday afternoon.
After lunch, we were given a quick tour of Beyond Escapes itself. Their spacious self-catering apartments in the manor were wonderful and it was clear that a stay at the venue would be exceptional value for money. Add this to the laid-back, affordable restaurant and the onsite spa and we think that Beyond Escapes will appeal to a lot of young families and holidaymakers alike.
For more information, visit beyondescapes.co.uk/devon