If you’re visiting Exeter, several fine hotels await you, none…
Torquay’s such a diverse place, it’s no surprise it’s visited by so many from across the UK. The coastline is incredibly varied, with parts reminiscent of the South of France. Then you have beautiful and historic places such as Cockington and also Tor Abbey (which you can easily access by a short walk from the hotel). The Grosvenor is perfectly positioned to allow you to explore all that Torbay has to offer. What’s great is that the hotel is close to the seafront, so you can enjoy gentle walks along the Esplanade to soak up the seaside atmosphere and enjoy views out across the bay.
The Grosvenor in Torquay has recently been taken over by the Richardson Hotel group, who are injecting effort and investment to bring the hotel in line with the other hotels in their group. We have to be thankful that this is happening, it’s so important to our Devon economy that progress is made. The featured image above is the owner Keith Richardson and newly appointed John Burton Race, who you should remember from The Angel at Dartmouth – John became a celebrity following his series French Leave and the subsequent Return of the Chef. Of course, John’s a heavyweight in terms of the culinary art, and his appointment at The Grosvenor is a major coup, because the quality of food on offer is absolutely top notch.
After working through their a la carte menu, I can confirm that you’re in for a great treat if you visit as John really knows his art. Every course we sampled was perfection, even pudding was superb – so often you have a lovely meal and decide a pudding would be great, only to be let down by a sickly, lardy lump of something on the plate – I’m happy to say that John’s Bitter Chocolate Ganache was a masterpiece. A hearty welcome back to Devon John, we need more talented people like you! Of the hotel – facilities were excellent, the room spacious, spotlessly clean and extremely well appointed, with a luxurious emperor sized bed – in all it was a thoroughly enjoyable stay – many thanks to the team at Richardson Hotels for their hospitality.