Eating and drinking well are an essential part of any holiday. And when you book your stay we always provide you with recommendations on where to eat during your Woodlands Holiday. In Dulverton, we’re very lucky to be surrounded by good restaurants, pubs and takeaways, so you can leave your car behind in the drive. But sometimes, it’s worth a short trip to enjoy something different and we were excited to try out The Lost Kitchen, Chettiscombe, for one of their special evening ‘Wood-Fired Feasts’. All in the name of guest research, obviously!
The Lost Kitchen is a beautiful, rustic and informal restaurant situated in a traditional Linhay and former cider barn built in the 1800s, near the Devon town of Tiverton. It sits high-up, to give guests great views during the day and when we rocked up for our nighttime reservation, the building looked stunning, surrounded by fairy lights and the light from the floor to ceiling windows. Definitely a great first impression!
At the heart of the restaurant is its wood-fired oven which greets you as you enter. Since opening in summer 2021, The Lost Kitchen has become known for serving up delicious wood-fired food created from the best Devon and West Country produce. The restaurant is led by husband and wife team George and Aurora Aykroyd who aim to offer ‘seasonal food within a modern European menu, along with the warmest welcome from the friendliest team in town’.
They hold their ‘Lost Supper Clubs’ around twice a month, which offer a set three-course dinner cooked in the wood oven for £30 per person.
We enjoyed West Country hand-made charcuterie, hot and cold smoked salmon and seasonal mezze, plus homemade bread.
Free Range Somerset chicken on the grill, roast root vegetables with Salsa Verde, cannellini bean mash with truffle butter. Plus a grilled sea bass on a bed of lentils with whipped garlic mayonnaise mousse.
We followed this with a Kadaifi cheesecake with cherry compote and chocolate espresso cake - both topped with fresh flowers, and absolutely delicious.
We also loved the selection of wines, ciders, beers and even cocktails with local ingredients. You can take a closer look at The Lost Kitchen’s wine list and their cocktail menu too. As you can see, we tried out the Espresso Martini with Black Cow Vodka, Kahlua and Roast Works Coffee, which finished the evening off beautifully.
What can we say? It was all superb. Tasty food, well presented, by a cheerful and friendly team in stunning surroundings. We’ll definitely be adding it to our list of recommendations on where to eat during your Woodlands Holiday stay. And we’ll be back to try The Lost Kitchen’s selection of wood-fired sourdough pizzas on a sunny Somerset and Devon day.
The Lost Kitchen Regular Opening Hours (please check online):
Wednesday to Friday
8.30am - 6pm
Saturday & Sunday
9am - 6pm
Last orders for food by 4:30pm
Closed Monday & Tuesdays
Tea, Coffee & Cakes all day.
Brunch from 8.30am to 11:30am (9am on weekends)
Light Lunches from 12pm to 3pm.
Wood-Fired Pizzas are served 12 noon to 4.30pm.
Call 01884 24 24 27