Lympstone Manor wins top accolade

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A future built on reputation

Celebrity chef Michael Caines and the team at Lympstone Manor are thrilled to have won Best Hotel in the Food Reader Awards 2022. 

Championing the South West’s best independent food and drink businesses, the Food Reader Awards were recently held at Windslade Manor. 

Following more than 100,000 nominations and votes, Lympstone Manor made it to the final with support from more than 10,000 readers of Food Magazine. 

The Devon-based hotel beat out a shortlist of four finalists for Best Hotel, an award sponsored by Ellis Wines.

‘I’m a great believer in a saying that I often quote, “Everything you have done in the past, has brought you to this moment in time, but it’s what you do next, that matters most,”’ said Michael Caines MBE in response to the win. 

‘I say this knowing all too well, that the future is built on your past reputation and achievements.’ 

‘Since Lympstone Manor opened its doors in April 2017, I’ve continued to develop the property, building on the guest’s experience through quality.’ 

Harvesting grapes from the vineyard

‘We planted the vineyard in 2018, in 2019 we renovated the Ponds and added our sculpture tour with Fineart@, 2020 saw the harvest of our first grapes from the vineyard, the installation of the Shepherd huts and tennis court.’ 

‘In 2021 we started the Pool House complex and in 2022 we opened it and launched our first wine, the Lympstone Manor Estate, 2020 Triassic, Pinot Noir.’

‘Winning Food Readers Best Hotel Award gives you a moment of reflection and a great sense of achievement to what I’ve created here in my home county of Devon and to be a part of this amazing food culture that we have in the Southwest.’ 

‘At the heart of everything we do here at Lympstone Manor Hotel, is the kitchen where my head Chef Jordan Denning, the kitchen team and I work tirelessly in creating our imaginative cuisine, that celebrates the best ingredients sourced here in the Southwest.’

‘This award goes beyond the kitchen and celebrates the contribution of all the team, housekeepers, gardeners, accounts, restaurant staff, reception and reservations team, porters and the management team led by my General Manager Alex McEwen.’ 

‘This award is very much for them as it is for me and I’d like to take the opportunity to thank them for all their hard work and loyalty over these past few years, it’s not been easy, but winning this award makes it feel all the more worth it!’ 

‘Thank you to the readers of Food Magazine for voting, we are honoured and very proud. We push on!”

Lympstone Manor is having a successful 2022, having risen to sixth place in the Harden’s Top 100 UK Restaurants 2022 back in February. 

Since opening in 2017, the hotel has grown rapidly and continues to create an award-winning and unforgettable experience for all.

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