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Things to do

OSKC Watersports, Combe Martin, Ilfracombe, Devon Head over to Ilfracombe and hire kayaks and stand up paddle boards to play on the waters, or book lessons with very experienced instructors amidst the truly awesome scenery of the North Devon coast. Explore coves and secluded beaches, opt for kayak guided tours, or, something that's proving to be very popular, kayak steering - a mix of kayaking and coasteering - one for the adrenalin seekers. Tremendous fun for groups and families. T: 07976 555004
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Outdoor Shop & Kayak Centre
Borough Road
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OSKC Watersports, Combe Martin, Ilfracombe, Devon Head over to Ilfracombe and hire kayaks and stand up paddle boards to play on the waters, or book lessons with very experienced instructors amidst the truly awesome scenery of the North Devon coast. Explore coves and secluded beaches, opt for kayak guided tours, or, something that's proving to be very popular, kayak steering - a mix of kayaking and coasteering - one for the adrenalin seekers. Tremendous fun for groups and families. T: 07976 555004
Quad biking, 4x4 Landrover Experiences, Battlezone Archery and Axe Throwing in the beautiful surroundings of the North Devon countryside. Brilliant fun for families, hen parties and corporate groups looking for exciting team building activities. Booking essential, check the website re age restrictions and what's supplied and what's not, and what to wear. T:  07446 078190
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Keypitts Off Road Adventures
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Quad biking, 4x4 Landrover Experiences, Battlezone Archery and Axe Throwing in the beautiful surroundings of the North Devon countryside. Brilliant fun for families, hen parties and corporate groups looking for exciting team building activities. Booking essential, check the website re age restrictions and what's supplied and what's not, and what to wear. T:  07446 078190  
Adventure on the North Devon coast rib riding on the Lundy Explorer or the 11 metre Pioneer, and  wildife cruises on the Sea Swift Catamaran. A fantastic opportunity to see the sights, spot dolphins and swim with seals off Lundy island. Sunset Safaris along the Exmoor Coast, fishing trips and private charter available. Rides for all ages, dogs and all, but not for those who suffer from sea sickness. Trips last 1-6 hours.  T: 07827 679189 or book online
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Ilfracombe SeaSafari
11 The Quay
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Adventure on the North Devon coast rib riding on the Lundy Explorer or the 11 metre Pioneer, and  wildife cruises on the Sea Swift Catamaran. A fantastic opportunity to see the sights, spot dolphins and swim with seals off Lundy island. Sunset Safaris along the Exmoor Coast, fishing trips and private charter available. Rides for all ages, dogs and all, but not for those who suffer from sea sickness. Trips last 1-6 hours.  T: 07827 679189 or book online
Woolacombe Surf Centre is Woolacombe's highest rated & qualified surf school & water sports provider! Professionally run & based in the heart of Woolacombe, North Devon. WSC is accredited as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ by Surfing England, the highest attainable level! 3 miles of gently sloping golden sands, and as in keeping with the beaches on this part of the North Devon coast, it's a good 'un for the surf, so every summer the village of Woolacombe gets very busy with families and people wanting to catch the waves. The beach huts and the backdrop of rolling hills add to the timeless charm, the lifeguards bring peace of mind. T: 01271 871533
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Woolacombe Surf Centre
Barton Road
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Woolacombe Surf Centre is Woolacombe's highest rated & qualified surf school & water sports provider! Professionally run & based in the heart of Woolacombe, North Devon. WSC is accredited as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ by Surfing England, the highest attainable level! 3 miles of gently sloping golden sands, and as in keeping with the beaches on this part of the North Devon coast, it's a good 'un for the surf, so every summer the village of Woolacombe gets very busy with families and people wanting to catch the waves. The beach huts and the backdrop of rolling hills add to the timeless charm, the lifeguards bring peace of mind. T: 01271 871533

Places to Visit

Quince Honey Farm is so much more than somewhere to buy a jar of honey! This place is absolutely lovely! The views over the Devon countryside are gorgeous for a start, and there's plenty to do here - landscaped nectar gardens to explore, guided tours, candle rolling, Critter Encounters, indoor and outdoor play areas, beekeeping demonstrations, mini bee-keeping experiences, and a shop and cafe. You really ought to go. T: 01769 572401
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Quince Honey Farm
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Quince Honey Farm is so much more than somewhere to buy a jar of honey! This place is absolutely lovely! The views over the Devon countryside are gorgeous for a start, and there's plenty to do here - landscaped nectar gardens to explore, guided tours, candle rolling, Critter Encounters, indoor and outdoor play areas, beekeeping demonstrations, mini bee-keeping experiences, and a shop and cafe. You really ought to go. T: 01769 572401
This is a massive collection of military displays, mostly from World War II, but there are some from the Boer War and more modern times up to the Gulf War. If that's what floats your boat you'll enjoy looking at it all - tanks, guns, helmets, artillery, grenades and bombs, gas masks, black out lamps, uniforms and even Home Front ration books. Take a picnic or have a snack in the NAAFI canteen wagon if it's open.  T: 01769 540740
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Cobbaton Combat Collection
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This is a massive collection of military displays, mostly from World War II, but there are some from the Boer War and more modern times up to the Gulf War. If that's what floats your boat you'll enjoy looking at it all - tanks, guns, helmets, artillery, grenades and bombs, gas masks, black out lamps, uniforms and even Home Front ration books. Take a picnic or have a snack in the NAAFI canteen wagon if it's open.  T: 01769 540740
A seriously good zoo with some very unusual creatures - the big hairy armadillo, rusty spotted cat, cotton-top tamarind and bat-eared fox for example! Stroke alpacas, handle a snake, hear the cacophonous black and gold howler monkeys and singing dogs. Take a picnic or go to the African Cafe.
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Exmoor Zoo
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A seriously good zoo with some very unusual creatures - the big hairy armadillo, rusty spotted cat, cotton-top tamarind and bat-eared fox for example! Stroke alpacas, handle a snake, hear the cacophonous black and gold howler monkeys and singing dogs. Take a picnic or go to the African Cafe.
This enchanting 20 acre garden is tucked away in a peaceful North Devon valley. It's amust for garden lovers; dripping with wisteria, blooming with magnolia, ablaze with glorious autumn colours - depending on when you visit, of course. Stroll around the lakes and immerse yourself in the sheer beauty of what's around you; the sights, the colours, the scents. Tea room and gift shop to round it off. T: 01271 342528
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Marwood Hill Gardens
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This enchanting 20 acre garden is tucked away in a peaceful North Devon valley. It's amust for garden lovers; dripping with wisteria, blooming with magnolia, ablaze with glorious autumn colours - depending on when you visit, of course. Stroll around the lakes and immerse yourself in the sheer beauty of what's around you; the sights, the colours, the scents. Tea room and gift shop to round it off. T: 01271 342528
The Valley of Rocks was formed when the natural recession of the cliffs dissected a former tributary of the East Lyne River. You can walk here from Lynton, it's only a mile or so; you'll be rewarded with spectacular sea views and you might even see the wild goats that feed here. Walk back for scones in one of the little tea shops in Lynton. T: 01598 752384
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Valley of Rocks
South West Coast Path
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The Valley of Rocks was formed when the natural recession of the cliffs dissected a former tributary of the East Lyne River. You can walk here from Lynton, it's only a mile or so; you'll be rewarded with spectacular sea views and you might even see the wild goats that feed here. Walk back for scones in one of the little tea shops in Lynton. T: 01598 752384
Fun, fun, fun at this castle and theme park where there are rides a-plenty in Adventure Land and Merry Go Land. Grab yourselves a taste of Victorian life, explore the Dungeon Labyrinths, and pay a visit to Gnome Land; the Hall of Mirrors and the Tilting House will have you chuckling, and there's also a Soft Ball Cannon Shooting Area. A brilliant day out for the whole family. T: 01271 867474
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Watermouth Castle
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Fun, fun, fun at this castle and theme park where there are rides a-plenty in Adventure Land and Merry Go Land. Grab yourselves a taste of Victorian life, explore the Dungeon Labyrinths, and pay a visit to Gnome Land; the Hall of Mirrors and the Tilting House will have you chuckling, and there's also a Soft Ball Cannon Shooting Area. A brilliant day out for the whole family. T: 01271 867474
This small aquarium is right by the historic harbour at Ilfracombe, a very apt and charming setting. Go and find out about the wonderful underwater world of the North Devon area, see all kinds of aquatic creatures - over 75 fish species, starfish, anenomes, octopus, hermit crabs and oh, loads more! Quiz trails, interactive activities, talks; top it off with a pasty in the cafe and a gift from the shop. T: 01271 864533
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The Ilfracombe Aquarium
The Quay
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This small aquarium is right by the historic harbour at Ilfracombe, a very apt and charming setting. Go and find out about the wonderful underwater world of the North Devon area, see all kinds of aquatic creatures - over 75 fish species, starfish, anenomes, octopus, hermit crabs and oh, loads more! Quiz trails, interactive activities, talks; top it off with a pasty in the cafe and a gift from the shop. T: 01271 864533
Have an intergalactic family adventure when you visit The Milky Way Adventure Park near Bideford. Ride the Cosmic Typhoon roller coaster and the Milky Way Railway, have a whole load of fun on the Gravity Rider Donut Slide, the Jumping Jupiters and Ziggy's Blast Quest. See bird of prey displays, find your way to the middle of the maze, then fill your tummies at the Starlight Restaurant. There's a play area especially for the under 7s.  T: 01237 431255
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Have an intergalactic family adventure when you visit The Milky Way Adventure Park near Bideford. Ride the Cosmic Typhoon roller coaster and the Milky Way Railway, have a whole load of fun on the Gravity Rider Donut Slide, the Jumping Jupiters and Ziggy's Blast Quest. See bird of prey displays, find your way to the middle of the maze, then fill your tummies at the Starlight Restaurant. There's a play area especially for the under 7s.  T: 01237 431255
Catch the boat from Ilfracombe or Bideford to Lundy Island and spend the day here; you might see seals and puffins whilst you're exploring. Join a rockpool ramble, find the Lundy Bunny on the letterboxing trail, go snorkelling or fishing. There's a shop and a pub on the island, but it's best to take a picnic. Dogs are not allowed on the island. T: 01237 431831
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Lundy Island Harbour
Bideford - Lundy Island
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Catch the boat from Ilfracombe or Bideford to Lundy Island and spend the day here; you might see seals and puffins whilst you're exploring. Join a rockpool ramble, find the Lundy Bunny on the letterboxing trail, go snorkelling or fishing. There's a shop and a pub on the island, but it's best to take a picnic. Dogs are not allowed on the island. T: 01237 431831
What's nice about this place is that they have a designated Family Fishing pond, so you can take the kids along, they'll learn to catch their first fish, and you take them home ready to cook. You can also buy day tickets to fly fish on their stream fed lake for rainbow and brown trout. Lessons can be booked for beginners and groups, they have all the gear for hire or to buy, and overall, it's just a lovely place to be.  T: 01271 344533
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Blakewell Fisheries
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What's nice about this place is that they have a designated Family Fishing pond, so you can take the kids along, they'll learn to catch their first fish, and you take them home ready to cook. You can also buy day tickets to fly fish on their stream fed lake for rainbow and brown trout. Lessons can be booked for beginners and groups, they have all the gear for hire or to buy, and overall, it's just a lovely place to be.  T: 01271 344533
They are a family run wildlife & dinosaur park set in a Combe Martin valley over 28 acres of spectacular gardens within the North Devon Area of Outstanding Beauty! As well as lions, wolves, sea lions, primates, meerkats, penguins and more, they are well known for our impressive life sized animatronic dinosaurs & gigantic indoor soft play area for dinomite fun, whatever the weather T: 01271 882486
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Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park
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They are a family run wildlife & dinosaur park set in a Combe Martin valley over 28 acres of spectacular gardens within the North Devon Area of Outstanding Beauty! As well as lions, wolves, sea lions, primates, meerkats, penguins and more, they are well known for our impressive life sized animatronic dinosaurs & gigantic indoor soft play area for dinomite fun, whatever the weather T: 01271 882486

Shops

The nearest large Supermarkets are in Ilfracombe or Barnstaple however they do deliver to the house. There are also a couple of smaller supermarkets in Lynton as well as some local stores where you are able to get the essentials:
There is a small shop that is attached to the petrol station that is open till 7pm. This is the closest shop that sells a good range of food & drinks.
Barbrook Filling Station
There is a small shop that is attached to the petrol station that is open till 7pm. This is the closest shop that sells a good range of food & drinks.
The Pavilion Stores & Cafe - Parracombe EX31 4QL This is a community funded and run enterprise in the village with all proceeds being ploughed back into the community. They stock everything from basic groceries to local artisanal crafts.
Parracombe
The Pavilion Stores & Cafe - Parracombe EX31 4QL This is a community funded and run enterprise in the village with all proceeds being ploughed back into the community. They stock everything from basic groceries to local artisanal crafts.
They have a shop in the Foyer which stocks a range of fresh produce such as bread, milk, eggs, bacon etc… They also stock basic staples such as cereal, flour, shampoo, toilet rolls etc..
Old Station House Inn
They have a shop in the Foyer which stocks a range of fresh produce such as bread, milk, eggs, bacon etc… They also stock basic staples such as cereal, flour, shampoo, toilet rolls etc..
The Farm Shop showcases the best of the West Country with top quality meat, fruit, veg, bread and more on offer. Everything is carefully chosen by them to offer customers the finest quality, from meat that is reared nearby at Besshill Farm to delicious local Devonshire cheese.
Besshill Shop
4 Borough Road
The Farm Shop showcases the best of the West Country with top quality meat, fruit, veg, bread and more on offer. Everything is carefully chosen by them to offer customers the finest quality, from meat that is reared nearby at Besshill Farm to delicious local Devonshire cheese.
Dart Fresh - Home Delivery Dart Fresh is a family run business since 1957. The offer an extensive range of food drinks and essential items whilst trying to source as much local produce as possible. They offer Next day delivery Mon - Sat when ordered by 3pm.
Martinhoe
Dart Fresh - Home Delivery Dart Fresh is a family run business since 1957. The offer an extensive range of food drinks and essential items whilst trying to source as much local produce as possible. They offer Next day delivery Mon - Sat when ordered by 3pm.

Restaurants

The Fox and Goose is an imposing Victorian building, with a contemporary, stylish interior. They are open and serve food every day throughout the year except Christmas Day and a few weeks in January when they usually take a break! They typically have 3 local real ales on tap, plus serve local cider and have a good selection of wines. The pub is food-led with all menu items produced here and as many ingredients as possible are sourced locally. The result is a menu of traditional favourites and seasonal specialities. T: 01598 763239
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The Fox & Goose
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The Fox and Goose is an imposing Victorian building, with a contemporary, stylish interior. They are open and serve food every day throughout the year except Christmas Day and a few weeks in January when they usually take a break! They typically have 3 local real ales on tap, plus serve local cider and have a good selection of wines. The pub is food-led with all menu items produced here and as many ingredients as possible are sourced locally. The result is a menu of traditional favourites and seasonal specialities. T: 01598 763239
Situated in the rolling hills of the beautiful Exmoor National Park, Hunter's Inn is bursting with heritage and character. Our traditional country inn boasts traditional home cooked dining in our Exmoor Restaurant & Bar, as well as 4 acres of enchanting gardens and countryside walks for you to explore. T: 01598 763230.
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The Hunters Inn
Jose's Lane
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Situated in the rolling hills of the beautiful Exmoor National Park, Hunter's Inn is bursting with heritage and character. Our traditional country inn boasts traditional home cooked dining in our Exmoor Restaurant & Bar, as well as 4 acres of enchanting gardens and countryside walks for you to explore. T: 01598 763230.
The Pyne Arms is a beautiful and characterful traditional country pub set in the foothills of Exmoor National Park. Originally a post office, it then became a public house in 1951, to which it still stands today as The Pyne Arms. Ellis and Amie Pannell became the proud owners of in September 2012, and since opening the pub has become very popular with locals and tourists alike, gaining both local and national awards in addition to becoming one of the top pubs in the country in the Estrella Top 50 Gastropubs awards.  High quality food is their passion, they pride themselves on providing locally sourced food with a modern twist with everything from a Sunday roast to speciality fish on the menu. Wherever possible, the finest local produce available, giving you a dish which is both traceable and fresh but most importantly, tasty! With such an array of amazing ingredients to choose from as well as their love of creating something new and exciting to offer, they change their menu every week.  T: 01271 850055
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Pyne Arms
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The Pyne Arms is a beautiful and characterful traditional country pub set in the foothills of Exmoor National Park. Originally a post office, it then became a public house in 1951, to which it still stands today as The Pyne Arms. Ellis and Amie Pannell became the proud owners of in September 2012, and since opening the pub has become very popular with locals and tourists alike, gaining both local and national awards in addition to becoming one of the top pubs in the country in the Estrella Top 50 Gastropubs awards.  High quality food is their passion, they pride themselves on providing locally sourced food with a modern twist with everything from a Sunday roast to speciality fish on the menu. Wherever possible, the finest local produce available, giving you a dish which is both traceable and fresh but most importantly, tasty! With such an array of amazing ingredients to choose from as well as their love of creating something new and exciting to offer, they change their menu every week.  T: 01271 850055
Situated within our beautifully-manicured lawns, you can find their prized brasserie-style restaurant. Their à la carte menu features a range of classic dishes, including sirloin steak, beef dripping chips and sticky toffee pudding, for those with a sweet tooth. A premium-quality twist on your favourite meals.

Their team of talented chefs pride themselves on their innovation, particularly when it comes to their well-loved seasonal menus. From carefully curated nibbles, to beautifully-finished mains, and a wide selection of sides and irresistible desserts on offer, you can expect a magnificent selection of dishes to taste. T -:01271 545008
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The Coach House by Michael Caines at Kentisbury Grange
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Situated within our beautifully-manicured lawns, you can find their prized brasserie-style restaurant. Their à la carte menu features a range of classic dishes, including sirloin steak, beef dripping chips and sticky toffee pudding, for those with a sweet tooth. A premium-quality twist on your favourite meals.

Their team of talented chefs pride themselves on their innovation, particularly when it comes to their well-loved seasonal menus. From carefully curated nibbles, to beautifully-finished mains, and a wide selection of sides and irresistible desserts on offer, you can expect a magnificent selection of dishes to taste. T -:01271 545008
The Black Venus Inn is a splendid old stone built pub with wonderful food that enjoys an enviable location in Challacombe within the Exmoor National Park. The historic 16th century building is full of Devon character and charm with low ceilings and original beams. A warm welcome awaits… The bar is a cosy place in which to enjoy a drink or a meal from their comprehensive menu. Food is served 7 days a week. Their Sunday Roast is one of the best in the area! T: 01598 763251
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The Black Venus Inn
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The Black Venus Inn is a splendid old stone built pub with wonderful food that enjoys an enviable location in Challacombe within the Exmoor National Park. The historic 16th century building is full of Devon character and charm with low ceilings and original beams. A warm welcome awaits… The bar is a cosy place in which to enjoy a drink or a meal from their comprehensive menu. Food is served 7 days a week. Their Sunday Roast is one of the best in the area! T: 01598 763251

Private Chefs

Gary Shapland - gary.shapland@hotmail.co.uk - 07910 986978 Professional chef providing fine private dining & catering. Whether you’re on a weekend break or on holiday with family & friends, why not indulge yourself in a special Private Dining in the comfort of the house. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, birthday, anniversary or just want to arrange catering for your stay – Gary can put a personal service together to suit your requirements. With over 30 years experience in the catering industry Gary always make sure the that the customer gets personal service to suit their needs. Private dining is an experience, and through our ‘Cooking With Gazz’ dinners they always strive to provide a friendly welcome - delivering great service and fabulous food. Dez Turland - https://www.chefdezturland.co.uk - 07599 540608 Prepare to be spoilt. Booking your own private chef is the ultimate in luxurious dining and will create a lasting memory that your guests will cherish. It's a chance to enjoy the experience of a top-class restaurant in the comfort of your own home, but without the need for a late night taxi and no stress over any planning. What to expect? - Typically, Dez is booked because of his reputation to bring more to the table than just amazing food. At each course, he’ll share with you the stories of local suppliers, and offer insight into his ingredients and personal cooking processes. In that way, he’ll make sure the kitchen is never 'behind-the-scenes' but 'part-of-the-action' in a way that you'll lov Not only will he bring everything with him (inclusive of crockery, tableware & decor), but he’ll also discreetly take it away... so you won't even catch sight of a dirty dish! All they ask is that you provide your own glassware & drinks Special requests or dietary needs? Go as bespoke as you like - this is all about you!
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North Devon District
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Gary Shapland - gary.shapland@hotmail.co.uk - 07910 986978 Professional chef providing fine private dining & catering. Whether you’re on a weekend break or on holiday with family & friends, why not indulge yourself in a special Private Dining in the comfort of the house. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, birthday, anniversary or just want to arrange catering for your stay – Gary can put a personal service together to suit your requirements. With over 30 years experience in the catering industry Gary always make sure the that the customer gets personal service to suit their needs. Private dining is an experience, and through our ‘Cooking With Gazz’ dinners they always strive to provide a friendly welcome - delivering great service and fabulous food. Dez Turland - https://www.chefdezturland.co.uk - 07599 540608 Prepare to be spoilt. Booking your own private chef is the ultimate in luxurious dining and will create a lasting memory that your guests will cherish. It's a chance to enjoy the experience of a top-class restaurant in the comfort of your own home, but without the need for a late night taxi and no stress over any planning. What to expect? - Typically, Dez is booked because of his reputation to bring more to the table than just amazing food. At each course, he’ll share with you the stories of local suppliers, and offer insight into his ingredients and personal cooking processes. In that way, he’ll make sure the kitchen is never 'behind-the-scenes' but 'part-of-the-action' in a way that you'll lov Not only will he bring everything with him (inclusive of crockery, tableware & decor), but he’ll also discreetly take it away... so you won't even catch sight of a dirty dish! All they ask is that you provide your own glassware & drinks Special requests or dietary needs? Go as bespoke as you like - this is all about you!