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diner’s pocket – but an evening at Summer Lodge is anything but average! And the tasting menu showcases the main menu very well and illustrates a predominance of locally sourced produce. We start on our Summer Lodge journey with marinated foie gras and poached pineapple with a dense and rich Alsace Grand Cru Pinot Gris 2012 – another hors d’oeuvre of Lyme Bay scallops, salsify purée and pomegranate dressing provides a creamy and sweet taster of the local coast with a glass of clean and bright Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner Steinstz 2013, which is the perfect seafood partner. The Cornish sole is a dream with octopus and salty Serrano ham and is followed by rare, tender and  avoursome Exmoor venison with red cabbage, sweet potato and a port jus with a red by name, nature and nose – Villa Mattielli Amarone della Valpolicella.
The Summer Lodge cheese trolley is of epic proportions – a selection of 27, and again, all West Country cheeses – and a trolley tour provides much choice and discussion and is a real highlight of the evening, we compare tastes and textures and complete our evening with a glass of Ken Forrester’s T Noble Late Harvest 2010 with textures of rhubarb, the tasting dessert, with spice ice cream. The deep honey  avours and sweetness of Ken’s dessert wine making for a delicious and rounded end to a remarkable evening.
Summer Lodge is very special, yet a tad o  the beaten track – so take the opportunity of booking in for the night, relaxing and allowing the entire team to demonstrate their exacting hospitality standards to you beyond the dining room.
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