Ginger Peanut Bampton Devon opens

New Restaurant & Bar with stylish bedrooms being opened by Christopher Badham and Damian Llambias owners of nearby Huntsham Court and run by renowned Southwest Chef Peter Mundy

Ginger Peanut owners and chefs – L to R – Chris Badham, Sam Salway, Peter Mundy, Damian Llambias

Ginger Peanut in Bampton, officially opening its doors this month, is much more than a restaurant with rooms according to its owners: it adds another incredible foodie element to the town and further cements Bampton as a must-visit gastronomic destination.

Restoring the formerly neglected historic building to viable and sustainable use has been a long term dream for Christopher Badham and Damian Llambias, who have owned and run nearby exclusive hire baronial mansion, Huntsham Court, since 2012. This spring they, with award-winning chef Peter Mundy, now welcome guests to their restaurant and bar with bedrooms, a location that showcases their extensive restoration of the Grade II listed building set in the heart of Bampton conservation area in rural Devon.

Offering five ensuite bedrooms that enjoy shared access to a well-stocked pantry, Ginger Peanut provides a comfortable base from which to explore rural Devon and nearby Somerset. Each guest room is individually decorated in a contemporary style, sympathetic to the protected status of building, and appointed with modern necessities including ensuite shower rooms and complimentary WiFi. Three rooms – Duck, Grouse and Quail – offer 5ft King beds, whilst Hare and Rabbit offer either 6ft luxury Super King or twin bed accommodation.

Breakfast, if requested, is served in the restaurant or can be enjoyed in one of the local cafes. Guests can also enjoy lunch and dinner in Ginger Peanut where they will find menus designed by Peter Mundy to showcase the finest locally-sourced seasonal produce. Signature dishes at opening include fillet of sea trout with a tarragon crust and rump of lamb served alongside root vegetable gratin. Ginger Peanut Restaurant and Bar is open to non-residents.

The Bar offers 11 single malt whiskies, 17 gins, local cider on tap and bottled regional ales. A cocktail list, headlined by espresso martini, ensures guests – whether based locally or from further afield – are assured of a notable selection of bespoke beverages.

Peter Mundy, who brings over twenty years of expertise to Ginger Peanut, was trained in Classic French and Modern British cuisines by acclaimed chef Paul Groom and has run an award-winning catering business across Devon and Somerset for over a decade.

Peter said: “Ginger Peanut is an exciting addition to the south west culinary scene and creates a new foody hub in this corner of Devon showcasing the food and fayre of the region. In addition to our relationships with Devon and Somerset farmers and suppliers, some of whom already work with Huntsham Court, we’re fostering young talent by partnering with local colleges to help train those with culinary ambitions.

Christopher Badham said: “Devon is in our DNA and we’re committed to ensuring Ginger Peanut not only offers our guests a memorable place to eat, drink and sleep, but also enriches the local community. Our overnight guests are free to enjoy breakfast here or elsewhere in Bampton, to dine with us or not, but everyone can enjoy tea, coffee and treats in the guest pantry, something we’ve found to be popular at Huntsham Court. With one of the region’s most notable chefs in the kitchen, creating tempting menus from seasonal, regional ingredients, Ginger Peanut is further enhancing Bampton as a must-see destination in the southwest.

Peter Morrell, editor added “I recently had lunch in Ginger Peanut and it was highly enjoyable. Peter has unique deftness of touch with food by combining tastes, flavours and textures into harmonious and delicious dishes.

I feasted on deep fried poached duck egg, Portuguese style sardines and beetroot salad with candied walnuts and a blue cheese mousse to start. Clever contrasts brought these three dishes vibrantly alive. The main of locally reared rump of lamb with braised shoulder, celeriac puree and root vegetable gratin had tremendous depth of flavour.

This was an excellent eating experience enhanced by the stylish decor in the dining space.”

A sleepover at Ginger Peanut costs from £76.50 per person with a continental or hearty Devon breakfast for £10 per guest, served in the restaurant or a local cafe. Add a two-course lunch for £17 per person or enjoy dinner at Ginger Peanut at £20 for two courses, £30 for three courses. All prices per person, subject to availability; lunch and dinner pricing excludes beverages.

Book now at www.GingerPeanut.co.uk or call 01398 332244.

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