About Michael Caines
Michael Caines MBE, chef/patron of Lympstone Manor, is one of Britain’s most popular and well-known chefs. The holder of two Michelin stars for 18 consecutive years, he is now delighted to have been awarded a Michelin star for Lympstone Manor just six months after opening. Over the past 22 years Michael has gained a global reputation for his distinctive modern European cuisine utilising the finest local and regional produce and ingredients. Michael, has appeared regularly on television, on programmes such as BBC 1 Saturday Kitchen, Master chef, Sunday Brunch, The Great British Menu, My Kitchen Rules and The Great British Bake-off Extra Slice. And amongst numerous accolades, cooked in 10 Downing Street for the Prime Minister, received an MBE in 2006 for services to the hospitality industry, and was awarded AA Chef’s Chef of the Year in 2007.
Michael has long since championed the South West as one of the finest larders in Europe and as his home. He has been the inspiration and driving force behind the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink since it began in 2003 and Michael Caines academy at Exeter College.
Not only does Michael spend much of his time and energy in the South West he has also partnered with the Williams F1 Team since 2011, bringing his Michelin-starred food and hospitality to the team’s motorhome facility over race weekends, across the globe.
In 2016, Michael was granted Freeman of the City of Exeter in recognition of his services to the city of Exeter and the wider community. To encourage the next generation of young people in the hospitality industry, he created the Michael Caines Academy at Exeter College. He is the driving force behind the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink, a festival of national and international interest that celebrates the quality and variety of food and drink in southwest England. The Michael Caines Foundation, meanwhile, supports a number of charities including Families for Children, Farms for City Children, the Exeter Foundation, One for the Boys, and Devon Wildlife Trust.
Palé Hall is a newly-refurbished, destination country house hotel with a fine dining restaurant – open to non-residents – created in association with Michelin-star chef Michael Caines, with signature dishes realised by our own head chef Gareth Stevenson. Palé Hall is a destination for quiet retreat, comfort and culinary indulgence. Situated in the tranquil Dee valley this grand, historic, high Victorian mansion has an idyllic woodland garden rolling down to the banks of the river. The spectacular Snowdonia National Park is on our doorstep. The hotel features eighteen luxurious, individually styled bedrooms with sumptuous décor, each with a beautifully appointed bathroom.
Kentisbury Grange is a stunning boutique hotel on the edge of Exmoor National Park. The hotel’s quintessential English charm combines with a relaxed and personal service to provide the perfect country retreat. Originally built in 1894 this former gentleman’s residence has been beautifully refurbished to the highest of standards, alongside the former 19th century coaching house set in its grounds.
The coaching house was converted in 2013 into onsite restaurant The Coach House by Michael Caines and has won numerous awards and accolades since it first opened its doors. Fresh, local produce is at the heart of the restaurant’s seasonal menus and the talented team bring something unique and exciting to North Devon. The restaurant was awarded Gold in the Devon Tourism Awards in both 2015 and 2016, as well as Gold in the South West Tourism Awards 2015/2016.
The Coach House by Michael Caines is a culinary experience that will change the way you think about restaurant dining – a professional yet decidedly unstuffy fine dining experience that is both polished and informal. The menus reflect the seasonality of fresh local produce and are meticulously designed by the talented team who work closely with Michael Caines himself.