Italian Summer Festa


August 7, 2024

August 7, 2024


£115 per person - This event is now fully booked

Sitting outdoors by the pool on a summer evening, the smell of food being cooked over a wood fire, looking out across the vineyard, glass of wine in hand, and watching sun set over the hills beyond: it could be Tuscany or Umbria . . . or it could be Lympstone Manor on August 7th for our Italian Summer Festa d’Estate.

Lympstone Manor in summer is one of the most magical and idyllic places you will ever find. On long summer evenings, as the sun slowly sets over the Exe estuary, painting the sky in spectacular hues of yellow, red, and orange, and overlooking rows of manicured vines on which the grapes are just beginning to swell, you could almost imagine that you are in Italy.

To celebrate this special moment of the year, we are having an outdoor Italian summer festa d’estate around the Pool House Restaurant. To fully enjoy the Lympstone Manor experience, we suggest you arrive early, anytime from 6pm. Bring your swimwear if you fancy a dip first, maybe try a game of bocce – Italian bowls (we’ll explain how to play), or have a stroll around the vineyard, through the Lady’s Walk, or admire the sculpture garden.

Then, from around 6.45pm, enjoy a relaxed and prolonged aperitivo Italian-style, with a glass of Prosecco Asolo DOCG, accompanied by cicchetti – Venetian street food – cooked in our outdoor kitchen. Italian summer food is all about freshness, seasonality, simplicity. Michael, Jordan and the team have devised a summer menu that is just that, making full use of the bounty of our East Devon larder.

The plan is for this to be an outdoor occasion utilising our outdoor kitchen so that as sun sets and night falls, we will be under the stars (perhaps with rugs on our laps), enjoying summer at its best. But on the other hand, while we understand that those mythical summer evenings that we all remember and yearn for so fondly should be always warm and dry, we know realistically that the weather (yes, these days in Italy as much as here in Devon) can be changeable, so there will always be the option to move indoors into the comfort of the Pool House Restaurant.

The evening will be hosted by Marc Millon, Italian Wine Ambassador and author of Italy in a Wineglass – the taste of history.

Festa d’estate – our Italian Summer Festa – is sure to be a popular event so reserve your places now.

From 6pm Arrive at Lympstone Manor to enjoy the grounds and the swimming pool

6.45pm Italian aperitivo with Venetian cicchetti street food

7.30pm The Italian 3-course summer feast with paired wines begins

Do you have a question about this event?

Call 01395 202040

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Italian Summer Festa with Marc Millon IWA

Wednesday 7th August

Venetian cicchetti

Focaccie e pizzette

flatbreads cooked in the wood-oven

Polpette al sugo

Meatballs in sauce

Fritto misto

Tempura squid, vegetables – green bean & courgettes

Ca’ Morlin Proscecco Superiore Asolo


Raviolo al granchio

Lyme Bay crab raviolo, grapefruit, lemon grass and ginger sauce

2022 `Vigneti del Cerro` Verdicchio di Matelica DOC, Cantine Belisario, Le Marche


Arrosticini di Agnello

Lamb skewers grilled over wood embers, grilled vegetables, panzanella and salsa verde

2016 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane, Fantini, Abruzzo


Crostata di Frutta

Fresh fruit tart with pastry cream

2023 Moscato d’Asti di Strevi, Contero, Piemonte


Coffee & petit fours

`Spirit of Lympstone` Eau de Vie de Marc, Lympstone Manor Estate


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