The Treby Arms Sparkwell Devon For My 60th Birthday Meal
I turned the big 60 on 14th December 2016, Steve (my husband) booked a surprise overnight stay on my actual birthday at the Padstow Townhouse with a superb meal at Paul Ainsworth No 6 Restaurant, which was absolutely fantastic and a birthday I will never forget – it was perfect.
Steve also booked a meal at the One Michelin star Treby Arms Restaurant a couple of days afterwards as a joint celebration with our Son – Adrian who also has a birthday very close to mine.
We have eaten in this lovely restaurant on quite a few occasions as it is only a few miles from where we live in Ivybridge and to have a Michelin star restaurant right on our doorstep is an experience not to be missed and each time we have been here it has been very enjoyable and this time was no exception.
Even though it is a Michelin star restaurant, it is not pretentious in any way and actually has a lovely country rustic charm to it and you feel very relaxed and comfortable. You read the menu and make your choices but how it is served is quite outstanding and doesn’t actually look anything like you would expect it to look, and the tastes – well the tastes are sublime and you can see why it is a Michelin Star restaurant.
The menu changes constantly but on the night we went – 16th December our choices were:-
I chose the corned beef (yes corned beef but not as you know it ) caramelised cauliflower and beef tartare, now I like all my meat well done, so this was a first for me with it being raw, but it was delicious. Steve and Adrian chose the fois gras, hoisin glazed duck hearts and pickled mooli
I plumped for “This little piggy went to the Treby Arms” which was pork done 3 different ways, including pigs cheek which I have to say was absolutely delicious , pork belly and fillet, served with very tasty other morsels (see photo). Steve and Adrian both went for the 46 day aged beef, onion puree & boulangerie potatoes, but as you can see from the photograph it looked like a picture on a plate and both of them thoroughly enjoyed it.
I am not a dessert person, but as it was a birthday celebration myself and Adrian chose the Sticky prune pudding, roast pear and sea buckthorn sorbet which again was all utterly delicious. Steve chose the Jaffa cake but again nothing like the McVitie ones (although they are very nice) which was served with tangerine and chestnut and a decoration of gold leaf – stunning.
The final personal touch was a “Happy Birthday decorated plate each for myself and Adrian
It was another fantastic meal and I can’t wait to go back here again, as it is our favourite restaurant and you really cannot beat it for that special occasion
You can read about my stay at The Padstow Townhouse and our meal at Paul Ainsworth at No.6 Restaurant here