Nothing quite beats a relaxed Sunday lunch to help me unwind from the stresses of the week and to enjoy quality time as a family. With plenty of carvery and country pub options around the area, it can be nice to try a different take on the Sunday lunch experience which is why this week we ventured to somewhere unexpected, and enjoyed such an occasion at Exeter Golf and Country Club.

Perhaps you’ve been before – I had – when the exclusive Georgian property was transformed into a graceful wedding reception. Little did I know that these idyllic surroundings were available to non-members as well, as a light and airy location for a relaxed lunch.

We were immediately welcomed on arrival by the smartly dressed staff, who ushered us over to the comfortable sofas in the bar area and took our drinks order. From the bar the enticing scene of beautifully presented tables, with comfy seating and high ceilings were complimented by the calming atmosphere set by the live piano accompaniment from one of the region’s top pianists. Loud enough to enjoy, but not so loud that it overwhelmed the room, the live music element really set the tone for a classy dining experience, and the wonderful views only heightened this further.

Our waitress delivered the one course (£12.95), two course (£15.95) or three course (£18.95) menu, which changes seasonally, and listed four to five tempting options for each course. With two boys in tow, I soon realised that there was no children’s menu. Problem soon solved when the waitress kindly explained that the boys could choose from the same menu, which would be catered to their smaller appetite.

Between us we tried most of the starters – I opted for the Confit Duck Leg Salad with Pickled Shallots and Truffle Emulsion which was gorgeous. I was very impressed with the amount of duck I received and it was very tasty. My husband had the Potted Smoked Mackerel with Citrus Crème Fraiche and Toasted Sourdough Bread which he conveniently assured me he would definitely come back for again.

For our main course, we were unanimous in our decision to choose the traditional roast dinner option, consisting of tender roast chicken, chipolata sausages, bacon, sage and parsley stuffing, roast potatoes and red wine gravy. With plenty of meat, and a good selection of seasonal vegetables, our food was truly delicious and perfect as a Sunday lunch.

With Eton Mess on the menu for dessert, I knew it would mean three courses for me and I wasn’t disappointed. The boys were also pleased to see the chocolate brownies, and couldn’t resist either.

Exeter Golf and Country Club definitely wasn’t a normal lunch location, it really was something special and the attentive staff cared for our every need. It would be a real treat for anyone wanting a memorable Sunday lunch in a relaxed atmosphere away from the usual hustle of everyday life. Sunday lunch at the Exeter Golf & Country Club is certainly something to be savoured.

Words & photos: Esther Baker

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