The Restaurant at The Magdalen Chapter — Exeter, UK
A former West England Eye Hospital, this grandiose Victorian building in Exeter has been converted into a 59-room hotel by London and Bath-based studio Feilden Clegg and Bradley. A must-visit is the Magdalen Chapter eaterie, simply titled The Restaurant. Located in the heart of the hotel - the second British property in global hotel group Swire’s portfolio - the space comprises glass-fronted windows that open onto the terrace and walled garden, along with a semi-private dining alcove called ‘The Circle’. The interiors are by London company Russell Pinch, while the kitchen is run by chef Ben Bulger, in collaboration with food writer and former chef, Simon Hopkinson. They offer a thoughtfully prepared seasonal menu with traditional dishes, including steamed asparagus with hollandaise sauce and roast pork belly.