Agaric is our home, running a restaurant, is part of our way of life. We have a small & efficient team headed by husband & wife, Nick & Sophie Coiley, and Joe Suttie, Nick's 2nd in command. Chef Nick Coiley was Head Chef & Director at ‘The Carved Angel’ in Dartmouth for thirteen years, where, with Joyce Molyneux, they created its internationally acknowledged reputation as one of the best restaurants in England. Sophie oversees the day to day running of the restaurant, shop and guest accommodation. She is a designer, artist and gardener.
We came to be living & working in this area primarily because of its beauty, the ability to live the lifestyles we choose, and because of the abundance of fantastic food produced between the moors and the sea. Our time out of the restaurant is spent with our children, either in the woods picking chanterelles, ceps & oyster mushrooms, at the beach collecting winkles, samphire, laver & razor clams, or on our land. Customers & friends add to the bounty by dropping off surplus fruit, flowers, beautiful white peaches, branches of rosemary and all manner of delectable treats.
Behind the restaurant is our courtyard garden, open through the sunny months for al fresco dining, and beyond that the greenhouse & kitchen garden. Much of our time away from the restaurant is spent planting, tending and growing food on our smallholding. We grow most of our salad & herbs, small amounts of soft fruit, flowers, garlic, lemon grass, hot chillies & we have planted over 50 olive trees in anticipation of future olive oil production. We have built two wood fired bread ovens which we use to cook bread, pizzas and to smoke cure fish & meats.