You’ll find lush fields full of fresh local vegetables and waters bursting of fish native to the area; this is what makes dining in the South West so enjoyable. Here, we provide our picks of the best restaurants you should consider when you enjoy your holiday in Devon where local produce features heavily on the menu. Sink your teeth into this…
The Horn of Plenty
The Horn of Plenty is set in five acres of striking gardens close to the pretty market town of Tavistock, close to the Dartmoor, Plymouth, and the Cornish border. The restaurant here offers fine dining with stunning countryside views across the gardens. The innovative chefs have a passion for food that comes through in the finished product through taste and presentation. Locally sourced and fresh ingredients emphasise the fact that seasonality helps to dictate the menus.
La Petite Maison
Topsham in Devon is renowned for its warm, inviting welcome, and La Petite Maison embodies this through the service that it provides. La Petite Maison comes with recommendations from some of the highest authorities in the industry; this is arguably down to its passion for serving up fine British Cuisine made using the finest of locally sourced produce and the chef’s commitment to “consistency in quality”.
The Sunday Times awarded the restaurant at Gidleigh Park with the title of Best Restaurant in the South West (October 2012) and it came in second for The Times’ Top 100 Restaurants in Britain 2012. The restaurant has regained its two Michelin Stars for the thirteenth time in a row, commending the creativity and talent of Head Chef Michael Caines and his team. Menus at Gidleigh Park feature exquisite dishes using fish from the Devon coast, and wild Dartmoor game as well as fresh produce from Gidleigh Park’s own Kitchen Garden.
The Seahorse Restaurant
The Seahorse Restaurant can be found on the edge of the River Dart in Dartmouth. As the name suggests, the specialty is seafood here and a fresh catch is delivered to the restaurant each morning. The wine list is extensive, it features over 180 bins and each has been carefully selected to compliment the fish. Families are welcome and you are certain to receive a traditional friendly welcome.
The Laughing Monk
The Laughing Monk restaurant is housed in the building of the former village-school in a great location in the picturesque Devon village of Strete. Chef Ben Handley takes pride in using locally sourced produce; the fish is caught by a local fisherman and the meat comes from local Devon farmers. You are ensured a warm welcome with friendly and efficient service at The Laughing Monk.
There is a clear philosophy at Millbrook Inn and this is to serve inspired country food, creating a fusion between fantastic pub grub and simple restaurant dishes with a classical French twist while letting the food speak for itself. Like the other restaurants featured on this list, there is a commitment to using locally sourced produce including meat, fish, vegetables as well as ales. Efficient, friendly service will mean that your first visit will not be your last.
The restaurant is at Combe House Hotel and Restaurant can be found in the quaint market town of Honiton in Devon. It is renowned for its warm welcome, responsive service, and fine dining. There is an extensive wine list and these are housed in the buildings cool cellars which provide the perfect environment for laying down fine wines. Combe House is set in glorious countryside, not far from the lively city of Exeter, and when you dine here you will be afforded with striking views of emerald hills.
Tanners Restaurant is run by two brothers in the bustling city of Plymouth in South Devon. They have a vision to serve the best food while using the finest local produce from around the county and the dishes served will depend on what is in season at that specific time of year. The grade one listed Prysten House sets the tone for the fine dining that you will experience here as well as the proficient and consistent service.
The Treby Arms
When you walk through the door at The Treby Arms in Sparkwell near Plymouth in South Devon you will receive a warm welcome. Fine dining is on the menu at this rustic country pub and it is a place for all occasions. Fresh, seasonal ingredients feature heavily on the menu and the service is friendly, attentive and can cater for all specific dietary requirements. There is also an extensive a specially selected wine list to help compliment the menu.
The Jack in the Green
Aiming to create a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, the use of Simon Drew prints on the walls helps, and using the happiness of their diners as their motivation, the team at The Jack in the Green give guests a quality dining experience in Rockbeare near Exeter. The food at the Jack on the Green is traditional pub food but with a much-needed boost uses only produce from the area making it as fresh as possible. The wines are also carefully selected to compliment the menu and emphasise the relaxed experience.
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