The best restaurants in Devon
You may be well aware of Devon's status as one of the UK’s most beautiful and welcoming counties. But did you know there’s also a vibrant dining scene in this part of the country? Whether you live in the port city of Plymouth, a picturesque seaside town such as Teignmouth or inland surrounded by swathes of countryside in a place like Cullompton, we’ve picked out five of the best restaurants in Devon you simply can’t miss.
Thomas Carr 1873
Found in the handsome seaside town of Ilfracombe along Devon’s northern coastline, Thomas Carr 1873 is one of the region’s top fine dining restaurants. Specialising in locally-caught fish that’s expertly moulded into an array of fine-tasting dishes, this excellent eatery has been awarded a Michelin star on account of its exceptional food. The modern, contemporary cooking is complemented by the rugged exposed stone walls, while the ceilings of this former police station are as lofty as the restaurant’s reputation.
Sitting on the outskirts of Exmouth offering stunning views out across the Exe Estuary, Lympstone Manor is one of the very best restaurants in South Devon. Also the proud owner of a Michelin star, this luxurious restaurant is housed in a charming Georgian country manor with the elegant decor to match. There are classical undertones to the avant-garde cooking, while the eight-course tasting menus are always incredibly popular.
Located in Sidmouth just along the coast from Seaton, the Salty Monk lies within an old 16th century salt house. Pleasingly combining the historic nature of its home with exciting modern cooking techniques, the menu is classic and refined, while afternoon tea is also popular. If you love the Salty Monk so much you don’t want to leave, simply book a room and stay the night. You can even work up an appetite in the gym and then relax in the hot tub in the garden after your meal.
River Cottage Kitchen
If you’re heading to areas of outstanding natural beauty such as the Blackdown Hills and East Devon, the best restaurants to try include Axminster’s River Cottage Kitchen. Made famous by celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, the seasonal menus are truly inspirational, make use of homemade produce and ingredients, and delivered right through the day in the rustic setting of this homely haunt.
The Michelin-starred Masons Arms is run by a husband and wife duo who’ve lovingly brought an old 13th century thatched pub right into the present day. The fare served up is seasonal and sophisticated, with its roots forged in British and French classics. Expect top-quality presentation, lots of local products and attentive service in this movingly atmospheric restaurant in the quaint village of Knowstone.
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