Devon is home to a great many things, from world class beaches to unbeatable cultural highlights, but there’s one thing which brings people back to Devon time and time again – the food.
Though Devon might not win as many column inches as the likes of London when it comes to dining, it’s got far more than its fair share of terrific restaurants. Best of all though? The sheer variety on offer. From Michelin starred restaurants at the bleeding edge of culinary technique to rustic seafood restaurants, plucking fish from the ocean and dropping them on your plate, Devon has it all.
We’re hugely proud of the Devon culinary scene, and so in this guide we’re going to share with you eight of our favourites, with picks from the whole spectrum of Devon restaurants, in no particular order. Let’s get started:
- The Orange Tree Restaurant, Torquay – The Orange Tree restaurant in Torquay shines on all fronts. Classic European and British cuisine made with exceptionally fresh ingredients and served with the kind of service that’s typically reserved for Michelin starred restaurants only. Book well in advance for a seat and prepare for a delightful evening.
- The Ship Inn, Axmouth – Pub food has gotten something of a bad name since the invention of the microwave, but the Ship Inn is more than happy to dispel that notion. Astounding quality British cuisine at shockingly fair prices is the order of the day, so take the 12-minute drive from Lyme Regis and tuck in.
- @Kitchen Asian Cuisine, Plymouth – It might have a tricky name, but @Kitchen Asian Cuisine is an absolute gem in Plymouth. Classic Asian and Thai foods are cooked to perfection and served within minutes at low prices. For a quick and spectacular lunch, we wouldn’t dare overlook the @Kitchen.
- River Cottage, Axminster – Wonderfully charming from the outside, River Cottage is a rural delight producing incredibly refined British and European cuisine, with more than mere token options for vegetarians. But why dine when you can learn at the feet of their classically trained chefs, with their daily cookery courses!
- The Gallery Restaurant, Exeter – Just down the road from Topsham Museum in Exeter, The Gallery Restaurant is a jewel in the crown of the cities dining culture. With a wide range of seafood and European classics, it’s a terrific location for any date, day out or otherwise.
- Mason’s Arms, Knowstone – A little out of the way, but well worth heading out to, Mason’s Arms in Knowstone is a 13th-century thatched pub that holds a Michelin star. It seats just 30, but words struggle when describing the food offered at the Mason’s Arms. Book well, well in advance – and mind your head on the way in.
- Oyster Shack, Bigbury – If you’ve got a taste for oysters, we can’t recommend the Oyster Shack in Bigbury enough. Handpicked from the River Avon less than half a mile away, the oysters here are outrageously fresh, and served with a spectacular range of sauces. They also have a range of other local seafood, which is equally lovely.
- Seeds 2, Totnes – One for the vegetarians and vegans out there, but Seeds 2 has something to offer everyone. By focussing on flavour first and foremost, this tremendously healthy food choice is delicious enough to win over even the most ardent carnivore.
These are just a handful of the superb restaurants that Devon has to offer, so go out there and explore! We know you won’t regret it.