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15th annual edition

DEVON

A comprehensive guide to eating out in the region Restaurants • Cafés • Bars • Pubs • Hotels


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Orestone Manor is a magnificent Georgian manor house set in the pretty South Devon coastal village of Maidencombe, with spectacular sea views over Lyme Bay and beyond. With 14 unique bedrooms, some with private hot tubs, balconies and sea views, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect room for your dream getaway. Inside you’ll also find an award-winning restaurant, which boasts a stellar menu of exquisite dishes, made using the finest local produce. With all this and more, a trip to Orestone Manor is most certainly worth your while.

www.orestonemanor.com reception@orestonemanor.co.uk

0844 502 8545

Rock House Lane, Maidencombe, Nr. Torquay, TQ1 4SX


Welcome Welcome to the Devon Food & Drink Guide 2019. On the following pages you’ll find a wide range of options for eating out in the region. To help you make your selection, each review features a coloured tab to denote the restaurant’s location – just reference the map and key below. ND North Devon

Ilfracombe Woolacombe Barnstaple

To Torridge

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South Molton Clovelly Bideford Chulmleigh Great To Torrington

Tiverton Cullompton

Holsworthy Okehampton

Crediton

WD

Ex

Dawlish

Ivybridge

Plymouth

Torquay Paignton

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£30

ED East Devon

Seaton Ex Exeter Te Teignbridge Tb Torbay

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Dartmouth Salcombe

to

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Moretonhampstead Exmouth Newton Abbot

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WD West Devon Honiton

Exeter Sidmouth

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Chagford

Tavistock

£25

MD Mid Devon

MD

SH South Hams Pm Plymouth

Many of the reviews include a price tab. This is the typical cost per person you can expect to pay for two courses from the à la carte menu, plus a drink (unless otherwise stated). This is for guidance purposes only and prices may vary. Restaurants featuring this symbol have both disabled access and a toilet suitable for wheelchair users (this information has been provided by the restaurants in question and should be confirmed prior to visiting). Restaurants featuring this symbol have accommodation.

You’ll notice that some restaurants in the guide have an 084 telephone number. Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Just like the weather, ownership, opening times and prices are subject to change throughout the year. Have a look at our website – www.foodanddrinkguides.co.uk – to see reviews of restaurants nationwide and to request other regional Food & Drink magazines.

Contents Foreword .....................................................2 Fine Dining ..................................................3 Modern British .............................................8 British .......................................................18 Modern European.......................................24 Seafood......................................................25 Bistro ........................................................26 French .......................................................28 Italian........................................................29 Mediterranean............................................30 Brasserie....................................................31 Gastropub ..................................................33 Cookery School ..........................................34 Fish & Chips ..............................................34 Pizzeria .....................................................35

American ...................................................36 Mexican .....................................................37 Grill ...........................................................37 Bar & Restaurant .......................................38 Café ...........................................................54 Café & Restaurant ......................................58 Café & Bar.................................................60 Tearoom .....................................................61 Traditional .................................................61 Thai ...........................................................93 Chef Profiles ..............................................94 Index .........................................................96

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Food & Drink Guide 2019 Canningford House 38 Victoria Street Bristol BS1 6BY t: 0117 927 7167 e: editor@foodanddrinkguides.com w: www.foodanddrinkguides.com Editor Hannah Burton-Grieve Senior Editorial Assistants Robbie Masters, Tori Sharpe Editorial Assistants Elle England, Jess Maples, Oli Bishop, Ella Fisher, Rosie Best Graphic Designer Jo Ley Photography Verity Westcott (www.veritywestcottphotography.com), Greg Thurtle (www.blandfordstudios.com), Page 80 Black River Inn images © Jojo Filer-Cooper Contributors Sarah Bell, Gillian Payne, Dave Saunders, Julie Saunders, Camille Dalais, Jess Dunbar, Jackie Taylor Project Manager Joe Packer Advertising Sales Matt Brentley, Simon Northcott, Emma Filby, Paul Balshaw, Sam Terrett, Tim Hall Published by Food & Drink Guides Ltd Publisher Sam Collins Managing Director Robin Fry

The cost of producing this guide has been met by advertising revenues from the restaurants featured within. We only include restaurants that we know, from either experience or recommendation, provide a quality service, and our journalists review the majority of the establishments. However, some reviews are supplied by third parties, and no review in this guide should be taken as a direct recommendation by Food & Drink Guides Ltd. Printed June 2019.

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Foreword

Gelf Alderson You’d be hard-pressed to find another part of the country that comes close to offering the rich bounty that can be found in the rolling hills and along the stunning coastlines of Devon. From brewing and cheesemaking to cider pressing and crab potting, a wealth of traditions form the backbone of our culinary landscape. As executive head chef at River Cottage, I’m grateful to work in such an incredible county and to call Devon my home. We’re blessed with two sprawling coastlines and find all sorts of ways to make the most of our proximity to the sea. The coast around Lyme Bay is a Marine Protection Zone where only sustainable fishing methods are permitted. The result is rich pickings for those of us lucky enough to work with or eat what it has to offer. My top pick for sampling the region’s seafood is Mitch Tonks’ The Seahorse in Dartmouth – a really indulgent treat. It’s the rich West Country pastures that give our dairy farmers the edge when it comes to producing milk and cream. A huge portion of this goes to our artisan cheesemakers. If you stumble upon Quicke’s wares in one of the many unique farm shops and delis in the area, you must give them a try. Mary Quicke is one of my all-time favourite producers and her family has been making cheese on the farm for 14 generations. When you inevitably pop into one of Devon’s many enticing country pubs, there’s a good chance it will be stocked with ale and cider brewed throughout the county using centuries-old methods. If you fancy a bite to eat alongside the drinks, you could sample top-class food at the Michelin-starred Masons Arms in Knowstone. Alternatively, if you’re after something a little more informal, there’s no better place to while away a Saturday afternoon in the sunshine than The Bridge Inn in Topsham. I always opt for the third-pint glass they offer. It means I can gently work my way through their line up and still be able to wobble home. At River Cottage HQ and in our restaurant kitchens, we pride ourselves on working with the finest ingredients the area has to offer and this sums up the true Devonian approach to food. Whichever way you look at it, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out in Devon. My advice? Let this guide help you choose somewhere that’s making the most of what this county has to offer.

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Highbullen Hotel

Fine Dining

 Location Chittlehamholt, EX37 9HD t: 01769 540561 w: www.highbullen.co.uk e: reservations@highbullen.co.uk Set in its own 125-acre estate, Highbullen Hotel enjoys a tranquil and secluded setting in the heart of Devon. Upon arrival the spectacular Gothic-style exterior makes an immediate impression, and with a golf course, tennis courts, Elemis treatment rooms and an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, there’s plenty to keep guests entertained. My guest and I arrived for our meal in plenty of time and we were eager to explore the hotel before sitting down. A friendly and genuinely helpful team of staff welcomed us and we were shown around the stunning manor house, which has two magnificent lounges in which to unwind. The leisure facilities are extensive with plenty of choice for relaxing or enjoying a post-workout bite to eat. Highbullen’s Laura Ashley The Tea Room is a beautifully elegant space with unrivalled views across to Exmoor National Park, serving a range of full afternoon teas as well as morning brunch. In the evening the tearoom transforms into The Supper Room where a delicious selection of brasserie-style dishes is available. Whilst at the hotel’s fine dining two-AA-rosette-awarded Devon View Restaurant, we admired the outstanding views across the Devon hills and began perusing the varied menu of tempting British dishes, all crafted with local Devonshire produce. I opted to begin my meal with a salad of hand-picked Devon lobster – a light but flavoursome plate – and my partner chose the creamy pea and spinach panna cotta. Having whet our appetites, we moved on to mains of roasted pork with chateau potatoes, summer cabbage and rich red wine sauce, and pan-seared Cornish mackerel with blue cheese gnocchi. Both were full of flavour and beautifully presented – the freshness was evident in every morsel. To finish, we chose to share a platter of local cheese before taking a leisurely stroll around the grounds. Residents can also enjoy breakfast in the Devon View Restaurant, including the likes of fluffy pancakes and maple syrup, hearty porridge and a delicious full Devonshire breakfast. With its exquisite food, calming ambience and plethora of things to see and do, we both remarked that Highbullen Hotel would be the perfect place to pass a long weekend with the family. I look forward to returning soon and I am eager to sample more of what this wonderful hotel has to offer.

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Food Served: Mon-Sun 8am-10pm (hours vary, please call for details)

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Gallery Restaurant  Location Boringdon Hall, Plympton, Plymouth, PL7 4DP t: 0844 625 3391 w: www.boringdonhall.co.uk e: info@boringdonhall.co.uk Curiously unforgettable, the three-AA-rosette-awarded Gallery Restaurant at five-star Boringdon Hall is an idyllic setting for relaxed celebrations, romantic liaisons, and remarkable dining.

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£60

‘...idyllic setting...’ The restaurant exudes warmth and overlooks Boringdon’s magnificent Great Hall, which is brimming with history and character. The traditional beams, intricately carved furniture and cosy nooks provide the perfect backdrop for the beautifully presented dining delights that await.

‘...beautifully presented dining delights...’ Changing with the seasons, the creative menu at the Gallery Restaurant is where head chef Scott Paton (chef profile page 94) and the team showcase their skills using only the finest locally sourced ingredients. Scott started working at Boringdon Hall in May 2016; he has since been awarded three AA rosettes and named best chef at the Food Magazine Reader Awards 2017 for his colourful, eye-catching cuisine. Scott focuses on the flavours and visual impact of each dish. Sourcing the best of local produce, he creates dishes that are as memorable for their beautiful presentation as they are the flavours; he brings both together exquisitely.

‘...creative menu...’

Food Served: Weds-Fri 6.30pm-9.30pm; Sat 12.30pm-3pm, 6.30pm-9.30pm; Sun 6.30pm-9.30pm

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Choose between two timeless tasting menus – each accompanied by its own carefully selected wine flight – or opt for two or three courses from the delightful à la carte menu. Menus change regularly and always feature beautifully presented starters such as scallop ‘taco’, and citrus cured halibut with lime, mint, brown butter and cobnuts, and show-stopping mains such as aged beef, served with tarragon emulsion, oxtail and Café de Paris, and braised turbot with celery root, truffle and Champagne sauce. Finish with any one of the tempting desserts, which includes the likes of raspberry mousse with pistachio cream and raspberry sorbet, and ‘peanut butter cup’. *Price represents the cost of the five-course tasting menu.


The Horn of Plenty

Fine Dining

 Location Gulworthy, Nr. Tavistock, PL19 8JD t: 0845 468 1596 w: www.thehornofplenty.co.uk e: enquiries@thehornofplenty.co.uk

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Abundant charm, top-tier hospitality and picture-perfect surrounds are just a few of the things that keep visitors flocking to The Horn of Plenty, a four-star country house hotel and two-AA-rosette-awarded restaurant in the glorious Devon countryside. With historic Tavistock nearby and Dartmoor’s rolling landscape and landmarks just waiting to be explored, this luxurious retreat couldn’t be more conveniently positioned. You can even bring four-legged friends along on your expeditions. Alongside designated bedrooms, dogs are welcome in the library and there are five acres of stunning gardens to run around in. Why not stop by for afternoon tea on the terrace?

£30 to

£60

The Horn of Plenty offers a truly memorable fine dining experience. With head chef Ashley Wright at the helm, each dish that leaves the kitchen is of the highest standard. Championing local produce and high-quality seasonal ingredients, the ever-evolving menu showcases creative flavour combinations Open: and impressive techniques. Mon-Sun 8.30am-9.30pm Dishes are presented beautifully and range from pressed octopus with wakame seaweed, dashi and yuzu to perfectly pink loin of Devon lamb with wild garlic, spring onions and morel jus. Both table d’hote options and tasting menus represent impeccable value for money and showcase undeniable culinary talent and a clear passion for food. The selection of drinks is unpretentious and offers something to match every plate and palate.

Lewtrenchard Manor

Fine Dining  Location Lewdown, Nr. Okehampton, EX20 4PN t: 0845 468 1557 w: www.lewtrenchard.co.uk e: info@lewtrenchard.co.uk WD This lovely historic house and estate is in a unique position with Dartmoor National Park on its doorstep, and the coastlines of Devon and Cornwall not far away. Sitting in the oak-panelled dining room at a beautifully laid table, we knew * lunch was going to be special. To begin, the friendly and informative staff £45 served us three different breads along with an amuse-bouche of wild mushroom velouté. Afterwards, I went for the starter of crab ravioli in langoustine foam, while my partner chose the poached duck egg, accompanied by asparagus and Hollandaise sauce. She followed with citrus-crusted skate wing, served on a bed of crushed new potatoes and shrimp butter, while I was taken with the Food Served: Mon-Sun chicken breast, beautifully offset by charred corn and garden vegetables. We 8am-10am, noon-2pm, couldn’t resist sampling from the dessert menu and opted to share the chocolate 3pm-5pm, 7pm-9pm and raspberry delice with raspberry sorbet. Every dish was full of flavour and Bar Food Served: Mon-Sun noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm imaginatively presented. After the meal, we took a stroll around the grounds and gardens where afternoon teas were being served, and also had a peek into the walled vegetable garden, where all the herbs and most of the vegetables for the restaurant are grown. The Manor’s diary of events includes wine tasting dinners, barbecues, a kitchen garden walk and talk with the head chef, and Christmas day lunch. It is also an ideal setting for a romantic wedding. *Price represents the cost of a three-course meal from the set menu, and a glass of house wine. Devon Guide 2019

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Hartnoll Hotel  Location Bolham, Nr. Tiverton, EX16 7RA t: 0844 502 9267 w: www.hartnollhotel.co.uk e: frontdesk@hartnollhotel.co.uk

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Passionate owner Claire Carter has lovingly refurbished this house into a stunning boutique-style hotel that draws inspiration from its beautiful surroundings. Sumptuous fabrics and exquisite decor lend an elegant country-chic feel to the £20 to hotel, yet the atmosphere remains relaxed. The head chef and his team have £30 carefully concocted a menu focused on honest, locally sourced ingredients, and work their magic to create dishes par excellence. As they only use fresh produce, the menu reflects seasonality based on availability. Take a light lunch in the bright conservatory, cream tea in the sitting room, full afternoon tea outside in the manicured gardens, or tuck into a fine dining feast in the restaurant. The superb menu ends with a delicious range of regularly changing desserts, which may include chocolate assiette with dark chocolate fondant, white chocolate mousse and caramel chocolate ice cream, or a selection of locally Open: Mon-Fri 7am-9am, sourced cheeses and homemade Exmoor ale chutney. noon-2pm, 6.30pm-9.30pm; The drinks get just as much Sat 8am-10am, noon-2pm, attention as the food – the team 6.30pm-9.30pm; works with top wine suppliers in Sun 8am-10am, noon-2pm, Ottery St Mary to offer the finest 6.30pm-9pm choice of wine to complement your chosen dish. There’s also a great range of locally sourced gin, as well as half-price fizz every Friday from 4pm to 7pm. Lengthen your visit and retire to one of the 25 cosy en-suite bedrooms or relax at the spa and wellness centre, due for completion in Autumn 2019. Fine Dining

The Arundell Arms Hotel & Restaurant  Location Fore Street, Lifton, PL16 0AA t: 0844 625 2906 w: www.arundellarms.com e: reservations@arundellarms.com

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The Arundell Arms restaurant has a well-deserved reputation for culinary excellence; there’s a reason they’ve held two AA rosettes continuously since 1987. The menus are constantly changing to make use of the best seasonal ingredients. Tuck into the chef’s recommendation, the braised pork cheeks, which are served with black pudding, spinach, cider and star anise; or perhaps the delicious pastry croustade stuffed with Provençal vegetables, Gruyère and creamed leeks is the right choice for you.

£34 to

£42

The five-course tasting menus are ideal for a special evening out, and if you’re hoping for a terrific Sunday lunch with the family, the scrumptious roast dinners are hard to beat. The steamed chocolate sponge is a popular favourite, Food Served: but after a hearty plate of pork tenderloin or roast sirloin of beef, the glazed Mon-Sun 12.30pm-2pm, lemon tart is an enjoyably subtle option to finish on. That is, unless you’d rather 7pm-9.30pm round off your meal in style with coffee and petits fours. Both hotel guests and non-residents are welcome to enjoy afternoon tea, lunch or supper at this delightful venue, which has been in the Fox-Edwards family for generations. The attentive staff are ready to provide you with the tipple of your choice from the well-stocked bar, and are informative about the hand-picked wine list. This 300-year-old establishment offers varietals from around the world, all supplied by award-winning Devon-based wine merchant Christopher Piper Wines. 6

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Hotel Riviera

Fine Dining

 Location The Esplanade, Sidmouth, EX10 8AY t: 0845 468 1685 w: www.hotelriviera.co.uk e: enquiries@hotelriviera.co.uk

ED Sitting proudly on the iconic esplanade in the coastal town of Sidmouth, Hotel Riviera is an effortlessly sophisticated establishment that impresses all who walk through its doors. Once a popular haunt for royalty, Sidmouth – an Area * of Outstanding Natural Beauty – is just as attractive today, so if you’re looking £27 to for serene surroundings in which to relax, Hotel Riviera is just the place. £42 This grand Regency building houses a two-AA-rosette-awarded restaurant that offers a fine dining experience to be savoured. The hotel’s head chef and dedicated team prepare a spectacular combination of international food and fine British cuisine. The surrounding fields, forests and sea provide a rich larder, so the menus focus on local produce, especially seafood. Ordering from the à la Food Served: Mon-Sun carte, you can expect decadent starters such as warm lobster and crab mousse, 8am-10am, 12.30pm-2pm, to be followed by mains like fresh grilled whole Dover sole served with lemon 3pm-5.30pm (afternoon tea), and chive butter sauce. Finish with coffee and beautiful petits fours, leisurely 7pm-9pm (last orders) enjoyed while looking out to sea. Bar Menu: Mon-Sun The hotel’s function suite is a noon-2.30pm (last orders) superb facility, offering every service you could possibly need in order to throw the perfect party, whatever the occasion. Whether visiting for morning coffee, a special Sunday lunch, afternoon tea or an evening meal with all the trimmings, you’re bound to agree that Hotel Riviera is very special indeed. *£27 is the cost of a two-course table d’hote luncheon; £42 is the cost of a three-course table d’hote dinner.

Bovey Castle

Fine Dining

 Location North Bovey, Dartmoor National Park, TQ13 8RE t: 0844 502 8325 w: www.boveycastle.com e: info@boveycastle.com

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Surrounded by 275 acres of Dartmoor National Park, and serving beautiful fare is Bovey Castle. This five-red-star stately country house is a magnet for those looking for luxury, and the dazzling three-AA-rosette-awarded Great Western Restaurant is just the place to find it. Executive head chef Mark Budd (chef profile page 94) respects the fresh, local produce on his doorstep, and he instils a sense of fun and creativity into his dishes to reflect the magnificent surroundings.

£53 to

£60

‘...magnificent surroundings...’ For example, Brixham crab and poached Cornish lobster are paired with green apple, avocado and vanilla buttermilk crunch for starters. Follow with roast loin of Bovey Estate venison served with caramelised shallot chutney and red Spring & Summer Open: leaves. The chocolate liquor parfait with orange and sea buckthorn sorbet is Mon-Sat 7pm-9.30pm; a memorable dessert. Afternoon Sun 12.30pm-2pm, tea, Sunday lunch and a tasting 7pm-9.30pm menu are great reasons to return. Autumn & Winter Open: Tues-Sat 7pm-9.30pm; Attention to detail is evident in Sun 12.30pm-2pm every aspect of the hotel, from the sophisticated welcome guests receive to the attentive service in the restaurant. Add the 60 bedrooms, 22 self-catering lodges, Elan Spa and award-winning golf course, and a stay at the truly magical Bovey Castle has to be on the cards. Devon Guide 2019

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Pattard Kitchen  Location Pattard Farm, Hartland, EX39 6BY t: 0844 625 3497 w: www.pattardkitchen.com e: pattardkitchen@gmail.com

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Pattard Kitchen is an enchanting venue situated in Hartland, a few miles from Lundy Island. A former milking shed has been transformed into this luxurious dining room with minimalist Scandinavian decor. There’s only one sitting per evening, during which guests can sample a two- or three-course set menu. You’ll be treated to a complimentary amuse-bouche between each course, finishing with delectable petits fours. The dynamic menu changes frequently to make the best possible use of produce reared, grown and foraged on Pattard Farm. To start, enjoy the likes of smoked eel with aerated white chocolate, apple and truffle oil, perhaps followed by Cornish hake with orange polenta, fennel and soy foam. Next, indulge in a chocolate sphere with tonka bean jelly, vanilla Chantilly cream, chocolate soil and salted caramel sauce. Pattard’s exceptional cuisine is accompanied by a wine list that changes seasonally. This superb space can also cater to private functions, weddings and large parties.

£32 to

£50

Open: hours vary seasonally, please see website and social media for details Modern British

Cottage Hotel  Location Hope Cove, Nr. Kingsbridge, TQ7 3HJ t: 0845 468 1633 w: www.hopecove.com e: info@hopecove.com

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The Cottage Hotel provides a taste of the good life. Combining attentive service with great food and outstanding views, this hotel is a hidden gem – you’ll find it just five miles from Salcombe and Kingsbridge in the village of Hope Cove. Family-run since 1973, the hotel is open throughout the day for food and refreshments, offering everything from an English breakfast, morning coffee and cream teas to light lunches, Sunday lunch and a two- to five-course dinner menu. The dinner menu changes daily and includes fresh fish and vegetarian options. The in-house pastry chef produces a selection of tempting desserts. If you’re looking for a more casual dining experience, why not reserve a ‘pod’ at the hotel’s Lobster Pod Bistro? Open from noon, guests can dine overlooking the beach, al fresco, inside one of the pods or in the cabin and watch the sun set over the sea.

£25 to

£30

Food Served: Mon-Sun 8.30am-8.30pm Modern British

The Grand Hotel

 Location Seafront, Torbay Road, Torquay, TQ2 6NT t: 0844 625 3810 w: www.grandtorquay.co.uk e: reservations@richardsonhotels.co.uk The Grand Hotel boasts one of the most spectacular locations on the English Riviera, and the surrounding sea views are sure to take your breath away. Residing inside this beautiful hotel is the elegant two-AA-rosette-awarded Restaurant 1881, named after the year that The Grand Hotel was founded. This first-class establishment provides a unique dining experience that’s memorable for all the right reasons. After perusing the menu, you know you’re in for a treat. Using only the best seasonal produce, the talented kitchen brigade has created a seasonally changing à la carte, which features beautiful British classics, dishes inspired by world cuisine, and mouth-wateringly indulgent desserts. Guests can also enjoy a traditional Devonshire cream tea with panoramic sea views from the hotel’s brasserie. With all this on offer, it’s easy to see why The Grand Hotel is one of the most popular foodie destinations in Torquay. *Price represents the cost of three courses from the à la carte menu.

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£35

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Doyle’s Restaurant

Modern British

 Location Woolacombe Bay Hotel, Woolacombe, EX34 7BN t: 0844 625 3199 w: www.woolacombe-bay-hotel.co.uk e: info@woolacombebayhotel.co.uk Doyle’s Restaurant at the Woolacombe Bay Hotel offers a luxurious dining experience. The two-AA-rosette-awarded restaurant is set in a regal dining room with a double-height ceiling, glittering chandeliers, fluted columns and immaculate period features creating a sophisticated environment in which to dine. The hotel is situated very close to the beautiful Woolacombe Bay, repeatedly voted Britain’s best beach. Doyle’s Restaurant directly overlooks the beach and every table offers spectacular views across the sea towards Lundy. On entering the restaurant we were greeted by the waiting team, who were friendly and attentive, allowing us to enjoy the meal at our own pace.

ND £25 to

£35

Doyle’s prides itself on using the best local produce from Devon and the West Country. My companion and I opted to start with the Carpaccio of home-smoked venison loin served with kohlrabi slaw and mustard cress, and the succulent pan-seared queen scallops with lemon and garlic confit potatoes. For the main course, Doyle’s offers a number of traditional British dishes with inspirational culinary twists. We sampled the Dingley Dell pork belly, perfectly accompanied by crispy crackling and sharp apple and rhubarb compote, and the braised ox cheek with creamy smoked Cheddar mashed potato and caper and citrus dressing. The main menu includes a number of delectable vegetarian dishes, like the pickled wild mushroom and Devon blue cheese risotto. There’s also a Junior Doyle’s menu for little ones. For those with a sweet-tooth, a superb selection of desserts includes the intriguing trio of banana textures and flavours. We treated ourselves to a sumptuous dark chocolate and pistachio tart, but why not end on a savoury note? The excellent Devon cheeseboard features Vulscombe goat’s cheese, Devon Blue and Cornish Yarg. Doyle’s boasts an extensive drinks menu, with a choice of delicious cocktails, beer and cider. We’d really recommend enquiring about the wine list. Doyle’s has a broad selection of fine wine and the staff are more than happy to recommend a vintage to complement your meal. Whether you’re visiting as a rare treat or a regular date night, Doyle’s Restaurant is a relaxing foodie utopia.

Food Served: Mon-Sun 7.45am-9.45am, 7pm-9pm

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The Fig Tree @ 36  Location 36 Admiralty Street, Plymouth, PL1 3RU t: 0844 502 4480 w: www.thefigtreeat36.co.uk e: info@thefigtreeat36.co.uk

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Set in a friendly neighbourhood location, The Fig Tree @ 36 boasts a relaxed atmosphere where everyone is welcome – you can even bring your dog with you. The airy restaurant provides plenty of comfy seating, while the garden – which is home to the restaurant’s eponymous fig tree – is perfect for those warm summer days. Why not order a cool pint of ale or a refreshing gin and tonic, and unwind while soaking up the sun?

£21 to

£33

‘...friendly neighbourhood location...’ The menu here is a feast of home-cooked fare and at The Fig Tree you can expect to enjoy only the finest seasonal ingredients. The à la carte menu is full of tasty plates – all of which are freshly prepared to order. A mouth-watering starter is the perfect way to whet your appetite: the subtly sweet celeriac, parsnip and apple soup comes highly recommended and the root vegetable bhaji is warming and spicy. The list of mains is equally impressive and includes delights such as tender confit duck accompanied by beetroot, red cabbage and rich jus, and vegetarian butternut croquette – a hearty and flavoursome dish served with sides of courgette polenta and wild mushrooms. Why not round off your meal with the likes of popcorn panna cotta served with biscotti and peanut brittle, or a cheeseboard complete with chutney and biscuits?

‘...finest seasonal ingredients...’

Open: Tues 5.30pm-late; Weds-Sat noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-late; Sun noon-3pm

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The Fig Tree proudly serves a top-notch Sunday lunch every week. There is always a sensational array of locally sourced meat available including roast topside of beef from Tavistock, and pork belly from Saltash, which are served with roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, roast vegetables, red cabbage and jugs of real gravy. Local plaice with creamed leeks and bouillabaisse sauce, and chestnut polenta with baked potato terrine, Jerusalem artichoke and tomato ragout are available for those that fancy trying something a little bit different for Sunday lunch. If you’re opting for several courses, be sure to check out the set menu to enjoy two dishes for £20 or three for £25. There’s also a children’s menu available for younger diners.


The Old Pottery Restaurant

Modern British

 Location Pottery Road, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9DS t: 0845 468 1554 w: www.houseofmarbles.com e: enquiries@houseofmarbles.com

Te The Old Pottery Restaurant resides on the gateway to Dartmoor. Its location makes it an ideal pit-stop at which to enjoy a bite to eat before or after a walk on the moors. There are three picturesque pottery kilns in the garden and four £17 on-site museums for history-lovers. The restaurant is spacious yet welcoming, to £25 and once you step through the dog-friendly conservatory you’ll discover a beautiful garden complete with plant pots, benches and tables, perfect for al fresco dining. There’s also an outdoor play area and a massive indoor marble run, named Snooki, to keep the kids entertained. The team of experienced chefs serves the highest-quality food using only the freshest local ingredients. For a light lunch why not try a selection of nibbles including polenta chips with sweet chilli jam, or order the light and vibrant chilli-, ginger-, lime- and hazelnut-crusted chicken breast and mango salad? Open: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm; Homemade steak and stout pie, and oak-smoked Cheddar sourdough rarebit Sun 10am-5pm topped with smoked streaky bacon and poached eggs are rich and comforting. Also on offer are a range of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes, tempting desserts, spectacular breakfasts and an ever-so-popular Sunday lunch. The homemade cream teas are legendary, and the massive scones need to be seen to be believed. Complement your meal with a pint of local ale, glass of wine, barista coffee, a decadent hot chocolate with all the trimmings or local soft drink.

The Orangery Restaurant

Modern British

 Location The Country Store, South Town, Kenton, EX6 8JE t: 0845 468 1556 w: www.houseofmarbles.com e: enquiries@houseofmarbles.com

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Situated next to the historic Powderham Castle, The Orangery is the perfect place to escape the bustle of city life and enjoy a top-notch breakfast, lunch or cream tea. This airy building with its high-beamed ceiling and numerous French windows has a bistro-like ambience, and when the sun is shining you can also dine on the patio where there are stunning views of the castle. The head chef has been serving up freshly prepared, restaurant-standard food for the past 11 years, and his passion for cooking shines through every dish. Whether you opt for a selection of moreish nibbles, a light yet flavoursome salad of shredded confit duck salad with plum dressing, or something more substantial like the famous Teign ale-battered fish and chips served with homemade tartare sauce and mushy peas, there’s a dish to satisfy every craving. The friendly staff are happy to accommodate dietary requirements and there are plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian options. Local ale, wine, cider and soft drinks are available at the well-stocked bar.

£17 to

£25

Open: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 10am-5pm

The Orangery also holds regular gourmet evenings which showcase the chefs’ skills and guests are treated to a magnificent seven-course meal and a glass of wine to match each dish. Make sure to book your table in advance. With so much to offer, it’s little wonder The Orangery won Gold in the Taste of the West 2017/2018 Restaurant category. Devon Guide 2019

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Rodean Restaurant  Location The Triangle, Kenton, EX6 8LS t: 0844 502 8807 w: www.rodeanrestaurant.co.uk e: rodeanrestaurant@gmail.com Consistent, quality cuisine, top-notch service and attention to detail have made Rodean Restaurant a firm favourite in Kenton and beyond. The candlelit dining room boasts a relaxed, romantic ambience and provides the perfect backdrop for enjoying the modern British cuisine. Expect seasonal dishes that creatively blend classic cuisine with modern techniques – the sautéed local mushrooms with a creamy herb sauce in a crispy puff pastry basket, and Lyme Bay scallops are wonderful starters. For mains, the local venison two ways – loin and venison Bolognaise cigar with burnt onion purée, roasted pear, creamed potato and cranberry jus – is divine. Those with a sweet-tooth should indulge in the salted caramel panna cotta with chocolate ganache and roasted white chocolate ice cream. If you want to truly treat yourself, opt for the exceptional six-course tasting menu, with an optional wine flight to match. Rodean strives to provide a memorable gastronomic experience – and it certainly does.

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£30

Open: Tues-Fri 6pm-9pm (last orders); Sat noon-1.30pm, 6pm-9pm (last orders); Sun noon-1.30pm (last orders) Modern British

Mill End Hotel  Location Dartmoor National Park, Chagford, TQ13 8JN t: 0844 502 0052 w: www.millendhotel.com e: info@millendhotel.com Standing proudly in Dartmoor National Park, with the River Teign running alongside the garden, this is an exceptionally beautiful spot. The elegant decor at Mill End is belied by a friendly, informal atmosphere – perfect to retreat to after a dog walk or a ramble in the surrounding parkland. Set in an old 15th-century mill, it combines traditional country style with lovely modern touches. Since acquiring the hotel, the owners have transformed it into a two-AA-rosette-awarded destination that visitors can’t wait to return to. Head chef Darren Knockton uses local produce to create food that is simultaneously hearty and beautiful. You can savour exquisite venison Carpaccio, followed by loin of monkfish with spiced lentils and tempura prawns. For dessert, indulge in the likes of black cherry tiffin. Alternatively, drop in one afternoon for a grand tea, savoury afternoon tea or a cake plate, or for groups of five to eight guests, book in advance to take Champagne afternoon tea in the summer house.

WD £20 to

£45

Open: Mon-Sun 8am-11pm Modern British

Number Eight

 Location 8a Alhalland Street, Bideford, EX39 2JD t: 0844 625 3137 w: www.numbereightrestaurant.com e: numbereightrestaurant@gmail.com Housed in a charming historic building in the heart of Bideford, you’ll find the delightful Number Eight restaurant. This foodie haven serves exquisite modern British cuisine, using Devon and Cornwall’s finest fresh, seasonal produce. Number Eight is run by young couple Joshua and Chloe, who combine a friendly, relaxed environment with truly exceptional food. This charming establishment offers set two- or three-course menus, which include a sumptuous amuse-bouche, freshly made bread and a pre dessert. The menu is constantly updated, and may include delights like seared St Ives scallops, roasted Exmoor venison fillet, pan-fried turbot and locally shot wood pigeon. There are always delicious vegetarian and vegan options and Joshua is diligent in catering to guests’ dietary requirements. For dessert, opt for decadent chocolate delice or coffee panna cotta, and perhaps end proceedings with a selection of local cheese, or coffee with homemade petits fours.

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The Crabshell Inn

Modern British

 Location The Quay, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1JZ t: 0844 502 8462 w: www.thecrabshellinn.com e: info@thecrabshellinn.com

SH The Crabshell Inn is uniquely situated, boasting a beautiful waterside location, a south-facing aspect and glorious estuary views. There’s plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and this welcoming inn is the ideal place to unwind while £23 to enjoying a drink and some well-prepared, tastefully presented food. £36 Pop into this family-friendly destination, observe the boats gliding on the water and peruse the inspired seasonal menu created by head chef Gareth Head. With tasty dishes from the Josper charcoal oven and refreshing salad choices, there are some great options for summertime picnics. The renowned pizza selection also includes a classic pepperoni choice and an original curry-spiced creation, there’s plenty of seafood on offer and the Moroccan-inspired delights of the Zest Deli provide tasty light options. There’s ample car parking at The Crabshell Inn, the town of Kingsbridge is a five-minute stroll away and Open: Mon-Sun 8am-midnight Salcombe can be reached by Food Served: a picturesque 30-minute boat Mon-Sun 8am-11pm, trip. Whatever time of year noon-3pm, 6pm-9pm you visit, you’re sure to find a warm welcome here: owner Simon Harrow enjoys sharing his passion for great food, tasty ale and fine wine with his customers and is committed to providing unrivalled levels of customer service and satisfaction – nothing is too much trouble for him and his dedicated team.

The Orange Tree

Modern British

 Location 14-16 Parkhill Road, Torquay, TQ1 2AL t: 0844 502 6544 w: www.orangetreerestaurant.com

Tb Tucked away behind Torquay harbour, The Orange Tree offers a superb fine dining experience inspired by modern British and European dining. New owner Vittorio Melis has brought incredibly high standards of customer £29 service to this intimate restaurant, and this is perfectly complemented by the to £49 impressive menu, which is a testament to the kitchen team’s unfailing passion for great food. My starter of baked goat’s cheese wrapped in delicate filo pastry was served with a quenelle of beetroot and apple chutney, while my guest enjoyed wild mushroom arancini with Devon blue cheese and red pepper coulis. Both were delightfully presented and delicious, paired with glasses of pinot gris and pinot noir. The main of West Country lamb came with ratatouille vegetables and a richly flavoured black olive jus, and the sea bass with scallops and chorizo was light with punchy notes. We also shared a dish of creamy Dauphinoise potatoes and a selection of spring Open: Tues-Sat 6pm-9pm vegetables. Desserts were a joy: we ordered the trio of amaretto crème brûlée, chocolate brownie and popcorn parfait with mini doughnuts and raspberries, as well as a sumptuous chocolate tart with salted caramel ice cream. A classic and classy restaurant in Torquay, The Orange Tree is a must-visit destination for foodies. Devon Guide 2019

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Shoreline

 Location Eastern Esplanade, Paignton, TQ4 6AG t: 0844 502 4876 w: www.paigntonbeach.com Tb Positioned on Paignton’s seafront, Shoreline is an unexpected treasure. The first-floor glass building offers breathtaking panoramic views across beautiful Torbay and it’s the perfect place to chill out and soak up the relaxed beach vibe. £15 to Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Shoreline’s menu offers a combination of £20 classic dishes and contemporary cuisine, and the restaurant can accommodate large families as well as smaller groups of friends. Those with dietary requirements are welcome too – the varied menu means no one will feel left out. Seated at a window table, we watched the surf break on the sand as we enjoyed crispy tempura calamari with garlic mayonnaise and home-baked focaccia with pesto, olives and balsamic dressing. We were tempted by the various Open: sharing platters, but eventually opted for a homemade Mexican burger – Mon & Tues 9.30am-8pm; hand-pressed and loaded with pulled chilli beef and jalapeños – and the best Weds & Thurs pizza I have eaten in a long 9.30am-9.30pm; time. At Shoreline, pizza dough Fri & Sat 9.30am-10pm; is left to prove for 72 hours and Sun 9.30am-8pm each one is cooked in an Italian wood-fired oven to give a crispy base and a perfectly chewy crust. I chose to combine my meal with a refreshing glass of cold local beer. I would recommend this eatery to anyone looking for great food in an idyllic setting. Shoreline is open all year round, but be sure to check the website for any seasonal variation. Modern British

Cadeleigh Arms  Location Cadeleigh, Nr. Tiverton, EX16 8HP t: 0845 468 1573 w: www.thecadeleigharms.com e: thecadeleigharms@gmail.com

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Set in the heart of Mid Devon along winding country lanes is the delightful Cadeleigh Arms, which has recently won Devon Life’s pub of the Year award. With its rustic exterior and wonderful views across the rolling hills, the only sound you’ll hear is the cows in the field next door. The pub lies in the small but charming village of Cadeleigh, which is situated above the valley of the River Exe and just north of Exeter.

£15 to

£30

Open: Tues-Sat noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm; Sun noon-4pm Food Served: Tues-Sat noon-2pm, 6pm-9pm; Sun noon-3pm

This pub is as welcoming as can be. A smiling face behind the bar will be there to cater to your needs, whether it’s to quench your thirst, curb your hunger or rest your weary feet. There are even treats for your four-legged friends. In winter, toast your toes by the log burner and when the weather is fair, enjoy the stunning views from the sun terrace, which is perfect for al fresco dining. The bar staff are on-hand to help you choose a local real ale or fine wine, and the accommodating waiting staff are happy to explain the menu choices if you’re finding choosing what to order tough.

At the Cadeleigh Arms nothing is too much trouble. The team understands that no two people are the same and will endeavour to provide a truly lovely experience from the moment you step inside to the moment you leave. 14

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The Salty Monk

Modern British

 Location Church Street, Sidford, Nr. Sidmouth, EX10 9QP t: 0844 502 5122 w: www.saltymonk.com e: hello@saltymonk.com

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Boasting two AA rosettes, a Michelin Guide recommendation and a place in the renowned Good Food Guide, The Salty Monk is a 16th-century restaurant and boutique bed and breakfast set in the heart of East Devon. Seven luxury en-suite bedrooms, stunning gardens, a gym complete with yoga studio and mini spa encourage guests to completely relax; it’s an ideal base from which to explore this stunning county.

£19 to

£44

‘...exceedingly local produce and bold flavours...’

Resident chef-proprietor Andy Witheridge has held two AA rosettes for the past 15 years and crafts dishes that blend classic and modern techniques with the focus on exceedingly local produce and bold flavours. Expect seasonal dishes on a daily changing menu where everything is made on Food Served: the premises, from smoked foods, sausages, pasta and bread to ice creams Sun & Mon 10am-5pm; and preserves. For vegetarians, Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, there’s an equally tempting 6.30pm-9pm array of fare; try a starter of twice-baked feta cheese soufflé with wild garlic pesto, or perhaps sample beetroot hash with lemon butter and a poached duck egg. In addition to the à la carte menu and seven-course tasting menu, The Salty Monk serves divine afternoon teas, which can be enjoyed in the lounge or courtyard patio overlooking the gardens.

The Culm Valley Inn

Modern British

 Location Culmstock, Nr. Cullompton, EX15 3JJ t: 0845 468 0286 w: www.theculmvalleyinn.co.uk e: hello@theculmvalleyinn.co.uk

MD The owners of The Culm Valley Inn describe it as a funky country pub, but it also features plenty of touches that you’d expect to find in an authentic country inn. Step inside the bar to be greeted by the warm glow of traditional £16 to wood burners, tasteful decor, comfortable seating and off-beat art. As you £33 move through to the restaurant, there are more weird and wonderful sights to behold, from a giant model dodo to taxidermy and stunning rustic antique furniture. The menu is fantastically well thought out, with something for everyone. We were assured that the head chef sources everything locally and uses as many artisan suppliers as possible to create his mouth-watering dishes. There are world wines, locally crafted beers and organic soft drinks, too. Add to this newly renovated bedrooms, which are now offered on a bed and breakfast basis, and you’ll see that The Culm Valley Inn is really rather special. Open: Mon-Thurs noon-3pm, The team understands that a good night’s sleep is essential and works hard 5pm-11pm; to ensure you’ll remember Fri-Sun noon-11pm your stay for all the right Food Served: Mon-Sat reasons. The unique, eclectic noon-2pm, 6.30pm-9pm; collection of antique furnishings combines the luxurious with the Sun noon-2pm eccentric, with the majority of the furnishings supplied by renowned antique dealers Stag and Squire. Awake feeling refreshed and prepared, either for your day of exploration or for your contented journey home. Devon Guide 2019

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Two Bridges Hotel  Location Two Bridges, Nr. Yelverton, PL20 6SW t: 0844 625 2331 w: www.twobridges.co.uk e: reception@twobridges.co.uk

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Ensconced in the breathtaking surrounds of Dartmoor National Park, you’ll find the Two Bridges Hotel resting on the banks of the West Dart River. With stunning scenery in every direction, the Two Bridges is a haven in which to escape * the outside world, relax and enjoy fine hospitality alongside first-class food £49 and drink. Executive chef Mike Palmer creates superb, ever-changing menus that showcase Devon’s exceptional home-grown goods from local farmers, fishermen and producers, and his elegant dishes have earned the Two Bridges Hotel two coveted AA rosettes. A sample offering might see diners start with tender Devon chicken complemented by prosciutto, sage and wild mushrooms, or delicate crab ravioli in a beautifully rich bisque with brown shrimp and crayfish. To follow you’ll find an array of tempting mains cooked with absolute precision. Dishes like succulent Creedy Carver duck with chorizo, pineapple and gnocchi are a Open: symphony of robust flavours, Mon-Sun 7.30am-11pm while the rich Dartmoor venison enhanced by parsnip, pink peppercorn and pistachio praline is an innovative creation that showcases a classic cut of meat beautifully. It’s not just evening meals that the Two Bridges excels at: whether you visit for a hearty breakfast, relaxed lunch or spot of afternoon tea, you’re guaranteed the same level of attention to detail that makes the Two Bridges Hotel such an exceptional establishment. *Price represents the cost of three courses from the evening menu. Modern British

Ilsington Country House Hotel & Spa  Location Ilsington Village, Nr. Newton Abbot, TQ13 9RR t: 0844 502 4470 w: www.ilsington.co.uk

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Set on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, the Ilsington Country House Hotel & Spa boasts a tranquil location and outstanding views of Haytor. Inside, spacious rooms provide the perfect place to rest your head during a weekend away, while £35 the luxurious spa will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed. to £45 On top of all this, the Ilsington offers a choice of eateries. Over in the main restaurant, exquisite menus and excellent service have won this establishment two AA rosettes, and head chef Mike O’Donnell has developed a reputation for his sumptuous dishes, all crafted from fresh local produce. On the fixed dinner menu, the range of starters includes a creamy smoked salmon panna cotta as well as lightly spiced carrot and coriander soup, while the mains range from breast and leg of guinea fowl to wild mushroom, leek and courgette risotto. The daily specials menu adds even more variety, with dishes like slow-cooked pork belly on offer. The platter of West Country cheese is the perfect way to finish Food Served: your meal. Mon-Sat noon-9pm; If you fancy a more informal Sun noon-2pm dining experience, why not visit the Ilsington’s Blue Tiger Inn? Here light bites and sharing dishes are served alongside hearty mains such as root vegetable and bean curry and chicken breast with fondant potato and braised red cabbage. It comes as no surprise that the Ilsington Country House Hotel & Spa is so popular – it boasts exquisite dining options in addition to truly elegant accommodation and superb service. 16

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Twenty Seven by Jamie Rogers

Modern British

 Location 9 Mill Street, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1ED t: 0844 502 8540 w: www.jamierogerschef.com Award-winning chef Jamie Rogers (chef profile page 94) began his career over 15 years ago, helping out in a local restaurant before working his way round some of the most renowned restaurants in Devon. Today, Jamie has returned to Kingsbridge, opening his own restaurant where he has channelled his passion for fantastic flavours, excellent ingredients and beautiful presentation into wonderfully tempting lunch and dinner menus. Twenty Seven’s outstanding reputation means that the team cannot accommodate walk-in visitors – be sure to book your table in advance to experience some of the finest food the area has to offer.

SH £30 to

£50

‘...celebrate a special occasion...’ Inside Twenty Seven, a minimalist interior lends the restaurant a chic and stylish feel while the hum of happy diners contributes to a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere. This ambience makes it the perfect place to come to celebrate a special occasion and an equally great choice for a leisurely weekend lunch. Fresh local produce is at the heart of Twenty Seven’s offering and the menu is built around simple classic flavours that really allow these high-quality ingredients to shine. As well as a stellar lunch and evening menu, Twenty Seven also serves a spectacular six- or eight-course tasting menu. A sample selection might see diners start with allium broth served with coconut foam and onion and Parmesan loaf before moving onto Creedy Carver birds’ liver parfait with variations of peach, Sauternes jelly, preserves and pickles. Next, you might enjoy Start Bay crab tartlet with confit shallot, celeriac ice cream and squid ink tuile, followed by Brixham Harbour lemon sole Wellington accompanied by sea trout mousseline, pickled fennel and seaweed beurre blanc.

‘...high-quality ingredients...’ Finish with a ruby chocolate bar served with praline and salted hazelnut ice cream or Jamie’s take on a cheeseboard comprising Isle of Wight blue cheese, Eccles cake, salted caramel and marinated grapes. Pair your meal with a glass of your favourite fine wine, or ask for a recommendation from your knowledgeable server.

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The Old Library Restaurant  Location North Street, Ashburton, TQ13 7QQ t: 0844 625 3151 w: www.theoldlibraryrestaurant.co.uk e: theoldlibraryrestaurant@gmail.com

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Discover a breath of fresh air in the heart of Ashburton – a place where silver service meets rustic charm. Based in a beautiful converted library, everything in this enchanting venue was hand-crafted by the family that runs it, from the wine £28 to rack and chairs to the salt and pepper shakers. To keep things fresh the à la carte £32 evening menu changes every six weeks, and booking is highly recommended to avoid disappointment. The brunch menu, which can be enjoyed from 8am to 2pm, is updated monthly. In sunny weather, settle down among the olive trees outside with a gin and tonic – perhaps sample St George Terroir Gin which combines ten botanicals, including the Californian pine needle. For the main event, you might enjoy exquisite fresh crab tortellini with crispy seaweed and lemon emulsion, paired with Open: a chilled glass of Picpoul de Pinet. The menus are perfectly balanced, Mon 8am-2pm, 6pm-8.30pm; featuring four starters and four mains – one meat, one fish, one vegetarian and Tues 8am-2pm; one seasonal. Every dish is a Weds-Sat 8am-2pm, harmonious showcase of perfectly 6pm-8.30pm complementing elements: expect the likes of prune-crusted pork loin presented with prune- and Armagnac-glazed parsnips, cavolo nero and brandy reduction. With innovative dishes designed to reignite your sense of wonder, it’s not surprising that in the three years since opening this venue has featured in The Trencherman’s Guide and The Good Food Guide, and has continuously held an AA rosette. British

The Lamb  Location Longdown Road, Longdown, Nr. Exeter, EX6 7SR t: 0844 625 3880 w: www.thelamblongdown.co.uk e: thelamblongdown@gmail.com

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Just a few minutes outside buzzy Exeter, The Lamb is the undisputed treasure of Longdown and the surrounding area. Its semi-rural location gives this charming eatery an air of delightful tranquillity, which is enhanced by the £23 to tasteful decor inside. £35 Settle down in a squashy armchair with a pint of local beer – perhaps Otter Bitter or Avocet Ale – or take a seat in the elegant dining area and stay for a bite to eat. The exquisite seasonal menu features dishes like lime-cured brown trout with pickled cucumber, sesame-dressed fennel and wasabi to start. For mains you might plump for the sumptuous Elston Farm lamb served with Jersey Royals, smoked aubergine, onion and tomato and lamb jus, or perhaps the salt-baked celeriac with Jersey Royals, wild garlic pesto, spring vegetables and tapenade. The carefully selected wine list has a wide Open: Tues 6pm-10pm; range of options to complement your meal; perhaps choose a rich and fruity Weds & Thurs noon-2.30pm, Chilean red like Casa Silva 6pm-10pm; cabernet sauvignon-carmenère, Fri & Sat noon-2.30pm, or a crisp white like Italy’s 6pm-11pm; Sun noon-3pm Amori pinot grigio. The pudding menu includes several delectable twists on old classics – savour duck egg crème brûlée accompanied by poached rhubarb and gingerbread, or sticky toffee pudding with Cornish clotted cream and ginger and lime toffee sauce. The sticky toffee pudding goes especially well with a rich cup of coffee. 18

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River Cottage Kitchen Axminster

British

 Location Trinity Square, Axminster, EX13 5AN t: 0844 625 3582 w: www.rivercottage.net e: axminsterkitchen@rivercottage.net

ED Dine on the season’s finest offerings at River Cottage Kitchen Axminster, located in the heart of the historical town centre, just a short journey from the Jurassic Coast. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the team £15 serves delicious food in a relaxed ambience. You can pop in for coffee and to £25 cake, local beer or cider throughout the day. Head to the deli and choose from a delicious array of local produce available to take home with you. The team at River Cottage uses the very best local, responsibly sourced and seasonal ingredients to create delicious menus that reflect their passion and commitment to food provenance. Fresh seasonal vegetables are always at the heart of the cooking – including on the children’s menu. The free-range, organic and wild meats are sourced from farms they know and trust, and the fish and shellfish is day-boat landed, MSC certified or sustainably Food Served: times may vary, farmed. The team loves working with likeminded producers and please call for details suppliers, which in turn helps to protect and support small businesses, rural communities and the environment. You may remember River Cottage from its humble beginning in 1999, when Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall first brought his hands-on, ethical food ethos to the nation’s TV screens. Since then, the River Cottage books, series and Hugh’s hard-hitting campaigns have helped change the eating habits of the nation, as well as attitudes to animal welfare.

Watersmeet Hotel & Restaurant

British

 Location The Esplanade, Woolacombe, EX34 7EB t: 0844 502 9134 w: www.watersmeethotel.co.uk e: info@watersmeethotel.co.uk

ND Offering magnificent panoramas of Woolacombe beach and award-winning cuisine in both the restaurant and the bistro, Watersmeet is one of the finest coastal hotels in Devon. Watersmeet’s cuisine is modern British in nature, with intriguing £20 European influences. to £25 The fare hails from local traders, with venison and lamb procured from Exmoor, while fish is freshly sourced in Brixham. Delectable options in the bistro include wild mushroom and tarragon risotto, and Barnsley lamb chop with redcurrant sauce, Dauphinoise potato and sugar snap peas. The restaurant offers a three-course table d’hote menu, with starters such as celeriac and Bramley apple soup, and marinated pork tenderloin accompanied by homemade faggot, roasted parsnip and creamed cabbage to follow. Light bites and lunches are Bistro Food Served: available throughout the day, and when the weather is warmer, seafood platters Mon-Sun noon-2pm, can be enjoyed on the spectacular new terrace, getting you even closer to the sea, 6.30pm-8.45pm as can cold beers and cocktails. Restaurant Food Served: Alternatively, guests can soak up the sun while indulging in Mon-Sun 7pm-8.45pm afternoon tea – a treat of freshly made scones, strawberry jam and Devon’s own clotted cream. Whether you’re dining in the restaurant or bistro, basking in the sunlight on the terrace, or simply reclining with a paper in the lounge, there are incredible vistas on show. Surrounded by natural beauty, be it the coast or the countryside, every visit to Watersmeet is sure to be a delight. Devon Guide 2019

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Furzeleigh Mill Hotel  Location Ashburton Road, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0JP t: 0844 625 7448 w: www.furzeleigh.co.uk e: enquiries@furzeleigh.co.uk Furzeleigh Mill Hotel is a stunning 500-year-old listed building, which sits on the edge of the Devon Expressway nestled in pretty grounds and overlooks luscious views. If you’re looking for a place to socialise comfortably whilst enjoying great food, this venue is the place to visit.

SH £17 to

£25

Newly taken over by a friendly family, the hotel has undergone a major makeover: white walls, dark oak beams and tables, and dark blue seats create a modern yet welcoming place for you to unwind and enjoy a feast of delicious cuisine. You can even stay the night in one of the 11 bedrooms and try a selection of gins; the menu boasts 45 different gins and counting, ranging from chocolate orange flavour to clotted cream. The garden has also been refurbished, and now boasts a stunning outdoor seating area, making it the perfect place for a cream tea complete with the chefs’ sublime secret-recipe scones and homemade cakes.

‘...luscious views...’ Our evening began with succulent scallops with crispy bacon and a smooth cauliflower purée. The scallops were cooked to perfection and the dish was perfectly balanced and presented beautifully – a testament to the chef’s talent and attention to detail. To follow we chose the duck breast served with redcurrant sauce and the freshest spring vegetables – a reminder that everything here is fresh, seasonal and locally sourced where possible. The duck was pink with delightfully crisp skin and was complemented by the sweet sauce. Rich and indulgent Baileys chocolate torte served with ice cream rounded off our stellar meal. Open: Mon-Sat 11am-2pm, 6.30pm-9pm; Sun noon-2pm, 6.30pm-9pm (hours vary seasonally, please call for more information)

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‘...stunning outdoor seating area...’ For a fun night out with friends and family there’s also an array of events such as gin nights, food and wine pairing evenings and even live music on the terrace. This tucked-away venue is a hidden gem not to be missed. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to stop for a quick bite to eat, enjoy a delicious three-course meal, or even plan an event or celebration to remember, the team at Furzeleigh Mill Hotel will welcome you with open arms.


The Smugglers Kitchen

British

 Location Fore Street, Beer, Nr. Seaton, EX12 3JF t: 0844 625 7471 w: www.thesmugglerskitchen.co.uk e: info@thesmugglerskitchen.co.uk You’ll find The Smugglers Kitchen tucked away in Beer – a charming fishing village set on the picturesque Jurassic Coast. Its location makes The Smugglers Kitchen a popular stop with families and walkers visiting the area – a tasty meal from the kids menu is a great way to refuel after fossil hunting on the beach. However, its relaxed ambience, spacious interior and delicious fare also make this restaurant a favourite for large celebrations and intimate meals à deux. As an independent eatery, The Smugglers Kitchen places particular emphasis on quality of service, which is attentive, casual and friendly. Whether you’re enjoying a light lunch or sumptuous dinner, you’re always guaranteed a warm welcome. If you’re not sure where to start, begin by perusing the drinks list: you’ll find a huge array of local ale, draught lager, spirits and wine sourced from all over the world. For wine pairing suggestions, be sure to ask your knowledgeable server. The food menus are full of tempting dishes, all crafted with the finest West Country produce, including meat from local butchers. Each plate is beautifully presented by The Smugglers Kitchen’s dedicated chefs and freshly prepared to order. Although the selection changes seasonally, the lunchtime menu always lists a fantastic array of tempting food, ranging from light bites – think flavoursome Asian chicken salad and crispy tarte flambée – to full and satisfying meals like indulgent rump steak and creamy seafood linguine. If you’re after something vegetarian, why not try the goat’s cheese and spinach flatbread served with sweet red onion marmalade? In the evening, whet your appetite with a tasty starter of crispy whitebait and garlic mayonnaise before moving on to a main of steamed Cornish mussels or spicy Louisiana jambalaya with chicken, king prawns, cod and chorizo. Alternatively, try the pheasant and pistachio terrine followed by one of the restaurant’s pizzas – toppings range from farmhouse sausage with mushrooms to barbecue pulled jack fruit with red onion and mozzarella. Of course, The Smugglers Kitchen also offers the classics, including tasty prosciutto and Margherita pizzas. For those on the move, the restaurant provides a takeaway service, offering salads, pizzas and burgers to go.

ED £20 to

£30

Open: Tues 6pm-9pm; Weds-Sat noon-2pm, 6pm-9pm

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Coljan  Location 11 West Street, Ashburton, TQ13 7DT t: 0844 502 8376 w: www.coljan.co.uk e: info@coljan.co.uk

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This outstanding independent eatery, which recently earned a silver Taste of the West award, pairs delicious cuisine with first-rate service, all served in a relaxed atmosphere that is welcoming to all. Swing by for brunch from 9am to 2.30pm and tuck into the likes of smashed avocado, seasoned vine tomatoes and a poached egg atop sourdough, or the indulgent eggs Royale. From noon you’ll find additional treats on the menu, including tasty pizza, sumptuous pasta dishes, a homemade steak burger and daily specials.

£15 to

£30

Open: Tues & Weds 9am-4pm; Thurs-Sat 9am-4pm, 6.30pm-9.30pm (last orders)

By night the laid-back ambience of the café is transformed into that of an elegant bistro. The menu changes every four weeks and offers a choice of four starters, mains, and desserts, all of which are crafted using seasonal ingredients from Devon’s incredible farmers and producers. A sample offering might see diners start with beautifully fresh tomato bruschetta, followed by succulent monkfish tails cooked in garlic butter and served with saffron aioli, hasselback potatoes and wilted spinach.

To accompany the food, the team has curated a superb wine list to complement any dish, but if wine isn’t your tipple of choice there are plenty of other options including a diverse range of artisanal gin. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply popping out for a bite to eat, the team at Coljan will ensure that your visit is memorable for all the right reasons.

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The Cridford Inn  Location Trusham, Nr. Newton Abbot, TQ13 0NR t: 01626 853694 w: www.thecridfordinn.co.uk e: reservations@thecridfordinn.co.uk

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Set in a stunning 1000-year-old building in the Teign Valley is The Cridford Inn. Owners Paul and Ness took over the pub in 2018 and have transformed it into a Devonshire foodie hotspot. Inside, the low ceilings, oak beams and open fires £18 to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The Cridford Inn has four deluxe en-suite £27 bedrooms, and guests staying are also treated to a scrumptious breakfast. Outside, the large terrace becomes a suntrap in the summer months, making it the perfect place to watch the sun go down with a glass of wine in hand. As well as a comprehensive wine list, The Cridford Inn also serves three local cask ales, cider on draught and 70 different types of gin. The extensive food menu will leave you spoilt for choice. The kitchen boasts a talented team of chefs with a diverse range of cooking styles and techniques; Food Served: Mon-Sat the head chef has previously worked for Michelin-starred chefs including noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; the godfather of modern British Sun noon-3pm cooking, Alastair Little. The menu changes daily, as the chefs utilise the abundance of fresh local produce delivered to the pub that morning. Dishes that have featured previously include salt and pepper squid served with lime and chilli mayonnaise, crisp and succulent pork belly with Dauphinoise potatoes and rich sherry sauce, and indulgent Baileys bread and butter pudding with clotted cream and honeycomb. It’s no wonder The Cridford Inn is so popular. You can also reserve a table online – please visit the website for more information. 22

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The Seawood Hotel

British

 Location North Walk, Lynton, EX35 6HJ t: 0844 502 9298 w: www.seawoodhotel.co.uk The Seawood Hotel is a Grade II listed Victorian country house, located along the picturesque North Walk trail in Lynton. Set along the cliffs, this beautiful hotel offers five-star pet-friendly accommodation, exquisite views, a bar, restaurant and gorgeous outdoor sun terraces. With its sense of grandeur and elegance, this is the perfect retreat from everyday life and an ideal spot for visitors wishing to make the most of the beautiful Devonshire countryside.

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Inside The Seawood, an elegant and relaxed lounge area provides a comfortable and welcoming space to enjoy a freshly brewed morning coffee, or simply to unwind and admire the impressive views of the landscaped gardens. Over in the bar area, the large windows create a light and airy space, while the chandelier and period furniture emphasise the history of the building. Stop by in the evening and peruse the impressive selection of drinks: there’s a range of fine wine sourced from all over the world, as well as West Country beer, real ale and a range of spirits and mixers. The rooms here range from luxurious suites – complete with king-size beds, comfortable sofas and breathtaking views – to classic bedrooms with stylish contemporary decor and modern en-suite bathrooms. Following a peaceful night’s sleep, fuel your day with a tasty breakfast and enjoy the convenience of complimentary private parking too. On top of all this, The Seawood’s bistro-style restaurant provides a tempting and tasty menu of evening fare, and the regularly changing selection means there will be something new on offer each time you visit. The list of starters typically encompasses dishes as varied and delicious as smoked salmon on Melba toast served with caviar and avocado mousse, and hummus served with olives, crudités and bread sticks. The traditional prawn cocktail is a firm favourite too. For your main, you can expect delights such as grilled rack of lamb with roasted potatoes, and mussels cooked in a rich bacon, cider and tarragon cream sauce and served with rustic bread. Finish your meal with a decadent dessert and end your evening with a stroll around the hotel’s private grounds. What could be better? *Price represents the cost of two courses.

Open: Mon-Sun 6pm-8.30pm

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Berry Head Hotel  Location Berry Head Road, Brixham, TQ5 9AJ t: 0844 502 4457 w: www.berryheadhotel.com e: stay@berryheadhotel.com Nestled atop the cliffs overlooking the stunning English Riviera, Berry Head Hotel occupies a peaceful location on the edge of the Berry Head National Nature Reserve and boasts six acres of grounds. With a range of leisure facilities, a series of comfortable rooms and inviting restaurants, this three-star hotel is the ideal place to unwind. Diners at Berry Head Hotel are offered a choice of eateries. For a casual dining experience, pop into The View Brasserie and Terrace where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner – the selection of classic British dishes ranges from local crab salad to juicy sirloin steaks. Over in the Bonaparte Restaurant, a more formal setting awaits. From the table d’hôte menu, start with moules marinières followed by a trio of pork, or opt for some refreshing chargrilled watermelon, before indulging in a main of freshly caught local Brixham fish.

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£35

The View Brasserie and Terrace Open: Mon-Sun 8am-11.30am, noon-9.30pm Bonaparte Restaurant Open: Mon-Sun 8am-9.30am, noon-2.30pm, 7pm-9.30pm British

Fox & Hounds Country Hotel

 Location Eggesford, Nr. Chulmleigh, EX18 7JZ t: 0844 625 3506 w: www.foxandhoundshotel.co.uk e: relax@foxandhounds.co.uk Meander down the Tarka Trail, along the banks of the River Taw, and you’ll stumble across the Fox & Hounds Country Hotel. With such amiable staff, there’s always a warm, welcoming ambience and the venue is bursting with traditional charm. Expect open fireplaces, cosy armchairs, exposed wooden beams and brass ale pumps. The hotel offers dog-friendly bedrooms and pooches are welcome in part of the restaurant, making this the ideal post-walk destination. The menu comprises delicious, hearty dishes – perfect after a day fly fishing in the river. Meat-lovers can enjoy tender venison Carpaccio, followed by succulent Chateaubriand to share. To finish, why not treat yourself to a decadent peanut butter fondant? This countryside hotel also serves an indulgent afternoon tea. Tuck into scones heaped with clotted cream and jam, freshly baked pastries and miniature sandwiches accompanied by a lovely pot of loose-leaf tea.

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£36

Food Served: Mon-Sun noon-3pm, 6.30pm-9.30pm Modern European

@thirty-four  Location Exeter College, Laurence Building, Hele Road, Exeter, EX4 4JS t: 0845 468 1649 w: www.exe-coll.ac.uk e: thirty-four@exe-coll.ac.uk Located in the grounds of Exeter College, @thirty-four is a gastronomic delight run by budding young chefs and their award-winning mentors. The restaurant recently received a Gold Award from the AA College Rosette Scheme for the quality of hospitality, service and cuisine it offers, and with good reason. Students are occasionally joined by celebrity chefs for Guest Chef Nights, and also host themed lunches and evening fine dining. The brasserie lunch menu of up to three courses and the evening menu of up to seven courses feature ingredients from the South West. Evening dishes may include a crab and apple bon bon amuse-bouche, home-cured salmon and beetroot gel to start, and Creedy Carver chicken ravioli and thyme roast breast as a main. Chocolate tart with coconut sorbet and salted honeycomb, followed by coffee and petits fours, rounds off this amazingly affordable way to experience the culinary talent of the future. *Price represents the cost of a five-course meal and glass of wine.

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Rendezvous Wine Bar

Modern European

 Location 38-40 Southernhay East, Exeter, EX1 1PE t: 0845 468 1531 w: www.rendezvouswinebar.co.uk e: info@winebar10.co.uk

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This chic meeting place in Exeter’s leafy Southernhay quarter bustles with the banter of city life. First and foremost a wine bar, Rendezvous boasts an impressive cellar and knowledgeable staff. The food, originally intended to complement the wine list, has rightly earned a following of its own. After 12 years, Rendezvous has many accolades and awards to its name. The word is now well and truly out and the place quickly fills up with locals, professionals, and food-lovers with a penchant for good wine, therefore booking is essential on most nights.

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£25

The menu changes daily to make the most of what’s in season locally. With starters such as seared Lyme Bay scallops with crisp coppa, baby gem, caper salsa and anchovy aioli followed by Broadclyst lamb rump and belly with hasselback potatoes, baby beetroot, shallot purée and wild garlic butter, or pan-roasted stone bass with Parmentier potatoes, baby leeks, wild mushrooms, poached hen egg, and herb Hollandaise, there’s always something tempting for diners to delight in.

Open: Mon-Sat noon-late There’s a beautifully secluded, Food Served: Mon-Sat sunny walled garden at the back noon-2pm, 6.30pm-9pm for a quiet glass of wine or an al fresco bite to eat amid Exeter’s red bricks and trees. With an exciting wine list to tempt every palate, and delicious daily menus prepared in-house by the talented chefs, there’s plenty for the discerning drinker, humble bon viveur and local foodie to enjoy.

The Village

Seafood

 Location 32 Southside Street, Barbican, Plymouth, PL1 2LE t: 0844 625 3992 w: www.thevillagerestaurantplymouth.co.uk

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Set in a picturesque quayside location, The Village is one of Plymouth’s oldest seafood restaurants, boasting an excellent reputation for its range of freshly prepared fare. As well as its impressive seafood offering, The Village also serves up a range of locally sourced meat, poultry and game dishes with an exciting Grecian twist. All of this is complemented by a welcoming atmosphere and a wide range of beverages to suit every palate.

£18 to

£35

At lunchtime, the menu offers two courses for £10.95. Why not start with flavoursome garlic mushrooms before moving on to a main of seafood risotto or homemade fish pie? Later on, the extensive evening menu offers up a selection of appetising seafood starters – think fresh pan-fried scallops, and traditional prawn cocktail – as well as the likes of grilled halloumi and refreshing tzatziki. When choosing a main, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice: the luxurious seafood Thermidor is made with monkfish, lobster and tiger prawns and served in a Open: creamy white sauce, and the Mon-Sun 11.30am-10.15pm seafood pasta à la village is a firm favourite, incorporating squid, mussels, prawns and delicate smoked salmon. For those who prefer turf to surf, there’s a range of meat and vegetarian plates available. Order the traditional Greek moussaka, opt for the creamy peppered chicken, or try the scrumptious mushroom Stroganoff. Devon Guide 2019

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Below Decks  Location Unit 4, Beacon Quay, Torquay, TQ1 2BG t: 0844 625 3431 w: www.belowdecks.co.uk e: news@belowdecks.co.uk Tucked away on Beacon Quay, just a stone’s throw from Torquay Harbour, this hidden gem allows visitors to admire spectacular sea views away from the hustle and bustle. Retreat to this tranquil haven and discover an array of exquisite local seafood. Start with fresh Brixham mussels, crispy calamari or beetroot falafel bites with sweet chilli jam. To follow, relish the delicate taste of whole Torbay sole, or pan-fried sea bass with courgette batons and creamy potato gratin. The eclectic wine list features the likes of Côtes de Provence rosé as well as a selection of whites from nearby Sharpham vineyard – the friendly staff are happy to suggest the best tipple to complement your meal. Guests can bask in the sun and enjoy a chilled gin cocktail in the al fresco seating area. The interior is enhanced by nautical touches and floor-to-ceiling windows, which provide spectacular views whatever the weather.

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£30

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A Slice of Lyme  Location 1-2 Rolle Road, Budleigh Salterton, EX9 6JZ t: 0845 468 0130 w: www.sliceoflyme.co.uk Originally two fisherman’s cottages, this 200-year-old building close to Budleigh Salterton beach is now a friendly and informal licensed bistro. The eclectic menu on offer is primarily influenced by the owners’ travels and South African roots, but also includes some traditional dishes.

ED £15 to

£20

Example dishes include local Exe mussels and a variety of fresh fish dishes, steaks, homemade burgers, Trinidadian-style corn-fed chicken and an aubergine and chickpea tagine. There is also a large daily specials menu and, during the day, a very popular midweek and Sunday roast. Local Devon cider, beer, wine, coffee and fruit juice are available to wash it all down. This fresh, inviting venue is the ideal place for refuelling after a day spent at the beach. Opening hours are extended in the summer – visit the website for details. Food Served: Mon 10am-3pm; Tues-Fri 10am-3pm, 6pm-9pm; Sat 10am-4pm; Sun noon-4pm Bistro

Bickleigh Mill

 Location Bickleigh, Nr. Tiverton, EX16 8RG t: 0845 468 1574 w: www.bickleighmill.com e: enquiries@bickleighmill.com A scenic drive through the countryside brings you to Bickleigh Mill, a unique dining and retail destination housed in a working 18th-century water mill. Head to the old mill house and you’ll find Bickleigh Mill’s excellent bistro, with a range of tempting offerings for meat-eaters, vegetarians and those with special dietary requirements. From a family get-together to a cosy tête-à-tête, all parties are welcome to enjoy delicious homemade fare in the relaxed, convivial setting. When it comes to ingredients, the team strives to buy locally, and the daily specials board showcases the best seasonal produce around. Dishes like smoked duck risotto and slow-cooked shoulder of pork served with rich, velvety gravy are sure to impress. Whether popping in for a cream tea and a chat or enjoying a leisurely Sunday lunch overlooking the beautiful waterside gardens, Bickleigh Mill ticks every box.

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£27

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Waterside Bistro

Bistro

 Location The Plains, Totnes, TQ9 5YS t: 0844 625 0075 w: www.watersidebistro.com

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This year, Waterside Bistro celebrates an incredible 15 years as a Totnes foodie favourite. With its riverside location, large sunny terrace and reputation for excellent cooking, it’s no surprise it’s well loved by locals and visitors alike. Headed up by husband-and-wife team Matt and Delphine Buzzo, the bistro has recently relaunched with smart decor, a new dining area, delicious menu additions and a refreshed wine list. There’s also a new private dining space for events.

£22 to

£32

The casual dining experience utilises the best local produce – including freshly landed seafood – in plates which range from delicious sandwiches and crisp wood-fired pizzas to smart dining dishes. To start your meal you might opt for grilled goat’s cheese on focaccia, or potted Devon crab with prawns and Marie Rose sauce, followed by the Waterside’s signature beefburger or confit Creedy Carver duck leg. Food Served: Homemade desserts such as Mon-Sun 9am-9.30pm lemon, almond and polenta cake, and crème brûlée will round off any meal perfectly. Waterside Bistro hosts live music throughout the year, as well as special wine tasting and fine dining evenings and other events. Happy hour special offers on wine, beer, cider and lager take place daily between 4pm and 6pm. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Waterside Bistro is perfect for every occasion.

Breakwater Bistro

Bistro

 Location Berry Head Road, Brixham, TQ5 9AF t: 0844 625 3164 w: www.breakwaterbistro.co.uk e: info@breakwaterbistro.co.uk

Tb Occupying a prime position in Brixham, at the heart of the English Riviera, is the charming Breakwater Bistro. This attractive venue looks directly onto the beach, allowing guests to enjoy panoramic sea views while they eat. The * family-run establishment is a coffee house during the day and a bistro £19 to restaurant in the evenings; the menu and atmosphere are strikingly different, £31 but you can always be sure of a warm welcome. Breakfast is taken seriously at Breakwater Bistro; the menu is bursting with tasty baps, homemade doughnuts, large cooked breakfasts, and eggs any way you like them. Why not pair your breakfast with a refreshing glass of fruit juice, or a steaming cup of coffee? This coastal eatery has strong relationships with a number of local seafood merchants, who provide the team with the freshest produce. If you visit in the evening we’d recommend starting with crevettes sautéed in garlic butter. Summer Open: Perhaps follow this with the Mon-Sun 9am-9.30pm traditional seafood paella, or Winter Open: baked crab Thermidor with a side Sun-Thurs 10am-4pm; of potato Dauphinoise and salad. Fri & Sat 10am-9.30pm Alternatively, both breakfast and dinner menus include a number of scrumptious vegetarian options. To end on a sweet note you could sample the mango and passion fruit ice cream cheesecake, or explore the excellent array of creamy sundaes. *Price range represents the cost of two courses and a hot drink. Devon Guide 2019

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French

Bistrot Pierre  Location Abbey Sands, Abbey Crescent, Torbay Road, Torquay, TQ2 5FB t: 0845 468 1514 e: torquay@pierre94.co.uk  Location New Cooperage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth, PL1 3RP t: 0845 468 1518 e: plymouth@pierre94.co.uk w: www.bistrotpierre.co.uk

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£24

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Torquay Open: Mon-Fri noon-10pm; Sat 9am-11am, noon-10pm; Sun 9am-11am, noon-9pm Plymouth Open: Mon-Fri 7am-11.30am, noon-10pm; Sat 8am-11.30am, noon-10pm; Sun 8am-11.30am, noon-9pm

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Devon’s coastline boasts not just one but two Bistrot Pierre restaurants, both serving great-value French cuisine to regular locals and holiday-makers alike. The Bistrot Pierre brand is known for serving authentic food in true French bistrot style. Each venue features a dining space and lively bar yet has its own unique character. In Torquay, a stylish complex houses the wide restaurant space, from which diners can admire the view across the bay and dine al fresco on the terrace. Masters of combining French bistro classics such as steak frites, boeuf Bourguignon and crème brûlée with regional favourites, the restaurants present a compelling culinary line-up. With plenty of vegetarian and vegan options alongside gluten-free dishes and a dedicated children’s menu, everyone is sure to be satisfied, whether you visit Bistrot Pierre for a relaxed lunch, cosy supper or a full three-course meal. Make sure you don’t miss the popular prix-fixe lunch menu with two courses priced at £12.95 and three for £14.95. Inspired by travels around France, the delicious evening menu offers a selection of tempting choices for all appetites. Starters come in the form of king prawns sautéed in Indian-spiced butter served with grilled artisan bread, and deep-fried Brie in a crisp rosemary crumb, with dressed leaves and plum chutney. For the main event, why not go for the succulent oven-roasted chicken with a choice of Provençale and forestiere sauces or Moroccan flavourings? Desserts are the pièce de résistance and include traditional crêpes and classic crème brûlée. As you’d expect from a French establishment, a scan of the distinctive wine list reveals a fantastic selection, with an offering to complement any dish. In July 2018, Rooms by Bistrot Pierre opened in Plymouth, just across from the restaurant. Housed in a converted Grade I listed house steeped in history, the 14 boutique bedrooms, many with incredible views, have been carefully restored back to their former glory. Why not book a room after your meal and save the drive home? *Accommodation available at the Plymouth site.


Quo Vadis

Italian

 Location 88 Fore Street, Exeter, EX1 2RR t: 0844 625 3318 w: www.quovadis-exeter.co.uk e: quovadisrestaurant@hotmail.com

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This authentic, modern Italian restaurant offers guests a wonderful choice of homemade dishes. Cosy surrounds, an intimate ambience and gentle Italian background music create a pleasant atmosphere that’s perfect for couples and small groups. Nothing is too much trouble for friendly host, owner and superb chef Oliver De Iaco. We were welcomed with complimentary bruschetta followed by antipasti starters of calamari fritti and vellutata di pomodoro – a velvety tomato soup with basil, garlic and cream crostini. For the main course I opted for tagliatelle with a delightfully rich Bolognese sauce and a generous sprinkling of Parmesan. My companion plumped for the scaloppine alla pizzaiola – delectable pan-fried veal in creamy white wine sauce accompanied by mushrooms, green beans and potatoes. We rounded off the evening in a thoroughly indulgent style, with tasty helpings of strudel di mele and tiramisu accompanied by rich, aromatic Italian coffees.

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£29

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Belluno

 Location 37 Silver Street, Bideford, EX39 2DY t: 0844 625 3395 w: www.bellunobideford.co.uk e: bellunorestaurant@hotmail.com  Location Newton St Cyres, Nr. Exeter, EX5 5DA t: 0844 502 5116 w: www.bellunonewton.co.uk e: belluno.newton@hotmail.com Named after a quaint Italian village known for its emphasis on food, family and hospitality, Belluno is an Italian oasis located In Bideford and Newton St Cyres. Since opening Belluno, with its homely, welcoming decor, has made a distinct impression on both locals and visitors. The menu is bursting with traditional Italian favourites and whether you’re craving pasta, fish, meat or pizza, you won’t be disappointed. We started with rustic minestrone soup, and Belluno capesante – juicy scallops served with spinach, potato purée and pecorino sauce. We accompanied these with a chilled Birra Moretti and a fantastic Mojito. Open: Mon-Thurs 11.45am-10pm; To follow, I plumped for a seasonal treat – risotto primavera with chargrilled Fri & Sat 11.45am-11pm; chicken, spring vegetables and mascarpone. My companion sampled the Sun 11.45am-9pm beautifully presented and delectable involtini, comprising pork tenderloin stuffed with wild mushrooms, ham and spinach served with creamy Savoy cabbage and pancetta. All produce is sourced locally, and dishes are made from scratch daily – this evident freshness only added to our meal. Dessert was an easy choice – creamy panna cotta with poached pear, raspberries and mint, and wonderfully light tiramisu were perfectly accompanied by rich Italian coffees. Mediterranean

The Old Bakery  Location The Promenade, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1JD t: 0844 625 3859 w: www.theoldbakerykingsbridge.co.uk e: info@theoldbakerykingsbridge.co.uk

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This enchanting restaurant nestled in central Kingsbridge opens for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday. From Wednesday to Saturday, it is also open for breakfast, brunch and lunch. The menu features tasty modern Mediterranean £18 to and Persian dishes served in a sharing style, making this a great place to dine £23 with friends. The chef uses the best local fish, meat and vegetables sourced directly from the producers. There’s an open kitchen and the chef is always happy to discuss the dishes available. The Old Bakery has an extensive and well-balanced menu, which includes numerous vegetarian dishes, as well as tempting vegan and gluten-free options. Everything is made in-house so you can be sure of the freshest homemade dishes. You’ll find the likes of sobrassada – a spiced Majorcan sausage baked with chilli and honey; halloumi cigars – with lemon and Open: mint wrapped in filo pastry – and delicious Cornish chargrilled sardines. To Tues 6.15pm-midnight; accompany your meal there’s a Weds-Sat 9am-3pm, wine list bursting with unusual 6.15pm-midnight grape varieties, a number of tempting options for sherry fans and a delicious selection of cocktails. If you happen to stop by in the morning, brunch options include eggs Benedict, eggs Florentine, avocado on toast and spiced Bloody Marys. Come and see what has earned this venue a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the 11th year running. 30

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Mayflower Brasserie

Brasserie

 Location Boringdon Hall, Plympton, Plymouth, PL7 4DP t: 0844 625 3392 w: www.boringdonhall.co.uk e: info@boringdonhall.co.uk

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Opened in 2017, Mayflower Brasserie is one of two dining spaces at the five-star Boringdon Hall hotel. The restaurant’s name celebrates the area’s historical links to the Mayflower voyage from Plymouth to America in 1620. Inside, the interior boasts a modern feel yet maintains the history, charm and opulence of the 16th-century manor house in which it resides, creating a warm, welcoming and relaxed ambience.

£20 to

£40

‘...a warm, welcoming and relaxed ambience...’ The talented team of chefs has created a stunning brasserie-style menu that focuses on flavoursome seasonal cuisine, and each dish is made using fresh locally sourced ingredients. Expect the likes of Tuscan vegetable soup, and crispy fried Brie wedges with redcurrant jelly to start. Mains range from superbly grilled local steaks with a sauce of your choice, to Mayflower specialities such as Thai monkfish and prawn curry, and the Boringdon burger with bacon, smoked Cheddar, fries, and coleslaw. Round off your meal with skillet chocolate chip cookie, lemon meringue sorbet, or chocolate tart with vanilla ice cream. Vegetarian options are a refreshing seasonal affair and are sure to please even the most discerning of diners. There’s also a separate vegan menu, which features the likes of moreish crispy tofu with cranberry ketchup, and adzuki bean stew with wild rice.

‘...versatile space...’ You must stop by for Sunday lunch as you will be treated to a bountiful portion of perfectly cooked roast beef, Yorkshire puddings, crisp roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and lashings of rich gravy. The Mayflower Brasserie offers a more informal alternative to the hotel’s Gallery Restaurant; it’s the ideal backdrop for a casual lunch date, sophisticated social gathering or a celebration with friends and family. The versatile space is also suitable for conferences and meetings.

Food Served: Mon-Sun noon-3pm, 6.30pm-9.30pm (pre-booking is essential)

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Brasserie

Carriages Brasserie at Devon Hotel  Location Matford, Nr. Exeter, EX2 8XU t: 0845 468 1676 w: www.carriagesbrasserie.co.uk e: reservations@devonhotel.co.uk

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Carriages Brasserie can be found at the Devon Hotel and displays the exceptional standards of service and care you’d expect from the award-winning Brend hotel group. This sophisticated venue is easily accessible, offering ample free parking £20 to and useful amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi. The pleasant lighting, £30 comfortable, well-appointed rooms and gorgeous sun terrace afford this former Georgian manor house an abundance of charm and character, combining beautifully to provide the perfect setting for an exceptional dining experience. Carriages Brasserie is renowned for its carvery, which is freshly prepared and served every day for lunch and dinner. If you fancy something a little different, each menu has been re-imagined to offer modern takes on classic dishes such as the comforting baked Camembert with red onion chutney, mouth-watering moules marinières, or Carriages’ mac and crab, featuring white crab meat and prawns topped with tasty Gruyère – not to mention the Open: scrumptious desserts. Mon-Sat 11.45am-9.30pm; Sun noon-9pm The menus also incorporate a more diverse selection of gluten-free and vegetarian dishes, to ensure that there is something for everyone. The Devon Hotel also has four function suites and can cater for anything from corporate events to weddings and dinner dances. The experienced team of chefs can create an impressive buffet or a formal sit-down banquet for special celebrations from ten to 160 guests. Brasserie

The Barbican Kitchen  Location Plymouth Gin Distillery, 60 Southside Street, Plymouth, PL1 2LQ t: 0845 468 1644 w: www.barbicankitchen.com e: info@barbicankitchen.com

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What do you get when you combine a world-famous institution, an historic location and first-rate cuisine? The answer is Plymouth’s Barbican Kitchen, found in the same building as the Plymouth Gin Distillery. Take a stroll around the historic £20 to Barbican before taking a tour around the distillery – a must for gin-connoisseurs. £30 Now in its 12th year, The Barbican Kitchen was opened in 2006 by brothers Chris and James Tanner. The contemporary interior inspires relaxation and matches the menu perfectly. The menu is both exciting and modern, fusing traditional techniques with innovative ideas. Local produce is used to create dishes with an international twist. Start with the likes of hand-picked Brixham crab Open: Mon-Thurs noon-2.30pm, salad or Creedy Carver chicken liver parfait. The main event is guaranteed to impress, with dishes such as The Barbican Kitchen’s ramen bowl with tofu, 6pm-9.30pm; noodles, pak choi and sesame, which is perfect for vegetarians. The sublime Fri & Sat noon-2.30pm, slow-cooked West Country lamb shoulder with Wye Valley asparagus, morels 5pm-10pm and sweetbreads is bound to be a winner with meat-lovers. Pair with the iconic Plymouth gin and tonic or a glass of wine to complete the experience. Service is impeccable, and all guests feel welcome. Such an excellent dining experience is, surprisingly, available at a very reasonable price, especially when you consider that under-fives eat for free. A great-value set menu is also available for lunch and early evenings. Check the website for prices and sample menus. All that’s left to do now is book a table and enjoy the Tanner brothers’ hospitality. 32

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The Millbrook Inn

Gastropub

 Location South Pool, Nr. Kingsbridge, TQ7 2RW t: 0844 502 9008 w: www.millbrookinnsouthpool.co.uk e: info@millbrookinnsouthpool.co.uk

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The Millbrook Inn is a proper country pub for locals, tourists and foodies alike. Residing in a 16th-century building, this pub is full of rustic charm complete with a log fire, a stunning brook and gorgeous sun terrace. Owner Charlie had been a regular for 30 years before deciding to take on the pub and become part of the wonderful community he knows and loves.

£23 to

£33

‘...proper country pub...’

The journey from Salcombe to The Millbrook is an institution in Salcombe, with boaties making their way up to the village pontoon under their own steam, or picked up from the ferry steps by the pub’s own 90s Landrover Defender and shuttled through the lanes to the pub’s front door. The pub is recommended by The Michelin Guide as one of the best places to eat in the country for 2019, and also received The Good Pub Guide’s award for the best pub in Devon for 2019. The kitchen is headed up by a duo of talented chefs who have both worked at the Michelin-starred Fat Duck; they have taken the skills they learned to create their very own unique and exciting menu, which changes every month in order to highlight the quality of the local and seasonal produce available. What makes this pub extra special is that the kitchen works directly with the finest local butchers – one of the staff members even breeds her own pigs for the restaurant – to ensure the finest meat is used, and the chefs butcher this local meat in-house. As you can expect, the best cuts of beef feature heavily on the menu: all cuts are hung and aged for over 30 days to ensure a rich and intense flavour. The 16oz rib-eye cooked to order is a highlight. Foraged herbs are picked by the team and used to enhance the flavour of dishes, including the unctuous carrot and coriander soup with hedgerow and wild garlic. Save room for dessert, as the likes of chocolate delice served with orange and passion fruit marmalade are sure to satisfy any sweet-tooth. Why not complement your meal with local ale, a glass of fine wine, Champagne or Prosecco?

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Gastropub

Phoenix Chudleigh  Location 25 Fore Street, Chudleigh, TQ13 0HX t: 0845 468 1658 w: www.phoenixchudleigh.co.uk The Phoenix Chudleigh is not your average pub. Although not in the city, it has a modern urban vibe and serves gastropub food at fantastic prices. Pop in for a full English breakfast, grab a mid-morning coffee and cake, or visit in the evening for cocktails or a glass of Prosecco. The Phoenix has wonderful front-of-house staff and a skilled and committed team of chefs. A typical offering might include pan-fried butterfly prawns with fresh coconut salad and chilli mango to start, followed by pan-fried Crediton chicken supreme filled with chorizo and thyme and accompanied by smoked bacon and paprika cream sauce, Dauphinoise potatoes and vegetables. For a great finale, perhaps choose chef Ian’s signature dessert, the chocolate cup – a hand-crafted tuile biscuit cup, handle, spoon and saucer filled with dark Belgian chocolate mousse and topped with clotted vanilla ice cream. There are also great theme-night offers, a vegan menu and meals are free for children under three.

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Food Served: Mon-Sat 9am-2pm, 6pm-9pm; Sun 9am-2pm (hours may vary, see website for full details) Cookery School

River Cottage HQ  Location Trinity Hill Road, Axminster, EX13 8TB t: 0844 502 7703 w: www.rivercottage.net e: rcevents@rivercottage.net You’ll be greeted with wild hedgerows, tumbling Devonshire countryside and fields full of veg as you arrive at River Cottage HQ. You’re bound to recognise the white cottage from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s TV shows and cookbooks, from which he has become well-known for his commitment to seasonal food and ethical philosophies. It’s a special place for amateurs and experts alike to immerse themselves in wonderful food, amazing experiences and the good life. River Cottage is rooted in self-sufficiency and wholesomeness, and the dedicated team aspires to connect people to the kitchen and natural landscape through accessible cookery courses. Whether you fancy cheese making, bread making, or want to learn how to keep bees, grow veg or cure meat, there’s something for everyone here. Offering unique dining experiences, memorable events and weddings, you’ll come away feeling inspired, connected and clued-up. Cookery course prices range from £145 to £780.

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Open: by appointment only Fish & Chips

South Sixteen Fish & Chips

 Location 16 South Street, Braunton, EX33 2AA t: 0845 468 1587 w: www.southsixteenfishandchips.com South Sixteen Fish & Chips was crowned winner in the North Devon Journal Food, Drink & Tourism Awards in 2014 and 2015. To sample the award-winning fish and chips, diners can pull up a seat in the licensed restaurant, or take orders away to enjoy at home. Orders for collection can also be placed over the phone. No doubt you’ll arrive with an appetite, so look to the varied menu for options such as thin and crispy pizzas, homemade pies, jacket potatoes and burgers alongside classic fish dishes. The team takes pride in using only the best sustainably caught fish and locally sourced produce – potatoes are grown only a stone’s throw away in Braunton’s famous Great Field. Round off your lip-smacking meal with a dessert such as apple pie, pineapple fritters or sticky toffee pudding. *Price range represents the cost of a main course and a drink.

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Squires

Fish & Chips

 Location 1 Exeter Road, Braunton, EX33 2JL t: 0844 625 3802 w: www.squiresfishrestaurant.co.uk e: squiresfish@hotmail.co.uk Your eye can’t help but be drawn to Squires as you walk down the main road in Braunton. This bustling restaurant can seat 130 guests, but on busy nights it fills up quickly. Venture inside and you’ll find an attractive, modern venue – light, bright colours pleasantly offset by carefully selected artwork. This family business was opened in 1969 by the current owner’s parents. This affords the venue a really welcoming atmosphere, as the owners are passionate about providing great service.

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The team’s speciality is naturally the classic fish and chips, cooked in sunflower oil to create a light, crispy batter. The prime fillet of cod comes with large thick-cut fluffy chips, beans or mushy peas. Guests can also enjoy homemade steak and ale pie, a wide range of burgers and tasty vegetarian options including burgers and a varied grill selection. For a tempting healthy alternative, this eatery offers poached meals like the Open: popular poached fish with a Mon-Sat 11.45am-9.45pm; side salad and an excellent Sun noon-8.30pm selection of gluten-free sauces. To complement your meal, order something from the hand-picked wine list or the extensive gin menu – the well-stocked bar has a tipple for everyone. For a satisfying end to your visit, sample the homemade cheesecake, perhaps accompanied by one of the excellent teas or coffees. You can also order food to take away using the restaurant’s own app.

The Pizza Café

Pizzeria

 Location 50 Queen Street, Newton Abbot, TQ12 2EW t: 0845 468 1713 w: www.thepizzacafe.co.uk e: mark@thepizzacafe.co.uk

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This legendary fresh pizza restaurant, now in its 32nd year, has become something of an institution in South Devon. Owner Mark Thuell set out to create the ideal restaurant, offering fairly priced, locally sourced and freshly prepared food served in a friendly, informal setting – and judging by the popularity of The Pizza Café, he has succeeded.

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‘...pop in and experience this incredible eatery...’ Recently refreshed, the restaurant’s interior is cool, contemporary and relaxed. This place is open all day, every day, so it’s an ideal spot to indulge in a cup of tea and a slice of carrot cake, a coffee crafted by a barista, a light snack accompanied by a fresh fruit smoothie, or the main event: pizza. Winners of a Taste of the West Gold Award – Pizza Restaurant of the Year 2015 – these pizzas are made on-site and baked to order. Carefully chosen Open: beer and wine complement the menu perfectly both in taste Mon-Sat 9.30am-10pm; Sun 10am-9pm and price. There is something for everyone at this restaurant – in addition to pizza, wraps, burritos, pasta dishes, panini and amazing salads are also available; there’s even an unmissable vegan menu. Why not check out the menu online, then pop in and experience this incredible eatery for yourself. Your visit will have you asking: why isn’t there one in every town? Devon Guide 2019

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American

Hubbox  Location 14 Catherine Street, Exeter, EX1 1EU t: 0844 502 9073 w: www.hubbox.co.uk e: exeter@hubbox.co.uk

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After the success of the Sidwell Street branch, Hubbox has moved to a much bigger site to offer a menu of award-winning gourmet burgers, salads, nachos and a specials menu of dishes cooked on the charcoal barbecue grill. £14 to The new site – consisting of two floors with a beautifully designed interior – £20 pays homage to the nautical history of the South West, creating a cool and inviting space. The bar area plus outside seating to the front and a terrace at the back make this venue a suitable site year-round. Baristas serve coffee and tea alongside breakfast, and throughout the day the bar is open for craft beer, cocktails and fine wine. Hubbox celebrates the best that the South West has to offer in food and drink, championing the suppliers, including artisans and producers from farms where cattle graze on the moorland on Devon and Cornwall borders, fish caught on day-boats from St Ives, and little cottage industry producers. Now on the menu are Moving Open: Mountain’s plant-based burger, Sun-Thurs 11.30am-9pm; as well as plenty of other options Fri & Sat 11.30am-10pm for vegetarians and vegans. If you just want a drink and something light to eat, why not tuck into a selection of small nibbles such as smoked hummus with warmed flatbreads, smoked mackerel pâté or even share a baked Camembert?

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 Location 59 Abbey Road, Torquay, TQ2 5NQ t: 0844 502 8550  Location 29 Magdalen Road, Exeter, EX2 4TA t: 0844 502 9261 w: www.meat59.com e: hello@meat59.com

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Since opening in 2014, Meat 59 has become one of Devon’s go-to spots for top-notch burgers. Due to the success of the Exeter and Torquay branches, Meat 59 has now opened a new restaurant in Newton Abbot. This quirky, family-run restaurant has won multiple awards including being named the second best burger in the UK by TripAdvisor, and, most recently, winning in the Exeter Living Award’s restaurant category for 2019.

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The owners source as much of their meat as possible from local farms in the South West, in addition to locally sourced cider and beer, to ensure you’re getting a true taste of what the South West has to offer. The most popular Torquay Open: burger known far and wide is the Smoking Cow, comprising a Meat 59 beef patty, bourbon glaze, crispy onions, smoked cheese, gem lettuce and smoky Mon-Sat noon-10pm; mayo. Incredible chicken and Sun noon-9pm veggie options are available as Exeter Open: well as huge no frills ice cream Mon-Sun 9am-10pm milkshakes made with local ice cream. Take away is also available and whilst you wait to collect your meal, why not grab a local beer? You can also catch Meat 59 on the road during the summer at the best local events and festivals. Follow Meat 59 on Facebook or Instagram for the latest updates. 36

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Jalapeños

Mexican

 Location Maiden Street, Barnstaple, EX31 1HA t: 0844 502 8983 w: www.jalapenosmexican.co.uk e: jalapenosbarnstaple@gmail.com

ND If you’re looking for first-rate Mexican cuisine served in a fun and vibrant atmosphere, visit Jalapeños in Barnstaple. This family-run restaurant is passionate about serving indulgent, traditional Mexican dishes of the highest £20 to standard, using fine local ingredients from local producers. £25 As the friendly staff welcome you into the colourful and quirky interior, you’ll soon see why Jalapeños is renowned in the local area for offering a fantastic dining experience time after time. Serving a selection of tempting vegetarian dishes, as well as options for vegans and those with gluten-free diets, these flavoursome dishes are made accessible to all. Enjoy the laid-back fiesta feel as you browse the menu – why not opt for a refreshing frozen Margarita? A varied range of tempting starters include nachos with a choice of toppings, Open: Mon-Thurs noon-9pm; fiery stuffed jalapeños and the popular bean dip – a heavenly combination of Fri & Sat noon-10pm beans blended with garlic, coriander and chilli, served with a warm Food Served: Mon-Sat homemade flatbread. Mains include the usual highlights noon-3pm, 5.30pm-close of Mexican cuisine along with a few special Mexican-inspired dishes finished with a modern flourish. The mouth-watering enchiladas come with a choice of smoked paprika chicken, five-bean chilli or slow-roasted beef brisket chilli; they’re topped with a generous amount of sizzling melted cheese and homemade salsa. Keep up to date with the latest offers and events on Jalapeños’ Facebook page.

The Pig & Pallet

Grill

 Location 10 Topsham Quay, The Strand, Topsham, Nr. Exeter, EX3 0JB t: 0844 502 7723 w: www.pigandpallet.co.uk e: oink@pigandpallet.co.uk

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An unmissable destination for meat-lovers, The Pig & Pallet is the go-to spot for all things pulled, cured and barbecued. Whether your taste is for juicy chicken wings seasoned with Texan sweet chilli, or crispy fries loaded up with melting blue cheese sauce, this tantalising venue has something for you, and even for vegetarians and vegans too. The kitchen team passionately champions Devon produce, and everything from the delicious burgers to the refreshing craft beer is locally sourced. The chefs are all highly trained in butchery, curing, smoking and barbecuing meats, which allows for an incredible variety of delectable dishes. You might tuck into a Devon pastrami dog with mustard, sauerkraut and ketchup, or a juicy wild venison burger with bacon and chimichurri.

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While the menu is designed for indulgence, not every appetite is the same, so alongside delights like the 60oz on-the-bone Tomahawk steak sharing platter, many of the mains can be ordered in smaller portions. Similarly, the adaptable Open: Mon-Sun 10am-10pm menu caters to different tastes, and vegetarian guests will find their every wish catered for. While meat-eaters tuck into the venison steak or the Devon Ruby Reuben – a local version of the New York classic – veggies might sample the delicious nachos with barbecue beans and Holy Cheesus sauce. Burger fans are in safe hands at The Pig & Pallet, with the likes of a belly pork, bacon and black pudding burger on offer. One visit is all it takes to see why The Pig & Pallet has become such an institution in Exeter. Devon Guide 2019

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Bar & Restaurant

The Red Barn  Location Barton Road, Woolacombe, EX34 7DF t: 0845 468 1570 w: www.redbarnwoolacombe.co.uk

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Proud gatekeeper to one of Britain’s best beaches, The Red Barn offers high-quality, locally sourced food, customer-focused service and panoramic views over the Atlantic coastline. A local institution that has been serving beachgoers for over 50 years, the family-run Red Barn has retained a laid-back beachside vibe while catering to the tastebuds of today’s customers.

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The mantra of ‘beer, food, surf, music’ is clear throughout, with a range of beer on offer, including their own Red Barn craft ale. An extensive menu is available throughout the day, classic surfboards adorn the high, beamed ceiling and live bands play on Friday nights. The Hawaiian Burger, topped with tangy pineapple, is a popular choice, as are Aunt Kelly’s Devon cream tea, the full English breakfast and traditional Open: Mon-Thurs 10am-11pm; fish and chips. The menu also offers lighter meals such as soup and salad alongside a range of vegetarian Fri 10am-midnight; and gluten-free options. For Sat 9am-midnight; more sophisticated dishes, look Sun 9am-11pm no further than the specials board, from which we picked tender lamb rump with rich red wine sauce and delicate bream fillet with mussels, samphire and caper butter. We finished off with homemade white chocolate pudding, with lashings of local clotted cream, and sat back, glass in hand, to soak up the sunset over Woolacombe Bay. Bar & Restaurant

The Bakehouse

 Location 3 High Street, Cullompton, EX15 1AB t: 0844 502 3389 w: www.thebakehousecullompton.co.uk e: enquiries@thebakehousecullompton.co.uk

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The Bakehouse in Cullompton welcomes guests into a warm traditional setting, perfectly fused with contemporary touches. Set on the town’s High Street, this charming café and restaurant is full of character, with exposed brick walls to and candlelit tables, and offers a daily selection of specials made from £27 seasonal ingredients. Why not take a break from your shopping and pop in for a freshly brewed coffee – perfect with a slice of homemade cake – or a warming cup of English tea? You could even treat yourself to afternoon tea, complete with scones, a slice of cake and a choice of sandwich. If you fancy a tipple, choose from a huge variety of Open: Mon & Tues 9am-5pm; fine wine, locally produced ale and soft drinks, spirits or maybe a cocktail or two. Weds 9am-5pm, 6pm-late; The food menu here is wonderfully tempting, with ample options for breakfast, Thurs-Sat 9am-5pm, lunch and dinner available. Scrumptious French toast is the perfect way to start 6.30pm-late your day, and the daily breakfast special means there’s always something new on offer. At lunchtime, there’s a range of light bites to choose from, including soup, mozzarella-filled arancini, sandwiches and toasties, and the dinner menu centres around Mediterraneaninspired dishes such as mouth-watering meze and antipasti platters, and the likes of lamb koftas, and delicate pan-seared hake fillet. On Wednesday evenings, The Bakehouse also hosts a popular Italian night, at which scrumptious pasta dishes, pizzas and steaks are served. £19

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Langstone Cliff Hotel

Bar & Restaurant

 Location Mount Pleasant Road, Dawlish Warren, Nr. Dawlish, EX7 0NA t: 0844 502 6735 w: www.langstone-hotel.co.uk e: info@langstone-hotel.co.uk Set in 19 acres of woodlands is the great Langstone Cliff Hotel. This cheery South Devon establishment welcomes children with open arms, and is a hotspot for families and holiday-makers setting out to see the surrounding golden beaches and sandy dunes. Inside this bustling hotel, there’s an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, children’s play areas, a tennis court, table tennis and snooker to keep everyone amused. An on-site hairdressing salon and therapy room offers a range of beauty and holistic treatments for those after a little pampering.

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If you’re in need of refuelling, the Lincoln Bar and the Langstone Cliff Hotel’s extensive lounges and gardens are open all day, every day for tea, filter coffee, snacks, and light lunches. Fresh sandwiches, baguettes, toasted sandwiches, jacket potatoes and salads will fill you for an afternoon of sightseeing, while the comprehensive wine list and wide range of spirits, beer and lager will provide libations aplenty.

‘...a beautiful location in which to relish afternoon tea...’ The informal Verandah Room overlooks the lawn and the sea – it’s a beautiful location in which to relish afternoon tea or snacks. Meanwhile, the Lincoln Restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner as well as a popular carvery on Sunday. Here you’ll find a menu that offers a wide choice of dishes and changes daily. You might discover smoked and poached salmon terrine with mixed leaves to start, and main dishes of tender, braised beef steak cooked in red wine and mushrooms, and roast lemon chicken – there’s plenty to choose from. The adjacent cosy Orchid Room is available for private parties of up to 50 people. Several times a year the hotel presents dinner and cabaret events in the 400-seat Washington Ballroom, where a five-course dinner and high-quality cabaret can be enjoyed. Think spectacular theatre shows, live bands, West End productions, tribute bands and jazz events – you can keep up to date by looking at their website for the current line-up. No matter what time of year you visit Langstone Cliff Hotel, you can anticipate a trip that’s filled with fun.

Restaurant Open: Mon-Sat 7.30am-10am, 6.45pm-9pm; Sun 12.30pm-2pm

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Bar & Restaurant

Pier Point  Location Torbay Road, Torquay, TQ2 5HA t: 0845 468 1659 w: www.pier-point.co.uk e: info@pier-point.co.uk

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With 13 successful summer seasons under its belt, Pier Point is a prime spot for food with a view. Situated along Torquay’s vibrant promenade, this multi-award-winning dining destination offers respite from the crowds, but £16 to the panoramic views of the bay and nearby cliffs ensure that you’re still in the £37 thick of things. The hospitable interior is warm and welcoming, with soft candlelight, comfortable leather seating and black and white photo prints of life at the seaside artfully dotted throughout. Pier Point is proud to be British, which is something the passionate owners reflect Open: Sun-Thurs 10am-10pm; by sourcing fantastic local produce. The menu showcases traditional British Fri & Sat 10am-midnight favourites, including plenty of fresh, local seafood alongside Continental classics Food Served: Mon-Sun – whenever you visit, whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Pier Point has a 10am-11.30am, noon-3pm, top-notch dish for you. There are plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options, 5pm-9.30pm and the friendly, accommodating staff are more than happy to cater for special Afternoon Tea Served: dietary requirements. Mon-Sun noon-4pm The owners of Pier Point have over 35 years of hospitality experience between them, and it shows. The bar and restaurant draws in a crowd of regulars and tourists alike thanks to the excellent food and first-rate service. It’s one of Torbay’s most diverse venues, equally well-suited to a dinner date or a private event. With such stunning views, Pier Point is an excellent choice for birthdays and wedding receptions, and also hosts comedy clubs and live music nights. Bar & Restaurant

Instow Arms  Location Hatton Croft, Marine Parade, Instow, EX39 4JJ t: 0845 468 1709 w: www.instowarms.com e: info@instowarms.com

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If you’ve been enjoying an evening walk along Instow beach, you can’t do better than to visit the Instow Arms. Panoramic river views from the restaurant and bar are sure to please. Bask in the sunshine in the decked seating area, sheltered beer £20 to garden or on the large patio, which boasts stunning views of the beach. The Instow £30 Arms also provides blankets as well as boasting various heat lamps to keep you warm on cooler evenings. Situated just off the Tarka Trail cycle path, this popular venue boasts handy bike racks and is a favourite with active families and couples. In the downstairs bar, pups are welcomed with drinking bowls and dog biscuits. The Instow Arms is Cask Marque-accredited, so we’d recommend ordering a pint of Summer Open: local ale, though there are excellent alcohol-free drinks. The menu boasts an array Sun-Thurs 10am-11pm; of breakfast dishes, pub classics, light bites, burgers, salads and decadent desserts. Fri & Sat 10am-midnight When dining with friends, you must try one of the sharing platters; the lobster and Winter Open: seafood platter, and Tomahawk steak platter – complete with onion rings, roasted Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm; cherry vine tomatoes, coleslaw, Fri 11am-midnight; roasted baby potatoes, asparagus, Sat 10am-midnight; and a choice of blue cheese or Sun 10am-11pm peppercorn sauce – are absolutely phenomenal. Also on offer are a delicious selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes including halloumi fries, goat’s cheese and caramelised red onion tart, loaded nachos, and more. Ingredients are fresh and sourced locally wherever possible. Local bands and singers often perform at the restaurant and are advertised on the Instow Arms’ Facebook page. 40

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The setting of The Pier House, which boasts tremendous views across Bideford Bay and out to the Atlantic, is nothing short of spectacular. The large, modern building makes the most of its unique and enviable setting, with large windows allowing diners to sit back and admire the vistas. Decked terraces face the sea but are protected by glass balustrades, so you can drink or dine al fresco while taking in the views – there’s simply no better place to relax on a sunny day, or to sip a chilled glass of wine while watching the breathtaking sunsets over nearby Lundy Island.

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The Pier House  Location Merley Road, Westward Ho!, EX39 1JU t: 0844 502 8817 w: www.thepier-house.co.uk e: thepierhouse@braddicks.co.uk

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‘...no better place to relax on a sunny day...’

In addition to boasting such a desirable setting, The Pier House has built a stellar reputation for offering attentive service and a wide selection of fare of the utmost quality. An extensive main menu is supplemented by a range of daily specials – all mouth-watering – which can be enjoyed in the light and airy restaurant. The kitchen team takes inspiration from British, Mediterranean and Italian cuisine, so your tastebuds are sure to thank you for choosing to dine at The Pier House, whatever you order. Visit on Sunday for the delicious carvery, which is always popular. One visit to The Pier House confirms that it’s a jewel in Devon’s culinary crown. *Accommodation available at Braddicks Holiday Centre. Bar & Restaurant

The Waterfront Inn  Location Golf Links Road, Westward Ho!, EX39 1LH t: 0844 502 8654 w: www.waterfrontinn.co.uk e: info@waterfrontinn.co.uk

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The Waterfront Inn is a modern family-friendly inn that can be found in the centre of the seaside village of Westward Ho!. It boasts a fantastic coastal location beside two miles of award-winning Blue Flag beach. Come rain or shine, this inviting bar and restaurant is the perfect place to be. The varied and much-loved food offering can be enjoyed either in the comfortable restaurant area, the light and airy bar or the intimate lobby. Alternatively, soak up the rays on one of the three decks, and drink and dine al fresco. The large beer garden boasts a purpose-built play area that children love, allowing guests to relax safe in the knowledge that the children are having a great time too.

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‘...relaxed environment and attentive service...’ You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding what to have from Open: Sun-Thurs 11am-11pm; the wide selection of starters, Fri & Sat 11am-midnight light bites, pizzas, delicious Food Served: main courses and scrumptious Mon-Sun noon-9pm desserts. If you’d rather, the ever-popular carvery is served Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A children’s menu is available at all times, too. Add to this the relaxed environment and attentive service, and don’t be surprised if The Waterfront Inn becomes your favourite port of call. 42

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Gara Rock

Bar & Restaurant

 Location East Portlemouth, Nr. Salcombe, TQ8 8FA t: 0844 625 7501 w: www.gararock.com e: restaurant@gararock.com

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It’s hard to live in Devon without being aware of Gara Rock and its breathtaking 180-degree sea views. A popular venue since the 60s, Gara Rock has been restyled as a contemporary clifftop retreat; the guarantee of endless sea views is what brings people back here again and again.

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Freshly reopened at the end of the 2018 summer season, Gara Rock shows off a fresh yet relaxed facelift. With 30 new rooms and cottages – including the exclusive signal house, the penthouse and the secret suite – and a refreshed restaurant, bar and spa, the hotel encourages guests to simply sit back and relax. If you’re not unwinding and admiring the view, you’ll want to be eating. Food is definitely at the heart of this family-friendly hotel and they’re not afraid to be bold. Any menu that starts with a nibbles section is a winner with me, and my guest and I were bowled over by the gougères Parmigiana, which melted like miniature cheese soufflés on the tongue. Starters didn’t disappoint either, with sweet and juicy charred spatchcock quail and beautiful, creamy burrata served with courgette, basil and mint. Along with hearty seaside favourites like fish and chips, burgers and steaks, the list of main courses features more unusual treats such as braised hare ragu with flavoursome pappardelle and ricotta, and chard ravioli with turnip tops. It’s worth saving room for pudding here too: we tucked into an enormous portion of creamy tiramisu, as well as a unique melt-in-the-middle caramel fondant, which was accompanied by Granny Smith sorbet. If you had any doubts about Gara Rock being the place to eat, drink and hang out this summer, take note of their incredible events. Exciting collaborations with celebrity chefs like Jasmine Helmsley and Freddy Bird vie for your attention, alongside film premieres, sunrise yoga sessions and the annual big August event marking the end of the famous Salcombe Regatta. It’s clear that the team at Gara Rock works hard to provide something for everyone, and with the hotel’s laid-back vibe, top-notch food, secluded hideouts, incredible events and ever-present seaside allure, I think it’s safe to say they’ve achieved it.

Food Served: Mon-Sun 8am-10am, noon-3pm, 6pm-9pm

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Bar & Restaurant

The Point Bar & Grill  Location Pilot Wharf, 14 Pierhead, Exmouth, EX8 1XA t: 0844 502 9265 w: www.thepointbarandgrill.com e: info@thepointbg.com

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Take in the views of the Exe estuary and the marina at The Point Bar & Grill. This light, airy venue – adorned with contemporary boating photos and memorabilia – is the perfect spot for any occasion. The Point is a great £10 to local restaurant, with friendly service, seasonal fresh food and a real sense £17 of community. The menu features crowd-pleasing classics including mussels landed just metres away and beer-battered fish and chips, as well as sandwiches, light bites and seasonal specials. To start, my dining partner and I shared baked Camembert with rosemary and garlic toasted bread, which was unctuous and incredibly moreish. Mains of chicken breast burger with chunky chips, and homemade fishcakes with harissa mayonnaise were both delicious and presented with care. To finish we tried the warm chocolate brownie with ice cream and it was one of the best brownies I have ever had – I even took one Open: Mon-Sun 11am-9pm home for my husband. Food Served: Mon-Sun The Point also hosts regular noon-2.30pm, 6pm-8.30pm lively events. Thursdays are reserved for quiz night and brunch is available at the weekend. A delicious roast is served every Sunday and the evening boasts live music too. On Wednesday you and your partner can enjoy a steak or catch of the day alongside a bottle of wine for just £30. With all this on offer, it’s easy to see why the award-winning Point Bar & Grill is much loved by locals and visitors alike. Bar & Restaurant

Ring O’ Bells  Location West Alvington, Nr. Kingsbridge, TQ7 3PG t: 0844 625 3439 w: www.ringobellssw.co.uk e: robswltd@gmail.com Located just outside the attractive market town of Kingsbridge, this eclectic venue is a lively bar and restaurant and a cosy bed and breakfast all in one. The aptly named Ring O’ Bells can be found just down the road from the historic All Saint’s Church. While its proximity to the ancient church may be a draw for history-lovers, this popular eatery has plenty of its own merits to recommend it. Families, couples and groups of friends all assemble here, while dogs are welcome in the bar and lounge areas. What better place to quench your thirst with a pint of real ale or a draught beer?

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Open: Mon-Sat 8.30am-11pm; Sun 8.30am-10.30pm

‘...a lively bar and restaurant and a cosy bed and breakfast all in one...’

Alternatively, settle in the pleasant restaurant and take advantage of the excellent cooking. To start, you might tuck into a tasty plate of breaded Camembert rounds with sweet chilli sauce. Perhaps follow with a juicy sirloin steak doused in a choice of peppercorn or blue cheese sauce, or check out the homemade pie of the day. You won’t want to miss out on Ring O’ Bells’ superb Sunday carvery – fill your plate with succulent meat and all the trimmings, and top it off with a generous helping of gravy. Make sure you leave room for dessert – you can’t beat the chef’s take on the popular Eton Mess. 44

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Claytons & The Glasshouse  Location 2 Cross Street, Barnstaple, EX31 1BA t: 0844 502 6884 w: www.claytonsbarnstaple.co.uk e: bookings@claytonsglasshouse.com Located just off Barnstaple’s High Street near the historic Pannier Market, Claytons & The Glasshouse is a real gem. As a lounge bar and restaurant, this venue boasts three supremely stylish but relaxed spaces: the ground floor bar and eatery is perfect for enjoying a cocktail or light meal with friends, while upstairs you’ll find the beautiful, formal glass-roofed dining space and a gorgeous roof terrace. The attention to detail in the cool, contemporary decor is matched by the excellent standard of service experienced here: nothing was too much trouble for the friendly team of servers. The modern bistro-style food was stunningly presented, with plenty of options for every palate. Visit for lunch or dinner and share a platter of mezze or antipasti, or opt for a more substantial meal: the choice is yours. We chose to eat downstairs, enjoying the laid-back atmosphere. The duck breast salad was delicious, with strawberries, pomegranate and cherry gel providing a zing that offset the richness of the duck perfectly. I followed my starter with a main of moules frites – a classic dish, beautifully executed. My partner chose pan-seared scallops served with silky butternut squash purée and chorizo chips, followed by a perfectly cooked sea bass fillet with summer Mediterranean vegetables, basil pesto and balsamic glaze. We rounded off our meal with satisfyingly indulgent puddings – meltingly soft chocolate brownie and rich crème brûlée. The menu also offers gourmet burgers, including a vegan-friendly lentil burger, and surprises such as an Indian goat curry with roasted peanuts. The salads are inspired and innovative creations, perfect for those in the mood for something tasty but light: why not try the grilled goat’s cheese salad with rocket, walnuts, pears, figs and pomegranate? As you’d expect, there’s a comprehensive wine and beer list too, and a carefully curated choice of spirits. Speciality gin experiences match premium gins – including local Exmoor Wicked Wolf gin – with the perfect tonic, and each order comes with informative tasting notes to guide your choices. Be sure to look out for special events such as DJ sets on the terrace and Fizzy Thursdays, when you’ll find special offers on Prosecco and sharing boards. What better excuse for a night out?

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Open: Mon-Thurs noon-11pm; Fri & Sat noon-late; Sun noon-6pm

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Lloyd’s Lounge

01392 499333

www.lloydslounge.co.uk Lloyd’s Lounge is designed to smoothly transition from a laid-back eatery and artisan coffee lounge by day, to an atmospheric cocktail bar by night. Luxurious seats and showstopper lighting help set the mood, whilst inventive menus offer creative twists that leave you wanting more. Unique glass walls mean you can enjoy the Lounge all year round so there’s really no excuse to stay away.

BYRON

01392 433340

www.byronhamburgers.com Byron serves proper hamburgers – good Scottish beef, ground fresh and cooked so it’s pink and juicy, served with classic toppings in a squishy bun. Wash yours down with a cold craft beer from the regularly updated beer list, or opt for a thick, creamy milkshake blended to order.

CAFÉ ROUGE

01392 251042

www.caferouge.com Celebrating all the glamour and style of the famous French Riviera, Café Rouge boasts a beautifully designed and newly refurbished bistro dishing up an all-day menu of French classics from croques and baguettes to steak frites and boeuf Bourguignon. Diners at the 158-cover restaurant can expect dramatic rouge-red curtains at the entrance, and vintage-style artwork and bespoke feature lighting throughout.

CARLUCCIO’S

01392 410492

www.carluccios.com For a taste of regional Italy, head to Carluccio’s. Guests can enjoy an authentic Italian dining experience in the venue’s all-day café and restaurant. Dishes are prepared daily using the freshest ingredients, which are sourced, where possible, directly from Italy. In addition, delicious products are available to take away from the delicatessen and food shop.

CHANDOS DELI

01392 437379

www.chandosdeli.com Tucked away beside the Roman wall in a beautiful sunny spot, Chandos is Princesshay’s best-kept secret. Choose from a range of mouth-watering baguettes made from the produce of the deli counters, enjoy a cup of expertly made coffee, or bask in the sunshine with a glass of carefully chosen wine.

COAL GRILL & BAR 01392 420070 www.coalgrillandbar.com

Located in a prominent position on the main piazza of Princesshay, Coal Grill & Bar offers a comfortable and modern atmosphere combined with a fantastic selection of food. Enjoy fresh, chargrilled cuisine sure to satisfy even the most discerning palate. Whether you’re celebrating something special, or want to relax with a snack or drink, Coal offers the very best in informal dining.

COFFEE#1

01392 256659

www.coffee1.co.uk Coffee#1 serves up the finest ethical, gourmet coffee in South Wales and the West Country. Their commitment to sourcing products locally and only using organic milk from local farms ensures that their delectable cakes, pastries and savoury selections provide the perfect accompaniment to their coffee, which is served with both passion and skill.


With views of Exeter Cathedral while you dine and the city’s historic Roman wall nearby, there is no place like Princesshay for dining and socialising after a busy day. Boasting a plethora of over 70 stores and a diverse range of dining venues, including family-friendly restaurants, cuisine from around the world and plenty of al fresco dining, there is something for every taste. From pan Asian tastes at wagamama and Japanese delights from YO! Sushi to modern European dishes from Café Rouge and Carluccio’s, diners won’t be disappointed. If coffee is your tipple of choice or you’re looking for a light lunch to fuel your shopping trip, try Coffee #1, Costa, Starbucks or the award-winning Chandos Deli. For relaxed dining, head straight to firm favourites Coal Grill & Bar, Giraffe and Nando’s and don’t miss the proper burgers from Byron – Princesshay is the place to dine.

COSTA

www.costa.co.uk

@Princesshay

#eatsatphay 9 Catherine Street, Exeter, EX1 1EU | 01392 459838 www.princesshay.co.uk enquiries@princesshay.co.uk

01392 436080

www.nandos.co.uk

Specialising in the highest-quality coffee, refreshments and snacks, Costa is the perfect place to sit down and relax after some retail therapy. The Princesshay outlet offers outdoor seating just off the main square with views of the historic cathedral – a prime position for watching street entertainment or events taking place in the shopping centre.

01392 494222

www.giraffe.net

Giraffe World Kitchen is a restaurant passionate about discovering the best tastes, ingredients and recipes from around the world and sharing them with everyone. Giraffe’s World Kitchen creates vibrant food and drinks inspired by their love of travel and local eats, served in an energetic and happy atmosphere.

YO! SUSHI

Princesshay Exeter

NANDO’S

01392 258540

Giraffe World Kitchen

Princesshayexeter

01392 331340

www.yosushi.com For a fun, fast and fresh eating experience a little different to the norm, check out the conveyor belt restaurant, YO! Sushi. They don’t just serve sashimi and sushi – there are over 80 other Japanese-inspired dishes, including chicken katsu curry, noodles and rice dishes – delivered to you on the conveyor belt. It’s great for families too.

Nando’s is famous for its speciality of succulent, Portuguese, flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken served in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Their legendary spicing has a truly unique flavour and is guaranteed to liven up your tastebuds. Tasty bastes in varying degrees of heat and flavours allow you to choose how hot you want your food, from lemon and herb to extra hot.

Starbucks

01392 424099

www.starbucks.co.uk Whether you’re meeting a friend or taking a well-deserved rest from shopping, pop in to Starbucks for a great coffee, to sit in or take away. There’s also a wide selection of fresh food including sandwiches, salads and yummy cakes.

WAGAMAMA

01392 274810

www.wagamama.com With an unmistakable blend of pan Asian flavours and the freshest seasonal ingredients gathered from close to home, wagamama’s cuisine is a firm favourite at Princesshay. Their inspiration comes from Japanese noodle bars, paving the way to their clear philosophy of combining good value for money, fresh and nutritious food and an elegant yet simple setting.


Bar & Restaurant

Lush  Location 54 Boutport Street, Barnstaple, EX31 1SH t: 0844 625 2327 w: www.lushbarrestaurant.co.uk e: lushbarandrestaurant@gmail.com

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Lush by name, lush by nature, this stylish bar and restaurant has recently been refurbished and is fast developing an excellent reputation for its great atmosphere and delicious fare. During the day, Lush offers a homely ambience that’s perfect for a relaxed meal, and in the evening you’ll find a vibrant atmosphere and live music – a great accompaniment to cocktails.

£18 to

£32

The food menu at Lush offers a good balance of hearty pub-style food and restaurant dishes. The tapas selection offers small plates such as sweet potato fries, grilled halloumi and mixed olives, and platters like the Mediterranean antipasti board are ideal for sharing with friends. If you’re searching for a balance of healthy ingredients and delicious flavours, Lush’s salad bowls have you covered with options that include the vegan super salad and a spicy Open: chilli chicken option. Other mains range from crispy battered fish and chunky Mon-Thurs 10am-11pm; chips to vegetarian panang curry, Fri & Sat 10am-midnight; and the succulent grilled steaks Sun 11am-10pm are firm favourites. For those with a hankering for something indulgent, you can’t go wrong with a gourmet burger: served in a soft brioche bun, you can choose from classic beefburgers, mouth-watering chicken burgers, or creative vegetarian choices. On Sundays, visitors are also treated to a traditional roast lunch with a choice of two meats and a vegetarian dish available.

Bar & Restaurant

Cranberry Farm  Location Badger Way, Cranbrook, EX5 7FN t: 0844 625 3365 w: www.cranberry-farm.co.uk e: cranberry.farm@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

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Set on the outskirts of Exeter, Cranberry Farm is not only a convenient haven for those passing through, but a wonderful destination in its own right. We were led through the spacious restaurant area to a candlelit wooden table £16 to nestled in a cosy corner. There are plenty of options stocked behind the bar, £28 including Badger real ale and a bountiful selection of wine. I sipped a chilled glass of sauvignon blanc and relished the tranquil atmosphere. Tempted by the specials board, my partner eventually settled on crisp potato skins topped with tomato and onion chutney and cheesy rarebit to start, while I opted for tender lamb kofte with yoghurt and cucumber dip. For the main course, my companion delighted in the award-winning steak and Tanglefoot ale pie, which was packed with mouth-watering Open: Mon-Sat 10am-11pm; British steak and rich, flavoursome gravy. I was equally impressed with the Sun 10am-10.30pm vegan mac and cheese in a rich sauce made with Badger Hopping hare Food Served: ale, punctuated with sundried Sun-Thurs noon-9pm; tomatoes. Rounding things off, Fri noon-9.30pm; our friendly waitress brought Sat 10am-9.30pm over comforting banoffee sponge complemented by rum and raisin ice cream on an oat crumb, and coffee and walnut panna cotta topped with caramelised walnuts. We rounded off the evening with aromatic coffees from the Colourful Coffee Company and sat back replete and relaxed, already deciding when to book our next visit. 48

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On The Waterfront

Bar & Restaurant

 Location 4-9 Southern Warehouse, The Quay, Exeter, EX2 4AP t: 0844 625 3505 w: www.waterfrontexeter.co.uk e: info@waterfrontexeter.co.uk Ex Boasting a prime location on Exeter’s bustling quayside, On The Waterfront is a legendary local hotspot, which recently won a Taste of the West Gold award. Inside there is a brand-new sleek and stylish bar stocked with a fine £15 selection of local ale, wine, gin and cider. My dining partner and I sat outside to £26 on the newly refurbished patio area where we relaxed with glasses of crisp sauvignon blanc whilst taking in the gorgeous views of the River Exe. We decided to start with two dishes from the new tapas menu, which features tasty treats from around the globe. The crispy rice noodle balls filled with squid and served with nam jim dipping sauce, and sobrassada on sourdough with honey and thyme were incredibly moreish. What’s great about the main menu is that you can personalise the Waterfront’s famous pizzas and salads to match your tastes. Open: Sun-Thurs 10am-11pm; As we couldn’t decide which topping to go for on our pizza, we decided to Fri & Sat 10am-11.30pm order the half and half 16inch pizza; one half was topped with punchy basil pesto, courgette ribbons and grilled asparagus, and the other with shredded confit duck and hoisin sauce. We also created our own salad, comprising tender pulled chicken and accompanied by a delightfully tangy honey and mustard dressing. Rich coffee panna cotta with pistachio cannoli, and vegan chocolate and cherry cheesecake served alongside our Pink Punch and Blackberry Gin Fizz cocktails rounded off our meal beautifully.

The Manor House Inn

Bar & Restaurant

 Location 39 St Mary’s Road, Croyde, EX33 1PG t: 0844 502 6743 w: www.themanorcroyde.co.uk e: info@themanorcroyde.co.uk

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This elegant 16th-century coaching inn is a hidden gem in the charming coastal village of Croyde. Situated close to the dramatic headland of Baggy Point and beautiful Croyde beach, this is a utopia for surfers and hikers. With a pool table, skittles alley and regular live music events, you’ll never be short of things to do at The Manor House Inn.

£20 to

£30

‘...a great venue for families...’ Stop by to refresh yourself with a local beer or something from the extensive wine list. If you’re feeling peckish, you’ll find a menu bursting with popular British classics. Why not call in for lunch and sample the likes of filled ciabattas, sandwiches and ploughmans? If it’s more to your taste, tuck into an oozing baked Camembert with homemade onion chutney to start. For mains you might like sautéed monkfish and tiger prawns served with samphire in a creamy sauce. Open: Don’t miss out on the scrumptious puddings – you could enjoy a Mon-Sun 11am-midnight creamy strawberry cheesecake, or a homemade fruit crumble. You can also drop by for a delicious Devon cream tea, or visit on Sunday for a traditional carvery. A large children’s play area in the spacious garden and an excellent selection of child-friendly meals makes this a great venue for families. The dedicated team can cater for all manner of functions from weddings to birthday parties and meetings, and there’s a large car park for guests. Devon Guide 2019

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Blue 55 Gourmet Burgers  Location Station Road, Totnes, TQ9 5JR t: 0844 625 3196 w: www.china-blue.co.uk e: blue55@china-blue.co.uk

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Blue lights illuminate Blue 55’s cool contemporary interior of blue leather seats, industrial-style chairs and nautical touches, with music and chatter adding to the laid-back vibe. A fun assortment of plants, ceramic pots, cacti – all from £15 to the shop next door – decorates the shelves. The front-of-house team was upbeat £20 and welcoming, working their magic around the restaurant. They swiftly brought us refreshing tipples of rhubarb and ginger gin with local Luscombe elderflower. When it comes to the food menu, the gourmet handmade burgers are made using 100% prime grass-fed Devon beef reared on local farms, and are the main focus. The towering Devon cheeseburger saw a blushing pink beef patty topped with crisp lettuce, West Country Cheddar, garlic mayo, red onion, pickled cucumber and bacon. Crispy rosemary salt fries came alongside light Devon beer-battered onion rings; I’d not think twice about ordering them again. I was torn by the Food Served: veggie burgers but eventually Thurs-Sat 6.30pm-9pm I went for the delicious tofu burger made with kidney beans, beetroot and spinach sandwiched in a rustic, miller flaguette bun made with rye flour and enriched with seeds – I kept the lightly battered courgette fries all to myself. From a concise dessert list, we managed to find room for a triple chocolate brownie and pecan pie with honeycomb ice cream before finishing with coffee. Blue 55 has the advantage of a pretty planted courtyard and free on-site parking; you’ll leave feeling anything but blue. Bar & Restaurant

SQ Bar & Restaurant  Location 3 Exeter Road, Braunton, EX33 2JT t: 0844 625 3787 w: www.sqdining.uk e: info@sqbarandrestaurant.com

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A cornucopia in the heart of Braunton, SQ Bar & Restaurant offers everything you could hope for in the way of delectable cuisine, tasty drinks and entertainment. The eclectic menu draws inspiration from a variety of cuisines. Alongside popular classics like roast lamb and pie of the day, guests will find pad Thai, mussels marinières and bistro rump in Madras spices. Choose from a varied wine list, ranging from New Zealand sauvignon blanc to Picpoul de Pinet. On warm days head to the enchanting terrace and enjoy something chilled from the well stocked bar – perhaps an Espresso Martini. The staff are well trained in mixology, so if you like what you find, why not book in for a cocktail-making masterclass?

£15 to

£30

By hosting regular live entertainment evenings, this has fast become a go-to spot for a great night out. There is live music from local musicians every Thursday, and open mic nights on Open: Sun-Thurs 9am-11pm; select Tuesdays and Thursdays. Fri & Sat 9am-midnight For something a little different, pop by for one of the gin festivals, Prosecco parties or wine tasting evenings. Visit before 4pm on any weekend to take advantage of the bottomless Prosecco brunch. The friendly staff can also cater for larger celebrations like birthdays, hen nights and Christmas parties, and several areas of the venue are available for private hire.

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Jolly Jacks

Bar & Restaurant

 Location Mayflower Marina, Richmond Walk, Plymouth, PL1 4LS t: 0845 468 1571 w: www.jollyjacks.co.uk e: info@jollyjacks.net

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Perched on the beautiful Mayflower Marina, overlooking the historic Royal William Yard, Jolly Jacks is an enchanting spot. On sunny days watch the boats sail past from the picturesque terrace, perhaps while sipping a refreshing local ale or a tasty cocktail.

£24 to

£27

When the weather grows cooler, pop into the cosy bar to warm up by a log burner – well-behaved pups are welcome both in the bar and on the terrace. Conveniently located a few minutes’ walk from Plymouth city centre, this hidden gem is tucked away from the hustle and bustle, offering guests a quiet little haven in which to relax. The owners’ care for their establishment is evident in the warm welcome they offer visitors, and guests are always eager to return.

‘…Jolly Jacks has it all…’ If you visit in the morning, the choice of tasty cooked breakfasts extends from an exceptional full English to American pancakes, and smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on toast. For a healthy alternative, order one of the tempting breakfast smoothies or a glass of homemade juice. The food alone is reason enough to visit – you’ll find an impressive menu of traditional British dishes alongside modern creations. In addition to the daily menu, there’s also a daily specials board that showcases the chef’s talent and the kitchen team’s expertise with fish and seafood. The team uses only the freshest produce, sourcing from nearby to ensure quality. Diners will find the likes of local Devon pork belly served with bubble and squeak and seasonal veg, as well as beer-battered fish of the day, and vegetarian delights like wild mushroom tagliatelle. There is also an excellent kid’s menu, making this a great place to eat out with the family. Jolly Jacks has it all: a charming setting, superlative food, on-site parking and offering unrivalled service – no wonder it’s so popular. Visit for yourself to see what all the fuss is about. Don’t forget to keep an eye on social media for news and updates.

Open: Mon-Sun 9am-11.30pm

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The Bedford Hotel

 Location The Esplanade, Sidmouth, EX10 8NR t: 0844 625 3962 w: www.bedfordhotelsidmouth.co.uk e: reservations@bedfordhotelsidmouth.co.uk ED Standing gracefully on Sidmouth’s Esplanade, this attractive Regency building combines traditional elegance, modern cuisine and splendid sea views. We visited on a beautiful spring evening and sat in the well-appointed dining £22 to room. I started with warm goat’s cheese rolled in pistachio and glazed with £30 balsamic, and served with onion marmalade. My companion made the most of our location by ordering a seafood dish – in this case fresh, crispy calamari. We visited on the popular curry night and admired the selection on offer, but in the end we were tempted by dishes from the standard menu. I ordered the Moroccan lamb that was bursting with flavour. Subtly spiced and perfectly cooked, the rump of lamb was presented on an elegant stack of onions, sautéed mushrooms and Parmesan risotto. My companion enjoyed tender roasted duck breast atop pommes Anna, served with wilted spinach and cherry jus. The Bedford Hotel Food Served: makes excellent use of local produce, including fresh fish. It’s owned by Ollie Pyne Sun-Thurs noon-2pm, and his family, and many of the 6.30pm-9pm; ingredients come directly from Fri & Sat noon-2pm, the family farm. For dessert we 6.30pm-9.30pm indulged in caramel panna cotta garnished with honeycomb, and crème brûlée with fresh raspberries. The Bedford Hotel also offers exceptional cups of coffee, whether you pop by in the morning between 9am and 11am, or in the afternoon from 2pm until 6pm. With such friendly, attentive staff, excellent fare and beautiful surrounds, we’re already planning a return visit. ides eded kgu e drin ers n food graph to Pho

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The Butchers Block

Bar & Restaurant

 Location Hills Farm, Whitford Road, Kilmington, EX13 7NS t: 0844 502 5210 w: www.thebutchersblockrestaurant.co.uk e: thebutchersblockdevon@gmail.com

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If you’re looking for wholesome hearty food, a laid-back friendly atmosphere and a great range of quality drinks, The Butchers Block is the place for you. Located within the grounds of the tranquil Cranberries Hideaway – a sustainable self-catering holiday retreat set within 100 acres of private countryside – this restaurant is all about quality, and head chef Henry has worked hard to produce a menu that focuses on flavour above all else. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner – you won’t be disappointed.

£22 to

£35

‘...stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner...’ There’s no better way to start your day than with a full English and at The Butchers Block guests are offered a sumptuous dish of bacon, sausages, black pudding, fried eggs, tomato, mushrooms and beans. If you prefer something sweet, you’ll love the syrup-drenched French toast and the light, fluffy blueberry pancakes. On the lunchtime menu, there’s something to suit every palate and appetite. If you fancy a simple snack, check out the list of light bites: here you’ll find delights such as Chinese steamed buns filled with crispy duck or hoisin sauce, Korean glazed fried chicken wrap. For those in need of something heartier, delicious mains such as chargrilled chicken tikka breast served with a hot madras sauce are sure to hit the spot. There’s also a mouth-watering range of burgers to choose from – the cornflake-crusted pork steak burger with cider relish is irresistible. The evening menu adds luxurious plates such as surf and turf – juicy rump steak with shell-on prawns in a creamy garlic sauce – to the mix. The gin bar’s impressive array of 42 different gins provides ample choice in terms of drinks and a further range of beer, ale, cider and wine adds even more variety to the offering. On Sunday, The Butchers Block really comes into its own as the chef’s mouth-watering roast lunch draws visitors from far and wide. Choose your favourite succulent meat or vegetarian option and enjoy with lashings of homemade gravy, crispy roast potatoes and traditional vegetables.

Open: Weds-Sat 9am-2pm, 6pm-9pm; Sun 9am-3pm

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Bar & Restaurant

Pie Street  Location 26 High Street, Totnes, TQ9 5RY t: 0844 502 9811 w: www.piestreet.co.uk As its name suggests, Pie Street is a celebration of one of the nation’s favourite foods. All the pies at Pie Street are lovingly hand-crafted on the premises, made using locally sourced ingredients and a family recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation. Pie Street offers an excellent array of drinks to accompany their food, including real British ale and fine wine. On the food menu, you’ll find reliable British classics such as steak and ale pie, which comes bathed in rich gravy made with Devon Dreamer beer, and a creamy chicken, ham and leek option. For a more unusual dish, why not sample the spicy chicken curry pie? Eager to cater to every customer’s needs, the chefs here also offer a mouth-watering vegan five bean chilli pie and can provide gluten-free pies upon request. On Sunday a delicious roast is served only from noon, so make sure you book your table in advance. *Price range represents the cost of a pie.

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£12 to

£15

Food Served: Mon 11.30am-6pm; Tues-Thurs 11.30am-8pm; Fri & Sat 11.30am-9pm; Sun noon-3pm

Toast Coffee House

Café

 Location 4 Market Street, Okehampton, EX20 1HN t: 0844 625 3362 e: toastiesx8@gmail.com Toast Coffee House is a sophisticated venue with a distinctive urban feel, located in the heart of Okehampton town centre. We sat beneath huge lampshades and gazed out of the floor-to-ceiling windows as the friendly staff whipped up our delicious brunch. Come mid-morning all the seats were full, with toasted sourdough being one of the main draws. The homemade cakes include Battenburg and delicious scones as well as vegan and gluten-free delights. Boasting such a central location, Toast is also a popular venue for private events. Offering a full bar, bespoke event packages and a wonderful atmosphere, Toast is regularly booked up throughout the year for everything from hen parties to birthday celebrations. Toast is a forward-thinking, customer-orientated venue; it’s no wonder it’s been a finalist at the Devon Food & Drink Awards and Muddy Stiletto Awards. For more information be sure to follow Toast on Facebook.

WD £10 to

£20

Open: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm

The Grange Restaurant

Café

 Location Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0EE t: 0845 468 0417 w: www.buckfast.org.uk e: grangestaff@buckfast.org.uk Set at the heart of a tranquil valley amid verdant countryside and affording spectacular views of Buckfast Abbey, The Grange Restaurant serves a feast of delicious homemade hot meals, lighter dishes, cakes and freshly baked pastries as well as the classic Devon cream tea. It can also cater for children’s lunches and offers breakfast from 9am to 11.15am Monday to Saturday. A wide selection of excellent bean-to-cup coffee is available, in addition to a variety of teas, cold drinks and alcoholic beverages, not to mention a generous helping of the warm welcome Buckfast Abbey’s friendly staff and resident Benedictine monks are known for. With ample seating inside, together with a large, stylish covered al fresco patio dining area, The Grange proves the ideal location for meeting friends and family while exploring the fascinating abbey and its gardens, come rain or shine. *Price range represents the cost of a main meal.

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Mango’s

Café

 Location Kingswharf, The Quay, Exeter, EX2 4AN t: 0844 502 3380 w: www.cafemangos.co.uk e: mangosthequay@hotmail.com

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Situated on the banks of the River Exe, surrounded by historic buildings and cobbled streets, you’ll find Mango’s. This contemporary café is set in a 19th-century quayside cellar and the long room has been tastefully fitted with industrial-style lighting and comfy booths to create a laid-back ambience. The outdoor seating – which offers exquisite views – is ideal for al fresco dining.

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£7 to

£14

The amiable team offers guests of every age a warm welcome – kids and adults alike will adore the ice cream milkshakes – and you can even bring your dog following a walk along the river. Food is served throughout the day at Mango’s and the chefs prioritise the use of locally sourced produce – they believe it enhances the flavour and quality of a dish. Early-birds and late-risers alike will be thrilled to find that the breakfast menu is served from 9am until noon. Start your day with the hearty breakfast plate, which combines smoked bacon, scrambled eggs, sausages, baked beans, hash browns and toast, or opt for a healthy dish of smashed avocado on toast. For those with a sweet-tooth, there are sugared waffles and warm chocolate chip banana bread, served with summer berry compote. Combine your breakfast with a cup of freshly brewed coffee, a refreshing smoothie or one of the café’s teas.

‘...laid-back ambience...’ At lunchtime, there’s a range of healthy and indulgent dishes to choose from including a delicious selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes. The team here never uses fryers so each dish is either baked or grilled, preserving the flavour and nutritional value of the fresh ingredients. Why not finish your meal with something sweet? You can’t go wrong with a classic cream tea, and the Spanish churros are virtually irresistible. As well as their tasty food, Mango’s also offers a tempting drinks menu. With a range of lager, beer, ale, wine and spirits, there’s something for every palate. The cocktail list is especially enticing, and should be enjoyed whilst overlooking the beautiful view of the river. *Price range represents the cost of a main and drink from the lunch menu.

Open: Mon & Tues 9am-5pm; Thurs-Sun 9am-5pm (hours vary, please visit website for more information)

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The Wild Fig Deli & Café

Café

 Location 53 Fore Street, Totnes, TQ9 5NJ t: 0844 625 3141 w: www.thewildfig.co.uk e: eat@thewildfig.co.uk

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A haven of seasonal, homemade food, The Wild Fig Deli & Café can be found in the centre of Totnes, nestled amongst the various independent boutiques and shops that populate this charming market town. * £6 The Wild Fig is a relaxed and intimate space – the perfect place to catch up with to friends or chat to the friendly staff. Owners Janey and Wolfie are passionate £9 about supporting local suppliers, and take full advantage of the great produce available on their doorstep – the speciality grade coffee is roasted locally by The Devon Coffee Company. Everyone is welcome at The Wild Fig and it’s known as the place to go for delicious vegan and gluten-free food. Why not begin your day with a luxurious plate of eggs Royale, or a signature vegan breakfast of scrambled tofu topped with fried mushrooms and spinach on sourdough toast? If you stop by later, Open: Mon-Sat you might opt for a light lunch. There’s a range of freshly made sandwiches on 8.30am-5pm; Sun 10am-4pm offer such as the popular chicken, avocado and Wild Fig’s garlic pickle baguette, as well as seasonal salad plates, freshly made smoothies and seasonal hot dishes. If the sun is shining, why not opt for a takeaway salad box made to order, or perhaps try one of the delicious homemade cakes? All cakes are made in-house – expect the likes of the renowned gluten-free Tunisian orange cake as well as a wide range of vegan, gluten-free and raw cakes. *Price range represents the cost of a brunch dish.

The Terrace Café

Café

 Location Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AF t: 0844 625 2980 w: www.crafts.org.uk e: devonguild@crafts.org.uk

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The Terrace Café, situated in the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, is a friendly, cosy riverside café serving excellent snacks, drinks and lunches. The menus are reasonably priced, and the team prides itself on sourcing top-notch local ingredients from the very best local suppliers. All of the food served is prepared in-house, cakes and scones are baked fresh every day and the ever-changing specials board offers plenty of variety for frequent visitors.

£11 to

£16

All dietary requirements can be catered for, with options for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets, so nobody has to miss out. Little ones can work up an appetite in the play corner before tucking into a children’s portion of something tasty. During pleasant weather, grown-ups can take a glass of wine or refreshing beer to the outdoor terrace to really relax. The café boasts an idyllic riverside setting in Bovey Tracey, adjacent to Mill Marsh Park and with direct links to the Parke Estate, so walkers are in for a treat. This charming spot is situated on Dartmoor Way, with 95 miles of cycling and walking in Dartmoor National Park. What better way to spend a day than with a charming countryside walk followed by an afternoon of superb food and drink? Open: Mon-Sun 10am-5.30pm

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Fresha Café  Location 23 Bittern Road, Sowton, Nr. Exeter, EX2 7LW t: 0844 502 8464 w: www.fresha.org e: enquiries@fresha.org Launched back in 2003, the Fresha brand encompasses a welcoming café on the edge of Exeter and a thriving catering business that serves in excess of 200 local companies each year, in addition to catering contracts with local government and education sectors, on-site staff cafés, business conferences, meetings and events. With their focus set on delivering responsible catering through top-quality fare and great service, the people behind Fresha apply their experience and expertise gained at their café base to all of their endeavours, and over time the brand has built up a solid reputation within the local community, and further afield, as a market leader in cafés and catering services. In recent years, Fresha has lead the way by developing an approach to responsible catering which permeates all levels of the business. In addition to using biodegradable plant-based packaging, wooden takeaway cutlery and recycling their used cooking oil into biodiesel, the team is committed to using local suppliers in order to reduce food miles and increase the freshness of dishes: meat comes from an Exeter-based butcher, bread is freshly made in Marsh Barton, eggs are laid in Aylesbeare and freshly made cakes come from Torquay. In addition to all this, Fresha knows that responsible catering is also bound up with nutrition: as well as providing a healthy menu of tasty food to local schools, Fresha has recently recruited a professional nutritionist to help them improve the food served to all their customers whether contracted, visiting their café or at their external events. In the spirit of transparency, Fresha has partnered with Happerley – an organisation that provides valuable insight into a brand’s commitments to the likes of energy reduction, animal welfare and local communities. The result of all this hard work is a truly delicious and healthy menu of food and drink, all of which is prepared to order. In the café, breakfast is served from 7.30am and includes mouth-watering eggs Benedict and tempting waffles with creamy Greek yoghurt, honey and fruit compote. Visiting at lunchtime? Treat yourself to a light salad, a freshly made sandwich – fillings range from Coronation chicken to beef, Stilton and chutney – or a gooey Brie, bacon and cranberry panini. For those with a heartier appetite, there’s a menu of burgers, as well as an array of homemade pizza. If you’re hosting a private event, your choice of catering includes varied sandwich platters, finger buffets and expertly prepared canapés – get in touch to find out more. *Price range represents the cost of a meal and a drink.

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One Market Street Café

Café

 Location 1 Market Street, Hatherleigh, EX20 3JN t: 0844 625 3317 w: www.onemarketstreetcafe.com e: onemarketstreetcafe@gmail.com Situated in the market town of Hatherleigh, just off the Tarka Trail, One Market Street Café is the ideal place to stop for a bite to eat on a cycle ride or country walk. This charming, independent eatery is owned and run by Hannah and Tom, and offers visitors a tranquil retreat in which to enjoy breakfast, lunch or simply a smooth cappuccino. The coffee is triple certified and locally roasted, and this popular venue also offers specialist tea, premium fruit juices and creamy milkshakes. The extensive all-day breakfast menu has everything from traditional fry-ups to modern classics like egg in the hole, made with smashed avocado and homemade toasted sourdough. Pop in for lunch and enjoy soup, sandwiches and jacket potatoes with freshly made fillings like Coronation chicken. To make the most of the cosy atmosphere, why not treat yourself to a slice of homemade cake or a traditional Devon cream tea? *Price range represents the cost of lunch and a hot drink.

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£7 to

£10

Open: Tues 9am-4pm; Weds 9am-2.30pm; Thurs-Sat 9am-4pm

Café 1809

Café

 Location Market Place, Sidmouth, EX10 8AR t: 0844 625 7516 w: www.fieldsofsidmouth.co.uk If you’re out on a shopping spree, there’s no better place to pause and refuel than Café 1809. Located in Fields Department Store in the heart of Sidmouth, this welcoming café is known for its high standard of service and delicious homemade food. There’s an excellent range of fare on Café 1809’s menu and the kitchen team strives to meet special dietary requirements wherever possible. Why not kick-start your day with a sumptuous full English breakfast? If you’re not an early-riser, fear not. The all-day brunch menu offers the likes of luxurious eggs Benedict and avocado on toast – these tasty plates pair perfectly with a cup of freshly brewed coffee. In addition to all this, Café 1809 also provides a tasty selection of lunchtime light bites and main courses, as well as an impressive afternoon tea offering that’s ideal for special occasions. *Price range represents the cost of a meal and a drink.

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Open: Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm; Sun 11am-4pm Café & Restaurant

Wild Thyme Café

 Location 5 Caen Field Shopping Centre, Caen Street, Braunton, EX33 1EE t: 0844 502 8896 w: www.wildthymecafe.co.uk e: victoria@wildthymecafe.co.uk The owners of this eclectic café have mastered the art of making the healthy tasty. You must sample the fantastic range of juices and smoothies, which include alkaline green juice, ginger shots and turmeric elixir. Be sure to ask about the wellness menu too. Making superb coffee is a passion for the owners. They have developed their own coffee brand ‘Kope’, which they hand roast in Braunton in small batches to guarantee a great cup of coffee every time. Kope beans are also for sale for you to take home. After a day spent exploring the nearby Tarka Trail or sandy beaches, the globally inspired dishes on the menu prove hard to resist. This foodie haven specialises in ethically sourced fare; the all-day breakfast menu is a particular favourite, as are the homemade curries and tagines. Vegetarians and vegans will be happy with the range of dishes on offer, and wheat- and gluten-free options are available. Wild Thyme also caters for parties, weddings and gatherings.

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£20

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Bayards Cove Inn

Café & Restaurant

 Location 27 Lower Street, Dartmouth, TQ6 9AN t: 0845 468 1536 w: www.bayardscoveinn.co.uk e: info@bayardscoveinn.co.uk

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Situated in a stunning Tudor townhouse in Dartmouth, Bayards Cove Inn is an historic treasure with an intimate atmosphere. This hotel offers seven comfortable and stylish bedrooms – two are large suites suitable for families, and all rooms are complete with en-suite showers.

£18 to

£25

‘...provides the utmost in Devonshire hospitality...’ The ground floor of this chocolate-box hotel hosts a café, bar and restaurant that’s popular among locals as a meeting place for coffee, wine and delicious meals. They offer unrivalled English breakfasts, wonderful lunches and really terrific traditional Sunday roasts. The evening menu includes delightful mains such as Devon steaks, freshly landed seafood, Dartmouth crab, homemade burgers and lots more. For dessert, try the delicious sticky toffee pudding or opt for the West Country cheeseboard. There are numerous tasty vegetarian and vegan dishes, and lots of tempting children’s options.

Open: Mon-Sun 8am-10pm Food Served: Mon-Sun 8am-3pm, 6pm-9pm

Bayards Cove Inn is the perfect spot from which to explore Dartmouth’s winding streets and boutique shops, as well as the picturesque waterfront. Renowned for their scrumptious cream teas, including a savoury alternative with cheese scones, Cheddar cheese and fruit, Bayards Cove Inn provides the utmost in Devonshire hospitality.

Otterton Mill

Café & Restaurant

 Location Otterton, Nr. Budleigh Salterton, EX9 7HG t: 0844 625 2835 w: www.ottertonmill.com e: escape@ottertonmill.com

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Set beside the River Otter in one of Devon’s most beautiful valleys, Otterton Mill, the 19th-oldest business in the world, offers award-winning local food and drink. The picturesque views of the idyllic countryside, flowing river and historic working watermill make Otterton Mill such a popular destination for tourists year-round from all around the world.

£15 to

£20

The team uses the very best locally sourced produce in innovative dishes, which are prepared daily and commended in Rick Stein’s Food Heroes guide and many more. The cream tea, comprising homemade scones, jam and clotted cream, is simply a must-have on a sunny afternoon. Sourcing produce locally is at the heart of the business, and Otter Brewery beers, Sandford Orchards ciders, coffee roasted two miles downstream, and the famed on-site artisan bakery all go towards ensuring there’s a proper taste of Devon on Open: every plate. Lyme Bay provides Mon-Sun 10am-close the freshest seafood and all of the meat is sourced within 30 miles of the Mill. The vibrant live music scene, art gallery, bakery, gift and craft shop, local farm shop and other fun events taking place throughout the year all add to the experience at Otterton Mill. New visitor facilities have been added for 2019, ensuring the Mill remains one of East Devon’s most popular family destinations.

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Café & Bar

The Boathouse  Location Marine Drive, Paignton, TQ3 2NJ t: 0845 468 1701 w: www.boathousepaignton.co.uk e: eatanddrink@boathousepaignton.co.uk

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Perched on the waterfront overlooking Preston Sands, this venue offers stunning views of the English Riviera. On fine days the spacious terrace becomes an attractive suntrap – where better to gather with friends and £15 to enjoy a refreshing pint of draught lager? £25 The Boathouse has something great to offer at any time of day. Pop by in the morning and tuck into a hearty breakfast: think a choice of cooked breakfasts, baps, or even waffles with smoked bacon and maple syrup. If you’re passing by at lunchtime treat yourself to one of the light bites like crispy paprika-dusted whitebait, or a delicious panini. For a tasty supper, plump for one of the juicy burgers, perhaps the hoisin and chilli burger – 8oz beefburger, lime pickled onions and chillies, hoisin mayonnaise and sweet chilli sauce – or the halloumi and mushroom burger served with onion rings. Other appetising options include crisp Open: Tues-Thurs 9am-11pm; pizza or tempting pasta dishes, Fri & Sat 9am-midnight; and that’s not to mention the Sun 9am-8pm excellent homemade puddings. There are a range of child-friendly meals, and there are always crayons and colouring books on-hand to keep little ones entertained. This dog-friendly venue is also a great option if you’ve been out for a walk with your pup and fancy warming up with a tea or coffee and a slice of homemade cake.

Café & Bar

Cavern on the Quay  Location 22 Victoria Parade, Torquay, TQ1 2BB t: 0844 625 3224 w: www.cavernquay.co.uk e: contact@cavernquay.co.uk

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This cosy café and bar is characterised by a strong nautical theme. Take a seat in the ship-themed bar at the front and in summer, when the large windows are always open, enjoy the refreshing sea breeze and beautiful views across the harbour. In fine weather, the best place to enjoy a cold drink is arguably the café’s outdoor seating area, overlooking Torquay’s picturesque inner harbour. Alternatively, venture into the cavern-themed bar at the stern and watch fish swimming by the windows.

£15 to

£25

Open: Sun-Thurs 10am-midnight; Fri & Sat 10am-2am

Cavern on the Quay is a great place to gather for drinks with friends, and you can enjoy a glass of wine or pint of local real ale. If you’re feeling peckish, the menu features a selection of appetising tapas dishes, freshly made sandwiches, jacket potatoes and burgers. It’s also well worth keeping an eye on the specials board, which is frequently updated with tasty new dishes. This family-friendly establishment is ideal for all age groups and has a popular children’s menu. Guests with dogs are even welcome to bring their furry friends into the bar areas.

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The Bark House

Tearoom

 Location Oakfordbridge, Nr. Tiverton, EX16 9HZ t: 0844 625 5721 w: www.thebarkhouse.co.uk e: thebarkhouse@btconnect.com

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With unspoiled views of the surrounding landscape, The Bark House can be found just a short drive away from Exmoor National Park. Its tranquil setting makes this bed and breakfast ideal for a weekend escape, and managers Rick, Gina and Barbara strive to make every guest’s stay as pleasant as possible. A series of five beautifully decorated rooms provide a comfy spot to rest your head and the sumptuous homemade breakfast is a delight to wake up to. Having spent your day walking, cycling or riding around the local countryside, why not return for a classic ploughman’s lunch or a selection of tasty homemade sandwiches? If you fancy treating yourself, you could even order a classic Devonshire cream tea to enjoy in the orchard. In the evening, a regularly changing menu of home-cooked fare is on offer and there’s a great wine list to match. *Price represents the cost of cream tea.

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Open: Mon & Weds-Sun 9am-6pm

Victory Tea Rooms

Tearoom

 Location Torbay Sands Hotel, 16 Marine Parade, Paignton, TQ3 2NU t: 0844 625 3271 w: www.torbaysandshotel.co.uk Occupying a prime spot overlooking Preston beach, with spectacular sea views stretching from Torquay across to Berry Head, this charming tearoom boasts one of the most impressive backdrops in the English Riviera. After marvelling at the view we took in the tranquil atmosphere and quaint, cosy surrounds complete with bunting and quirky vintage accessories. We sipped glasses of French malbec as we tucked into plates of tender chicken breast in creamy white wine and tarragon sauce, and rich lamb’s liver with bacon and onions. Unable to resist the tempting array of homemade sweets on offer, we followed with sumptuous limoncello and raspberry trifle and mouth-watering vegan chocolate fudge cake. Everything we tasted was utterly sublime and we couldn’t have been made to feel more welcome by our warm, friendly hosts. We’ll certainly be back to treat ourselves to cream tea or perhaps a tasty Sunday lunch – I can think of no better place to sit and watch the world go by.

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£18

Open: Mon-Sat 10.30am-4.30pm; Sun noon-3.30pm

The Clifton

Traditional

 Location Clifton Road, Exeter, EX1 2BR t: 0844 502 8502 w: www.thecliftoninn.co.uk e: contact@thecliftoninn.co.uk

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For delicious food, real ale and excellent hospitality pay a visit to The Clifton. It’s the first pub in Exeter to have its own bakery, which is used to bake the freshest sourdough, beer bread, and The Clifton’s famous homemade pies every day. The atmosphere is unbeatable and the recent renovation has turned the pub into a cosy and inviting space. Why not relax in the new coffee lounge with a tea or coffee and cake? All dishes are lovingly prepared by the team of passionate bakers and chefs, using only the finest and freshest local produce. You might opt for a pub classic, or a succulent steak, jacket potato, sandwich or juicy burger. Stop by for the mouth-watering Sunday carvery, which the chefs begin prepping at 4.30am to ensure every trimming is perfectly cooked. The Clifton also hosts regular events including pool and darts tournaments, and live music evenings.

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£30

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The White Hart  Location A3072, Bow, Nr. Crediton, EX17 6EN t: 0844 625 7451 w: www.thewhitehartbow.co.uk e: contact@thewhitehartbow.co.uk Since taking over The White Hart, owner Andrew Benstead has given this 16th-century pub a new lease of life. You’re guaranteed an enthusiastic welcome from the friendly staff who stop at nothing to make you feel welcome. Inside is a traditional cobbled floor, low ceiling and a huge fireplace, while outside you’ll find a beautiful south-facing beer garden – perfect for the warmer months. On the menu there’s an array of scrumptious pub classics including mini smoked haddock, leek and mature Cheddar fishcakes, and homemade chicken Kiev with chips and coleslaw. Different locally brewed ales are served every week alongside a fine selection of lager, cider and wine. No matter what the occasion you’re sure to have a fantastic time at this delightful village pub. Swing by for a quick drink, meal or a chat with the friendly staff and you’ll never want to leave.

MD £13 to

£25

Open: Tues-Thurs 5pm-11pm; Fri & Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm Traditional

The California Inn  Location California Cross, Nr. Ivybridge, PL21 0SG t: 0844 625 1664 w: www.thecaliforniainn.co.uk e: thecaliinn@yahoo.com The welcoming atmosphere, top-quality food and friendly service are what make The California Inn such a go-to destination. Inside you’ll find everything you’d expect to see in a quintessential British pub – think low ceilings, oak beams and an open fire. In the warmer months, take advantage of the beautiful outside seating area and enjoy a pint of local draught ale or cider, a glass of wine, TORS vodka or Salcombe gin while relaxing in one of the deck chairs or hammocks. On the seasonally changing menu are crowd-pleasing pub classics guaranteed to satisfy, including posh prawn cocktail, pork loin with Stilton and bacon sauce, and scrumptious banoffee pie. Four-legged friends are welcome, and there is ample parking and free Wi-Fi. The pub also has a private function room, which can hold up to 65 people – perfect for all kinds of celebrations.

SH £20 to

£25

Open: Mon-Sun 11am-11pm Food Served: Mon-Sun noon-2pm, 6pm-9pm Traditional

White Hart Inn

 Location Queen Street, Bideford, EX39 2JG t: 0845 468 1549 w: www.thewhitehartbideford.co.uk Tucked away down a backstreet of Bideford, the White Hart Inn is a delightfully old-fashioned pub where you and your dog can be sure of a friendly welcome. The cosy interior boasts stone and whitewashed walls, a beamed ceiling, and a roaring open fire in winter. For warmer weather there’s an outdoor patio area at the back and a large beer garden. The well-stocked bar offers a good range of ale, lager, cider and wine by the glass. Accompany your pint or other tipple with one of the White Hart’s traditional bar snacks. Choose from a burger, basket of chips, onion rings, cod bites or chicken nuggets, a salad or ploughman’s. Karaoke is provided every other Saturday as well as the occasional live band. The White Hart’s proximity to Clovelly and Westward Ho! makes it a popular haunt for holidaymakers. *Price range represents the cost of a bar snack and drink.

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The Ship Inn

Traditional

 Location Higher Street, Kingswear, Nr. Dartmouth, TQ6 0AG t: 0844 625 5545

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The Ship Inn exudes traditional charm, offering visitors a classic British pub experience and unbeatable views of the River Dart. Its setting makes The Ship Inn a popular spot with visitors to the coast: it’s a short drive from the South West Coastal Path, and a ferry ride away from Dartmouth Harbour. Inside, a crackling log fire welcomes guests and provides a cosy spot to unwind, while the garden is ideal for warmer summer days. Whatever time of year you visit, you can be sure of a warm and friendly welcome from The Ship Inn’s hospitable team.

£19 to

£27

‘...unbeatable views...’ At the bar, there’s an impressive range of real ale on offer alongside local and regional beer and proper West Country cider. Wine-lovers will likewise be left feeling spoilt for choice by the extensive wine list, which offers bottles sourced from all over the world. While sipping your drinks, why not take a seat at the bar and mingle with the locals? Or choose a more secluded table and enjoy a relaxed catch up with friends. The Ship Inn is now run by a friendly Italian family, so alongside a fantastic range of pub classics, you’ll also discover a beautiful array of authentic Italian dishes, which the owner’s mother helps prepare and cook fresh every day. The food menus change regularly to reflect the availability of local seasonal produce, and everything is made from scratch. As a seaside pub, fish is a key element of the menus all year round, and much of the seafood is sourced from the nearby fishing town of Brixham. A trip to The Ship Inn wouldn’t be complete without sampling one of the delicious desserts.

‘...authentic Italian dishes...’ In the cooler months, why not brighten your day and tuck into a fine Italian feast? In the winter, The Ship Inn hosts wonderful Italian food and wine tasting evenings, which should not be missed. No matter the time of day, The Ship Inn is always worth a visit.

Open: Mon-Thurs noon-10.30pm; Fri & Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-8pm

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Traditional

The Barn Owl  Location Aller Road, Kingskerswell, Nr. Newton Abbot, TQ12 5AN t: 0844 502 8536 e: www.barnowlkingskerswell.co.uk

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Set in a beautiful 300-year-old farmhouse, The Barn Owl is a traditional British pub that oozes charm and character. The Barn Owl is equipped with a comfortable and cosy interior, while also restoring period features such as £18 to the wooden panelling and flagstone flooring. This charming eatery’s £32 location – it’s set along the English Riviera and just a short drive from Dartmoor National Park – makes it a great stop-off for families exploring the countryside, while its proximity to the market town of Newton Abbot means it’s easily accessible for locals. Like any great English pub, The Barn Owl boasts an impressively stocked bar, offering a range of beer, ale, cider and wine. During summer, why not take your drinks outside and enjoy them in the garden? If you’re feeling peckish, you’ll soon find something to satisfy your palate on The Barn Owl’s varied menu, which offers an array of classic English favourites, Open: Mon-Sat noon-11pm; including gluten-free and vegan Sun noon-10.30pm options. Starters range from hearty homemade soup served with crusty bread to nachos loaded with cheese, jalapeños and salsa, while the list of mains includes hearty steak and kidney pudding, vegetarian tart of the day and sumptuous lasagne. As well as all this, there’s a tempting selection of burgers available in addition to freshly grilled steaks and an ever-changing menu of daily specials. Traditional

The NoBody Inn  Location Doddiscombsleigh, Nr. Exeter, EX6 7PS t: 0844 502 8481 w: www.nobodyinn.co.uk e: info@nobodyinn.co.uk

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A charming and historic 17th-century inn, The NoBody Inn is a haven for local foodies and tourists visiting the beautiful Devonshire countryside. Inside, the pub is full of character: a log-burning fire keeps the space warm and welcoming during winter, antique photographs and paintings adorn the walls and low beamed ceilings create a sense of cosiness. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, The NoBody Inn is home to five individually decorated rooms that provide a comfortable place to rest your head overnight. As a special welcome, the team ensures each suite is complete with a decanter of sherry. Start the day right with a delicious full English breakfast.

£20 to

£33

Downstairs in the pub, diners will find a varied and tempting menu of British classics, as well as an impressively stocked bar offering a huge range of real ale, local beer, more than 260 varieties of whisky and a huge Open: selection of wine. Each dish Mon-Sun noon-3pm, is crafted with seasonal local 6pm-9pm produce, guaranteeing a fresh and flavoursome meal every time. Popular mains include the hearty sweet potato, spinach and peanut stew or the tasty butternut squash falafel with pickled red cabbage, tzatziki and pitta. For meat-eaters there’s the pan-roasted duck breast with sumptuous Port jus, honey-glazed ham, and corn-fed chicken supreme with chickpea and chorizo cassoulet. 64

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The Otter Inn

Traditional

 Location Weston, Nr. Honiton, EX14 3NZ t: 0844 502 8975 w: www.theotterinn.com e: info@theotterinn.com Set in the hamlet of Weston and dating back to the 1700s, The Otter Inn is a country pub with a cosy atmosphere. Many of the original features have remained, giving the pub a homely, traditional feel that lures locals and ramblers inside.

ED £15 to

£20

‘...the ideal place to relax...’ When it comes to the food, everything is home-cooked and fresh. The menu is brimming with pub classics as well as daily specials, such as slow-roasted belly pork, Thai green chicken curry, and steak and kidney pudding. A carvery is served every lunchtime, with pensioner concessions from Monday to Friday. The Sunday carvery is served all day or until sold out – it’s extremely popular. The fantastic two-for-one menu is hugely popular, offering a great deal every day of the week. A great selection of local real ale, beer, fine Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; wine and a gin bar make up Sun noon-10.30pm the drinks offering, and the pub proudly displays its Cask Marque certificate at the bar, ensuring all patrons a good pint. Running alongside the babbling River Otter is the pretty pub garden, which boasts plenty of seating and lovely views. It really is the ideal place to relax, and inside you’ll find a log burner to cosy up next to. Plenty of parking means the pub is easy to reach, and quiz nights and raffles are just more reasons to visit The Otter Inn.

The Pig & Whistle

Traditional

 Location Newton Road, Littlehempston, Nr. Totnes, TQ9 6LT t: 0844 502 8526 w: www.thepigandwhistleinn.co.uk e: thepigandwhistle@ymail.com

SH The Pig & Whistle, situated in the heart of the countryside close to Totnes, is the perfect country retreat. Wooden beams, log burners and a genuine welcome create a cosy backdrop for drinking and dining. £15 to The traditional menus reflect the seasons and each delicious home-cooked £20 dish lets the local ingredients shine. The team at this food-led pub utilises the best local food from land to sea, and it shows. Dartmouth fresh fish, Exmouth mussels and Berry Pomeroy game all make an appearance on the menu that proudly showcases the produce used. You’ll be impressed with the variety of dishes offered, with a children’s menu and gluten-free options available too. When the sun is shining, take your chosen plate and tipple to the outside seating area. You’ll be in for a treat if visiting for Sunday lunch. Open: Behind the bar you’ll discover local tipples such as Dartmoor Jail Ale, wine Mon-Weds 11am-10.30pm; from Sharpham Estate and Luscombe soft drinks, in addition to a fantastic Thurs-Sat 11am-11pm; selection of gin curated by Sun noon-10.30pm the landlady. She chooses her favourite tipples from the local area and from her travels. There are also New and Old World wines available by the glass or bottle. En-suite accommodation is available for revellers who want to stay a little longer. Plenty of parking means guests won’t have to travel far with their luggage. Your first visit to The Pig & Whistle is guaranteed to be the first of many. Devon Guide 2019

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The Tavistock Inn  Location Poundsgate, Dartmoor National Park, TQ13 7NY t: 0844 625 3389 w: www.tavistockinndartmoor.co.uk

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The Tavistock Inn is brimming with history. Dating back to around 1413, it’s supposedly one of England’s oldest pubs, so has plenty of tales to tell. Back in the day it used to offer welcome respite to travellers trekking across atmospheric Dartmoor. During the English Civil War, some Roundhead Gunners were billeted at the pub, and a few centuries later, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, stayed at the inn while he wrote the famed Hound of the Baskervilles. The pub’s beautiful green surroundings have provided much inspiration for those visiting, and today, it still welcomes guests from near and far into its charming countryside environs.

£15 to

£20

Sticking to its traditional roots, the menu features classic starters such as beer-battered Brie and soup of the day. Main courses like homemade lasagne, steak and kidney pie, and Yorkshire pud filled with sausages, baked Open: Mon-Fri 11am-3pm, beans and onions will keep 6pm-11pm; Sat 11am-11pm; hunger at bay. There are basket Sun noon-10pm meals, fish dishes, burgers and Food Served: veggie options to add to the mix. If calling in during lunch, Mon-Fri noon-2pm, 6pm-9pm; tuck into filled jacket potatoes Sat & Sun noon-9pm and freshly baked baguettes. In summer, soak up the rays in the rear garden, and at the weekend, stop by for a Sunday roast.

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The Ship Inn  Location Church Road, Cockwood, EX6 8NU t: 0844 502 8842 w: www.shipinncockwood.co.uk e: shipinncockwood@gmail.com

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Patrons have gathered at The Ship Inn for centuries. Sitting beside Dawlish Warren, and surrounded by cycle trails and estuary walks, locals and tourists pour through the doors thanks to the pub’s consistent food, warm hospitality and wide drink selection. In summer, the patio and thriving beer garden, which boasts views across the Exe Estuary, is the place to be, whether you’re simply sipping a pint of Cask Marque-accredited ale or tucking into a hearty lunch.

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We pulled up a pew on the patio, which was filled with regulars and ramblers soaking up the sun. Here, the team is devoted to serving home-cooked food, and traditional fare makes up most of the menu. Specials change weekly and always boast locally caught day-boat fish, as was demonstrated in my partner’s delicious main course of River Exe mussels cooked with cider, bacon and cream.

My oozing double cheese soufflé was a wonderful vegetarian starter, as was my partner’s tempura king prawns with chilli dip. Our hearty mains came with a portion of fluffy hand-cut chips, which we overheard diners say were the best they’d had. We finished with a meringue piled high with whipped cream, homemade chocolate and honeycomb, served with a scoop of locally made ice cream. The Ship Inn’s dog-friendly policy, car park and laid-back atmosphere make visiting a must. 66

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Ye Olde Smokey House

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 Location Vicarage Road, Marldon, Nr. Paignton, TQ3 1NN t: 0845 468 1645 w: www.yeoldesmokeyhouse.co.uk e: contact@yeoldesmokeyhouse.co.uk

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For home-cooked food, heaps of friendly service and a relaxing environment, head to Ye Olde Smokey House in Paignton. It has a rich history, including utilising its chimneys to send smoke signals to smugglers back in the 18th century. Today you’ll find locals and newbies clamouring to sample the extensive à la carte, specials board and renowned carvery, which is served daily. The main menu includes homemade British classics made from local produce, a specials board of fish sourced directly from Brixham fish market, 28-day-matured steak, ribs, duck and lamb dishes, lasagne, and fresh triple-cooked chips. There’s also a lighter menu of home-cooked classics and a menu for little ones, with a special price starting from £1.95. In addition to visiting to enjoy the well-priced food and drink offering, why not celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and family get-togethers at Ye Olde Smokey House?

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Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; Sun noon-8pm

The Thirsty Farmer

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 Location Talaton Road, Whimple, EX5 2QQ t: 0844 502 4550 Located just outside Exeter, The Thirsty Farmer is a classic village pub set in the heart of Whimple. Full of character and charm, The Thirsty Farmer offers a relaxed spot to enjoy anything from a pint of local beer to a full and sumptuous three-course meal. Inside, wooden beams and roaring open fires create a cosy spot for wintertime dining, while the garden and the newly renovated kids’ play area are popular during the warmer months. The food selection at the pub is impressively varied, with a tapas menu, a specials menu, and a list of farmers’ favourites on offer. There’s something for everyone here; as well as pub classics such as honey-roasted ham, juicy burgers and beer-battered haddock, you’ll find tasty vegan options such as plant-based sausages and mash and a range of freshly made pizzas, all of which are cooked in the pub’s own wood-fired oven.

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The Mitre Inn

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 Location 2 The Square, Witheridge, EX16 8AE t: 0844 502 9274 w: www.themitreinn-witheridge.co.uk e: the.mitreinn@mail.com

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This traditional treasure lies directly along the Two Moors Way walking route and is very popular with both walkers and cyclists enjoying the unspoilt Devon countryside. The pub seamlessly blends tradition with country comfort to create a welcoming atmosphere. Long-standing staff welcome visitors and locals in the cosy bar to relax and imbibe. Well-behaved dogs are welcome too, whether you’re stopping off for a drink or staying over to explore the beauty of the surrounding area. The inn is filled with interesting artefacts – 180-year-old church pews adorn the bar and a baby grand piano sits in the snug, waiting for talented players to fill the area with music. Cast your eye over the ever-changing menu of home-cooked fare. Highlights include Creedy Carver chicken and duck, free-range Wessex pork, Exmoor beef, steaks and wild red venison. Weekly fresh fish dishes and homemade vegetarian and vegan options are also available. Visitors often exclaim, ‘I wish our local was like this’.

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Greyhound Country Inn  Location Fenny Bridges, Nr. Honiton, EX14 3BJ t: 0844 625 5650 w: www.greyhoundcountryinn.co.uk

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A charming thatched pub, the Greyhound Country Inn is thought to date back to the 11th century and is steeped in historic charm. Inside, squashy sofas, log burners and a well-stocked bar await wintertime visitors, and during summer the spacious garden is bustling with guests. Stopping by with your four-legged friends? Families with dogs are welcome in the bar area and resident canine Roxy is happy to share her stash of gravy bones.

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Open: Mon-Sat 11am-10.30pm; Sun 11am-6pm Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; Sun noon-3pm (hours vary seasonally, please visit website for more information)

Owners Wayne and Tina are dedicated to creating an inviting and cosy pub that retains the feel of a classic English country inn. For them, this starts with a delicious menu: the regular selection offers well-loved plates such as crispy fish and chips, juicy West Country rump steak, and local butcher’s sausages with creamy mash, while the ever-changing specials board provides a selection of new and exciting dishes. At lunchtime, a freshly made baguette is a great way to satisfy your hunger – these go perfectly with a pint of real cask ale.

As well as the beautiful restaurant and bar downstairs, the Greyhound is home to ten comfortable rooms. Each has its own en-suite and the pub’s location makes it ideal for ramblers exploring the Devonshire countryside, as well as those travelling further afield and in need of a relaxing pit-stop. Traditional

The White Thorn Inn

 Location Shaugh Prior, PL7 5HA t: 0844 502 8213 The White Thorn sits at the heart of Shaugh Prior village on the south west of Dartmoor and services the needs of hikers, visitors and locals alike. A traditional and recently refurbished pub, it has so much to offer: great parking, a pirate ship play area for kids, two cute goats and, of course, live music. £15 to Visiting on St George’s Day meant that the pub was aflutter with preparations £20 for the evening celebrations, which were set to include Morris dancers and a live band. The bar boasts a range of superb ale and a fine array of lager, wine, soft drinks and spirits. I enjoyed a refreshing pint of local Dartmoor Brewery Jail Ale. Thirst quenched, we were delighted to find that the menu offered the perfect balance of pub classics and fresh vegan and gluten-free options. We started with beer-battered Cornish Yarg with chilli jam and dressed leaves, also opting to share creamy garlic mushrooms with crusty bread – both of which were Open: Mon-Weds divine. For the main event I plumped for butternut squash and sweet potato noon-3.30pm, 6pm-11pm; tagine with fluffy rice, while my partner couldn’t resist hunter’s chicken with Thurs-Sun noon-midnight chips and coleslaw. The tagine was flavoured with a wealth of comforting spices and the chicken was grilled to perfection and layered with bacon from a nearby butcher’s, melted local cheese and barbecue sauce. When it came to dessert, we were lucky enough to be able to take recommendations from the chef, so we simply had to try the mango and passion fruit cheesecake and the homemade blood orange sorbet. Both were presented beautifully and packed with flavour. The White Thorn is well worth a visit for anyone in search of great food, friendly staff and a welcoming atmosphere. SH

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The 17th Century Hotel

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 Location Burlescombe, Nr. Tiverton, EX16 7JY t: 0844 502 8371 w: www.the17thcenturyhotel.co.uk e: c.17thcentury@gmail.com

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Previously known as The Poachers Pocket, The 17th Century Hotel is thought to date back to 1644 and boasts a truly outstanding setting overlooking the awe-inspiring Blackdown Hills. Despite its rural location this gorgeous hotel and function venue is easily accessible from junctions 26 and 27 of the M5 and Tiverton Parkway Railway Station – you’ll find it on the A38 in Devon within a mile of the Somerset border and three miles south west of Wellington. It’s a popular base for local attractions including Knighthayes Court, Cothay Manor, Tiverton Castle, Diggerland, Dulverton, and the expansive Exmoor National Park. It’s also an ideal stop-over location for journeys to Cornwall.

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Upstairs, the hotel is home to eight tastefully decorated bedrooms and a private residents’ lounge which provide cosy and convenient places to relax. Whether you choose to stay in a single, double or family room, you’ll have access to complimentary Wi-Fi, tea- and coffee-making facilities, a private en-suite bathroom and an exquisitely comfortable bed. If you’re looking to host a memorable event, meeting, conference or celebration, be sure to enquire about The 17th Century Hotel’s spacious function rooms. Both have recently been refurbished and the larger of the two boasts its own bar, making it an ideal choice for a wedding reception, birthday party or end-of-year work do. The hotel’s team can even cater for up to 50 seated guests, while parties of up to 100 can enjoy a relaxed buffet-style meal. In the bar area, a wood-burning fire burns during the winter and comfy sofas provide the perfect place for guests to sit and catch up over a drink on winter nights, whilst the large rear garden and outdoor covered seating area with views over the Blackdown Hills offer the same during the summer months. The talented kitchen brigade provides an impressive array of tasty vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free fare, as well as classic meat and fishes dishes for guests staying the night or attending a private event or function. No matter what dishes you choose, you can rest assured that your dish will be home cooked and freshly prepared to order using high-quality, locally sourced produce wherever possible. *Price range represents the average cost of a room per night.

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The White Hart Hotel  Location The Square, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park, Nr. Newton Abbot, TQ13 8NQ t: 0844 625 3894 w: www.whitehartdartmoor.co.uk e: enquiries@whitehartdartmoor.co.uk

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Dating back to 1639, this Grade II listed building was once a posting house, but now functions as a charming traditional hotel and restaurant. Set in the town of Moretonhampstead, within the bounds of Dartmoor National Park, The White Hart Hotel is the ideal base for hikers, sightseers and dog owners. Soft, muted colours and tweed fabrics combine with the quiet background music to create a delightfully relaxing ambience. As well as a comprehensive wine list, the well-stocked bar has a full range of local ale and a good selection of gin – we settled down with a lime and soda and a glass of Cornish lager.

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We began our meal with a wonderfully creamy mushroom and thyme soup with homemade bread, and juicy chicken and red pepper terrine with apple, Food Served: Mon-Sat pear and paprika chutney. For mains, I opted for herb-crusted lamb rump with 10am-2.15pm, 6pm-8.30pm; potato Dauphinoise, red cabbage Sun 12.30pm-2.15pm, and pea purée. The lamb was 6pm-8.30pm cooked to perfection – sweet, pink and juicy, served in flavoursome rosemary and redcurrant jus. My companion plumped for beautifully savoury pear and blue cheese arancini with a vibrant heritage tomato salad. To follow, we sampled palate-cleansing gin sorbet, and tangy lemon posset with homemade toffee and shortbread. To end our evening on a peaceful note, we retired to the lounge for coffee before heading home. Traditional

Teign House Inn

 Location Teign Valley Road, Christow, Nr. Exeter, EX6 7PL t: 0844 625 3390 w: www.teignhouseinn.co.uk e: teignhouseinn@gmail.com Set in the stunningly beautiful Teign Valley and with its own small campsite by the winding river, Teign House Inn is steeped in local history. Its simple rustic charm has genuine integrity, dating back to when it began as the wages house £19 for the local tin mine. to £23 For a cosy evening meal it was the perfect place for us. The menu offers a wide variety of crowd-pleasing dishes as well as an exciting daily specials board featuring seasonal dishes. An Asian-inspired menu was a surprising addition and tempted me with a choice of delicious curries full of exotic ingredients. I began with Thai fishcakes served with crisp herb salad and sweet chilli and lemongrass sauce, while my partner chose the vegetable spring rolls, which were fresh and packed full of flavour. For the main course, my partner opted Food Served: Mon-Thurs for the sea bass and crevette salad. The fish was freshly prepared and cooked noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; to perfection, served with a Niçoise-style salad, which was very satisfying. Fri noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm; I continued the Asian theme Sat 8.30am-10.30am, with chicken Thai jungle curry. noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm; The curry was beautifully spiced Sun 8.30am-10.30am, and served with sticky rice. noon-3pm, 6pm-9pm After a long debate over which dessert to choose from the tempting selection, we decided to share the baked meringue served with ice cream and rich berry compote, which was so moreish we wanted to order another portion. Te

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The Thatch

Traditional  Location 14 Hobb’s Hill, Croyde, EX33 1LZ t: 0844 502 9140 w: www.thethatchcroyde.com e: reception@thethatchcroyde.com ND The Thatch is a wonderful traditional family-run pub that’s a hub for locals, holidaymakers, surfers and beach-goers. Croyde Bay is only a short walk away and The Thatch handily offers overnight accommodation, as do sister pub Billy Budds £20 and the recently acquired Priory. The pub was alive with a buzzing atmosphere when to we visited, filled with relaxed family groups, complete with furry friends taking up £35 residence in the various cosy corners. The staff were all cheerful and attentive, wearing smart black t-shirts, busily working the room and clearly enjoying it. To begin, we ordered drinks from the well-stocked bar, which boasts plenty of lager and ale. Wine-lovers like myself were also presented with plenty of choice. Beginning with a mixed Medi platter to share, we hungrily tucked into olives, spiced butternut squash hummus, sundried tomatoes, feta, cashew nuts and warm crusty bread Open: Sun-Thurs 8am-11pm; dunked into balsamic vinegar and olive oil, slowing down to appreciate the fine Fri & Sat 8am-midnight quality of the produce. Moving on, we decided on Wasantha’s Sri Lankan seafood Food Served: curry, comprising red mullet and Mon-Sun 8am-10pm tiger prawns in coconut milk and spices, accompanied by red lentil dahl, fragrant rice, and prawn crackers. Fish is local and sustainable where possible and is generally fished from Appledore. The Exmoor Waytown fillet steak with all the trimmings further demonstrated the necessity for careful sourcing, proving juicy, lightly seasoned and utterly delicious. Rounding off with lemon tart and strawberry Pavlova, we were two very happy diners. The Thatch serves food every day from breakfast until 10pm; be sure to book in advance as it’s rightly very popular.

The Singing Kettle

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 Location 54 Fore Street, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0BS t: 01364 642383 e: tsk54fsb@hotmail.com

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If you’re looking for a quintessential British tearoom in Buckfastleigh where you will be greeted with a smile and treated to attentive service and outstanding food, The Singing Kettle certainly ticks all the boxes. The inglenook fireplace and log burners give the tearoom a comforting country feel, while the beautiful garden area boasts ample seating. The garden becomes a suntrap in summer, when you’re invited to kick back, relax and watch the sun set with a glass of wine or pint of local craft ale, San Miguel or Thatchers cider.

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By popular demand, The Singing Kettle now serves lunch and evening menus and homemade dishes daily. The cream tea is served on fine bone china and comes complete with the chef’s famous homemade scones, with jam and Summer Open: cream supplied by a farm just a quarter of a mile away – it’s an absolute Mon & Thurs 10am-4pm; delight. The evening menu changes every two months in order to showcase the Fri & Sat 10am-4pm, best local and seasonal produce 6pm-10.30pm; available. A sample menu may Sun noon-4pm include the likes of delicate (hours vary seasonally) fillet of sea bass on a bed of wilted spinach, and rich homemade lasagne, as well as a selection of delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes and tempting desserts. You must stop by for the Sunday roast, as the chef’s roast potatoes are simply legendary. Everyone including your four-legged friend will always be welcome and treated like family at The Singing Kettle. Devon Guide 2019

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The White Lion  Location North Street, Braunton, EX33 1AJ t: 0844 502 9068 w: www.thewhitelionbraunton.co.uk e: info@thewhitelionbraunton.co.uk

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The White Lion is the perfect watering hole for dog-walkers, ramblers and beach-goers from nearby Croyde Bay, Saunton Beach or Braunton Burrows. The White Lion’s guests can’t help but be captivated by the relaxing surrounds, * £15 tasty fare and helpful staff who take care of everything. The light and airy bar serves beer from the best local breweries and an ever-growing selection of craft beer from around the world. Guest ales and refreshing cider complete the offering, as does the occasional live band. The menu has been curated with socialising in mind, so expect to see sharing platters as well as crowd-pleasing pub classics. Barbecue pulled pork nachos are a firm favourite, as is the hunter’s chicken cooked in a tangy barbecue sauce, topped with cheese and bacon, and served with chips, onion rings and homemade Coronation coleslaw. For a lighter option there are homemade bar snacks – why not sample the Scotch eggs, homemade sausage rolls or vegetarian Open: Mon-Sun noon-11pm rolls with a spiced lentil and chickpea filling? There’s also an excellent children’s menu to encourage little ones to dine too. Don’t miss out on the popular Sunday roasts with all the trimmings, and a choice of meats or a vegetarian roast. End proceedings with board games or try out one of the giant outdoor games in the patio and garden, which become great suntraps during the summer months. *Price represents the average cost of a main meal and a glass of house wine. Traditional

The Passage House Inn  Location Ferry Road, Topsham, Nr. Exeter, EX3 0JN t: 0844 625 2946 w: www.passagehouseinntopsham.co.uk e: thepassagehouseinn@gmail.com

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Tucked away in the quaint estuary town of Topsham, the 18th-century Passage House Inn boasts one of the most picturesque waterside views in East Devon. Admire the avocets and swans over a morning coffee or watch the sun set with a pint of well-kept real ale, or perhaps a gin and tonic from the legendary gin list. Handily situated on the Exe Estuary Trail cycle path between Exeter and Exmouth, this venue is ideal for cyclists and dog-walkers.

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Open: Mon-Sat 10am-11pm; Sun 10am-10.30pm Food Served: Mon-Thurs noon-9pm; Fri-Sun 10am-9pm

The combination of traditional features and a bright modern interior makes this historic inn a popular choice. In fine weather the popular garden area, with views over the tranquil River Exe, is perfect for lingering over an al fresco lunch. The crab salad sandwich stands out from the large selection of tasty sandwiches and salads on the lunch menu, but the kitchen stocked full of high-quality, locally sourced produce makes it tempting to visit time and again to explore the main menu.

The Passage House Inn serves a selection of traditional favourites like beer-battered catch of the day and a mouth-watering seafood platter to share. You can sample mussels in creamy garlic and white wine sauce, or tuck into a juicy 8oz rib-eye straight from the chargrill, not to mention the sumptuous Sunday roasts. We recommend rounding off your meal with the unmissable salted caramel brownie or the equally scrumptious sticky toffee pudding. 72

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The Kings Arms

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 Location Fore Street, Winkleigh, EX19 8HQ t: 0844 502 4990 w: www.kingsarmswinkleigh.co.uk e: info@kingsarmswinkleigh.co.uk

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The Kings Arms is a quintessential British pub residing in the centre of the picturesque village of Winkleigh. Inside you’ll find everything you’d expect to see in a classic watering hole, including a roaring fire. Landlords Rich and Faye purchased The Kings Arms as a free house, along with two resident ghosts George and Cecilia, in March 2018. Since then they have worked hard to make The Kings Arms the centre of village life once again. You’re invited to relax and unwind at the bar with a pint of local ale, cider on draught or a glass of gin and tonic whilst catching up with friends and family. Four-legged friends are more than welcome too.

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Whether you choose to dine in the homely restaurant or cheery bar area, you’re guaranteed to enjoy a relaxed and friendly dining experience, and the attentive and knowledgeable team will stop at nothing to ensure you have a visit Open: to remember. The chefs at The Mon & Tues 4pm-11pm; Kings Arms like to keep things Weds-Sat noon-11pm; local when it comes to sourcing Sun noon-10.30pm produce for the menu. Head chef Dan Kennedy (chef profile page 95) prides himself on creating a stunning range of crowd-pleasing pub classics as well as more imaginative and exciting dishes, which are meticulously prepared and beautifully presented. Now on the menu is a scrumptious cream tea, which can be enjoyed alongside a cup of tea or even a glass of Prosecco.

The Two Mile Oak

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 Location Totnes Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 6DF t: 0844 502 5208 w: www.twomileoakinn.co.uk e: twomileoakinn@icloud.com

Te The Two Mile Oak dates back to the early 18th century, having been licensed in 1703. Over the years, this traditional British pub has welcomed many visitors, all of whom have enjoyed the heartfelt hospitality, sumptuous food and great £18 drinks on offer here. If you’re passing by – or if you’re staying in the area – this to £30 is a must-visit. Inside, period features such as wooden beams, stone flooring, and a large wood-burning fire have been carefully maintained to reflect the venue’s rich history. Wind your way through the pub’s various nooks and crannies and take a seat, or bring your party outside to the courtyard garden and enjoy views of the surrounding countryside. Dogs are also welcome in both the bar and garden area. Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; Once you’ve ordered a drink – the range includes cask ale, local cider, beer and Sun noon-10.30pm fine wine – why not choose a plate of nibbles? Mini honey and mustard sausages Food Served: Mon-Sat provide the perfect snack, and noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; the breaded mozzarella sticks Sun noon-3pm, 6pm-8.30pm are gooey and delicious. If you’re in the market for a heartier meal, The Two Mile Oak is renowned for its traditional steak and kidney suet pudding, while dishes like creamy fish pie, spicy vegetable curry and the juicy prime beefburger are firm favourites too. For those with a lighter appetite, there’s a choice of freshly made sandwiches, as well as jacket potatoes and refreshing salads. Most meals can also be ordered in a smaller portion size. Devon Guide 2019

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The Church House Inn  Location Stokeinteignhead, TQ12 4QA t: 0845 468 1734 w: www.thechurchhouseinn.pub e: thechurchhouseinn@outlook.com

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The Church House Inn has stood in the quaint village of Stokeinteignhead for over 800 years. Originally built to house the stonemasons who were building the church next door, the inn has an impressive history. Patrons travel from near £16 to and far to sample the excellent cuisine, with many calling in again and again. £32 The regular menu is accompanied by a frequently changing selection of specials. Fish and game feature heavily and include Dartmoor trout and whole plaice, local pheasant and venison. Also available are delicious options such as the notable steak and kidney suet pudding, and pan-fried liver and bacon with rich red wine gravy and mash. Dishes are constructed from a variety of regional elements to ensure everything is as fresh and delicious as can be and all food is expertly prepared by the pub’s passionate chef. The hugely popular Sunday roast is served all day and booking is advisable. The drinks menu is equally enticing, from the hand-selected wine list to the Open: excellent real ales, which are Mon-Sat 11am-3pm, chosen from local breweries. 5.30pm-11pm; The inn is expertly run by Sun noon-10.30pm husband-and-wife team Simon and Karen, who took over the pub in February 2015. Thanks to their dedication to providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and serving up excellent fare, the pub receives glowing recommendations from all who visit.

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East Dart Hotel  Location Postbridge, Yelverton, PL20 6TJ t: 0844 625 3969 w: www.eastdarthotel.co.uk e: info@theeastdarthotel.co.uk

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Having gained more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry, in 2010 dedicated husband-and-wife duo Paul and Rosie took over the East Dart Hotel, located in the heart of the wild but beautiful Dartmoor National Park. With a warm and friendly atmosphere, this traditional inn welcomes guests from far and wide, offering a comfortable place to rest your head, as well as a relaxed bar where you can simply enjoy a drink, indulge in cream tea, or choose a meal from the extensive menu. East Dart’s dog-friendly policy means that no member of the family is left behind.

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‘...warm and friendly atmosphere...’ The bar is impressively stocked with a range of real ale, farmhouse cider, lager and beer, and there’s also a selection of Scotch whisky and spirits to choose from. If you fancy food with your drinks, peruse the bar menu. Here you’ll find a variety of tasty snacks as well as traditional favourites such as steak and ale pie, beer-battered fish and chips, gammon with chips and peas, crispy scampi and a range of regularly changing local specials. Food Served: Sun-Thurs noon-2.30pm, 6pm-8pm; Fri & Sat noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm

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The Old Inn

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 Location Kilmington, Nr. Axminster, EX13 7RB t: 0844 625 1193 e: pub@oldinnkilmington.co.uk

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An historic thatched pub, The Old Inn sits proudly at the heart of the village of Kilmington, just outside Axminster on the eastern border of Devon. This charming, family-run inn has been welcoming guests since the 17th century, offering good, honest pub fare and a selection of high-quality local beer cider, and fine wine. Inside, a gently crackling log fire creates a cosy retreat during the winter months and the exposed beams and flagstone flooring offer a traditional country-pub feel. As a family-friendly venue, The Old Inn welcomes guests of all ages and the outdoor seating area is the perfect place to enjoy a few drinks while the kids run around.

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‘...a cosy retreat...’ Upon arrival, you can expect to be greeted by a warm and amiable team of staff who strive to make your visit as enjoyable and memorable as possible. After taking a seat at the bar or in the restaurant – or maybe you’ll opt for a comfy leather armchair in the lounge – you can begin to peruse the menus. The fare focuses on hearty British flavours, and as well as the regular and impressively varied selection, you’ll always find a new range of daily specials to choose from. If you’re stopping by for lunch, you can expect to find a tempting array of light bites: the homemade baguettes contain tasty fillings such as succulent roast beef and tangy Cheddar cheese, while jacket potatoes come with a range of toppings. For many, the ploughman’s is the favourite lunchtime choice; it’s served with crusty bread, pickles, salad and your choice of ham, beef, cheese or smooth chicken liver pâté. For those visiting on a Sunday, the offering extends to include a sumptuous roast lunch with all the trimmings. On the evening menu, you’ll find some of the pub’s famous specialities, including the creamy Old Inn fish pie – made with Exmouth mussels – and slow-roasted pork belly served on a bed of bubble and squeak. Other options range from bangers and mash to gammon steak with fresh pineapple and chunky chips. If you prefer something lighter there’s also a range of refreshing salads available.

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The Tides Inn  Location Beach Road, Woolacombe, EX34 7BP t: 0844 502 9282 e: info@tidesinnwoolacombe.co.uk

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As you might guess from the name, The Tides Inn is just a hop, skip and jump from the water’s edge. Those dining here can soak up the view of the award-winning golden sands of Woolacombe beach while dining inside the airy restaurant or out on the suntrap patio. Families are invited to enjoy relaxed dining, as are beach-goers, surfers and hikers exploring the idyllic seaside resort with their dog. Fairy-lights glow, flowers are placed in the windows and the fire is lit if the weather calls for it, creating a relaxing space where you can take an hour or two out of your action-packed day.

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The menu is diverse, catering to the varied clientele that call in, and the staff receive plenty of praise for their friendly yet efficient service. Those stopping by during lunch are well catered for with steamed garlic mussels, burgers, The Tides Inn ploughman’s bowl and the steak sandwich. Flavoursome mains Open: Mon-Sun noon-11pm might include the likes of tender lamb rump served with shepherd’s pie or pan-fried hake with Bombay spiced potatoes and veg, while the specials board features dishes like the surf and turf platter for two, comprising a 12oz steak, whole lobster, king prawns, corn on the cob and asparagus. If you’ve got room, desserts to try might include coconut panna cotta with passion fruit and pistachios, and sticky toffee pudding. On Sundays, a delicious roast lunch is served with all the trimmings. Traditional

The Bell Inn  Location Chittlehampton, Nr. Umberleigh, EX37 9QL t: 0845 468 1599 w: www.thebellatchittlehampton.co.uk e: enquiries@thebellatchittlehampton.co.uk

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A warm welcome awaits all at North Devon CAMRA’s Pub of the Year, The Bell Inn. Occupying a scenic spot opposite the village church, this is the quintessential community pub and is both child- and dog-friendly. Fantastic £14 food, great real ale and a convivial atmosphere make this a lovely spot in which to £20 to while away an afternoon with family and friends. Food is homemade and utilises produce cultivated locally. Expect to find starters such as creamed mushroom and Stilton gratin with a tarragon crust. Main-course options include the likes of homemade steak and Exmoor Ale pie and seafood Mornay, which features cod, salmon, smoked haddock and prawns in a rich cheese sauce. There are also exciting weekly specials like curry club on Open: Monday and Tuesday, steak night on Wednesday and homemade beer-battered Mon-Thurs 11am-3pm, cod on Thursday. Roasts are served for Wednesday and Sunday lunch. 6pm-close; When the weather is accommodating, take your meal – and delicious tipple – Fri & Sat 11am-close; outside and make use of the Sun noon-close decking and large beer garden. Surrounded by lush greenery, The Bell Inn is a great place to stop off and refuel after exploring the area, and boasts en-suite rooms upstairs for those in need of a good night’s rest. The pub boasts Sky and BT Sport throughout, a function room where major sporting events are aired, a skittles alley and pool table, and free Wi-Fi – what more could you ask for? 76

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Bearslake Inn

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 Location Lake Sourton, Nr. Okehampton, EX20 4HQ t: 0844 625 2751 w: www.bearslakeinn.com

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An imposing 13th-century farmhouse set on the edge of Dartmoor, Bearslake Inn has evolved into a charming pub, home to several cosy dining rooms – complete with wood-burning fires – and a spacious garden.

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Now owned by Julian and Lisa, this dedicated duo have established a warm and welcoming atmosphere that keeps guests coming back time and time again. Julian is an enthusiastic exponent of the Dartmoor Real Ale Trail but there’s an extensive wine list available too. I began my meal with confit duck spring rolls accompanied by piquant plum sauce, while my partner chose crabcakes with creamy sauce gribiche. The portions were generous and it was easy to relax in the comfortable surroundings. While perusing the selection, I noticed that the menu offered some interesting vegetarian choices and Lisa mentioned that the vegan options are becoming increasingly popular too.

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My choice of main was one from the daily specials board – pan-friend John Dory served on a bed of Dauphinoise potatoes, which was a rich and satisfying dish. My husband likewise enjoyed his steak, which was served with seasonal vegetables and fries. Dessert for us was a fantastic homemade cheesecake and a perfectly cooked crème brûlée. It was clear that Bearslake Inn would make an excellent location for private parties, as well as for memorable lunches and dinners.

The Hoops Inn

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 Location Horns Cross, Nr. Parkham, EX39 5DL t: 0844 625 3513 w: www.hoopsinn.co.uk e: sales@hoopsinn.co.uk

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A cosy, thatched building located right on the South West coastal path, The Hoops Inn has everything you could require from a traditional country pub. Tipples include four local ales on tap, as well as a broad range of lager and cider, and weekly changing cocktails.

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The kitchen team places great emphasis on fresh, local produce, and the menu changes every few weeks to take advantage of the best seasonal ingredients. Beloved pub classics like juicy burgers, steaks and fresh beer-battered fish and chips can be enjoyed all year round. You can also sample the likes of tender leg of pot-roasted spring lamb served with bubble and squeak, or creamy butternut squash risotto with Parmesan shavings. There’s an extensive wine list, so you’re sure to find a grape that takes your fancy whatever your meal of choice. To finish, there’s an array of tempting treats, and by popular demand there’s nearly always a sticky toffee pudding on offer. This charming establishment is also a country Open: Mon-Sun noon-9pm hotel, and is a delightful place to spend a few peaceful nights. On chilly evenings you can sit by one of the inglenook fireplaces, warming your hands and enjoying a smooth cappuccino. In fine weather, spend a tranquil morning wandering around the gardens, or venture out and explore the surrounding countryside. With such friendly staff and a relaxed, welcoming ambience, you’ll feel at home in no time. Devon Guide 2019

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The Kents  Location 1 Ilsham Road, Wellswood, Torquay, TQ1 2JG t: 0844 625 3457 w: www.thekentstorquay.co.uk e: info@thekentstorquay.co.uk

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The Kents is located in Wellswood, just a two-minute walk from the fascinating prehistoric Kents Cavern. This family-friendly venue is split into a cosy traditional bar, a relaxed dining area and a sheltered garden. This popular eatery offers £18 to visitors a menu bursting with hearty but modern pub classics. We opted to start £26 with a couple of moreish, tapas-style dishes from the grazing menu, plumping for honey-roasted baby chorizo and homemade fishcakes. I followed with one of The Kents’ speciality gourmet burgers, the Truffle Shuffle – an indulgent combination of wild mushrooms, spinach and Stilton, topped with truffle mayonnaise and liberally sprinkled with crispy fried onions. My companion enjoyed the beer-battered haddock with chunky chips and buttered crushed peas. Open: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, To top it all, they have the accolade of being in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. 6pm-9.30pm; This establishment believes in the importance of quality and locally Sat noon-9.30pm; sourced produce, and you can taste the freshness. This top-notch pub has a Sun noon-9pm fantastic selection of drinks – the comprehensive craft gin collection includes over 45 varieties, making this a haven for gin enthusiasts. We sampled the gin tasting board, which featured three different types: Bad Fagan’s Devon Gin, a citric-centric peppery gin; a sweet, tangy Tarquin’s rhubarb and raspberry gin; and Revenge Navy Gin, which packed a real punch. We completed our delightful meal with two sumptuous desserts – homemade Bakewell tart with crème anglaise, and creamy rhubarb and custard crème brûlée. Traditional

White Hart Inn  Location Fore Street, Bridestowe, Nr. Okehampton, EX20 4EL t: 0844 502 4804 w: www.whitehartinnbridestowe.com

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A traditional village pub, the White Hart Inn has been welcoming diners since the 17th century and retains the same inviting olde-worlde charm today. Inside, exposed ceiling beams, a stone-built bar and wooden panelling draw attention £18 to to the venue’s history – notable medieval lodgers used to hang their banners £29 here – while also creating a cosy and welcoming space that’s ideal for anything from relaxed drinks with friends to a celebratory family meal. The menu at the White Hart celebrates classic, home-cooked British fare. The kitchen team knows the value of using fresh, high-quality ingredients and so the majority of the food used here is sourced locally, including local fish, meat and Devonshire dairy products. On the menu you’ll find a tempting Open: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, selection of enticing starters that are bound to whet your appetite: try 5pm-10.30pm; the mouth-wateringly spicy chicken wings or the crispy fried whitebait, or Sat & Sun noon-late perhaps you’ll opt for a steaming bowl of soup. The list of mains is just as Food Served: impressive and includes hunter’s Mon-Sun noon-2pm, chicken, hand-battered cod and 6pm-9pm indulgent vegetarian lasagne. Every Wednesday pensioners can even enjoy a bountiful portion of fish and chips for just £5.95. At the weekend, the sumptuous Sunday lunch draws visitors from all over with its offering of beef, pork, turkey and a vegetarian option with all the trimmings. The White Hart’s bar is well-stocked with quality ale, local cider, beer and fine wine. 78

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Hole in the Wall

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 Location 6 Park Lane, Torquay, TQ1 2AU t: 0844 625 7524 w: www.holeinthewalltorquay.co.uk e: mail@holeinthewalltorquay.co.uk

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With a rich history as Torquay’s oldest pub, the Hole in the Wall has long been one of the area’s favourite watering holes. It can be found within easy reach of the harbour and a short stroll from the shops. From the smugglers of old to those still finding refuge under the pub’s low-beamed ceilings, the Hole in the Wall has been catering for the needs of regulars and travellers alike for centuries. It’s a perfectly preserved Torquay institution, and as such boasts a diverse but decisively traditional offering of great food and top-quality beer. Expect your favourite ale from brewers such as Butcombe, Otter and Sharp’s Doom Bar and make the most of the seasonal guest ale and traditional cider on offer.

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‘...favourite watering holes...’ The menu boasts a wide range of pub classics as well as a choice of irresistible dishes showcasing locally caught seafood. We would recommend that you start with pan-seared scallops and chorizo served with pea purée and lemon, or a bowl of fresh mussels cooked in white wine, garlic, butter, shallots and cream, served with crusty bread. If you’re not craving seafood, the garlic mushrooms are an admirable choice.

‘...irresistible dishes...’ When it comes to the main course, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Ranging from perfectly cooked steak, beefburgers and homemade steak and ale pie to delicately cooked lemon sole fillets with seasonal veg, potatoes and caper beurre noisette, plates cater for a wide range of tastes and dietary requirements. Vegan diners are offered a spicy vegetable burger, which is served alongside salad and hand-cut chips. No matter your appetite, you won’t want to miss out on the scrumptious range of desserts on offer at the Hole in the Wall. Indulge in the likes of Dutch apple tart glazed with apricot jam, lemon and lime cheesecake, sticky toffee pudding and banoffee pie. Your choice comes served with fresh cream, ice cream or custard – what better way to conclude a satisfying three-course meal?

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The Jube  Location South Street, Woolacombe, EX34 7BB t: 0844 625 5643 w: www.thejube.co.uk e: hello@thejube.co.uk

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Just five minutes away from the picturesque Woolacombe beach, The Jube is a traditional British pub with a contemporary twist. With a relaxed ambience and stylish seaside-style decor, The Jube is popular with everyone from local surfers to visiting families. Looking for somewhere to watch the latest football game or catch up on the rugby? Be sure to stop in for a pint and take advantage of the pub’s Sky Sports licence – the atmosphere is unbeatable.

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Inside, everyone is welcome – the team is used to catering for hen dos and special occasion celebrations, as well as for smaller groups of friends. The Jube’s menu revolves around hearty comfort food and each dish is homemade. If you fancy a starter – or perhaps just a small plate to accompany your drinks – check out the list of tapas, which incorporates indulgent breaded Brie Open: wedges with cranberry jam and lightly dusted calamari with aioli. For your Mon-Thurs 10am-11pm; main, why not opt for one of The Fri & Sat 10am-midnight; Jube’s famous burgers? As well Sun 11am-10pm (hours vary as classic juicy beefburgers, the seasonally, please see website menu lists a sweet and sticky for details) hunter’s chicken burger and a mouth-watering veggie deluxe option. For those craving a classic, there’s the crispy wholetail scampi or the delicious gammon steak, and guests who prefer something spicy will love the chicken tikka masala.

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The Black River Inn  Location Broad Street, Black Torrington, EX21 5PT t: 0844 502 4463 w: www.blackriverinn.co.uk e: info@blackriverinn.co.uk

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A classic village pub, The Black River Inn has been welcoming guests since the 1820s. Having been acquired by experienced restaurateurs Gill and Alex in 2018, the pub has undergone a thorough renovation and now boasts an inviting £21 to interior which tastefully fuses old and new styles. Step inside and warm up by £32 the roaring fire, or take a seat in the beer garden and soak up some vitamin D. The team at The Black River Inn is happy to accommodate families, and visitors with dogs are welcome in the bar area or outside in the garden. Behind the bar you’ll find all manner of drinks including a beautiful range of cocktails, West Country cider and local ale, which change and rotate regularly. The extensive menus change monthly to highlight the seasonal produce available and showcase the chef’s culinary talents. The selection of small plates has previously included the likes of goat’s cheese soufflé and succulent Open: pork belly with sour apple. The Mon & Tues 5pm-close; varied selection of freshly made Weds-Sun noon-close Food Served: Tues 6pm-9pm; sandwiches is also perfect for a light midday bite. The evening Weds-Sat noon-3pm, menu is sure to impress. Expect 6pm-9pm; Sun noon-5pm the likes of black pudding-stuffed ballotine of chicken, delicate salmon tagliatelle, and spicy vegetarian bean burger, for example. You must try the Sunday roast. On offer is a weekly changing choice of perfectly cooked meats and all the trimmings. You could even order a roast board to share. 80

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The Poltimore Inn

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 Location East Street, North Molton, EX36 3HR t: 0845 468 1542 w: www.thepoltimoreinnnorthmolton.co.uk e: contact@thepoltimoreinnnorthmolton.co.uk

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With friendly staff, excellent hearty fare and two large skittles alleys, The Poltimore Inn ticks every box for an enjoyable evening. This vibrant village pub is perched at the top of North Molton just off The Square, and is easily accessible from the A361. The venue itself is split into the pub area and the restaurant, which benefits from spectacular views down into the valley where the River Mole meanders through the trees. Smaller parties and guests with dogs can also enjoy a drink and a hearty meal in the cosy snug.

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Crispy calamari with lime mayonnaise, baked Camembert with homemade bread and cranberry sauce, and chef’s pâté served with sweet chutney and crostinis are among the tempting starters on offer. You might sample Exmoore ale-battered fish and chips or perhaps something from the ever-changing specials board. To accompany your meal, choose from a selection of West Open: Country gins, opt for a local Mon-Sat 11.30am-midnight; Exmoor bitter, or try something Sun 11.30am-11pm from the varied wine list. To finish, why not order one of The Poltimore’s cheeseboards, famous for their excellent collection of West Country cheeses? This inviting establishment has something to offer all year round: in winter curl up in front of a blazing log fire with a cuppa, or when the weather’s fair take advantage of the elegant pub garden.

Billy Budds

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 Location 12 Hobb’s Hill, Croyde, EX33 1LZ t: 0844 502 9135 w: www.billybudds.co.uk e: info@billybudds.co.uk

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Billy Budds achieves an atmosphere that most pubs can only dream of. It’s a place loved as much by the locals as it is by the tourists that visit. Whether you’re stopping by after you’ve been to the beach, surfing or walking, punters are invited to share adventures over a pint and shoot some pool, or let the kids tire themselves out in the play area. Billy Budds is the ideal place for a get-together.

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The culinary line-up has been designed with sharing in mind, with a large selection of fresh tapas and stone-cooked pizzas on offer. The summer menu features an extensive list of speciality burgers made using prime local Exmoor beef, although a trip to Croyde isn’t complete without trying the famous nachos, topped with cheese, peppers, jalapeños, salsa and a dollop of sour cream. Takeaway options are also available for those who wish to wander down to Croyde’s famous beach and watch the sun set. Inside, the pub feels light and Open: Sun-Thurs 11am-11pm; airy in the summer and cosy Fri & Sat 11am-midnight in winter, boasting a laid-back beach bar atmosphere all year round. Photos of local surfers adorn the walls surrounding the bar, which is well-stocked with a great range of beer and cider to suit all. Outside, there’s plenty of seating, and there are also several well-appointed bedrooms above the bar if you don’t fancy walking too far to bed. Devon Guide 2019

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Mount Pleasant Inn  Location Mount Pleasant Road, Dawlish Warren, EX7 0NA t: 0844 502 8240 w: www.mountpleasantinn.com

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A family-run inn that dates back to the 18th century, Mount Pleasant Inn can be found in the picturesque seaside resort of Dawlish Warren. Its setting affords this friendly restaurant and bed and breakfast outstanding views across the £18 to Exe Estuary and it’s just a stone’s throw from the South West Coast Path, which £37 offers a beautiful walk along the clifftops. Mount Pleasant’s simple but stylish rooms provide a comfy place to rest your head – there’s nothing like being lulled to sleep by the sound of waves. Each room boasts its own sense of character – some even have their own balcony – and overnight guests can also enjoy the inn’s famous breakfasts. Over in the restaurant, the menu is focused on providing good-quality British fare, with generous portions offering great value for money. Starters range Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; from Mediterranean tapas to a traditional prawn cocktail, and the deep-fried potato skins – served with blue Sun 11.30am-11pm cheese dip – are a perfect, Food Served: Mon-Sun mouth-watering appetiser. The noon-2pm, 6pm-9pm selection of mains is equally impressive: there’s something for every palate, with dishes like chicken curry and homemade fishcakes available alongside classics such as sausage and mash, and grilled lamb chops with cranberry sauce. Additionally, there’s a sumptuous vegan chickpea and spinach pie on offer, as well as classic spinach and ricotta cannelloni – perfect for veggie diners. Traditional

The Anchor Inn  Location Cockwood, EX6 8RA t: 0844 502 5120 w: www.anchorinncockwood.com e: scott.anchor@hotmail.co.uk

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Tucked away in the charming village of Cockwood, The Anchor is an olde-worlde pub that’s well worth seeking out. With a warm and inviting atmosphere, fresh food and a stunning riverside location, this is the perfect £17 to place to pass a relaxed evening and an ideal spot to pause during a day £42 of exploring. Inside The Anchor, exposed beams and quirky decor celebrate the pub’s 450-year history, while antique boating paraphernalia reflects the area’s maritime past. Guests are offered a seat on the ground floor or the upstairs mezzanine – an unusual feature that really adds to the character of the pub. On warmer days, the al fresco seating also proves popular, providing views across Open: the water. Mon-Sun 11am-11.30pm The food offering at The Anchor is heavily influenced by its coastal location. Food Served: Why not start with pan-seared scallops and strawberries, or opt for the Sun-Thurs noon-9pm; Captain’s Hotel platter – a Fri & Sat noon-9.30pm sharing board of mussels, razor clams and prawns. The list of mains encompasses pub classics – the steak and ale pie is to die for – and The Anchor’s famous mussels selection showcases a variety of sauces and broths. Try the classic moules marinières or sample the Russian mussels, which are cooked in tomato sauce, cayenne pepper and vodka. Other tempting plates include slow-roasted pork and a pear, Stilton and hazelnut tart. 82

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Sawmills

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 Location Watermouth Valley, Berrynarbor, EX34 9SJ t: 0844 502 9137 w: www.oldsawmills.co.uk e: info@oldsawmills.co.uk

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Sawmills is a waterside pub par excellence, sitting below Berrynarbor in the pretty Watermouth Valley between Ilfracombe and Combe Martin. Last year, the pub opened its doors after major refurbishment and boasts an artsy feel that’s in keeping with its working past. There’s plenty of light thanks to the huge panoramic window overlooking the extensive decked area, which sits just above the river.

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This watering hole is run by a local family, and the staff are friendly and attentive, assisting in creating the easy-going vibe the pub is well-known for. Drinks-wise, there’s an impressive range of craft ale and cider as well as an extensive choice of wine. The kitchen team focuses on serving locally sourced produce, with Aberdeen Angus and Red Ruby Devon beef coming from the farm up the road, rare-breed pork sourced from Taw Valley, and fish freshly landed in North Devon. It’s not just the quality, local Open: Sun-Thurs 8am-10pm; food that’s impressive, it’s Fri & Sat 8am-11pm also big Bertha – the cast iron charcoal oven that adds a smoky flavour to everything. Main courses get the Bertha treatment and the result is impressive: the slow-cooked Exmoor brisket and pulled pork are stand-out dishes. With food served throughout the day, Sawmills is the ideal stop-off point for laid-back drinks and nibbles, a full-on banquet, or a memorable Sunday roast.

Depot Eatery

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 Location Mullacott Cross, Nr. Ilfracombe, EX34 8NY t: 0844 502 9138 w: www.depoteatery.co.uk e: info@depoteatery.co.uk

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Situated just outside Ilfracombe, the Depot (formerly Cook Island) is a brand-new refurbished venue, with an American road-trip feel. The location is fantastic for those passing through to the north Devon coast and Cornwall. Once you enter the main doors, the industrial decor and calming music create a welcoming space and the staff greet you like regulars.

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‘...welcoming...’ On the extensive and creative menu are flame-fired tacos, nachos, burgers, loaded sandwiches and kids’ meals, as well as an ever-changing dessert menu. There’s even a wood-fired pizza oven that can cook a fantastic range of pizzas in 90 seconds. The long open-plan bar offers local ale, wine and spirits, and selective gin and tequila. For starters we chose dukka and chilli cashews along with beetroot hummus and tortilla chips. The mix of seeds in the dukka was superb Open: Mon-Sat 8am-11pm; and was accompanied by local Sun 8am-10pm bread and olive oil balsamic. For mains we tried one of the pizzas and burgers on offer. The mushroom pizza was crispy and earthy, and the bacon cheese burger made with Waytown Farm beef was the tastiest, juiciest burger I have ever eaten. The accompanying creamy coleslaw and sweet salsa elevated the dish to a whole new level. We can’t wait to return. Devon Guide 2019

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The Tower Inn  Location Slapton, Nr. Kingsbridge, TQ7 2PN t: 0844 502 9294 w: www.thetowerinn.com e: towerinn@slapton.org

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Tucked away in the heart of beautiful Slapton village and overlooked by the picturesque 14th-century tower from which it takes its name, The Tower Inn is only a short walk from Slapton Sands and the stunning South Devon coast.

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Summer Open: Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm; Sun noon-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm Winter Open: Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm; Sun noon-3pm Food Served: Mon-Sun noon-2.30pm, 6.30pm-9.30pm

It may take a little effort to find, but once you arrive, you won’t want to leave. Sit down with a drink of your choice beside the roaring log fire in winter or in the secluded walled garden in summer and enjoy the delightful rural setting and friendly ambience. The Tower Inn is a haven for lovers of real ale, fine wine and wonderful food, and the passionate staff’s enthusiasm stems from the abundance of West Country produce available right on their doorstep.

Menus are based on locally produced ingredients wherever possible and feature fresh seafood from Start Bay, prime Devon beef, local venison and other locally caught game. In spring, Devon crab gazpacho is a fabulous evening starter for seafood-lovers. For a rich and hearty main, try slow-cooked pork belly with borlotti beans, celery root purée, rainbow chard and red wine jus, or pan-fried halibut with lemon couscous, mange tout, tomatoes, fennel and herb oil. Alternatively, opt for a traditional dish from the bar menu. Accommodation is available, so if you don’t feel like driving, why not make a night of it? Traditional

The Ship Inn  Location Queen Street, Teignmouth, TQ14 8BY t: 0844 625 3818 w: www.theshipinnteignmouth.co.uk e: shipinnteignmouth@gmail.com

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If you fancy spending an idyllic afternoon sipping cold beer on the waterfront overlooking the beach, look no further than The Ship Inn. Real ales behind the well-stocked bar include Otter Ale, Bass, Tribute and Proper Job, as well as a new guest ale every week. Perched on the Teignmouth Estuary, this characterful venue welcomes everyone to enjoy the jovial atmosphere and boasts excellent fare and stunning views of the River Teign. Whether you’re meeting friends for a drink or eating out with the whole family, friendly staff ensure everyone is well looked after.

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Admire the striking artwork while you dine in the restaurant, or on sunny days dine al fresco in the terrace seating area. The menu comprises seasonal British classics like juicy steaks, freshly caught local fish and homemade pizzas. The dishes on offer constantly vary to make use of the best seasonal Open: Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm; produce, so you might discover Fri & Sat 11am-midnight; the likes of whole sea bass served Sun noon-11pm on a bed of crunchy samphire. Food Served: Why not accompany your meal Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, with a smooth tipple from the 6pm-9pm; Sun noon-3pm extensive wine list? Make an evening of it and experience one of the regular live music nights, or visit for the biannual Ship Inn festival that rocks the estuary.

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The Globe Inn

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 Location The Strand, Lympstone, Nr. Exmouth, EX8 5EY t: 0844 625 5504 w: www.globelympstone.co.uk

ED The Globe Inn is a traditional village pub nestled amongst charming whitewashed cottages and cobbled streets of this beautiful estuary-side village, complete with stunning views and an abundance of wildlife. This is a popular £12 spot with locals and visitors alike and the friendly team ensures that every to £30 guest receives a warm welcome. No good village pub is complete without a hearty menu of delicious home-cooked fare, and The Globe Inn does not disappoint on this score. The huge range of appetising starters offers up the likes of deep-fried whitebait, classic prawn cocktail and hand-picked crab with clarified butter and sourdough bread. The menu of mains is equally impressive, listing traditional British plates such as sausages and mash, fish and chips, and juicy steaks. If none of those delicious dishes tickle your fancy, you’re sure to find something on the burger menu. With vegetarian, fish, beef, pork and venison burgers to Open: choose from, there’s something for Mon-Fri noon-11pm; every palate. Why not enjoy a pint Sat noon-11.30pm; of ale with your meal, choosing Sun noon-10.30pm from the selection of local beers? Round off your visit by perusing the dessert menu. For those with a sweet-tooth there’s an irresistible apple crumble as well as a gluten-free salted caramel and almond brownie. If you prefer a savoury treat, opt for the cheeseboard with crackers, chutney and grapes.

The Black Horse

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 Location Old Honiton Road, Sowton, Nr. Exeter, EX5 2AN t: 0844 625 3768 w: www.blackhorsesowton.co.uk e: blackhorse@wadworth.co.uk

ED Run by dedicated duo Marc and Carol, The Black Horse has rapidly become a place in which the area’s foodies can enjoy hearty, traditional fare. I elected to start with crispy beer-battered king prawns and cucumber drizzled £18 with a chilli sauce, while my companion devoured creamy mushrooms in to £25 a wine and wild garlic sauce served atop ciabatta. For the main course, I sampled hunter’s chicken and found it superbly juicy; the chicken breast was wrapped in bacon, topped with barbecue sauce and gooey melted cheese, and served with creamy mashed potato and spring vegetables. My companion’s sweet chilli chicken salad was beautifully presented and came with crisp skinny fries. This up-and-coming venue also has an excellent gluten-free menu, so there’s something for everyone. To accompany our Food Served: meal we enjoyed a pink gin and tonic, perfectly chilled with frozen berries, and a refreshing pint of Swordfish ale. We completed our visit with a classic Mon-Fri noon-9pm; sticky toffee pudding with Sat 9am-9pm; custard and a refreshing, creamy Sun 9am-8.30pm lemon posset. The tasteful interior combines the traditional features of a cosy inn with a sophisticated modern atmosphere. The bar and dining areas seamlessly blend into one another, and you can dine in the outdoor patio area where there’s plenty of space for children to play. This family-friendly venue also offers smaller portions and child-friendly dishes to encourage little ones to dine. Devon Guide 2019

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The Ness House  Location Ness Drive, Shaldon, TQ14 0HP t: 0845 468 1524 w: www.theness.co.uk e: nesshouse.shaldon@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

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Surrounded by luscious gardens in the picturesque village of Shaldon, The Ness is a handsome pub housed in a Grade II listed Georgian property on the South West Coast Path. Offering different socialising areas, which are £20 to adorned with vintage boating memorabilia, it’s the perfect spot for whiling away £30 the hours while taking in the stunning views over the Teign Estuary and beaches. As part of the Hall & Woodhouse family – brewers of award-winning Badger beer – The Ness works hard to be all that a good local should: family- and dog-friendly, with relaxed but slick service, and an interesting food and drinks selection, while offering a real sense of community with regular lively events. The menu features traditional favourites like steaks, burgers and beer-battered Open: fish and chips as well as seasonal mains, healthy dishes and vegetarian and Mon-Sat 9.30am-11pm; vegan options. We shared an indulgent baked Camembert to start, spiked Sun 9.30am-10.30pm with garlic and thyme and served with bread and crudités. My main course of Food Served: honey-roasted ham with eggs, Mon-Sat noon-9pm; triple-cooked chips and piccalilli Sun noon-8.30pm comes highly recommended, and my partner’s smoked haddock fishcakes were packed with flavour, served on a bed of spinach and kale with Provençale sauce. To round things off we shared a deliciously nostalgic favourite of Black Forest sundae while watching the boats coming and going along the river. The Ness is an idyllic spot for lazy days and laid-back nights with friends or family. Traditional

The Lighter Inn  Location The Quay, Topsham, Nr. Exeter, EX3 0HZ t: 0845 468 1523 w: www.lighterinn.co.uk e: lighterinn.topsham@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

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Boasting a delightful waterside location and that quintessential Hall & Woodhouse home-from-home feel, you’re sure to be charmed by this family-friendly joint. Overlooking the estuary in the pretty town of Topsham, £16 to The Lighter Inn is a warm and welcoming pub that’s popular with locals and £28 visitors alike. Dating back to the 1800s, this charming venue is steeped in maritime history, and has plenty of outdoor seating where you can take in the wonderful views and watch the myriad local wildlife. Our host greeted us enthusiastically and showed us to our table, where we sampled refreshing pints of Badger’s Tanglefoot ale. Our meal began with juicy tiger prawns pan-fried in delicious garlic butter, and a refreshingly innovative Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; vegan dish of smoked paprika and maple tempeh skewers, with cherry Sun 11am-10.30pm tomatoes and red peppers. Both dishes impressed with neat presentation and Food Served: an outstanding combination of Mon-Sun noon-9pm flavours. I followed with the chorizo chicken melt-in-the-mouth braised chicken leg bathed in a stew of tomatoes, red peppers, courgette and smoky chorizo, accompanied by creamy mash, wilted kale and spinach. My partner was just as satisfied with his choice of cod au vin, comprising delicate roasted cod marinated in red wine, garlic and shallots and served with mash, kale and a red wine and bacon sauce. We finished with a trio of mini puds – three petite versions of coffee and walnut panna cotta, Black Forest sundae and seasonal fruit crumble. What could be better? 86

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The Ship’s Tavern

Traditional

 Location Arcadia Road, Elburton, Plymouth, PL9 8EG t: 0844 625 7517 w: www.theshipstavern.co.uk

Pm Tucked away in the lovely village of Elburton in Plymouth is The Ship’s Tavern. A friendly atmosphere welcomes you as you enter through the lounge area – locals have been enjoying high-quality ale and beer here for years. Moving through the £14 restaurant, the cheery owner waits to greet every customer with a warm smile, to £25 plenty of chat and an offering of tasty food. Outside, you’ll also find a large car park and a soon-to-be-renovated seating area which, in the near future, will offer improved child-friendly spaces. We were delighted to discover that a full carvery is served at lunchtime alongside an extensive bar and restaurant menu. My guest and I arrived on the Saturday steak night, where diners are treated to a variety of prime cuts, including a £29 Chateaubriand for two and 12oz Porterhouse, all cut on the premises. To start, a perfectly presented platter was served, comprising a delicious homemade parfait, sweet chutney and toasted ciabatta bread. For my main, it had to be the juicy 7oz Food Served: fillet steak – a generous portion Weds-Sat noon-3pm, with mouth-watering sides, this 5pm-8pm; Sun noon-7pm was great value at just £9. My dessert of freshly made bread and butter pudding was recommended by our attentive waiter and accompanied by lashings of creamy custard. If you’re looking for a comfortable pub environment with great food at affordable prices, The Ship’s Tavern is a must-visit. The ideal stop-off on the way to or from the popular South Hams, this is the perfect place to unwind over a sumptuous homemade meal and a few drinks.

The Carpenters Arms

Traditional

 Location Old Town Hall, Ilsington, TQ13 9RG t: 0844 625 7510 w: www.carpentersilsington.co.uk

Te Set in the village of Ilsington on picturesque Dartmoor, The Carpenters Arms is a traditional village pub full of local characters and friendly staff members that eagerly welcome visitors. Surrounded by thatched cottages and enveloped £17 in the Devon landscape, this thoroughly British bar and eatery welcomes muddy to £30 boots and dogs alike. Why not stop by and warm yourself by the roaring log fires, or simply enjoy a pint of something refreshing? The Carpenters Arms has recently come under new management and the genuine warmth of owners Richard and Yvonne keeps guests coming back time and again. The kitchen team serves up traditional pub food, with mains ranging from crispy fish and chips and delicious platters to satisfying pasties and juicy burgers made with Dartmoor beef. For vegetarians there’s a tasty veggie burger layered with goat’s cheese and tangy onion chutney and on Sundays, diners are Open: Mon 5.30pm-10.45pm; treated to a sumptuous Sunday roast with all the trimmings. Tues-Thurs noon-2.30pm, The bar has a great selection of 5.30pm-10.45pm; drinks to accompany your meal. Fri noon-2.30pm, Choose from fine wine and ale 5pm-11.45pm; straight from the barrel as well Sat noon-11.45pm; as a selection of gin and local Sun noon-10pm beer. If you fancy an evening out, you could even stop by for one of the live music or quiz nights, or perhaps you’ll attend one of the lively karaoke sessions. Devon Guide 2019

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Redwoods Inn  Location Uplowman, Nr. Tiverton, EX16 7DP t: 0845 468 0419 w: www.redwoodsinn.co.uk e: paul@redwoodsinn.co.uk A traditional country village pub (just two and a half miles from Junction 27 of the M5), Redwoods Inn offers a very warm welcome, and delicious and generous portions in its bar and restaurant. The extensive menu and substantial specials board change regularly and offer a variety of vegetarian alternatives. On Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtimes there is a special senior citizens’ menu, and every day of the week there is a choice of roast meats with appropriate accompaniments. Vegetables are chosen from a separate menu and are certainly not run of the mill. Think red cabbage with apples and cranberries, honey-roasted parsnips, mashed and peppered swede, cauliflower cheese, broccoli, leeks in cream sauce – the list goes on. Children are welcome, and while there is limited parking outside the pub, the village hall car park, 50 yards away, is available for patrons’ use.

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Food Served: Mon 6pm-9.15pm; Tues-Sat noon-2pm, 6pm-9.15pm; Sun noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.15pm Traditional

The Albert Inn  Location 32 Bridgetown, Totnes, TQ9 5AD t: 0844 502 9074 w: www.albertinntotnes.com e: albertinntotnes@yahoo.co.uk Occupying a pretty spot near the River Dart is The Albert Inn, a charming pub run by Giles and his dog, Albert. The staff are lovely, the ambience is relaxed and the food is top-notch. Menus comprise traditional pub favourites, freshly made using seasonal produce. There are daily specials, and Sunday sees an impressive roast dinner added to the bill of fare, which is hearty and includes all the usual trimmings. Accompanying the food is a great assortment of wine and ale, including real ale made on-site by Giles himself. In the summer months, take your brew outside and make use of the spacious beer garden, which is available to hire – as is the private lounge. The Albert Inn also hosts regular events including quizzes and open mic nights, and weekly specials such as fish night and grill night.

SH £15 to

£25

Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-2pm, 6pm-9pm; Sun noon-3pm Traditional

New Inn

 Location Whimple Road, Broadclyst, Nr. Exeter, EX5 3BX t: 0844 625 3611 w: www.newinnbroadclyst.co.uk e: barb.troop@hotmail.co.uk Standing proudly among picturesque fields in the village of Broadclyst, a warm welcome awaits at New Inn. This is a destination pub for skittles and darts enthusiasts, and on weekends the large skittles alley can be hired for private parties. This family-friendly establishment also has a large beer garden with play areas for little ones. Pop by to enjoy a glass of popular Otter amber ale or to sample some delicious home-cooked fare. To start, we shared baked Camembert with crusty bread and cranberry chutney that perfectly complemented the rich, oozing cheese. I followed with crispy salmon and dill fishcakes with new potatoes and a light salad. My companion opted for the steak and ale pie complete with light, buttery pastry and a delectably rich filling. We left most impressed and were already thinking of when to book our next table as we enjoyed a scenic post-dinner stroll nearby.

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The Bedford Hotel

Traditional  Location 1 Plymouth Road, Tavistock, PL19 8BB t: 0844 625 1674 w: www.bedford-hotel.co.uk e: reception@bedford-hotel.co.uk WD Set in the charming market town of Tavistock, The Bedford Hotel is the ideal base for visitors exploring the West Country. Located between Dartmoor National Park and the Tamar Valley, The Bedford offers easy access to some £23 of the UK’s most awe-inspiring sights. The hotel’s dog-friendly policy is to £36 perfect for ramblers who don’t wish to leave their four-legged friends behind. Many of the rooms here offer views over the town and some even boast luxurious four-poster beds. Each characterful space is designed to emphasise the unique charms of this historic building. Groups with small children can also book family-friendly rooms. When you’re not exploring the countryside or putting your feet up, why not enjoy a meal in the award-winning restaurant? Begin your day with a sumptuous breakfast – the full Devon breakfast is irresistible – or a cup of Open: freshly brewed morning coffee. If you’re choosing from the lunch and dinner Mon-Sun 7.30am-11pm menu, try the flavoursome Dartmoor beef and Jail Ale pie, with sautéed potatoes and delicious seasonal vegetables. Alternatively, opt for an appetising starter of Cornish beetroot and halloumi arancini, before tucking into the Indonesian rendang goat curry. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, The Bedford’s afternoon tea is the perfect way to treat yourself. The team also offers a fantastic Sunday lunch every week and once a month this is accompanied by live jazz.

The Volunteer Inn

Traditional

 Location 1 Broad Street, Ottery St Mary, EX11 1BZ t: 0844 502 6535 w: www.volunteerinnottery.co.uk e: mike89volley@outlook.com

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The Volunteer Inn has been part of Ottery St Mary’s history since 1810, a testament to its popularity and promise of delivering great food and drink. In 2012 Jacqui and Mike Down became the proud proprietors and have since refurbished the pub to freshen it up whilst retaining the character of the place.

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‘...warm, friendly atmosphere...’ The kitchen clan serves wholesome pub grub that honours British tradition. Everything is freshly prepared in the kitchen, so turn up with an appetite and sate it with old favourites such as homemade lasagne, steak and ale pie, and beer-battered cod goujons served with hand-cut chips and peas. If you’re after a lighter bite, choose filled jacket potatoes, panini, or a ploughman’s lunch. Committed to serving a variety of options to diners stopping by for lunch or dinner, The Volly (as it’s known locally) now offers gluten-free choices, including Open: desserts. Veggies can mull over Mon-Sat noon-midnight; bean tagine, mac and cheese Sun noon-11pm and vegetarian lasagne. Staying true to its roots, there’s also a heart-warming Sunday roast served each week. It’s not all about the food though: what makes a superlative pub is a warm, friendly atmosphere, which can be found in spades at The Volunteer Inn – go along and see for yourself. Devon Guide 2019

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The Post Inn  Location Exeter Road, Whiddon Down, Nr. Okehampton, EX20 2QT t: 0844 625 3394 w: www.thepostinnwhiddon.co.uk e: thepostinn@gmail.com The Post Inn is a traditional 16th-century pub located just off the A30, so is a great stop-off for those travelling to the depths of Dartmoor. Situated near the market town of Okehampton and pretty village of Chagford, The Post Inn is within easy reach of glorious countryside. With a mix of locals and sightseers flowing through the doors, the menu caters for a wide variety of tastes. The large portions include pan-fried rib-eye steak with chips, Devon crab served with salad, and rich cottage pie with a cheesy mash topping as well as filled baguettes and jackets. Round off the week with a Sunday carvery, which boasts three choices of meats and a vegetarian option. Local ale, real ale and cider populate the drinks list, so whether calling in for a tipple, snack, or full-blown feast, The Post Inn is sure to have something that takes your fancy.

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£25

Open: Mon-Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10pm Traditional

The Old Inn  Location Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Nr. Newton Abbot, TQ13 7TA t: 0844 502 8486 w: www.theoldinnwidecombe.com e: oldinn621@btinternet.com With spectacular views over Hameldown and chickens roaming in the spacious garden, The Old Inn at Widecombe-in-the-Moor is the epitome of a traditional Dartmoor eatery. Widecombe is a walkers’ hub, and The Old Inn is the perfect place to rest up and enjoy a well-earned pint of ale or cider, a tasty lunch, or a traditional Devon cream tea. The food is fresh and seasonal, with daily changing specials focusing on hearty local meat dishes; beef is sourced from the Dartmoor Farmers Association, from cattle grazing out on the moor. The burgers on the à la carte menu have gained quite a reputation, and The Old Inn is well known for its delicious fish and chips. Save space for a homemade pudding or pop back after your walk for an evening meal once the midday rush has calmed down.

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£25

Open: Mon-Sat 11am-10pm; Sun noon-6pm Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-9pm; Sun noon-5.30pm Traditional

The Staghunters Inn

 Location Brendon, Nr. Lynton, EX35 6PS t: 01598 741222 w: www.staghunters.com e: stay@staghunters.com Nestled on the banks of the River Lyn in the village of Brendon, The Staghunters Inn is a family-run inn with a truly outstanding location. Its position on the edge of Exmoor National Park, just a stone’s throw from the coast, makes this welcoming pub the ideal place to break up a day of exploring and a great spot to stay during a weekend away. There are 14 rooms to choose from at The Staghunters, and each one has been tastefully decorated, equipped with coffee-making facilities and an en-suite bathroom. The restaurant overlooks the garden and here you’ll be offered a tempting range of plates, including beer-battered fish and chips, homemade steak and ale pie and luxurious venison with blue cheese sauce. Portions are always generous and diners are invited to combine their meal with a pint of ale, beer or cider, or a glass of refreshing wine.

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The Globe Inn

Traditional

 Location Frogmore, Nr. Kingsbridge, TQ7 2NR t: 0844 625 3124 w: www.theglobeinn.co.uk e: info@theglobeinn.co.uk

SH The Globe Inn is a tastefully renovated traditional inn that manages to maintain authentic pub character, while also serving as an excellent restaurant. Situated in the South Hams, between Kingsbridge and Dartmouth, it is easily £18 found and offers ample parking. With a warm and friendly welcome, it’s perfect to £25 for a drink, a meal or even a longer stay, as eight en-suite guestrooms are also available. The main dining room is airy and comfortable and shares space with the bar. The open fireplace and wood-burner are tempting in chilly weather, while on a warm day one might choose to eat or drink outside in the attractive Summer Open: terraced garden overlooking the Devon countryside. Mon-Sun noon-11pm The menu and specials selection offer a comprehensive range of dishes, both Winter Open: classic and contemporary in style, including meat, fish and vegetarian options, Mon 6pm-11pm; Tues-Sat and there’s a wide choice of wine and beer available from the bar. The noon-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm; smoky fishcakes enhanced by dill, Sun 6.30pm-11pm lemon and horseradish sauce, and baked goat’s cheese with toasted hazelnuts and balsamic onions were delicious starters. For the main course, steak and ale pie with seasonal veg, and seafood pancake accompanied by crisp salad were both perfectly cooked and thoroughly enjoyable. White chocolate cheesecake with fruit compote, and crème brûlée with Cointreau and shortbread were welcome treats to finish a meal that won’t be our last at The Globe Inn.

Fingle Bridge Inn

Traditional

 Location Drewsteignton, Nr. Exeter, EX6 6PW t: 0845 468 1714 w: www.finglebridgeinn.co.uk e: finglebridgeinn@gmail.com

WD Nestled in the Fingle Gorge, right on the banks of the River Teign, the Fingle Bridge Inn is a charming traditional pub and restaurant. This family-owned venue boasts a homely atmosphere, with a roaring fire in winter and outside terraces to £15 enjoy when the sun shines. With its stunning location, it encourages fishermen, to cyclists, nature enthusiasts and walkers to take a well-deserved break, and is also £20 a popular rest stop for visitors to Castle Drogo. The Fingle Bridge Inn was built on the site of a tea shelter founded in 1897 by Jesse Ashplant, and is still owned by the family – the scones served in its acclaimed cream tea even use Jesse’s original recipe. The Sunday carvery is extremely Open: Mon 11am-5pm; popular and can be enjoyed in the bar, on the terraces or in the restaurant. The Tues-Sat 11am-10pm; extensive bar menu features pub favourites such as homemade pie of the day with Sun 11am-6pm seasonal vegetables, fish and chips and lasagne. There are also several children’s (winter hours may vary, meals and vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Homemade desserts such as please call for details) crumble, squidgy chocolate cake and bread and butter pudding are a must, and there’s a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, including tea and coffee. The airy function room can seat up to 120 people and is frequently used for celebrations of all kinds – it holds a wedding licence and affords amazing photo opportunities. The venue is open from 11am-4pm in winter, and evenings at weekends; summer hours are much longer and include most evenings. It is best to phone ahead or check the regularly updated website for details. Devon Guide 2019

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The Maltsters Arms  Location Greenway, Woodbury, EX5 1LN t: 0845 468 0847 w: www.themaltstersarms.com e: themaltstersarms@gmx.com Matt and Sam welcome you to this cheerful, family-run pub where even your four-legged friend is welcome. Everything at The Maltsters Arms is geared towards ensuring visitors of all ages have a great time; children will love running around in the beer garden, which has been designed with little ones in mind, and the pub has a playgroup every Wednesday. Grown-ups, meanwhile, will certainly be pleased with the bar’s offering. There are always four well-kept cask ales available, including the likes of St Austell’s Proper Job and Sharp’s Doom Bar, plus wine from Regency Wines in Exeter. Head chef Tom Edwards uses as many seasonal and local ingredients as possible to create the mouth-watering dishes on offer, such as the popular pan-fried liver and bacon with creamy mash and vegetables. The function room has plenty of space to cater for birthdays, weddings and christenings, and the large car park and nearby campsites make it convenient for those from further afield.

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Open: Mon 6pm-11pm; Tues-Thurs noon-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm; Fri-Sun noon-11pm Traditional

The Black Horse Inn  Location High Street, Great Torrington, EX38 8HN t: 0845 468 1647 w: www.blackhorsedevon.co.uk Set right in the centre of town, this 16th-century coaching inn has mellowed into a beautiful oak-timbered local pub, specialising in good beer, superb wine and excellent food. All ingredients are locally sourced and beautifully cooked. I started with meaty king prawns with tangy chilli and lime dressing, while my partner chose the warm duck salad. For the main course she opted for roast lamb shank with cranberry, mint and brandy sauce – her satisfied smile said it all. I went for the roast duck with blackberry and Port sauce, which was rich and undeniably delicious. My partner completed the meal with white chocolate and Baileys cheesecake. Regrettably, all I could manage was a black coffee and a pledge to come prepared for a veritable feast next time.

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Open: Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm; Fri & Sat 11am-midnight; Sun noon-11pm Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-2pm, 6.30pm-9pm; Sun noon-2pm Traditional

The Lord High Admiral

 Location 33 Stonehouse Street, Plymouth, PL1 3PE t: 0844 625 3625 e: info@the-lha.co.uk Comfortable, cosy and full of charm, this pub offers a friendly welcome in the heart of Plymouth. The decor couples traditional delights like a log fire, board games and well-stocked bookshelves, with attractive maritime touches. When the weather’s fair, guests can enjoy a pint of craft beer and a bite to eat in the pleasant beer garden. Owners Holly and Alistair believe in sourcing the best local produce, and all food is crafted on-site. The menu offers contemporary interpretations of pub classics from fish and chips to sausage and mash, alongside some exciting additions such as buttermilk chicken tacos, and a vegan jackfruit burrito. With an extensive daily specials board, there’s truly something for everyone. Room for dessert? All the desserts are homemade, and the sticky toffee pudding is always a firm favourite with the locals. Whether you’re popping in for a drink or a three-course meal, this wonderful establishment ticks every box.

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Supha’s Street Food Emporium

Thai

 Location Unit 1 East Quay House, Sutton Harbour, Plymouth, PL4 OHX t: 0844 625 3559 w: www.suphas.co.uk e: eat@suphas.co.uk Inspired by traditional open-air street cooking, this enchanting emporium brings together recipes from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and South East Asia. To discover the latest new creation, pop by and order the lunchtime special. Thai chef Supha draws on several generations of family recipes to create a truly authentic dining experience, and the venue has earned a reputation as a haven for spice-lovers. Discover the likes of pla neung ma-now – freshly steamed fish stuffed with lemon grass, lime leaf and garlic in a seafood sauce – or pad pak bung fai-dang, comprising stir-fried water spinach in garlicky oyster sauce. The wine list has been carefully curated with the likes of Picpoul de Pinet to complement the seafood, and merlot, shiraz and malbec to enhance the curries.

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£30

Situated close to Plymouth’s fish market, the menu makes excellent use of fresh seafood like monkfish, lobster, cuttlefish and ling. Most of the dishes are Open: Tues noon-9pm; naturally gluten-free and can Weds-Sat noon-10pm; be made vegetarian or vegan Sun & Bank Holidays on request. The lively decor noon-9pm boasts an array of green, yellow, orange and pink colours, with maritime paintings by Tod Otgonbayar, who was previously the official stamp designer for the Mongolian postal service. For another kind of sea view, guests can admire the picturesque Sutton Harbour from the waterfront seating area. For a final authentic touch visitors can purchase a souvenir from South East Asia before they leave.

Siam Bistro

Thai

 Location 2 Cross Tree Centre, Caen Street, Braunton, EX33 1AA t: 0845 468 1583 w: www.thesiambistro.co.uk e: siam-bistro@btconnect.com

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If there’s one word that really sums up Siam Bistro, it’s authentic. Using a combination of real Thai spices, fresh local produce and generations of family recipes, the chef brings the taste of Thailand to the enchanting village of Braunton.

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Guests can start with the likes of gai satay – juicy chicken satay skewers – and crispy tempura vegetables. Perhaps follow with pad nam pung – honeyed duck served with a choice of plain, egg-fried or sticky coconut rice – or the ever-popular pad Thai, comprising thin rice noodles and crunchy peanuts cooked in a nutty tamarind sauce. Round off your meal with an unusual yet delectable dessert of sweet coconut sorbet and Thai custard. Siam Bistro is a great spot for foodies looking to dine somewhere smart and authentic. Open: Mon-Sat 11am-2.30pm, Attractively decorated in bright, inviting colours, the interior combines modern 6pm-late chic style with characterful touches like the large map of South East Asia that covers one wall. This enticing bistro attracts a steady stream of sport enthusiasts from nearby Saunton Golf Club. With such close proximity to Saunton Sands, Croyde Bay and the iconic Woolacombe Beach, it’s also a favourite destination for local surfers and holidaymakers. It isn’t just the location that makes this a go-to eatery – the relaxed atmosphere, amiable staff and consistent high-quality food all play their part. Devon Guide 2019

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Chef Profile

Scott Paton – Gallery Restaurant – Pg 4 There was no pivotal moment that convinced Scott Paton to become a chef – he always knew it was what he wanted to do. From his first role as kitchen porter at Jack in the Green, to becoming chef at an exquisite three-AA-rosetteawarded restaurant, Scott has ascended smoothly through the culinary ranks. Scott enjoys working all areas of the kitchen, from the creativity of the pastry section to the overview he gets from working on the pass, but he currently favours meat and fish. The Gallery Restaurant team maintains excellent relationships with local seafood suppliers and receives an abundance of fresh fish, including daily deliveries of Brixham crab. Scott also brings in fresh flavours from Boringdon’s herb garden and kitchen garden, enhancing the wonderful dishes he creates with generous and creative use of seasonings.

Chef Profile

Mark Budd – Bovey Castle – Pg 7 For as long as he can remember, Mark Budd has always loved cooking. After working at Dartington Hall in Totnes, he chased the bright lights of London, where he trained as a chef and worked his way up in some of the capital’s most prestigious restaurants. Mark returned to his home turf in 2015 to take the reins as executive head chef at stunning Bovey Castle, situated in Dartmoor National Park. Mark takes inspiration from his beautiful surroundings and translates it into spectacular modern British dishes. Take, for example, the duck liver curls, presented to mirror the fallen logs on the estate, or the ninth-hole chocolate tree stump – a dessert based on Bovey Castle’s award-winning golf course. Fresh, seasonal and locally produced ingredients cooked and presented beautifully is what Mark’s known for. Local game and lamb, aged Exmoor beef and seafood are all easily available, so feature regularly on the menu.

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Tina King & Nicholas Hack – The Cadeleigh Arms – Pg 14 Passionate chefs Tina and Nicholas met 14 years ago and joined forces in 2013 to open their first restaurant, Il Casita, to much acclaim. This dynamic duo now heads up the team at The Cadeleigh Arms and works together to create outstanding monthly seasonal menus that never fail to impress. Taking a more traditional route into the world of fine dining, Tina completed her chef training at college before taking the opportunity to cook her way around Europe. Meanwhile her counterpart Nicholas trained within the army, giving him both the discipline and drive to become a master of the kitchen. Along the way both have won multiple awards and most recently, Nicholas won Devon Life’s Chef of the Year and The Cadeleigh Arms won Devon Life’s Pub of the Year award. They have also worked with top names in the industry, including Albert Roux and Oliver Peyton.

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Jamie Rogers – Twenty Seven by Jamie Rogers – Pg 17 Jamie has lived in Devon his whole life and celebrates his heritage by working with the county’s finest suppliers. His favourites include Excel shellfish, who sell top-quality crabs, Britannia of Beesands for beautiful scallops and The Bear & Blacksmiths Butchery for Dexter beef and incredible local lamb. His passion for food began at the age of 12 when he was a pot washer in a local pub, and he then went on to work in the dessert and larder sections. Today, Jamie enjoys every area of the kitchen, but he especially loves working with fish as it’s landed only two miles away from his restaurant, Twenty Seven. His favourite ingredient is Jerusalem artichoke, which he innovatively uses to create ice creams and cheesecakes. His most memorable cooking experience was winning all three categories for South West Chef of The Year, testament to his skill and hard work.

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Haydn Johnson – Berry Head Hotel – Pg 24

Chef Profile

For Haydn good food is all about enjoyment; from the moment the plate is put in front of the diner, to the very last bite. Every day in the kitchen is different, which is part of what makes Haydn’s job so satisfying. His most memorable experience was when he cooked at Fishstock Festival and the wind was so strong it blew his hob out. Haydn’s favourite season is spring, and his favourite ingredient is rhubarb – especially when it’s used for a classic crumble. Haydn is proud to be head chef at the AA-rosette-awarded Berry Head Hotel and hopes to build upon the hotel’s impressive reputation. His top tips for cheffing success are to have patience when cooking and to soak up as much knowledge as possible from each chef that you work with. To be a top chef, he believes you need to be determined and imaginative with a great eye for detail.

Bobby Bond – Instow Arms – Pg 40

Chef Profile

Watching cookery shows and experimenting in the kitchen with different recipes as a child inspired Bobby to become a chef. To this day, Bobby still loves experimenting with new ingredients and culinary techniques. As head chef at The Instow Arms, Bobby serves traditional dishes alongside new and exciting creations. Bobby enjoys the buzz of being in charge of an enthusiastic and passionate team. He thrives at every station in the kitchen, but his favourite section to work on is the pass. For Bobby, the abundance of fresh fish and seafood available right on his doorstep is what makes working in Devon such a joy. His favourite ingredient to cook with is lobster, which he serves whole alongside a mixed seafood platter. Summer is Bobby’s favourite season, as he loves the fresh produce available and the influx of tourists who come to visit the restaurant.

Daniel Kennedy – The Kings Arms – Pg 73

Chef Profile

Daniel started cooking at a young age and has gone on to work for a handful of the biggest names in the industry as well as Michelin-starred and AA-rosette-awarded restaurants. His first job was in a modern Italian brasserie right in the centre of Piccadilly in London, which would serve over 400 customers on a Saturday alone. Daniel also used to work at the Houses of Parliament and had the honour of cooking for the Queen – an accomplishment he’ll never forget. When creating dishes, he always focuses on substance over style; he says he would be much happier tucking into a hearty, flavoursome stew than a bland foam or purée. Daniel describes his style of cooking as unfussy and heart-warming, and wants to continue serving great food to happy diners at The Kings Arms.

Kamil Orlowski – Hole in the Wall – Pg 79

Chef Profile

Kamil began working as a kitchen porter in 2008 in a two-AA-rosette hotel in Buckland and became the hotel’s chef de partie after just one year. He creates dishes that are simple, cooked to perfection and presented beautifully, using fresh local ingredients. His cooking style was inspired by a handful of Michelin-starred chefs including Gordon Ramsay. The pastry section is Kamil’s favourite as he loves to be creative when making desserts and he finds it the most relaxing part of the kitchen. To succeed in the culinary world, he believes you need to be able to keep your head down and not stress, but he also feels you need to have a good sense of humour and have fun with your colleagues. He loves all the fresh Devonshire produce available, especially the fresh fish caught in Brixham Harbour, which he uses to create fantastic dishes at Hole in the Wall. Devon Guide 2019

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Index @thirty-four – Exeter ...................................................... 24 Cridford Inn, The – Trusham ............................................ 22 17th Century Hotel – Burlescombe ................................... 69 Culm Valley Inn, The – Culmstock ................................... 15 A Slice of Lyme – Budleigh Salterton ............................... 26 Depot Eatery – Mullacott Cross ...................................... 83 Albert Inn, The – Totnes................................................... 88 Doyle’s Restaurant – Woolacombe ...................................... 9 Anchor Inn, The – Cockwood ........................................... 82 East Dart Hotel – Yelverton ............................................ 74 Arundell Arms Hotel & Restaurant – Lifton ....................... 6 Fig Tree, The – Plymouth ................................................. 10 Bakehouse, The – Cullompton .......................................... 38 Fingle Bridge Inn – Drewsteignton ................................... 91 Barbican Kitchen, The – Plymouth ................................... 32 Fox & Hounds Country Hotel – Eggesford ........................ 24 Bark House, The – Oakfordbridge..................................... 61 Fresha Café – Sowton ...................................................... 57 Barn Owl, The – Kingskerswell ......................................... 64 Furzeleigh Mill Hotel – Buckfastleigh .............................. 20 Bayards Cove Inn – Dartmouth ........................................ 59 Gallery Restaurant – Plymouth .......................................... 4 Bearslake Inn – Lake Sourton ......................................... 77 Gara Rock – East Portlemouth ......................................... 43 Bedford Hotel, The – Sidmouth ........................................ 52 Globe Inn, The – Frogmore .............................................. 91 Bedford Hotel, The – Tavistock......................................... 89 Globe Inn, The – Lympstone ............................................ 85 Bell Inn, The – Chittlehampton ........................................ 76 Grand Hotel, The – Torquay .............................................. 8 Belluno – Bideford, Newton St Cyres................................ 30 Grange Restaurant, The – Buckfastleigh ........................... 54 Below Decks – Torquay .................................................... 26 Greyhound Country Inn – Fenny Bridges ........................... 68 Berry Head Hotel – Brixham ........................................... 24 Hartnoll Hotel – Bolham.................................................... 6 Bickleigh Mill – Bickleigh................................................ 26 Highbullen Hotel – Chittlehamholt .................................... 3 Billy Budds – Croyde ....................................................... 81 Hole in the Wall – Torquay............................................... 79 Bistrot Pierre – Torquay, Plymouth .................................. 28 Hoops Inn, The – Horns Cross .......................................... 77 Black Horse Inn, The – Great Torrington .......................... 92 Horn of Plenty, The – Gulworthy ....................................... 5 Black Horse, The – Sowton .............................................. 85 Hotel Riviera – Sidmouth ................................................. 7 Black River Inn, The – Black Torrington........................... 80 Hubbox – Exeter ............................................................. 36 Blue 55 Gourmet Burgers – Totnes ................................... 50 Instow Arms – Instow ...................................................... 40 Boathouse, The – Paignton ............................................... 60 Ilsington Country House Hotel & Spa – Ilsington Village ... 16 Bovey Castle – North Bovey ............................................... 7 Jalapeños – Barnstaple .................................................... 37 Breakwater Bistro – Brixham ......................................... 27 Jolly Jacks – Plymouth .................................................... 51 Butchers Block, The – Kilmington .................................... 53 Jube, The – Woolacombe ................................................ 80 Cadeleigh Arms – Cadeleigh............................................. 14 Kents, The – Torquay ...................................................... 78 Café 1809 – Sidmouth ..................................................... 58 Kings Arms, The – Winkleigh .......................................... 73 California Inn, The – California Cross .............................. 62 Lamb, The – Longdown ................................................... 18 Carpenters Arms, The – Ilsington ..................................... 87 Langstone Cliff Hotel – Dawlish Warren ........................... 39 Carriages Brasserie at Devon Hotel – Matford .................. 32 Lewtrenchard Manor – Lewdown ....................................... 5 Cavern on the Quay – Torquay .......................................... 60 Lighter Inn, The – Topsham.............................................. 86 Church House Inn, The – Stokeinteignhead ...................... 74 Lord High Admiral, The – Plymouth ................................ 92 Claytons & The Glasshouse – Barnstaple .......................... 45 Lush – Barnstaple ........................................................... 48 Clifton, The – Exeter ....................................................... 61 Maltsters Arms, The – Woodbury ..................................... 92 Coljan – Ashburton ......................................................... 22 Mango’s – Exeter ............................................................ 55 Cottage Hotel – Hope Cove ................................................ 8 Manor House Inn, The – Croyde ....................................... 49 Crabshell Inn, The – Kingsbridge...................................... 13 Mayflower Brasserie – Plymouth ..................................... 31 Cranberry Farm – Cranbrook .......................................... 48 Meat 59 – Torquay, Exeter .............................................. 36 96

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Millbrook Inn, The – South Pool ..................................... 33 Sawmills – Berrynarbor.................................................... 83 Mill End Hotel – Chagford................................................ 12 Seawood Hotel, The – Lynton............................................ 23 Mitre Inn, The – Witheridge ............................................ 67 Ship Inn, The – Cockwood ................................................ 66 Mount Pleasant Inn – Dawlish Warren ............................. 82 Ship Inn, The – Kingswear................................................ 63 Ness House, The – Shaldon............................................... 86 Ship Inn, The – Teignmouth.............................................. 84 New Inn – Broadclyst....................................................... 88 Ship’s Tavern, The – Plymouth.......................................... 87 NoBody Inn, The – Doddiscombsleigh................................ 64 Shoreline – Paignton........................................................ 14 Number Eight – Bideford ................................................. 12 Siam Bistro – Braunton.................................................... 93 Old Bakery, The – Kingsbridge.......................................... 30 Singing Kettle, The – Buckfastleigh................................... 71 Old Inn, The – Kilmington................................................. 75 Smugglers Kitchen, The – Beer......................................... 21 Old Inn, The – Widecombe-in-the-Moor............................. 90 South Sixteen Fish & Chip – Braunton.............................. 34 Old Library Restaurant, The – Ashburton........................... 18 SQ Bar & Restaurant – Braunton...................................... 50 Old Pottery Restaurant, The – Bovey Tracey ...................... 11 Squires – Braunton .......................................................... 35 On the Waterfront – Exeter.............................................. 49 One Market Street Café – Hatherleigh .............................. 58 Orange Tree, The – Torquay............................................... 13 Orangery Restaurant, The – Kenton................................... 11 Otter Inn, The – Weston.................................................... 65 Otterton Mill – Otterton.................................................... 59 Passage House Inn, The – Topsham .................................. 72 Pattard Kitchen – Hartland ................................................ 8 Pheonix Chudleigh – Chudleigh ........................................ 34 Pie Street – Totnes .......................................................... 54 Pier House, The – Westward Ho!...................................... 42 Pier Point – Torquay......................................................... 40 Pig & Pallet, The – Topsham............................................. 37 Pig & Whistle, The – Littlehempston ................................ 65 Pizza Café – Newton Abbot.............................................. 35 Point Bar & Grill, The – Exmouth..................................... 44

Staghunters Inn, The – Brendon........................................ 90 Supha’s Street Food Emporium – Plymouth....................... 93 Tavistock Inn, The – Poundsgate........................................ 66 Teign House Inn – Christow .............................................. 70 Terrace Café, The – Bovey Tracey...................................... 56 Thatch, The – Croyde........................................................ 71 Thirsty Farmer, The – Whimple......................................... 67 Tides Inn, The – Woolacombe .......................................... 76 Toast Coffee House – Okehampton..................................... 54 Tower Inn, The – Slapton ................................................. 84 Twenty Seven by Jamie Rogers – Kingsbridge.................... 17 Two Bridges Hotel – Two Bridges...................................... 16 Two Mile Oak, The – Newton Abbot................................... 73 Victory Tea Rooms – Paignton .......................................... 61 Village, The – Plymouth.................................................... 25

Poltimore Inn, The – North Molton................................... 81 Volunteer Inn – Ottery St Mary........................................ 89 Post Inn, The – Whiddon Down......................................... 90 Waterfont Inn, The – Westward Ho!................................. 42 Princesshay – Exeter........................................................ 46 Waterside Bistro – Totnes ................................................ 27 Quo Vadis – Exeter........................................................... 29 Watersmeet Hotel & Restaurant – Woolacombe ................ 19 Red Barn, The – Woolacombe........................................... 38 White Hart Hotel, The – Moretonhampstead...................... 70 Redwoods Inn – Uplowman............................................... 88 White Hart Inn – Bideford ............................................... 62 Rendezvous Wine Bar – Exeter......................................... 25 White Hart Inn – Bridestowe ........................................... 78 Ring O’ Bells – West Alvington......................................... 44 White Hart, The – Bow..................................................... 62 River Cottage – Axminster................................................ 41 White Lion, The – Braunton.............................................. 72 River Cottage HQ – Axminster.......................................... 34 White Thorn Inn, The – Shaugh Prior................................ 68 River Cottage Kitchen – Axminster................................... 19 Wild Fig Deli & Café, The – Totnes.................................... 56 Rodean Restaurant – Kenton............................................. 12 Wild Thyme Café – Braunton............................................ 58 Salty Monk, The – Sidford ............................................... 15 Ye Olde Smokey House – Marldon..................................... 67 Devon Guide 2019

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