Food & drink

Devon may be famous for its wonderful cream teas, yet this is only part of the story. The range and quality of fresh local, often organic, seasonal produce make it truly a food lover’s paradise. Many of the food and drink producers are also open to visitors, so you can even taste before you buy. The excellent choice of pubs, restaurants and cafés offers something for every taste and budget. From Michelin star dining to wholesome home-style cooking, you don’t need to be a gourmet to enjoy freshly caught seafood or great fish and chips beside the seaside!

To get you started, here is a selection of the places we like:

Foodie days out

Manna from Devon Kingswear - Try their bread, fish, tapas workshops or one of their family days. Great fun!
Occombe Farm Nr Paignton - Working farm with organic butchery and artisan bakery. Events and activities all year round
South Devon Chilli Farm Loddiswell - Visit the farm, sample their own sauces, preserves and chocolate, or buy chilli plants and seeds
Salcombe Chocolate Academy - Learn to make your own truffles, or visit the chocolate shop and stock up on treats.

Fine dining

White House Chillington - Long lunches to slow suppers in Chillington
The New Angel (Angelique) Dartmouth - Still Michelin star dining, now owned by Alan Murchison
Burgh Island Hotel Bigbury - Daily menu of fresh local produce at this listed Art Deco hotel
Queen Anne Restaurant Goveton - Awarding winning restaurant at Buckland-Tout-Saints Hotel
Gidleigh Park Dartmoor - voted number one food restaurant by Harden's Sunday Times Food List 2014
Bovey Castle Dartmoor National Park - country house elgance catering for all tastes
Hazelwood House Loddiswell - a chef who masters the flavours

Fish and seafood

Seahorse Restaurant Dartmouth - Local fresh fish and seafood cooked over charcoal
Oyster Shack, Bigbury - ‘That seafood place’. A summer hotspot, so book early!
Rockfish Grill Dartmouth - Fresh fish and seafood for all the family in Dartmouth
Dart Marina Dartmouth - elegant fine dining River restaurant
The Boathouse Restaurant Torcross - family run for a classic range of family meals
Britannia of Beesands Kingsbridge - local fish from local fishermen, affectionately known as 'The Shack'.

Pubs

Millbrook Inn South Pool - Recommended by all the pub guides and more. By car, 10 mins from Kingsbridge
Pilchard Inn Burgh Island, Bigbury - Enjoy a pint and a plate of oysters
Dartmoor Union Holbeton - 16C inn with its own micro-brewery. Restaurant (booking essential) and bar food
Floating Bridge Dartmouth - Great atmosphere and probably the best beer-battered fish and chips in Devon
Peter Tavy Inn Nr Tavistock- 15C inn on the edge of Dartmoor, serving good food and real ales. Recommended by all the pub guides.
Steam Packet Inn Totnes - Pub in an old converted riverside warehouse. Good restaurant standard food.

Fun ideas

Captain Flints, Salcombe – homemade pizzas, pasta, burgers, steaks and ice-cream specials – great for kids!
Riverford Kitchen Enjoy a feast of freshly picked organic seasonal produce in an award winning restaurant.
Party on a picnic boat Dartmouth - Fun for all the family – try the pirate picnic!
Garden Room Restaurant Galmpton - Stop off at Burton Farmhouse for a cream tea to remember
The Winking Prawn North Sands, Salcombe - Beach café and BBQ. Fresh fish and seafood – cut above café food. Great for all the family
Duster’s Bistro , Salcombe - Cosy continental-style bistro by the sea. Daily specials and live jazz on Sundays. Booking recommended
Beach House South Milton - laidback foodie destination right on teh beach.

Cafés and delicatessens

The Old Bakery Kingsbridge - Fantastic Sunday brunches. Also lunch, dinner and paella on request. Family friendly and just a walk away!
Mangetout Deli & Café Kingsbridge - Great for lunch, good coffee and you’ll find it hard to resist buying some deli food
Kingsbridge Creamery - Delicatessen and patisserie, specialising in local Devon produce
Venus Café Blackpool Sands - Everything from breakfast to evening BBQs. Organic and locally produced food. This branch is open all year
Aune Valley Cafe Loddiswell - beautiful views and stunning terrace
Gara Rock East Portlemouth - a breathtaking coastal landscape
MunchyBox Cafe Kingsbridge - founded by a Danish national.

Staying in

Red Earth Kitchen Kingsbridge 01548 854550 - Simple food- big flavour! A range of delicious gourmet bespoke meals. Also a mouth-watering deli and café
Aune Valley Meat and Deli Loddiswell - Visit their farm shop or order online for free delivery to Lower Coombe Royal. Locally reared meat
Avon Mill Deli Loddiswell - Visit their deli or give them a call
Heron Valley Loddiswell - Award-winning organic juices and Devon cider. Order online or available in Red Earth Deli in Kingsbridge
The Local Food Company Ivybridge - Quality South West food and drink, including a range of ready meals, delivered to your door.
Riverford Farm Shop Staverton, Totnes - Butchery, bakery, organic vegetables and organic dairy products. Ready-made meals and soups
The Dinner Service Salcombe - bespoke catering for events
Tiffin Box Salcombe - local food with a global twist!

Drink

Pebblebed Vineyards Topsham – Take a vineyard tour, sample the wines, adopt a vine
Sharpham Vineyard - Visit Sharpham, take the tour and sample their wines and cheeses. Small alfresco café (Easter to September) if fine
Plymouth Gin - Visit Blackfriars Distillery, opened in1793, the oldest working distillery in the country.

See also Food - the South West’s food magazine for further inspiration.