If you’re a bit of a foodie, you’ll know how important it is to choose the right destination for your next break. Luckily, if you’re thinking of heading to one of our luxury cottages in Devon you won’t have anything to worry about because the Devon food scene is next-level. It’s the perfect place to indulge your inner foodie, and if you’re stuck on where to start your gastronomic odyssey just check out recommendations on some of the best foodie experiences in some of the best restaurants in Devon (with a few sneaky non-restaurants)!

1. Exeter Street Food, Exeter

The street food craze has well and truly hit the UK and the university town of Exeter has embraced this trend for speedy yet wholesome food. The weekly street food market takes over the town centre every weekend. Choose between tapas, classic American dishes and even Egyptian food among many others tasty options. You can watch it all get cooked in front of you, before eating it on the go or resting in one of the pop-up seating areas. Best of all, these modestly priced quick yet quality meals won’t put any strain on the holiday budget.

Price Range: £

Location: Various Including, The Quay Exeter EX2 4AN, The Piazza Exeter EX2 8GY and Exeter Street Food Market, Guildhall Shopping Centre, Exeter City Centre, Exeter EX4 3HP

Bookings: Just show up 

Exeter Street Food

Exeter Street Food

2. Ode True Food, Shaldon

Sustainability and ecology are at the forefront of Ode, a restaurant that crafts mouth-watering meals from locally sourced, ethically-farmed ingredients. Flavours don’t get much more local than crab and sea lettuce found at a neighbouring cove, or wild deer from the moors of Devon served on a bed of celeriac and potatoes from a local farm. Every ingredient can be traced to its original origins and the result is a selection of delectable gourmet dishes that come with an extra feel-good factor.

Price Range: ££

Location: 21 Fore Street, Shaldon, Devon, TQ14 ODE

Bookings: Call 01626 873977

Ode True Food - Devon

Ode True Food – Devon

3. Sharpham Wine and Cheese, Totnes

While rich, creamy cheeses are an English speciality, wine is less often associated with the UK, yet at Sharpham both are crafted to an exceptionally high standard. Visit the estate to see how they are made and take the guided Vine to Wine tour to learn about what makes these English wines – regarded to be among the best in Britain – different to their foreign counterparts. Tasting sessions offer the chance for you to sample the wine and delicious, full-flavoured cheeses for yourself.

Price Range: Tasting sessions start from £8

Location: Sharpham Estate Totnes South Devon TQ9 7UT

Bookings: Online

Sharpham Wine and Cheese - Devon

Sharpham Wine and Cheese – Devon

4. The Treby Arms, Plympton

Rustic staples are given a gourmet twist in Plympton’s Michelin-starred inn. The menu is filled with time-honoured dishes straight from the county’s rural past like roast pigeon, venison haunch or even battered fish and chips. Yet the attention to detail, meticulously sourced ingredients and aesthetic flair have earned the restaurant plaudits from the culinary world. Even the snacks you can buy from the bar are elevated to haute cuisine; expect smoked eel fishcakes and dill-crusted duck hearts to taste alongside your chosen glass from the varied wine list.

Price Range: ££

Location: The Treby Arms Sparkwell, Plympton PL7 5DD

Bookings: Call 01752 837363 or book online The Treby Arms

The Treby Arms - Devon

The Treby Arms – Devon

5.  The Mason Arms, South Molton

It’s all very well dining on the best food Devon has to offer while on holiday, but you can also take some newly acquired cooking skills home with you thanks to the Mason Arms. The restaurant regularly lets visitors in on the secrets that have earned it a Michelin star. Contact the chef in advance for bespoke masterclasses for groups of eight or more; the celebrated maestro will talk you through the dishes and techniques of your choosing. Lunch with wine follows the morning’s hard work.

Price Range: Two-course à la carte menu from £24.50

Location: The Masons Arms, Knowstone, South Molton, Devon ex36 4ry

Bookings: Call 01398 341231 

The Mason Arms - Devon

The Mason Arms – Devon

6. Plymouth Gin Distillery, Plymouth

Take home a unique souvenir from your time in Devon in the form of your very own handcrafted bottle of gin. Tours of Plymouth’s distillery unveil the processes behind distilling and flavouring one of Britain’s favourite spirits. Book the Master Distiller’s tour to have a go at blending your own recipe, which you can then take back to enjoy later at your Devon holiday home. Go for the Gin Connoisseur tour for a special tasting, during which the distillery’s resident gin experts talk you through the different styles of gin that they make.

Price Range: Tours from £11

Location: Black Friars Distillery, 60 Southside Street, The Barbican, Plymouth pl1 2lq

Bookings: Book online 

13.01.2015 Plymouth Gin Destillery's different herbs to choose from, for tour participant's when making their own gin as part of the tour. Plymouth Gin Destillery, 60 Southside Street, Plymouth, has been located in the same building since 1793. By 1850, the destillery delivered over 1000 barrels of gin to the British Royal Navy, who regularely sailed their gin to places all over the world. They now produce on average 1125000 liters of gin every year. Plymouth Gin Destillery is now an important business in Plymouth, not only offering locally produced gin in their bar and in-house shop, but also on the cultural aspect; offering tours with gin-tasting and personalised gin-making.

Plymouth Gin Distillery – Devon

7. The Elephant Restaurant and Brasserie, Torquay

At the Elephant you can choose between the formal class of the Michelin-starred restaurant on the upper level or the more laid-back quality of the brasserie on the ground floor; delicious wholesome food is guaranteed in both. Splash out on the indulgent tasting menu that the first floor offers, enjoying intricately prepared seafood fresh from the English Channel, with sensational wines to match. Alternatively, the à la carte menu offers quality dishes based around locally sourced produce in a more casual environment. Both are excellent options. The menu is regularly changing to reflect the best of local produce.

Price Range: Two-course lunch set menu starting from £24.50

Location: The Elephant Restaurant, 3 & 4 Beacon Terrace Torquay, Devon TQ1 2BH

Bookings: Online The Elephant Restaurant and Brasserie

The Elephant Restaurant and Brasserie - Devon

The Elephant Restaurant and Brasserie – Devon

8. The Oyster Shack, Bigbury

Don’t let the name deceive you; although this may be a shack with an informal atmosphere, the food is high quality, local and fresh. Fans of seafood will relish menus that offer platters overflowing with crab, shell-on prawns, crevettes and, of course, oysters. For the biggest appetites, the Oyster Shack also provides the coastal classic of a surf’n’turf, steak served with lobster – a filling and flavoursome lunch. Alternatively, you can just work your way through the dish that gives the restaurant its name, a plate of oysters cooked in the sauce of your choosing.

Price Range: ££

Location: The Oyster Shack Milburn Orchard Farm Stakes Hill Bigbury Devon TQ7 4BE

Bookings: Call 01548 810 876 or Online The Oyster Shack

The Oyster Shack - Devon

The Oyster Shack – Devon

9. Riverford Field Kitchen, Buckfastleigh

Riverford Organic Farms have made a name for themselves selling ethical, local produce in recipe boxes with all the ingredients you need for a tasty meal. It makes sense, then, that their restaurant would be the place to go for fresh organic food that rolls with the seasons. The menus change depending on what time of year you visit. Autumn, for example, promises hearty stews of chicken and chorizo and roasted root vegetables. It’s unfussy, filling and very popular – booking is essential.

Price Range: Set lunch menu is £28pp/Set supper menu is £32pp

Location: Wash Farm, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0JU

Bookings: Call 01803 762074 or online Riverford Filed Kitchen

Riverford Field Kitchen - Devon

Riverford Field Kitchen – Devon

10. The Rockfish, Brixham

The Rockfish started in 2010 and has since expanded with several sister sites across the county. Their bustling Brixham restaurant is located directly next to the fish market where they source all of their main ingredients. Their menu is built around the freshest seafood, most popularly served in the form of that beloved British classic: battered fish and chips.

Price Range: ££

Location: Rockfish Restaurant, Brixham Fish Market, Brixham, TQ5 8AJ

Bookings: Online The Rockfish

The Rockfish - Devon

The Rockfish – Devon

Hopefully this post has got you ready for all that the Devon food scene has to offer! Get in touch with our concierge team if you’re looking for somewhere to stay during your culinary odyssey, and we can even help you arrange extras and amenities to suit you and your group! Looking for more travel inspiration? Our blog can sort you out! You can read more foodie experiences, or see our list of the best group activities in Devon. That’s not all, we’ve listed the best kid activities in Devon, if you’re thinking of travelling with the family! 

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One Response

  1. Mary

    There are so many fabulous foodie havens in the south west, and more and more keep popping up each year. The west country boasts a high amount of quality local produce that finds its way into the best dishes and restaurants in the region and beyond! So many new culinary experiences await any travelers to Devon!


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