It's not surprising that Devon's best restaurants also happen to be some of the UK's favourites. Why not try some local Devon produce in some of the tastiest dishes while on holiday? Go on, treat yourself.
Devon has a whole host of amazing places to eat and drink for various tastes and budgets. While on holiday, why not treat yourself to the best of the best? With the delectable combination of local seafood, outdoor-reared meat and locally grown fruit and vegetables, Devon is the place for great food and even greater restaurants. These Michelin star restaurants are some of the most popular in the UK and we can certainly see why.
Gidleigh Park, Chagford
Sit in the lap of luxury at Gidleigh Park near Chagford. Set in a beautiful country house hotel in the wilds of Dartmoor, this restaurant is one not to miss. With not one but two Michelin stars and Executive Chef Michael Wignall keeping up the standards of hi predecessor Michael Gaines, Gidleigh continues to prove it’s legendary credentials. Recently voted the UK’s number one restaurant by the Sunday Times and regularly winning awards, there’s plenty to shout about at Gidleigh Park. Wignall’s menu manages to firmly root itself in Devonshire traditions whilst taking inspiration from modern European tastes. The hotel uses top local produce and supplements the dishes with its own Kitchen Garden – bringing sustainability and seasonal tastes. Each dish is elegant and sophisticated, full of flavour and underpinned by a contemporary approach to fine cuisine. Plus, boasting one of the most extensive wine lists in the UK, housing more than 13,000 bottles from around the world, you won’t go short of something to drink on your visit here.
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The Mason’s Arms, Knowstone
A beautifully rustic restaurant in the pretty village of Knowstone not too far from Tiverton. The Mason’s Arms brings fine dining to a thatched pub setting for a cosy retreat on the edge of Exmoor. With a Michelin star already under their belt, expect nothing but the best from the dishes on offer at this pub restaurant. Sitting slightly on the heartier side of fine dining (which we always like to hear), there’s plenty of influences from the local area with the appearance of Exmoor and Devon produce, including fresh seafood. On top of this, there’s a friendly bar that serves real ale, cider and champagne by the glass, suiting all occasions. The menus change from season to season meaning that no two visits will be exactly the same. With a two course lunch costing only £20, The Mason’s Arms is definitely worth a visit during your stay in Devon.
The Treby Arms, Sparkwell
This rustic country pub on the edge of Dartmoor brings a sophisticated menu and a Masterchef celebrity. Anton Piotrowski was named the (joint) winner of Masterchef: The Professionals in 2012 and returned to the Treby Arms to earn the pub a Michelin star. The Treby Arms combines the atmosphere of a traditional Devonshire village pub, wooden beams and all, with classic dishes and imaginative finishing touches. All dishes make the most of local seasonal produce and with several menus to choose from, there’s something for everyone. There are currently A La Carte, Set Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Taster, and bar nibbles menus to sink your teeth into. With the choice to eat indoors or outside, you can make the most of the better weather or stay cosy from the rain whilst enjoying the best produce that Devon has to offer.
Why not try all three and stay in a cottage in Devon?