Dine out at these top Devon restaurants

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Posted by Kate W on 2nd February 2020

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Explore the foodie side of Devon during your next South West getaway or simply book into some of the best restaurants in Devon for a couple of delicious evenings out.

Enjoy seafood by the coast or strike out on a long walk with the dog by your side before settling into a cosy and warming pub. You’ll discover remote Devon restaurants with stunning views, Michelin-starred restaurants with exquisite dishes, and unique places to eat that will make your holiday unforgettable.

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Read through our list of top Devon restaurants and uncover a few unexpected gems where you can treat yourself and your guests to a big lunch or evening meal.

North Devon restaurants

Michelin-starred restaurant: Thomas Carr at the Olive Room, Ilfracombe | £££

Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room

Run by an experienced local chef, Thomas Carr, who trained with Nathan Outlaw (another local culinary master), this Michelin-starred restaurant also boasts the AA Rosette award for culinary excellence. The taster menu has several fish dishes including hand-dived scallop, stone bass, and hake with crab. Take a look at their gallery to see the beautifully arranged dishes which any foodie will fall head over heels for.

Stay nearby: Lantern View, Ilfracombe | sleeps 6 and 1 dog

Seafood restaurant: The Boathouse, Instow | ££

The Boathouse

Try their king prawn and crab linguini, tuck into a herb-crusted cod supreme or treat the group to a sharing plate of fisherman’s catch - smoked salmon, crab pate, prawn cocktail, fish goujons and tartar sauce. They even offer up traditional fish and chips, and you can enjoy all this tasty seafood on the terrace overlooking Instow beach and the beautiful estuary.

Stay nearby: Instow Cottage, Instow | sleeps 7 and 2 dogs

Gastropub: The Pig on the Hill, Westward Ho! | ££

The Pig on the Hill

Here you'll find classic pub food served with a touch of flair. You can expect burgers, sandwiches, and steaks, set in a scenic rural location and with a couple of farm animals on-site you can visit afterwards too. It also happens to be just 1 mile from the wonderful beach of Westward Ho! so you could enjoy a coastal walk before or after your lunch.

Stay nearby: Loganberry Cottage, Westward Ho! | sleeps 4 and 2 dogs

Italian restaurant: The Italian Kitchen, Bideford | ££

The Italian Kitchen

Wonderful wood-fired pizzas made using fresh ingredients and fresh dough prepared daily! If you enjoy Italian food, this charming restaurant, hidden in the backstreets of beautiful riverfront Bideford, is the place to go - they regularly get booked up so ensure you call ahead.

Stay nearby: Church Tower Cottage, Bideford | sleeps 4 and 1 dog

Indian restaurant: Everest Gurkha Chef, Barnstaple | £

Everest Gurkha Chef

Serving up a delicious mix of Indian, Asian and Nepalese cuisine, this restaurant is another hidden gem of North Devon. Book into this cosy eatery for a relaxed atmosphere and great value food, and enjoy a curry, seafood or a sizzling tandoori dish.

Stay nearby: Betty's Cottage, Barnstaple | sleeps 5

Dog-friendly place to eat: The Thatch, Croyde | ££

The Thatch

Everyone loves The Thatch in Croyde – it’s a local favourite – and dogs will love it here too! When the dog is ready to stretch her legs Saunton Sands is a fantastic long sandy stretch of beach that is famously dog-friendly and welcomes our canine companions all year round. Croyde beach is dog-friendly too but there are summer restrictions so check carefully before you head there.

Stay nearby: Dunes At West Croyde, Croyde | sleeps 8 and 3 dogs

Restaurant with views: The Pier House, Westward Ho! | ££

The Pier House

This fantastic waterfront restaurant impresses with exquisite views directly onto the sea. Watch the ocean waves lap on Westward Ho! beach from your seat out on the terrace while dining on tasty burgers or a full roast.

Stay nearby: Westward Seascape, Westward Ho! | sleeps 6 and 1 dog

Special mention: Barricane Beach Cafe, Woolacombe | £

Barricane Cafe

We’ve included the Barricane Beach Café on our list due to the wonderfully unique offering of curry on the beach! The cafe is airlifted down to the beach every summer - unfortunately, they do close for the winter - and has become a true favourite among locals. Head to this eatery for a unique curry evening watching the sun set over the sea while you dine.

Stay nearby: Hartland View, Woolacombe | sleeps 4 and 2 dogs

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South Devon restaurants

Michelin-starred restaurant: The Elephant Restaurant, Torquay | ££

Elephant Restaurant

Known for being a relaxed, casual establishment focusing solely on creating excellent quality food, this award-winning eatery is run by chef proprietor, Simon Hulstone, and has maintained Michelin star status for over 15 years. They aim to source ingredients locally and sustainably and even have a dedicated farm in South Devon.

Stay nearby: 8 Falcon View, Torquay | sleeps 8 and 2 dogs

Seafood restaurant: Ode True Food, Shaldon | £££

Ode True Food

Head to Ode True Cafe for tasty seafood offerings that are made with local and seasonal produce. Organic vegetables, free-range eggs and grass-fed organic meats are a few of the treats available; you can take a look at their website to find out more about their ethical approach. Vegetarians and vegans are particularly well catered for too at this stylish establishment.

Stay nearby: The Cliffs At Babbacombe, Torquay | sleeps 4

Gastropub: Mill on the Exe, Exeter | ££

Mill on the Exe

A strong contender for ‘restaurant with a view’ as well, this gastropub is set right beside the Blackaller Weir and the Millstone footbridge so you can enjoy a riverside walk before dining beside the water. They offer up classic pub options including pie, steak, burgers and battered halloumi.

Stay nearby: Highfield Topsham, Topsham | sleeps 6 and 1 dog

Italian restaurant: Cappello, Torquay | ££

Capello

Traditional risotto, pasta and pizza dishes are made from scratch using locally sourced ingredients. This family-run eatery offers up 40 years of experience and is set on the edge of Torquay so you can pop into town and visit one of the attractions as part of a fun day out on the south coast, before dining in this charming Italian eatery.

Stay nearby: 8 Falcon View, Torquay | sleeps 8 and 2 dogs

Indian restaurant: Eastern Eye, Newton Abbot | ££

Eastern Eye

Eat in or treat yourselves to a takeaway from this elegant Indian restaurant in the centre of town. Take your pick of tandoori specialities, seafood dishes and biriyani options too, there’s even a range of vegetable, rice and other side dishes ensuring there’s plenty to choose from – Eastern Eye even offers a banquet night where you can eat as much as you like for £13.99!

Stay nearby: Little Broadhams - Dartmoor, Ashburton | sleeps 4 and 2 dogs

Dog-friendly place to eat: The Victoria Inn, Salcombe | ££

The Victoria Inn

Bring your four-legged friend along to this cosy dog-friendly pub for a tasty doggy menu that includes pigs’ ears and dog beer – delicious! For the humans, there’s a fantastic selection of pub grub too, with sirloin steak, mushroom wellington and pork belly.

Stay nearby: Court Barton Farm, Salcombe | sleeps 6 and 2 dogs

Restaurant with views: dickandwills, Salcombe | ££

dickandwills

Set in a desirable spot right beside the estuary, it’s the perfect place to sit out in the sunshine and watch boats float by while you eat and chat with friends and family. Their menu has a strong Mediterranean feel with a whole mix of other foodie influences from all over the world, offering plenty of choice and flavoursome dishes – although their ‘famous fish and chips’ is always a favourite.

Stay nearby: Hope Cove, Hope Cove | sleeps 6 and 1 dog

Special mention: River Exe Cafe, Exmouth

River Exe Cafe

This unique establishment is so unusual it well and truly deserves a special mention. This fantastic café is set out right in the middle of the River Exe – you need to hop aboard a boat to reach it! It’s a floating barge with incomparable views of this beautiful section of the South West. Enjoy an unforgettable meal out at this one-of-a-kind Devon restaurant.

Stay nearby: The Roost At Riverside, Exmouth | sleeps 2

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Mid Devon & Dartmoor

Michelin-starred restaurant: Gidleigh Park, Chagford | £££

Gidleigh Park

Dine at the award-winning restaurant set in the heart of an elegant Dartmoor hotel, surrounded by stylish interior décor and views of the manor gardens. Executive Head Chef, Chris Eden, has brought his produce-led approach to the menu and has produced imaginative, delicious dishes for you to choose from. You can enjoy their a la carte menu, try their tasting menu or book in for afternoon tea.

Stay nearby: West Nymph Holly Hock Cottage, Okehampton | sleeps 6 and 2 dogs

Seafood restaurant: Saveurs Restaurant, Exmouth | ££

Saveurs Restuarant

Their double AA Rosette award provides an idea of the quality of the dining at this seafood eatery. Enjoy quality food at a reasonable price in the heart of Exmouth, with fresh local produce and seafood dishes that include Lyme Bay scallops, herb-crusted hake and ‘catch of the day’.

Stay nearby: Waterside - Lympstone, Lympstone | sleeps 4 and 1 dog

Gastropub: The Cornish Arms, Tavistock | ££

The Cornish Arms

A super stylish Dartmoor pub serving traditional grub with a contemporary twist, enjoy a relaxed evening in this warm and welcoming environment. Before you settle down, ensure you strike out on the nearby moors for a wonderful walk, before retreating into the comforting surroundings of this establishment and dining on a warming plate of Cornish chicken curry.

Stay nearby: Vale House, Dartmoor National Park | sleeps 12 and 2 dogs

Italian restaurant: Roberto's Pizza & Pasta, Cullompton | ££

Roberto's Pizza and Pasta

Expect a menu full of cheesy, tomato-ey goodness with pizza, pasta and calzones – although they do cater for all dietary requirements! You can eat in, takeaway or get a delivery straight to your holiday cottage for an evening in making the most of your stay. Sit out in the garden or collapse into the sofa for a relaxed evening in while you and your group tuck into a delicious Italian dish.

Stay nearby: The Annexe At Colebrooke Court, Tiverton | sleeps 6 and 2 dogs

Indian restaurant: Thariks Tandoori, Tavistock | ££

Naan bread

A beautiful restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere set at the top of West Street in Tavistock, right on the edge of beautiful Dartmoor so you can head out for a blustery walk on the moors before retreating into this warm and welcoming restaurant. Take your pick from a mix of tandoori, curry, biryani, balti and kebab dishes while here, otherwise, you can also pick up a takeaway to enjoy a meal in your cottage getaway.

Stay nearby: Cabana Lakeside Lodge 2, Whitnage | sleeps 6 and 2 dogs

Dog-friendly place to eat: Home Farm Café, Bovey Tracey | ££

Home Farm Cafe

Relax at this dog-friendly café located on the National Trust Parke Estate after a dog walk around the grounds with your four-legged friend. Dogs will enjoy a stroll through the vegetable gardens, meadows and floral gardens of the estate before retiring to this cosy café.

Stay nearby: Kira, Bovey Tracey | sleeps 6 and 2 dogs

Restaurant with views: The Elephant’s Nest, Mary Tavy | ££

The Elephants Nest

A cosy 16th-century free house that’s particularly proud of its beautiful garden; make sure you visit during the spring or summer months so you can sit outside to enjoy the flowers and spectacular views over to Brentor towards Cornwall. Their menu is full of traditional pub grub including a collection of ‘old favourites’ with options such as steak and kidney pudding and fish pie. 

Stay nearby: Heron Lake Barn, Tavistock | sleeps 6 and 4 dogs

Special mention: The Nobody Inn | ££

The Nobody Inn

This one is for the whisky lovers! A fantastic quaint country inn with good food and an excellent collection of whisky for the connoisseur to choose from, this pub runs a host of great events including spirit and wine nights for those who would rather something besides their wide range of whisky.

Stay nearby: Huxley's Home, Kenn | sleeps 4 and 2 dogs

Which of these Devon restaurants has your mouth watering? Book in for a holiday meal at any one of these fantastic eateries and enjoy a delightful breakfast, lunch or dinner out with your friends and family in Devon.

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If you are still undecided on where you would like to visit, head over to our Devon pubs guide for more choice on where to eat. Browse through our wonderful collection of Devon holiday cottages and you’ll soon find your next ideal getaway to the South West.

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