Looking for a luxurious foodie weekend getaway?
Whilst you could spend a weekend in Devon exploring the wilderness of Devon or catching some waves on the North Coast, it’s also a great place for serious foodies too.
Many of the top chefs from London move down here to experience a slower pace of life and bring their cooking talent to a more rural setting. Thanks to the wealth of local produce on offer, these chefs can source all their ingredients from within a few miles, which means that the food is as fresh at it comes. Whether it’s organic vegetables, grass fed beef or even sparkling wine: Devon’s producers ensure that your meal will only be a short hop from farm to table.
Treat yourself to a touch of luxury by booking a table at one of these excellent Devon restaurants:
Devon-born chef spent 12 years working in some of the finest restaurants in the South before fulfilling a lifelong dream of opening his own restaurant in the seaside resort of Ilfracombe. The Olive Room is the young chef’s showroom for his prodigious talent and after only two years of his service, his hard work was rewarded with a Michelin Star. A taster menu at The Olive Room costs £80, factor in another £30-40 for a decent bottle of wine.
Where to Stay: Trimstone Manor Country House Hotel (Trimstone) from £63 p/night.
Whilst You’re Here: Watermouth Castle is an early 19th Century building well worth visiting.
Mostly known as a seaside resort of somewhat ill-repute, Torquay is building a reputation as an up and coming, modern holiday destination. Coming top of the pick for foodies is the Michelin-starred The Elephant Restaurant and Brasserie. A bright and informal dining experience awaits visitors looking to taste some of the best locally sourced seafood with frequent collaborations with special guest chefs making each experience different.
Where to Stay: Lincombe Hall Hotel (Meadfoot Road) from £100 p/night (with Breakfast).
Whilst You’re Here: Kents Cavern offers a glimpse into our prehistoric past with guided tours running 7 days a week.
There aren’t many pubs in Devon that can claim to have the same historical heritage as The Treby Arms. Built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in the mid-19th Century, it’s now the home of Luke Fearon and his talented team of chefs.
Despite gaining and losing a Michelin star, the standard of service at The Treby Arms is uniformly excellent, serving high-end takes on pub classics at a reasonable price. The taster menu is £65, whilst mains from the menu are priced between £12 and £38.
Where to Stay: St. Elizabeth’s House Hotel (call 01752 344 840 for rates).
Whilst You’re Here: Build up an appetite at Delta Force Paintball Plymouth before settling down for dinner.
Sat on the mouth of the River Teign, this peaceful town that offers a secluded weekend break, away from the busier tourist hubs nearby. Perhaps it’s this isolated location that explains why the talented team at The Owl and the Pussycat are yet to receive any accolades for their efforts, nonetheless, excellent reviews have been coming in thick and fast for this well respected establishment. With a menu that draws from classic British flavours and makes the most of locally sourced butchery, this restaurant is a hidden gem that’s well worth the trip.
Where to Stay: The Ness (Shaldon) from £80 p/night (with Breakfast).
While You’re Here: Take a South Devon Wine Tour to discover the underrated vineyards of the local area (from £85 for the day).