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Devon is renowned for its abundance of amazing local food.

Brimming with producers whose values are based on provenance and quality, it truly is a great place to eat and to buy outstanding food. Producers range from chilli farms to dairies, coffee roasters to micro-brewers and vineyards to blueberry farmers. Restaurants, cafés, delis and farm shops create delicious offerings, making Devon’s food one of the key reasons that people love to come here.

Food and drink devon logoLove the flavour magazine sLook out for Love the Flavour 
and Food & Drink Devon

Many of the leading local foodie businesses display Food & Drink Devon’s “Love The Flavour” logo on their shop fronts, menus and websites. The heart-shaped logo is a stamp of excellence, standing for quality, provenance and sustainability, and a sure sign that the business is proud to source or produce local food. For the very latest news on Devon food check out out the Love the Flavour website, follow them on Twitter @Lovetheflavour or find updates in Tastebuds magazine.

Look out too for the Food & Drink Devon Guide, a handy reference for discovering the best foodie destinations to eat, visit or stay. Find it in shops, restaurants and Tourist Information Centres, and in June with subscriber copies of Devon Life magazine.

Award winning restaurants and traditional Devon pubs

Yearlstone Vineyard, Devon

With an abundance of sublime ingredients, it’s small wonder that there are so many award-winning restaurants in Devon. More and more big-name chefs are setting up in the area, inspired by the quality of the raw materials they can work with, to create truly memorable meals. Michael Caines, one of the UK’s best-respected chefs, is at the helm of two Michelin starred Gidleigh Park on Dartmoor, and there are six celebrity chefs with restaurants in Plymouth. Many of Devon's food businesses have won accolades at regional and national level, including: River Cottage HQ; Kentisbury Grange; The Elephant Restaurant & Brasserie; Northecote Manor Hotel; Soar Mill Cove Hotel; The Guardhouse Cafe; Vintage Tea, Totnes; Home Farm Cafe; The Sea Shanty Beach Cafe; Two Coast County; The Swan; The Victoria Inn; and Dukes.

Food festivals, events and markets

If you’re looking for food events, pay a visit to one of the many Devon food festivals. These take place throughout the year, so at Easter you could spend the weekend at the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink, The Shops at Dartington have a food fair in May, in August you could visit events at the South Devon Crab Month or Flavour Fest in Plymouth, and in October try Barnstaple's North Devon Foodfest or Dartmouth Food Festival. Or if you’re only here for a short stay, you can source the best in fresh, organic ingredients and produce from the Devon farmers’ markets that take place practically every weekend - or eat amazing food right where it's cooked at Exeter Street Food Market, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the city centre.
See a full list of Devon's food festivals

Food Festival, Exeter

Artisan producers and local Devon food

The secret of Devon’s culinary success is in the landscape. It’s served by clean, temperate waters that offer some of the best seafood and fish in the British Isles, and the lush, fertile soil produces some of the best vegetables and provides excellent nutrition for grazing animals. Devon farmers take their responsibility to the environment very seriously and there are an ever-increasing number of organic and environmentally responsible farms supplying local restaurants. In turn, these establishments are able to gain accreditation and awards from bodies such as the Soil Association, certifying that the ingredients they use are organic and as fresh as possible. Devon’s warm climate also gives specialist farmers such as the South Devon Chilli Farm the chance to farm some more unusual produce.
It’s not just unusual fruit and vegetables that are getting good press, either. Unusual meats are being farmed here too, such as venison and ostrich, alongside traditional breeds such as Red Devon Cattle. And where there are cattle, there’s milk; Devon is justly famous for its clotted cream and delicious ice-creams, but it is steadily gaining recognition for a range of traditional and unusual cheeses too - make some time to hunt out some Blue Vinny.

South Devon Crab

Top tipples

All this food will need something delicious to accompany it, so remember to check out the local ales, wines and, of course, cider. Devon is famous for its traditional scrumpy, but there is a more refined side to West Country tipples too. Sharpham Wine and Cheese vineyard and dairy near Totnes produces some of England's finest wines that have consistently won both national and international awards, including UKVA Most Outstanding Wine 2010 for their Estate Selection. It offers tasters and tours and a lovely cafe-restaurant in a beautiful spot on the river Dart, so makes a great foodie day out. And with dozens of micro-breweries across the county, real ale lovers are in CAMBRA heaven, with plenty of local brews to choose from. For something a little stronger, visit the Plymouth Gin Distillery (with the Tanners brothers' Barbican Kitchen next door), or if you’re teetotal there’s plenty of freshly produced (non-alcoholic) organic apple juice to try.

Find out more

Read about celebrity chef restaurants in Plymouth 

Get Mitch Tonks' South Devon potted crab recipe

Find traditional pubs and child friendly pubs in Devon

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