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Eat out and buy local

Devon has firmly established itself as having some of the best places to eat out in the UK, and lots of award-winning local producers. With Michelin-starred restaurants, great foodie pubs, excellent cafes and tearooms, vineyards, and top-rated meat, seafood and cheese, the only problem you’ll have is deciding where to start ...

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. Alternatively, you can find great, traditional food served in many of the pubs, cafes and tearooms that are scattered across the county - we've many child friendly pubs in Devon too.

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, 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 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.

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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