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Seafood in Devon

With two coastlines, you'd hope to find lots of excellent seafood restaurants and places to eat fish in Devon - and you won't be disappointed! With the South West's biggest fishing port, Brixham, on our south coast - as well as a very active fishing industry to the north of the county- Devon has daily catches of some of the UK's best fish and seafood landing freshly every day. This means amazing crab, mackerel, bass, lobster, mussels, scallops, turbot, hake, haddock, sole ... served as fine-dining dishes, or in sandwiches, or battered and with chips and drenched in vinegar. The choice is yours!

England’s Seafood Coast

The English Riviera is home to the UK’s finest seafood and world-famous Brixham Fish Market, where some of the nation’s best chefs source their seafood. And with access to such fresh fish, it’s no surprise that some of the country’s top seafood chefs choose to work in Devon.

The area’s waters have a rich variety of marine life, with over 30 species are being regularly landed, including crab, lobster, lemon sole, gurnard, Dover sole, cuttlefish, hake, and mussels. Brixham is the biggest fishing port in England by value. You can take a unique early morning tour to watch the auction and learn more about the fish that lands on your plate (we recommend booking in advance).

Thankfully not all of the catch leaves Devon - restaurants across the English Riviera and wider Devon  use this same fantastic local produce in their dishes every day.

Devon crab, lobster & mussels

Fantastic Devon crab is caught off both the North and South coasts of Devon, with South Devon crab being particularly well-known, though excellent crab and lobster from around Lundy Island are also highly sought after. The fishing in these waters is of course sustainably and conscientiously done, ensuring that these Devon specialties will be enjoyed for generations to come.

Local mussels are also enjoyed in Devon, both wild and farmed. A bowl of Devon mussels cooked in Devon cider and Devon cream is a dish that simply must be tried!