Food & Drink
With Sidmouth’s unique and diverse location, being surrounded by coast and an abundance of countryside, it’s little surprise that there is such a huge local food and drink market here. East Devon’s natural larder features some of the best in fresh fish, home grown meat, fruit and veg and of course, clotted cream and ice cream – perfect for visiting the seaside and treating yourself to a Devonshire delicacy in the form of a cream tea.
Here in Sidmouth, you’ll find a wide range of cuisines and dining experiences from award-winning local produce that can be found at farmers’ markets and in the delis and farm shops in and around the town, popular restaurants, street food and traditional country pubs offering everyone’s favourite dishes. Whether you want simple pub grub, fine dining or somewhere the whole family can dine in confidence, you’ll find plenty of options here.
Very best local food
East Devon is home to everyone from farmers to bakers to brewers, wineries, fishermen and many more food and drink producers. The food and drink you can get here is fresh, sustainable and is one of the reasons why so many people flock to Sidmouth throughout the year. The menus on offer at restaurants, cafes, hotels and at the takeaways and pubs are extensive and change with the seasons, so you can be sure of the very best dishes you’ll ever taste.
While you’re in the region, you absolutely have to try some of the traditional Devon delicacies, the Devonshire cream tea is a firm favourite and with the various takes on the old classic, you’ll find one to suit you – including ones for those following certain diets and those celebrating special occasions with prosecco and champagne along with the tea and cakes! Other than cream tea, you can’t visit the coast and not pick up a portion of fish and chips and you’ll find some of the best in Sidmouth featuring fish and seafood caught earlier that day.
The grand regency atmosphere that Sidmouth exudes makes it a great venue for celebrating a special occasion, the gorgeous views of the iconic red cliffs or the never ending rural sites of the East Devon Natural Landscape (AONB) perfectly compliment your meal. Plus, knowing all the food is fresh, sustainably sourced and prepared by experienced chefs makes it taste all the better. While there are a huge array of independent and chain restaurants and cafes to choose from, Sidmouth is also home to several hotels owned by the Brend family who pride themselves on their excellent service and the extensive, seasonal menus at their onsite eateries. Open to hotel guests and those who just want a top quality meal, make sure to check out their various dining options, especially if you want to experience dining in a luxurious and grand, Victorian style building. Each of the Brend hotels in the town have casual and fine dining restaurants and bar areas serving incredible local produce, including Devon wines, gins and of course, cider.
Speaking of drinks…
It isn’t just food that is done well in East Devon. The region is quickly becoming famous for the quality of the locally produced drinks. Stop by a pub or two in Sidmouth and you’ll see a wide variety of local drinks available on tap and by the bottle and with everything from wine to gin to beer, cider and traditional ales on offer, you can find the perfect tipple for washing down your dinner.