DEVON’S BEST RESTAURANTS & CAFES
From field kitchens to fine dining, we've sampled all our local restaurants, and cafes to bring you our guide to the best places to eat and drink in Dartmoor and South Devon. Our ‘Pubs’ page has more ideas.
BEST RESTAURANTS AND CAFES ON DARTMOOR
1. Bovey Castle
The silver-service restaurant at Bovey Castle is uber-glam, while the casual brasserie has a sunny terrace with stunning views. Our favourite spot for a cream tea is by the enormous log fire in the Cathedral Room lounge. The bar is a romantic spot for an evening cocktail. Take your members’ card for 15% off.
2. Gideigh Park
Grand Tudor-style Gidleigh Park, set in 107 acres of Dartmoor woodland, has Michelin rated. Head chef is Chris Simpson, with a menu that focuses on seasonal British produce. There’s a whopping 50-page wine list.
3. The Birdcage
This pretty little cafe on Chagford’s main square serves delicious lunches, as well as great cooked breakfasts.
4. The Horse
Heralded as a ‘genuine slice of foodie heaven’ by the Michelin guide, the Horse serves some of the best food in Devon, in contemporary pub setting. There's a pretty walled courtyard for dining al fresco on summer evenings.
BEST RESTAURANTS AND CAFES IN SOUTH DEVON
5. Riverford Field Kitchen
Food doesn’t get fresher or more local than at Riverford Field Kitchen, the organic farm that is home to the famous veg box scheme. Enormous bowls of hearty homespun fayre is served up on long tables in a wonderfully convivial atmosphere.
6. River Exe Cafe
Our favourite alternative-eats venue for a sunny day, this floating shed-cum-pontoon is moored off Exmouth, and reached by water taxi. Serving seafood dropped off by passing fishing boats, the sea-to-plate interval at the River Exe Cafe can be as little as five minutes.
7. The Beach House
The Beach House is beachfront clapboard shack sitting right on the beach and the South West Coastal path, making it a perfect pit stop for a hike. Dining is on rustic communal wooden tables, or outside on the terrace overlooking the sea.
South Milton Sands, Thurlestone
8. The Rockfish Grill
Serving one of the best fish and chips in Devon, the Rock Fish Grill is a stylish beach shack-style takeaway and restaurant on Dartmouth’s harbour run by celebrity chef Mitch Tonks. The menu includes locally-landed scallops and oysters, along with classics such as jellied eels, cockles, cracked crab and potted shrimp.
9. The Oyster Shack
Don’t be put off by the garish décor at this former oyster farm: the freshness of the oysters at The Oyster Shack is legendary. Handpicked from the River Avon less than half a mile away, the meaty molluscs are served with a huge selection of mouth-watering sauces.