FOOD & DRINK
RING OF BELLS
Our friendly village pub, the Ring of Bells, is a traditional thatched 14th century longhouse, complete with oak beams, wonky walls and log-burning stoves. The food is delicious, there's a great wine list and ales are poured from the barrel.
This grand, Tudor-style country manor hotel, set in 107 acres of Dartmoor woodland, has two Michelin stars. Head chef is Chris Simpson, with a menu that focuses on seasonal British produce. There’s a whopping 50-page wine list.
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.
The silver-service restaurant 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.
The cream teas are worth the journey alone: a help-yourself affair of just-baked scones accompanied by massive urns of clotted cream and fruit-laden strawberry jam. Work off the calories with a walk in their sub-tropical Grade I-listed gardens.
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 can be as little as five minutes.
Heralded as a ‘genuine slice of foodie heaven’ by the Michelin guide, the Horse serves some of the best food in Devon in lovely contemporary pub setting. There's a pretty walled courtyard for dining al fresco on summer evenings.
THE BEACH HOUSE
South Milton Sands
This beachfront clapboard shack sits 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.
THE PILCHARD INN
A creaky, weather-beaten smugglers inn dating from 1336 on a private island (ask about the smuggler’s escape tunnel). Getting there is all part of the fun - it's cut off by tides from the mainland twice a day, when transport across is by sea tractor.