The county of Devon is home to a myriad of fine-dining restaurants, including four Michelin Star eateries and several destinations awarded a coveted Michelin Plate. From cosy countryside inns to luxurious manor house hotels, here are Devon’s 2020 Michelin award-winning venues:
Head Chef and proprietor Simon Hulstone runs this informal Michelin Star restaurant. Overlooking the vibrant harbour, The Elephant is the restaurant to visit in Torquay if you’re after a relaxed fine dining experience. The restaurant sources all of its ingredients locally and sustainably, changing its menus with the seasons and maintaining exceptional standards of cooking.
This stylish brasserie has held onto its Michelin Star for over 14 years and consistently scoops regional and national awards for its food. What’s more, The Elephant prides itself on offering one of the best value Michelin Star lunches in the UK. Every lunchtime, from Tuesday to Saturday, they have a set lunch menu offering three courses for only £24.95.
Don’t let The Masons Arms’ chocolate box facade fool you – inside this charming Devonshire pub is an exceptional fine dining restaurant. Head Chef Mark Dobson (of Waterside Inn fame) is no stranger to Michelin standard cooking. When he and his wife Sarah arrived in Devon in 2005 they set about creating a destination pub that would combine first class food with warm and friendly service. Their tempting menus are always changing to incorporate the freshest ingredients around and their special taster menu evenings are well worth looking into…
Lympstone Manor, Exmouth *
Michelin Stars are nothing new to Head Chef Michael Caines, who is one of the most influential culinary figures to emerge from the region. This sumptuous manor house hotel obtained its Michelin Star status within 6 months of opening its doors and is also a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux.
For a true indication of what Lympstone Manor has to offer, we recommend taking the plunge and opting for Michael’s tasting menu. Dishes are nothing short of exceptional and dinner is bound to feel special when you’re dining in one of Lympstone’s two majestic dining rooms (complete with stunning estuary views).
Thomas Carr at The Olive Room, Ilfracombe *
Chef Thomas Carr’s North Devon restaurant lets fresh, local ingredients speak for themselves. Having worked under renowned chef Nathan Outlaw at The St Enodoc Hotel in Cornwall, Thomas Carr is no stranger to exceptional cuisine. His own Michelin Star dishes do magical things with seafood; which is hardly surprising when you think about The Olive Room’s location. Local fish from North Devon really shines on Carr’s menu and few places cook seafood to such a high standard. Thomas and his team believe that fine dining is best enjoyed in a relaxed and unpretentious environment – so what’s stopping you from paying them a visit on your next trip to North Devon?
Devon’s Michelin Plates
The Holt, Honiton
178 High Street, Honiton, EX14 1LA
This rustic, family-run pub offers a regularly changing menu featuring regional and homemade produce. Meat and fish is smoked and cured on-site, while ales are produced in their own nearby family brewery.
Chard Road, Tytherleigh, EX13 7BE
Tytherleigh Arms is a sympathetically refurbished 16th-Century coaching inn with characterful timbered interiors and a large inglenook fireplace. Choose from a menu of pub classics or boldly flavoured modern British dishes with a European slant.
River Cottage Canteen
Trinity Square, Axminster, EX13 5AN
This laidback restaurant and coffee shop oozes rustic shabby-chic appeal. Menus change twice-daily and offer gutsy, flavoursome dishes which showcase local produce.
Church Street, Sidford, EX10 9QP
Dine from a menu of refined, classically based dishes in the Abbots Den or the Garden Room; or head here to enjoy a classic afternoon tea.
Station Road, Bampton, EX16 9NG
The Swan’s history can be traced back to 1450, when the building was used as accommodation for craftsmen working on the nearby village church. The pub offers unpretentious British dishes that showcase local farm produce and fresh ingredients.
68 Fore Street, Topsham, EX3 0HL
Salutation Inn is a 1720s coaching inn with a surprisingly contemporary interior. Their glass-covered courtyard serves breakfast, a fixed price lunch and afternoon tea. Meanwhile, the stylish dining room offers 4, 6 and 8 course tasting menus of beautifully made and well presented dishes.
The Triangle, Kenton, EX6 8LS
Rodean is a family-run restaurant that overlooks a tiny village green. Its two dining rooms blend modern furnishings with wooden beams, exposed stone and dark wood panelling. They serve an ever-evolving menu of classic European dishes with contemporary flair.
Drewsteignton, EX6 6QR
This cosy, 17th Century pub has two intimate dining rooms and a concise menu of assured, seasonal dishes.
Chagford, TQ13 8HH
This stunning country house hotel offers three intimate dining rooms that provide a sophisticated backdrop to decadent tasting and à la carte menus. Head Chef, Chris Eden, uses the kitchen garden to fabulous effect with dishes that elevate just two or three ingredients.
2 South Embankment, Dartmouth, TQ6 9BH
Relaxed fine dining is the name of the game at The Angel Taste of Devon. Head Chef Elly Wentworth works closely with local farmers and suppliers to maximize flavours, adding her own unique flair to every dish.
50 Fore Street, Totnes, TQ9 5RP
Gather was created by three friends – Harrison, Declan & Oli – who met whilst studying at Exeter College. They came together to create a venue that would showcase the finest produce from the local waters and fields.
Totnes Road, Ermington, PL21 9NS
This former rectory occupies a peaceful spot in the countryside, with a small drinks terrace, an open-fired lounge and two dining rooms. Modern menus feature exciting flavours and textures and almost everything is prepared in-house, from breads to patisserie, chocolates and ice cream.
Woolfardisworthy, EX39 5QS
The Farmers Arms is a stylishly renovated village pub in the heart of North Devon. Menus feature produce from their 70 acre farm and offer pub classics as well as creative modern dishes.
South Street, Woolacombe, EX34 7BB
Noel Corston’s intimate restaurant consists of just 8 seats set around an open kitchen counter. Dinner is served at 7pm and the multi-course tasting menu evolves daily, showcasing dishes made from ingredients largely sourced from North Devon’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
South Pool, TQ7 2RW
The Millbrook Inn is everything a good country pub should be and more. Head Chef Iain Dawson brings an innovative style of classic cookery to their kitchens, with fresh new takes on everyones favourite dishes.
Prysten House, Finewell Street, Plymouth, PL1 2AE
Named after the children’s book ‘Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose’, this smart restaurant is housed in one of Plymouth’s oldest building houses. They offer modern dishes that are as imaginative as they are flavoursome, using quality local ingredients.
Plymouth Gin Distillery, 60 Southside Street, PL1 2LQ
Housed in the world famous Plymouth Gin distillery, Barbican Kitchen was established in 2006 by renowned restaurateurs and TV chefs James and Chris Tanner. The brasserie menus offer a good choice of simply cooked dishes, with classic comfort food to the fore.
Fig Tree & 36
36 Admiralty Street, Plymouth, PL1 3RU
At this charming neighbourhood restaurant you’ll find unfussy dishes made from regional produce and fish landed just down the road. Menus change every few days and food is prepared and cooked fresh to order.
Coach House by Michael Caines
Kentisbury, EX31 4NL
This chic hotel restaurant boasts sleek, elegant interiors, including a well-stocked bar and a stylish lounge under the eaves. Flavoursome modern dishes use local meats and south coast fish.
5 South Embankment, Dartmouth, TQ6 9BH
Mitch Tonks’ smart seafood restaurant overlooks Dartmouth estuary and serves-up modern dishes with a Mediterranean bias. Some of the best fish and shellfish in the world is landed right on their doorstep before finding its way to your plate.
7 George Street, Moretonhampstead, TQ13 8PG
For unfussy cooking with more than a hint of the Mediterranean about it head to this charming pub right in the heart of the Dartmoor National Park. Authentic thin-crust pizzas are baked in a custom-built oven and tapas dishes are served throughout the evening.
Moorside, Lydford, EX20 4AY
This roadside pub is just a short detour from some of Dartmoor National Park’s best trails. Low ceilings add a cosy feel to proceedings, while artwork provides a modern touch. Dishes tend to centre around tried-and-tested flavour pairings such as glazed pork cheek with apple and sage, and whipped goat’s cheese with beetroot and hazelnut.
Bib Gourmand Choices
20 St James Place, Ilfracombe, EX34 9BJ
This cosy little bistro run by a husband and wife team serve up a Modern British menu that is bold in its simplicity. With just a handful of tables and a limited offering of just nine dishes, you can nab three courses for only £27.
15 West Street, Tavistock, PL19 8AN
The Cornish Arms epitomises a twenty-first century Great British pub. Set on the foothills of Dartmoor in the Stannary town of Tavistock, the inn serves up unpretentious food, fantastic beer and local wine and spirits.