Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Colyton
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Colyton restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 8 restaurants in Colyton and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Colyton restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Lympstone Manor French restaurant in Exmouth Courtlands Lane - EX8
“Gidleigh Park on steroids!”. Michael Caines “has shown exceptional skill” in creating this hugely ambitious and “luxurious” three-year-old (“you can see a lot of money has been pumped in”), which has a “wonderful setting, now complete with a vineyard”; and “once the grounds have matured a bit, it will be even more stunning than it already is”, and with excellent views of the Exe estuary. “Dining is split between several rooms so you do not feel you are in a crowd” and the “very confident” cuisine is “as you would expect of Caines: if not overly inventive, then classical, delicious and executed to perfection” from either the à la carte or the ‘Signature’ or (in the evenings only) ‘Taste the Estuary’ eight-course tasting menus. For many reporters it’s just an all-round smash hit, and an “unpretentious” one too. But there are others who qualify their praise. The “ornate surroundings” (“the pomp factor is off the scale”) can feel “very quiet and refined, but lacking buzz” and service though generally “very helpful” and “unobtrusive” is found on occasion to be a “work in progress” or “stilted”. Top Tip – afternoon tea is another option here: “the scones and sandwiches are particularly delicious”.
2. River Cottage Canteen British, Traditional restaurant in Axminster Trinity Square - EX13
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s TV tie-in kitchen – serving sharing boards and veggie tapas alongside more conventional starters and mains – is celebrating its twentieth anniversary, but feedback on it has seldom matched the hype, and is too limited last year for a rating. Such as we have says it’s OK value, but variable in performance.
3. Hix Oyster & Fish House Fish & seafood restaurant in Lyme Regis Cobb Rd - DT7
“The architecture and position are unbeatable, and the fish is cooked simply, as it should be”, according to most reports on Mark Hix’s cliff-top venture, which has “great views over Lyme Bay”. It has by-and-large been above criticism in recent times, winning renown as some of “the best food on the Jurassic Coast”, but complainers were a little more in evidence last year (“another example of a restaurant trading mainly on its location…”, “magnificent views didn’t stop us feeling that we wouldn’t return…”)
4. Lilac British, Modern restaurant in Lyme Regis Cellar 57-58 Broad Street - DT7
Harriet Mansell opened a second Lyme Regis site in July 2021, just months after successfully launching Robin Wylde during lockdown; this wine bar and tap room is a 40-cover cellar space over 400 years old, just down the road from its big sister, and focuses on low intervention wines and small plate food.
5. The Holt British, Modern restaurant in Honiton 178 High Street - EX14
“A friendly, well-run pub” that's “owned by the Otter brewery, so the beer is always well kept”. On the food front, it “maintains a steady standard” (“tapas in the downstairs bar are always interesting and the full menu is served upstairs in a non-fancy environment”).
6. The Pig at Combe British, Modern restaurant in Honiton Combe House, Gittisham - EX14
“Have fun pottering around the kitchen garden” at the Pig group’s “lovely”-looking Otter Valley outpost, where “you can relax and enjoy provided you’re not seated on a wobbly chair – they do like shabby chic!”. Even fans concede the culinary performance is “a bit patchy” (sometimes all in one day) and while a good proportion of meals are “cracking” some do fall short: “what’s the point of going on about air miles when the food is this bland and expensive!?”.
7. Tytherleigh Arms British, Modern restaurant in Tytherleigh
Some “superb meals” and “service that’s always friendly but discreet” win solid ratings for this inn, near the Devon-Dorset border, that dates from the sixteenth century. “The menu’s not extensive but it’s local and original food, and there’s never a problem finding something good”.
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