Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Devon
Hardens guides have spent 15 years compiling reviews of the best Devon restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 183 restaurants in Devon and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Devon restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Devon Restaurants
. The Seahorse
Fish & seafood restaurant in Dartmouth
5 South Embankment - TQ6
“British seafood at its best” is “worth a detour” at Mitch Tonks’s “buzzy” (if “rather cramped”) flagship. The “unfussy cooking” and “respect shown to the super-fresh produce always leaves you happy”; and it’s “a perfect little spot to hunker down over a long lunch, before walking it all off along the waterfront”.
. The Old Inn
British, Traditional restaurant in Drewsteignton
Ex-Gidleigh Park chef Duncan Walker continues to win stellar marks for his food at this appealingly cosy, low-key seventeenth century village inn, on the edge of Dartmoor, and run together with Anthea Christmas; if you stay over in one of the three comfortable rooms “breakfast is also excellent”.
. No 7 Fish Bistro
Fish & seafood restaurant in Torquay
7 Beacon Terrace - TQ1
“Outstanding, simply cooked fresh fish” features in all feedback on the Stacey family’s bright, relaxed restaurant (est. 1993), where you can eat the catch landed at Brixham downstairs – specials are listed on various blackboards – or pair one of 95 wines with oysters upstairs.
. Rock Salt
British, Modern restaurant in Plymouth
31 Stonehouse St - PL1
A “perennial favourite local relaxed foodie joint”, this ex-pub turned “bistro-cum-cafe-cum-restaurant” goes from strength to strength as a showcase for the “inventive food” of chef-owner Dave Jenkins, whose dishes “always delight, with lovely little touches and innovations that make total sense once you’ve tasted them”. They serve “great breakfasts, good-value lunches”, and “the best Sunday roast in town”.
. Riverford Field Kitchen
British, Traditional restaurant in Buckfastleigh
Wash Barn - TQ11
“Incredibly tasty”, “healthy, hearty organic food” wins universal high praise for this “custom-built hangar” at the HQ of the organic veggie box company. The “wonderful meals” – “not strictly vegetarian but giving full emphasis to the vegetables!” – are “served on large refectory tables”, “by informed and friendly staff”. “The formula works, and I continue to be impressed”.
. The Oyster Shack
Fish & seafood restaurant in Bigbury-on-Sea
Millburn Orchard Farm, Stakes Hills - TQ7
It’s not much more than a bright blue hut with a covered terrace, but the seafood on offer at this offbeat former oyster farm, set on the Avon estuary, has made it a known stop-off in this part of the world. Since the departure of longtime owner Chris Yandell in 2018, feedback on it has dwindled noticeably, but such as we have says it remains “consistently good”, with added marks for being “dog, child and everything friendly!”
. Northcote Manor
British, Traditional restaurant in Umberleigh
Burrington - EX37
“It keeps on surprising… there’s nothing old or boring about it, so all good!” – this grand old hotel, set in 20 acres amidst gorgeous countryside and boasting a distinctive muralled dining room, is a “lovely place: so peaceful”. All reports say the cooking is good value too: both the three-course dinner menu for £49.50 or the ‘Gourmet Dinner Menu’: six courses for £65.
. Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room
British, Modern restaurant in Ilfracombe
56 Fore Street - EX34
Chef Thomas Carr is “exceptionally talented”, turning out “perfectly balanced” fish-centric food which “honours the ingredients” at this North Devon five-year-old, boosted last year by a paean from Jay Rayner. Ilfracombe is “a truly tough environment for a high-end restaurant, especially to survive year-round, so hats off to the chef and team”.
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