British, Modern Restaurants in Devon
. 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”.
. 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”.
. The Salutation Inn
British, Modern restaurant in Topsham
68 Fore Street - EX3
With its “lovely, accomplished cooking” and “beautiful building in a riverside village”, this smart, eighteenth-century inn near Exeter is “brilliant for a weekend break”. All the food is highly rated – from the eight-course tasting menu to the “excellent beef sandwiches and moreish homemade soup” served in the less formal Glasshouse.
. The Mason’s Arms
British, Modern restaurant in Knowstone
South Molton - EX36
“The quality and style of the food produced at this Devon country pub” is testament to chef-patron Mark Dodson’s 12 years as head chef at the Roux brothers’ legendary Waterside Inn. The pub itself is a gorgeous thatched cottage on the edge of Exmoor, dating back to the 13th century.
. Cornish Arms
British, Modern restaurant in Tavistock
15 West Street - PL19
The rough-around-the-edges pub that once stood here is long gone – these days it’s “clearly popular and well-regarded” owing to chef-patron John Hooker’s “consistently good” gastro fare that’s “tremendous value for money” too.
. 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!?”.
. The Jack in the Green Inn
British, Modern restaurant in Rockbeare
London Road - EX5
One of the better pubs in the Exeter area – this well-known gastropub near J29 of the M5 has been in the same hands for over 25 years, and wins praise for its “very reliable cooking” and “a great choice of local beers and ciders”.
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