Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Exmouth
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Exmouth restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 10 restaurants in Exmouth and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Exmouth 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. Rockfish Exmouth Fish & seafood restaurant in Exmouth Pier Head - EX8
You’ll find a “nice seaside vibe” and “great fresh fish” at this “fun seafood restaurant on the mouth of the Exe” – the newest in the West Country group from Mitch Tonks. It has a “buzzy cool atmosphere I can’t ever remember from the Exmouth of my childhood”.
3. 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.
4. Crab Shack Fish & seafood restaurant in Teignmouth 3 Queen St - TQ14
This casual outfit is “THE place for fruits de mer, as fresh as a daisy (it really is man-vs-beast when you take on their crabs)”, and it’s “extra special if the weather is good and there are seats outside”; and “it bucks the local trend of high prices”.
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