Win a break in Devon

picture of Shaldon

You’ve read all our picks for the best places to eat seafood on England’s beautiful South West coast, now here’s your chance to win a fabulous Devon stay-cation. One lucky Harden’s reader (and their guest) will be heading off to the picturesque seaside village of Shaldon where they will be treated to a three course meal at ODE-dining, a night’s stay at one of Cottages South West’s beautiful beach huts, and breakfast the next morning at café-ODE.

Shaldon, on Devon’s south coast, is just over three hours from London by train or car. For train travellers the village is accessible by taxi, or via the UK’s oldest passenger ferry crossing, from Teignmouth train station.

ODE-dining and café-ODE, founded by Tim and Clare Bouget, are two of the UK’s highest rated sustainable restaurants. In fact their company ODE true food has won Sustainable Restaurant of the Year at the Sustainable Restaurant Association awards three years in a row. They serve only ethically caught and sourced seafood, much of it straight from the beaches, rivers and bays around Shaldon. Bouget says there is often just a 40 minute gap between hooking the fish and it ending up in their kitchen – we think you’d be hard pressed to find fresher seafood anywhere. So be sure to take full advantage during your three course meal and enjoy seasonal fish dishes such as River Teign salmon, wild line-caught sea bass and steamed day boat lemon sole.

picture of Ode Dining

The café also has a micro brewery, Two Beach Brewing Co, of which Bouget is director and co-owner, so don’t forget to sample a couple of pints of their real ales, such as; OARsome, ODE Ale and Shaldon Shag.

After dinner you’ll stay in a Shaldon beach hut, courtesy of Cottages South West, which offers five star luxury within a traditional seaside setting. This picture-perfect accommodation has a large living room, galley kitchen, futon sofa, breakfast table and chairs and free-view satelite TV/ DVD player. A selection of board games, Boules set, books and DVDs are also provided for your enjoyment. The sleeping area is on a mezzanine level, reached via a stairway.

There are patio doors on the ground floor which lead to the large, sunny terrace with spectacular views of the river, beach and sea. Patio furniture including a dining table with parasol and seating for six is provided.

In the morning you can head to café-ODE and enjoy either breakfast or brunch for two (depending on how early you want to rise!). A short stroll through the village to The Ness hilltop, stunning views of Lyme Bay and the River Teign Estuary await. cafe-ODE – part conversion, part renovation and part new build – was once a derelict stable block, it now boasts solar water heater, electric charge points and recycled and reclaimed materials in its design. And of course it also serves up sustainably sourced, quality regional food.

To be in with a chance to win this fabulous break, just answer this question:


In fly-fishing, what is the name given to specially crafted, artificial bait?

a) allure

b) loop

c) lure

picture of Cottages South West Beach hut

Terms & Conditions

Please send an email to beginning with the letter to indicate your answer and the words ‘Devon break competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name and phone number in the body of the message. The winner will be chosen at random from correct replies received by 23.59 on 20 June 2014, and will be notified by email. The prize includes a three course meal at Ode Dining, a night’s stay at a Cottages South West beach hut in Shaldon and breakfast or brunch at café-ODE on a Friday or Saturday of your choice between 1 September 2014 and 31 March 2015 (subject to availability).

By entering this competition you agree to share your information with Ode and Cottages South West, if you do not wish to share your information please write ‘opt out’ in your email subject line. If you ‘like’ the sound of ODE true food then why not visit their Facebook pageFor more superb sustainable restaurant options check the restaurant directory from the Sustainable Restaurant Association

* The main image is copyrighted to Robin Stott – from – licensed under Creative Commons Licence


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