The best restaurants in Devon holiday cottages

The best restaurants in Devon

Caroline Abbott 21 March 2024

In Devon you can find places to eat to suit all tastes and budgets, from beachside cafes offering fresh fish and chips to cosy, countryside pubs serving hearty, homemade dishes made with local ingredients. A meal with your loved ones at one of Devon’s best restaurants is a memorable way to celebrate a special occasion, providing one of the highlights of a holiday.

We’ve rounded up some of Devon’s most illustrious restaurants where the food, service and surroundings combine to offer a first-class experience that attracts foodies from across the UK and beyond. 

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Best restaurants in North Devon

Number Eight, Bideford

Photo of the delicious food on offer at Number EightPhoto credit: Night Eight, Bideford

Number Eight is a small, intimate, and relaxed fine dining restaurant, situated on the River Torridge and run by a couple with more than 30 years of experience between them. It offers ever-changing, seasonal British menus.

  • Restrictions: No children under the age of 7, no dogs, no tables for more than six people
  • Price: £85 for three courses (based on the sample menu)
  • Address: 49 Torrington Street, Bideford EX39 4DP
  • Phone: 01237 237589
  • Website: numbereightrestaurant.com (no online booking system)
  • Stay nearby: Quay Loft | sleeps 10 + 2 dogs

The Antidote, Ilfracombe

Photo of food on a table with drinks

The Antidote is a pretty, little restaurant that offers intimate dining and thoughtful service with a smile. The modern British food is made using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients.

  • Restrictions: Adults only, no dogs
  • Price: £39.90 for three courses
  • Address: 20 St James Place, Ilfracombe EX34 9BJ
  • Phone: 01271 865339 
  • Website: theantidoteilfracombe.co.uk
  • Stay nearby: Tides | sleeps 8

The Masons Arms, Knowstone

Exterior photo of The Masons ArmsPhoto credit: The Masons Arms

The Masons Arms is a charming, thatched, 13th-century inn in a secluded village with great views towards Exmoor. It’s one of just a handful of restaurants in Devon with a prestigious Michelin Star. Its menu is rooted in British and French classics, made with the finest ingredients, attractively presented, and its service is friendly and attentive.

  • Restrictions: Dogs are welcome in the bar area only
  • Price: £36 for three courses (based on the sample lunch menu)
  • Address: Knowstone, South Molton EX36 4RY
  • Phone: 01398 341231
  • Website: masonsarmsdevon.co.uk
  • Stay nearby: Woolhanger Lodge | sleeps 4

The Seacliff Restaurant at Sandy Cove Hotel, Ilfracombe

Exterior photo of Sandy Cove HotelPhoto credit: Sandy Cove Hotel

The Seacliff Restaurant is a smart, intimate, fine-dining restaurant with incredible views over the bay. Its colourful, modern dishes showcase North Devon’s local produce and there’s a focus on local seafood.

  • Restrictions: No dogs, but children are welcome. The hotel only offers a children’s menu in their Cove restaurant
  • Price: £48 for three courses (based on the sample menu)
  • Address: Old Coast Road, Combe Martin, Berrynarbor EX34 9SR
  • Phone: 01271 882243
  • Website: sandycove-hotel.co.uk/dine/the-seacliff-restaurant
  • Stay nearby: Elmbank | sleeps 6

Best restaurants in South Devon

Àclèaf at Boringdon Hall Hotel, Plymouth

Intimate table setting at Acleaf restaurantPhoto credit: Àclèaf 

Àclèaf is an intimate and romantic Michelin Star restaurant offering inventive British dishes made with the highest quality, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Oh, and if you’re wondering, the name means “oak leaf” in Old English. 

  • Restrictions: No dogs
  • Price: £120 for four courses
  • Address: Boringdon Hill, Colebrook, Plymouth PL7 4DP
  • Phone: 01752 344455
  • Website: acleaf.co.uk
  • Stay nearby: The Yard Bakery | sleeps 4

The Angel, Dartmouth

Chefs from The Angel with the River Dart in the backgroundPhoto credit: The Angel

The Angel is a smart but informal fine-dining restaurant with stunning views of the River Dart. It offers boldly flavoured, modern British dishes that showcase the best produce within a 30-mile radius. The service is friendly and efficient.

  • Restrictions: No dogs
  • Price: £95 for the tasting menu (available on Friday and Saturday evenings), £80 for three courses (based on the a la carte menu)
  • Address: 2 South Embankment, Dartmouth TQ6 9BH
  • Phone: 01803 833488
  • Website: theangeldartmouth.co.uk
  • Stay nearby: 84 Above Town | sleeps 4

The Elephant, Torquay

Interior photo of The Elephant restaurantPhoto credit: The Elephant

The Elephant is a bright, informal Michelin Star restaurant by the harbour. It aims to source its ingredients locally and sustainably, many from the restaurant’s dedicated farm in Brixham. The dishes change regularly depending on which ingredients are at their best.

  • Restrictions: No dogs except service dogs (prior notice must be given), children welcome but the children’s menu is not available in the evening, no dairy-free or vegan options
  • Price: £35 for three courses (based on the lunch menu), £72.50 for three courses (based on the a la carte menu), £95 per person (based on the tasting menu)
  • Address: 3&4 Beacon Hill, Torquay TQ1 2BH
  • Phone: 01803 200044
  • Website: elephantrestaurant.co.uk
  • Stay nearby: The Marina Beach House | sleeps 4

The Seahorse, Dartmouth

Customers inside The Seahorse restaurantPhoto credit: The Seahorse

The Seahorse is a smart restaurant and bar where fresh local seafood, seasonal ingredients and a love of Italian cookery underpin everything it does. Many of the dishes have a style and flavour that you find in coastal, Mediterranean restaurants. The menu changes daily.

  • Restrictions: Dogs are allowed in the bar area
  • Price: £30 per person (based on the lunchtime ‘Menu del Giorno’), £50 for three courses (based on the a la carte menu)
  • Address: 5 South Embankment, Dartmouth TQ6 9BH
  • Phone: 01803 835147
  • Website: seahorserestaurant.co.uk
  • Stay nearby: Topaz | sleeps 8 + 2 dogs

Best restaurants in East Devon

Lympstone Manor, Lympstone

Beautiful exterior photo of Lympstone ManorPhoto credit: Lympstone Manor

Lympstone Manor is a luxury country house hotel overlooking the Exe estuary. The Georgian manor has three splendid dining rooms where chef/owner Michael Caines expresses his vision of modern British cuisine. His Michelin Star cuisine reflects seasonality, regionality and creativity. Wine is central to the dining experience here and the cellar boasts over 600 wine bins sourced from around the world.

  • Restrictions: No dogs, no sportswear, no children under 5
  • Price: £240 per person (based on the eight-course tasting menu), £185 per person (based on the a la carte dinner menu), £85 per person (based on the lunch menu)
  • Address: Courtlands Lane, Exmouth EX8 3NZ
  • Phone: 01395 202040
  • Website: lympstonemanor.co.uk/dine
  • Stay nearby: Waterside | sleeps 4 + 2 dogs

Saveur, Exmouth

Sample food being served at SaveurPhoto credit: Saveur

Saveur is a charming restaurant tucked away on a pedestrianised street just off the main square. It offers modern, seasonal dishes on concise menus that change daily, and given its proximity to the ocean, it’s no surprise it leans towards seafood. The service is as relaxed and welcoming as the decor, and it’s widely regarded as a hidden gem. 

  • Restrictions: No dogs
  • Price: £27.50 for three courses (based on the prix fixe lunch menu), £45 per person (based on the full evening menu)
  • Address: 9 Tower Street, Exmouth EX8 1NT
  • Phone: 01395 269459
  • Website: saveursrestaurant.com
  • Stay nearby: Kenniford Cider Steps | sleeps 4

The Pig at Combe, Honiton

Interior photo of The Pig restaurantPhoto credit: The Pig

The Pig is a panelled, characterful restaurant with its own vegetable, herb and infusion gardens. Located 8 miles from the coast and committed to a “25 Mile Menu” to support local suppliers, its daily changing menus feature fresh fish, top quality Devonshire cheese, and locally reared meat. Its focus is on simple and fresh flavours.

Glebe House, Colyton

Exterior photo of Glebe HousePhoto credit: Glebe House

Glebe House is a farm-to-table restaurant on a 15-acre smallholding that is open to residents and non-residents. The food is heavily influenced by the owner’s time in Italy, as well as artisan techniques and seasonality.

  • Restrictions: Dogs must be kept on a lead in the restaurant area
  • Price: £60 per person (based on the four-course fixed dinner menu)
  • Address: Southleigh, Colyton EX24 6SD
  • Phone: 01404 871276
  • Website: glebehousedevon.co.uk/restaurant
  • Stay nearby: Valley View | sleeps 6

Best restaurants on Dartmoor

Gidleigh Park, Chagford

Sample photo of food at Gidleigh ParkPhoto credit: Gidleigh Park

Gidleigh Park is a distinctive, luxury country house hotel with an elegant and intimate restaurant at its heart. Its impressive wine cellar has over 1,300 bins and 13,000 bottles from around the world. The sophisticated, modern cuisine has a classical base and uses top-quality seasonal produce.

  • Restrictions: The dress code is smart/casual, children are welcome in the restaurant until 8pm, with last orders being placed by 7pm, dogs are not allowed in the main house
  • Price: £135 for three courses (based on the dinner menu)
  • Address: Gidleigh Park Hotel, Chagford, Newton Abbot TQ13 8HH
  • Phone: 01647 432367
  • Website: gidleigh.co.uk/dining-drinking/restaurant
  • Stay nearby: Granary Cottage | sleeps 4 + 2 dogs

Great Western Grill at Bovey Castle, North Bovey

Photo of Bovey Castle from abovePhoto credit: Bovey Castle

Great Western Grill is one of the hotel’s two restaurants and it recently underwent a major refurbishment, with changes including a new champagne and oyster bar. Offering fine dining, it takes classic meals and reinvents them using the best of British produce, including locally reared beef and game, fresh seafood, and vegetables sourced from the estate and local area.

  • Restrictions: Dogs are not allowed in the restaurants, children are welcome to dine at the Great Western Grill (small children and babies can be looked after in Smith’s Brasserie)
  • Price: £70 for three courses (based on the dinner menu)
  • Address: Bovey Castle, North Bovey, Newton Abbot TQ13 8RE
  • Phone: 01647 445000
  • Website: boveycastle.com/great-western-grill
  • Stay nearby: Kira | sleeps 6 + 2 dogs

The Horn of Plenty, Tavistock

Afternoon tea photo at The Horn of Plenty with countryside views in the backgroundPhoto credit: The Horn of Plenty

The Horn of Plenty is a romantic and luxurious country house hotel near Tavistock, just to the west of Dartmoor, near the border with Cornwall. Its restaurant has been renowned as one of Devon’s finest for around 60 years. The airy and relaxed restaurant has amazing views over the Tamar Valley and offers menus featuring local, seasonal produce.

  • Restrictions: Dogs are welcome on the restaurant terraces or in the bar/lounge 
  • Price: £85 per person (based on the six-course evening tasting menu), £69 per person (based on the ‘Table d’hote’ dinner menu), £39 for three courses (based on the Sunday lunch menu) 
  • Address: B3362, Tavistock PL19 8JD
  • Phone: 01822 832528
  • Website: thehornofplenty.co.uk
  • Stay nearby: The Cottage | sleeps 4 + 1 dog

Two Bridges Hotel, Yelverton

Exterior photo of Two Bridges HotelPhoto credit: Two Bridges

Two Bridges is a country house hotel in the heart of Dartmoor, overlooking the River Dart. Its restaurant offers top-quality seasonal produce from local farmers and fishermen. You can enjoy a relaxing lunch in the bar or restaurant, a cream tea in the lounge or gardens, and if you’re staying the night, you can enjoy dinner in Tors Restaurant or something lighter from the lounge menu. 

  • Restrictions: Evening meals are available for residents only, dogs are welcome in the bar and lounge but not the restaurant (except guide dogs)
  • Price: £20 for a main course or £9 for a lighter bite (based on the lunch menu)
  • Address: Dartmoor National Park, Two Bridges, Yelverton PL20 6SW
  • Phone: 01822 892300
  • Website: twobridges.co.uk
  • Stay nearby: Coppermoor | sleeps 4 + 2 dogs

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Hopefully by now, we’ve got your mouth watering at the prospect of a fancy meal at one of Devon’s best restaurants. You’re sure to experience an unforgettable lunch or dinner at any of these venues, and you’ll be nourished enough to enjoy plenty of Devon adventures the following day.

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Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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