East Devon is filled with great places to eat and drink; from cosy thatched pubs to trendy beachside bistros. Here are some of our favourite foodie spots that we think you’ll enjoy during your stay:
This family-run pub located on Honiton High Street serves excellent food, with warm service and a relaxed atmosphere. Menus are crafted around quality local fare, including a regularly changing specials menu that’s filled with pub favourites and fresh seasonal ingredients. The Holt also offers cookery classes for those looking to brush up on skills such as curing & smoking, and they regularly host musical events if you’re on the lookout for live entertainment.
178 High St, Honiton EX14 1LA; Tel: 01404 47707
The Tucker Arms
Located in the village of Dalwood, this friendly country pub serves hearty portions and a regularly changing fish specials board. Don’t expect fine dining, but do head here if you’re after a casual pint and a tasty bite to eat.
Dalwood, Axminster EX13 7EG Tel: 01404 881342
Boston Tea Party
This bohemian cafe is part of a small, independent West Country chain of coffee shops. As well as offering an extensive drinks menu and some very tempting cakes, their brunch offerings are excellent too. What’s more, the walls are adorned with the work of local artists and dogs are more than welcome to join their owners inside.
53 High St, Honiton EX14 1PW; Tel: 01404 548739
Otter Valley Field Kitchen
Otter Valley Field kitchen is our go-to destination to get our ice-cream fix. Nestled in the beautiful Blackdown Hills, the field kitchen is something of a modern architectural marvel and offers unrivalled views of the surrounding countryside. Chose from their award-winning ice-creams or opt for a freshly made flatbread from the pizza oven.
Otter Valley Dairy, Monkton, Honiton EX14 9QN
The Pig at Combe
This honey-coloured Grade I listed manor house is one of the newer offerings from The Pig Hotel Group. Menus are crafted around their abundant kitchen gardens and the stunning Otter Valley provides the perfect backdrop to your visit. We recommend taking afternoon tea in one of The Pig’s beautifully decorated lounges or tucking into a rustic flatbread in The Folly. You won’t be disappointed by the food on offer and you may even wish to indulge in a spot of fishing or a massage treatment while you’re there…
Gittisham, Honiton, Devon, EX14 3AD; Tel: 01404 540 400
The Jack in the Green
This pub-come-restaurant serves high quality British food in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Head Chef Matthew Mason has been working at The Jack for 26 years and lends his expertise to a range of beautifully presented dishes that strike a balance between pub food and fine dining. The restaurant is very popular with locals, so you may wish to book ahead of time.
London Rd, Exeter EX5 2EE; Tel: 01404 822240
Hare & Hounds
This thatched pub is famous for its high quality carveries and its wide selection of local beers and ciders. The Hare & Hounds is open from 10am to 11pm every day and is regularly packed with satisfied punters.
Putts Corner, Sidbury, Sidmouth EX10 0QQ Tel: 01404 41760
The Rusty Pig
A self-described ‘feasting house’, The Rusty Pig is probably unlike many dining experiences you’ve had before. There’s no menu per se but chef will recommend dishes on the day depending on your personal preferences. As the name suggests, you can expect plenty of charcuterie and carnivorous plates of food, but no visit would be complete without one of Agata’s hedgerow cocktails.
11a Yonder Street, Ottery St Mary EX111HD; 01404 815 580
The Salutation Inn
A contemporary restaurant in the beautiful town of Topsham near Exeter. You’ll no doubt want to take a stroll along the nearby River Exe, before enjoying a light lunch in the glasshouse or a romantic dinner in their beautifully furnished dining room..
68 Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HL; 01392 873060
A popular family-run restaurant offering great quality food and friendly service. Harry’s has been going strong for 25 years and is often rated as one of the best restaurants in Exeter. We recommend trying their skillet pan cookie if you have a sweet tooth.
86 Longbrook St, Exeter EX4 6AP; 01392 202234
The Candlelight Inn
This 17th Century pub is set in the picturesque village of Bishopswood and is a real hit with locals. They grow a lot of their own food and their range of bar snacks are delicious. The landlord keeps a well-stocked bar and prides himself on his large selection of wines, ciders, and beers.
Bishopswood, Chard TA20 3RS Tel: 01460 234476
Hix Oyster and Fish House
Located in Lyme Regis, this well known restaurant boasts stunning views of the harbour. The staff are always helpful and the fish dishes are superb. Bear in mind, it’s a steep walk from nearest car park.
Cobb Rd, Lyme Regis DT7 3JP Tel: 01297 446910