Devon food guide

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Devon food guide

Due to Devon’s rural location and ideal farming conditions, the county is renowned for producing some of the most fantastic produce in the country with varied local cuisine. With a number of celebrity owned restaurants, Michelin star restaurants and niche food festivals, our guide to food and drink in Devon will allow you to make the most of the delightful delicacies on offer during your holiday in Devon.

Arguably Devon is most famous for its Devonshire cream tea, a scone topped with cream and then jam is a must try while visiting Devon. You’ll find it on the menu of almost every tea room in the county but make sure to apply the toppings in the correct order! Devon is also famous for its pasty (crimped on the top!), with the earliest known record of the recipe deriving from Plymouth dating back to 1510. A lesser known dish that is also associated with the county is white pudding, a highly spiced pork dish, with an oat variation called ‘Groats pudding’ often found in the traditional pubs on Dartmoor. Not forgetting other treats such as fish and chips, ice cream and fudge!

However, the above cuisine wouldn’t be as tasty as it is without the help of the delicious local ingredients, ranging from high quality meats to fresh fruit and vegetables. With farming still an important industry in the county, you’ll be able to find local produce at its best. You can even witness the wild free grazing cattle and lamb on the moors, such as the Red Ruby Devon cattle and Devon closewool sheep.

Dairy products are also one of Devon’s specialities and the county is home to leading custard and rice pudding manufacturers, Ambrosia, who coined the phrase ‘Devon knows how they make it so creamy’. In 2011, Devon Blue won an award for the Best English Cheese and Curworthy, Sharpham and Vulscombe Cheese are all made in the county too.

If you’re going to reward yourself with a tipple or two whilst staying in the county, then why not relax with a pint of what the locals like to call ‘scrumpy’, more commonly known as cider. There are a variety of apples specific to Devon’s orchards and the county was once home to Britain’s largest cider orchard. Today you’ll find the Whimple Heritage Centre at the site with displays featuring the Whiteway family and cyder making in the village. Plymouth Gin Distillery is another superb example of local alcohol and has been produced in the city since 1793, being exported across the world by the Royal Navy. You can now explore the distillery with a guided tour, where you experience an introduction to the making process and learn all about its history.

For the perfect opportunity to sample some of Devon’s delights, then head to one of the many traditional farmers’ markets that are still running today.Okehampton, Tavistock and Widecombe in the Moor are all noted for their ancient markets and offer the finest seasonal produce throughout the year.

Devon’s food festival calendar is one of the busiest in the UK. Ranging from all-encompassing shows to more niche celebrations of a certain product, there are plenty of exciting food related events to experience. Exeter Food Festival is one of the largest in the county and usually takes place in April, showcasing the best local foods as well as celebrity chef appearances and demonstrations taking place. A few more unique festivals include the Clovelly Herring Festival, Sausage and Cider Festival in Honiton and South Devon Crab Month.

The county is lucky enough to be able to boast a highly esteemed two star Michelin restaurant in Chagford, which is called Gidleigh Park. Both the Mason’s Arms in Knowstone and The Room in the Elephant in Torquay have been awarded one Michelin star. To add to these top quality restaurants, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Damien Hirst and Mark Hix all own restaurants in Devon too so you can be rest assured that you will be able to find an exceptional dining experience. With traditional pubs, tip top tea rooms and brilliant bistros in abundance, dining out will be a truly enjoyable experience during your stay in Devon.

You’ll also find many dog friendly pubs in and restaurants in Devon, so you can bring your four legged friends along too! A selection of these will also offer a water bowl or even a treat for your loyal companion.

Whether food ranks highly in your holiday itinerary or not, there will be countless opportunities to delight your taste buds during a holiday in Devon. See our map guide to food and drink in Devon above to find fantastic restaurants in Devon, quirky cafes, divine delis, colourful markets and much more! For more information about Devon, be sure to take a look at our guide toDevon beaches, our map of Devon, and our extensive things to do guide!

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