The fine dining scene is growing in North Devon, which is really exciting to see. Whether you’re wondering where to go for a special meal, or you’re a foodie wanting to experience the gastronomic genius of this area, this list is a great place to start.
For a fine dining experience in North Devon (and a bit beyond!), give any of these restaurants a try. All are highly recommended.
Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room
Best for? Seafood lovers – and a lesson on flavours. Thomas is an absolute genius when it comes to balancing multiple flavours. In one mouthful you can pick out all the different flavours individually, but also they work together in a beautiful harmony. It’s pure artistry – I have never had such a fascinating dining experience. Oh and did I forget to mention the Michelin star?
Best for? Delicious fine dining that isn’t at all pretentious. You can’t help but smile when dining at Number Eight. The dishes are fun and inventive, and the kind of flavours that I absolutely adore. And the presentation is just beautiful. The fact that they are often fully booked weeks in advance speaks volumes.
The Coleridge Restaurant, Dunkery Beacon Country House Hotel
Best for? Top quality local ingredients, prepared with love and respect. The scallops, sea bass, mussels and Exmoor beef were delicious, beautifully cooked and huge! The menu at the Coleridge Restaurant also helped me discover new flavours and flavour combinations that I now love and will be looking out for in future. It’s a bit of a journey into Exmoor, but well worth it.