It’s no surprise that the Michelin star restaurants in Devon are some of the most popular in the UK.
Devon has an abundance of fantastic local seafood, outdoor-reared meat, locally grown fruit and veg and some world-beating cheeses and wines – and it’s hard to go wrong with a start like that. Add to this a variety of beautiful restaurant settings, and some of the best chefs both experienced and up-and-coming, and you can see why Devon is such a draw for foodies.
Read on to find out about some of the best Michelin star restaurants in Devon, plus links to help you find even more top-rated restaurants.
- Find restaurants across Devon: South Devon; Exeter and the Heart of Devon; Plymouth; North Devon and Exmoor; Torquay, Brixham and Paignton; Dartmoor
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Two Michelin star luxury and innovation
Gidleigh Park, Chagford
As it’s one of only a very small number of restaurants holding two Michelin stars, you won’t be surprised to hear that Gidleigh Park regularly wins awards – and was recently voted the UK’s number one restaurant by the Sunday Times. Michael Caines MBE is at the helm here, and he oversees a menu that manages to be both classic and highly innovative – modern European, yet firmly rooted in Devon. Top local produce is used, supplemented by the hotel’s own Kitchen Garden – and you can also sample one of the most extensive wine lists in the UK, as Gidleigh’s cellar houses more than 1,300 bins. This is all found in the setting of a beautiful country house hotel in the wilds of Dartmoor – and has to be on every foodie’s ‘mus-do’ list.
Sample dish Boudin of Waddeton pheasant, cous cous, foie gras, spiced bouillon
Price Lunch from £38.50 for two courses
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Stunning food and sea views
The Elephant Restaurant and Brasserie, Torquay
Celebrity chef Simon Hulstone’s restaurant is a must-visit when you go to Torquay. The Elephant overlooks the pretty harbour, and offers both the Michelin starred The Room restaurant and the more informal The Brasserie on the ground floor. Well known for his creative cuisine, Simon’s menu constantly changes but is always based around local and sustainable ingredients, including chicken, lamb, pork and vegetables from its own dedicated south Devon farm. The Room (open April-October) exclusively serves an exciting tasting menu with optional matching wine flight, whilst The Brasserie is open all year and welcomes children.
Sample dish Brixham crab, asparagus, samphire, lovage
Price Tasting menu £59.50 per person
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Thatched pub setting, Michelin star food
The Mason’s Arms, Knowstone
For those who prefer their outstanding food to be in a cosy setting – The Mason’s Arms is your dream pub-restaurant. The restaurant’s in a thatched 13th century inn in the village of Knowstone on the edge of Exmoor, and as well as the restaurant there’s also a very friendly bar that serves both real ale, cider and champagne by the glass. The food is definitely fine dining – but on the heartier side of the genre! – and features lots of Exmoor and Devon produce.
Sample dish Fillets of John Dory with crab risotto and bouillon, tempura of mange-tout
Price Lunch from £20 for two courses
Rustic pub with a surprise – the excellent food!
The Treby Arms, Sparkwell
After being named (joint) winner of MasterChef: The Professionals in 2012 Anton Piotrowsk returned to cooking at his pub-restaurant The Treby Arms, in the village of Sparkwell near Plymouth – and since then he’s won a Michelin star too! Within the atmosphere of a traditional village pub, complete with wooden beams, Anton serves local, seasonal produce in classic dishes, but of course with plenty of imaginative touches. And he and his hard-working team offer plenty of choice too; there are set lunch, Sunday lunch, a la carte and tasting menus.
Sample dish Herb rolled venison loin, red cabbage, carrots, confit onion and celeriac puree
Price Lunch from £19.95 for two courses