I love Devon: Rhys Roberts talks eating, fishing and shooting

Rhys Roberts cWhen in Devon … do as those in the know do. We caught up with Visit Devon Chair Rhys Roberts, who told us about his perfect day in this beautiful county.

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How did you come to be in Devon, Rhys?
I came here some twenty years ago, when my twin brother and I bought the Best Western Tiverton Hotel. I now feel I’m an adopted Devonian and I have always felt a great similarity between the North Wales countryside in which I was born and raised, and the Southwest region where my family and I now live. Today my professional life keeps me busy running the hotel, and our online marketing company Out There. I’m also privileged to lead the board of Visit Devon with a great group of people who, like me, are passionate about local tourism.

What for you is the best thing about Devon?
Its people, unquestionably – they’re generally kind and considerate, and represent some of the best of humanity. The fact that we live in an uniquely beautiful part of the kingdom is both a factor and a privilege.

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Tell us about your perfect day in Devon (where anything is possible ..!)
It would be a hot breakfast of haddock and poached eggs on Dartmouth Quay (pictured above), followed by a round of golf at Saunton Sands, a cream tea at The Flying Pickle, Tiverton and finally a delicious dinner with my wife and family in The Pig at Combe … just heavenly.

What’s the best kept secret in Devon tourism?
Take your dog for a walk above the village of Thorverton towards the ancient settlement of Cadbury, and take in the views of the glorious Exe Valley. Or, if you prefer, take a picnic to Exmoor National Park above the coastal town of Lynton (pictured top).

What do you suggest people do in Devon?
Our county is different throughout the year … so, in Spring I suggest fly fishing on the beautiful River Taw at Umberleigh, then in Autumn try walking the Killerton Estate at Broadclyst (pictured above) – the trees on this National Trust estate are simply magnificent. But In winter, for me, its a day’s shooting at Clovelly – a quite unique experience.