There are plenty of reasons to visit sunny Devon on the south coast of the UK. From its beautiful coastline and sandy beaches, through to its expansive national parks and idyllic towns and villages. Whether you’re visiting the north or south, there is one thing for certain, you will be spoilt for choice with affordable Devon hotels and fantastic places to eat. 

    We’ve collated 5 of the top restaurants in Devon to visit, including an essential stop to enjoy a traditional Devon Cream Tea (it would be rude not to!).


    The Elephant, Torquay, South Devon

    The first restaurant in Torquay to be awarded a Michelin star, The Elephant offers something for everyone. Customers can enjoy the best of British food and dine from delicious a la carte menus and exclusive tasting menus, with all ingredients sourced locally and sustainably. Overlooking the stunning harbour, this welcoming and relaxed restaurant is perfect for those looking for a beautiful meal, with a view to match.


    Hele Corn Mill & Tearoom, Hele, North Devon

    Home of the Devon Cream Tea or Devonshire Tea, you can’t visit the South Coast without delving into a traditional, British cream tea. There is no shortage of tearooms but the Hele Corn Mill Tearoom is certainly worth a visit. Ideal for a traditional cream tea and unique recipes alike, this popular tea room isn’t afraid to offer something different. We like the sound of the Thunder and lightning scones (clotted cream and golden syrup!)!

    Four times winner of the Best Tea Shop in Devon award, the Hele Corn Mill is the perfect place to enjoy a traditional Devonshire cream tea. This traditional tea room is set in the surroundings of a Grade II listed water mill which has been restored to provide flour for the tempting, mill-made menu of delicious cakes available.


    The Oyster Shack, Bigbury, South Devon

    If you’re looking for a taste of the sea then look no further than The Oyster Shack, one of the best restaurants in South Devon. Steeped in history, this award-winning restaurant was once an oyster farm, set in the heart of the Avon Valley. The colourful, rustic and relaxed Oyster Shack serves up an array of fresh seafood, from oysters and  lobsters, through to scallops and prawns, there is a dish for every seafood lover on this menu! If seafood is your pleasure, add this one to your list!


    Riverford Field Kitchen

    Building on its award-winning organic veg delivery service, The Riverford Field Kitchen, makes veg the star of every dish, with meat and fish as the side. Using the freshest and most flavoursome ingredients straight from the farm, a brunch, lunch or supper at Riverford is a must!


    Number Eight, Bideford, North Devon

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    If intimate fine dining is an essential for your staycation, be sure to visit Number Eight. This cosy and relaxed fine dining restaurant is nestled down a quiet backstreet, just off the quay in Bideford. Run by a couple, this eatery has a personal feel and offers exciting seasonal tasting menus only. If you’re looking for somewhere special for a date night or a real treat, this is for you.


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