Food & Drink
Devon’s countryside is awash with great food and drink. That’s probably because a lot of ingredients are grown here. Our Ruby Red Cattle is famous, as is salt marsh lamb from Braunton Burrows. However, the greatest heroes are our dairy herds, which occupy much of our land and produce milk for everyone. Some of it goes to supermarkets but a large proportion goes to making clotted cream (for those yummy Devon cream teas), cheeses such as the wonderfully crunchy Parkham Cheddar and Taw Valley Tickler and ice creams such as Hocking’s finest vanilla, which you can buy direct from the van all around the region.
The best places to buy fresh ingredients are at the regions Pannier Markets in Torrington, South Molton, Bideford and Barnstaple and from country markets at Holsworthy and Hatherleigh. Otherwise farm shops and farmers’ markets always have a large selection of brilliant local produce.
Eating out in the Devon countryside is relatively easy. Lots of local pubs do food really well, with The Old Smithy at Welcombe offering fresh and local in a quirky atmosphere. Nearby, Docton Mill serves up a fine cream tea whilst The Hartland Quay Hotel will satisfy your need for wholesome food in a spectacular setting as the sun goes down over the Atlantic.
For farm fresh and seasonal delights cooked to order the Weirmarsh Farm Restaurant at Umberleigh is hard to beat. They only open on certain days and you have to pre-book and pre-order but it’s always worth it.
Barnstaple has a good share of restaurants, including Lilico’s for Tapas, Clayton’s for modern English and The Fullam for exquisite Chinese cooking. Bideford has a few good choices too, including Lathwell’s Restaurant and the acclaimed restaurant at the Yeolden House Hotel.
The North Devon Countryside is magical, with stunning forests and hills, amazing wildlife and some absolutely unforgettable scenery! If you love to be at one with nature, you will want to be in the countryside, and our cottages in the countryside will allow you to be close to it. Our countryside cottages are close to stunning gardens and local heritage sites, or you could just explore the incredible surroundings.Read more