*Guest Post by The Good Hotel Guide*
With such a rich resource of local ingredients from both land and sea, food in Devon is a key drawcard for visitors and residents alike.
We’ve all heard of legendary afternoon teas, but hearty servings of scrambled eggs, pastries, homemade compotes and award winning chefs in the heart of spectacular hospitality are the order of the day at The Good Hotel Guide’s top Devon hotels for foodies from their Cesar award winners and their 2018 collection…
The Nobody Inn, Doddiscombsleigh
A 2017 Cesar winner, The Nobody Inn is a haven for pub quizzes, an astonishing selection of whiskey. The 17th-century dwelling house–turned–lively village pub-with-rooms is like something out of a movie with log fires and oak beamed bedrooms, but top of the menu is a breakfast of masses of home-smoked salmon and scrambled eggs and award-worthy devilled kidneys.
Hotel Endsleigh, Milton Abbot
A 2016 Cesar winner, Hotel Endsleigh is a constant delight for visitors. A Regency fishing lodge created for the Duchess of Bedford, it is now a welcoming hotel created by the famed Olga Polizzi. Surrounded by the magic of Humphry Repton-designed flower-filled arbours and manicured gardens, it is dog and family friendly, while chef Jose Graziosi’s modern dishes look to Italy for inspiration with a typical example showcasing sea bream, parmesan gnocchi, cavolo nero and crab bisque.
Lewtrenchard Manor, Lewdown
An extraordinarily romantic rebuild of a Jacobean manor house, surrounded by parkland, Lewtrenchard Manor contains a wealth of historic features imported by the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould (best known for penning the hymn ‘Onward, Christian Soldiers’). Winner of the Editor’s Choice Historic Hotel in 2017, under portraits and panelled walls, foodies delight in Brixham mackerel, garden beetroot, apple and horseradish salad or roasted Devon beef fillet, broccoli, girolles and watercress purée while breakfast is generous and varied. It’s family owned and full of warm welcomes.
The Pig at Combe, Gittisham
An Elizabethan manor house in the Otter valley, the Pig at Combe has a boho-chic vibe and bears a family resemblance with Robin Hutson’s other Pig hotels. It was also awarded Editor’s Choice Discoveries in 2018. A buzzing atmosphere and beautiful views, it has charming, quirky bedrooms and in the conservatory restaurant and restored garden folly chef Daniel Gavriilidis cooks food with an excellent pedigree – perhaps crispy pig’s cheek, piccalilli and wild chives or a breakfast worthy of a pig-out.
Soar Mill Cove Hotel, Salcombe
Top of the list of hotels to rave about this year, with a 2018 Cesar Award Soar Mill Cove Hotel sits in an unrivalled location – a dip in a valley looking out across uninterrupted views of the sea. Amidst views of the craggy rocks offset by immaculate flowerbeds, it’s an opportunity to fortify yourself with a clotted cream scone on the terrace or a ‘divine’ Pavlova akin to that once made for Audrey Hepburn. In the evening, Ian MacDonald’s market-style menus highlight seaside-fresh produce, perhaps delicious fish cakes; genuine chowder with mussels and shrimps in their shells.