*We’ll be updating each of our individual restaurant reviews shortly. We also paid full price for every meal we mention/enjoyed on this list*
There are no less than five Michelin Star Restaurants in Devon, proving once and for all that the West Country does an outstanding job when it comes to fine dining. From luxury manor house
Gidleigh Park, Chagford: A stalwart of the Devon fine dining scene.
At the heart of this luxury Devon Hotel is a two Michelin Star restaurant currently headed by chef Chris Simpson*. Dinner at this luxurious retreat is a must for visitors to Devon and a recent lunch at Gidleigh Park led The Devon Foodie to be served one of the few 10/10 dishes we’ve ever eaten.
How much is dinner at Gidleigh Park? The three course À La Carte lunch menu is priced at £65pp; while the seven course tasting menu with coffee & sweet treats will set you back £145pp.
What to order at Gidleigh Park: During Autumn, it has to be the ultra local Dartmoor lamb dishes. For a true sense of what Gidleigh Park is all about, there’s no doubting that the tasting menu with complimenting wine flight is a must (+ £85pp)
Book Your Table: gidleigh.co.uk
*A spokesperson for Andrew Brownsword Hotels said Chris Simpson is currently working his notice period and future plans will be announced for Gidleigh Park.
Lympstone Manor, East Devon:A New Generation of luxury fine dining.
Lympstone Manor is fast setting the standard for fine dining in Devon. Michelin Stars are nothing new to Head Chef Michael Caines, who is one of the most influential culinary figures to emerge from the South West. He received two Michelin stars during his time at Gidleigh Park and obtained his first star for Lympstone within just 6 months.
How much is dinner at Lympstone Manor? Dining at Lympstone Manor is not easy on the wallet. Lunch during the working week will set you back £48 for three courses, but the à la carte dinner menu is priced at £135pp. Opt for Michael’s signature eight-course tasting menu and you’re looking at £155pp.
What to order at Lympstone Manor: If you’d like a taster of what Lympstone has to offer, then take the plunge and go on a lunchtime. However, if impressing your plus one is high on the agenda, you won’t be disappointed by Michael’s exceptional tasting menu.
Book Your Table: lympstonemanor.co.uk
The Elephant, Torquay: The best value Michelin Star Lunch
Head chef Simon Hulstone is responsible for running this informal Michelin Star restaurant, overlooking the charming Torquay
How much is dinner at The Elephant, Torquay? The Elephant prides itself on offering one of the best value Michelin Star lunches in the UK. Every lunchtime, from Tuesday to Saturday, they have a set lunch menu offering three courses for only £24.95! Meanwhile, an à la carte dinner will probably set you back around £50pp.
What to order at The Elephant, Torquay: The Elephant does some of the best seafood in Devon. Whether it’s local Brixham crab, rainbow trout or plaice, you’ll want to try one of their fish dishes.
Book Your Table: www.elephantrestaurant.co.uk
Masons Arms, North Devon: A cosy country inn with a difference…
The Masons Arms is rather unassuming from the outside but don’t let that fool you. This Michelin Starred country inn oozes all the charm of a Devonshire pub alongside some of the best fine dining around. Head Chef Mark Dobson, of Waterside Inn fame, is no stranger to Michelin standard cooking. When he and his wife Sarah arrived in Devon in 2005 they set about creating a destination pub serving
How much is dinner at Masons Arms: Just because the Masons Arms boats a Michelin Star, doesn’t mean it isn’t affordable. At Lunch, alongside the à la carte menu, they offer a three-course menu for £27.50 or a two course for £23.50. Their three course Sunday Lunch is also priced at an affordable £38.
What to order at Masons Arms: Menus are always changing at the Inn, but we recommend getting involved in one of their special taster menu evenings – details of which can be found on their website.
Book Your Table: www.masonsarmsdevon.co.uk
Thomas Carr at The Olive Room, Ilfracombe: The Hidden Gem
Chef Thomas Carr’s North Devon restaurant is one of the county’s lesser-known restaurants to be award a coveted Michelin Star. Carr produces food to a consistently high standard and lets fresh, local ingredients speak for themselves on his menu. Having worked under renowned chef, Nathan Outlaw, at The St Enodoc Hotel in Cornwall it would seem that this Devonshire chef is now forging a real name for himself in fine dining.
How much is dinner at The Olive Room? The four-course tasting menu is priced at £55pp; while six-courses will set you back £75pp.
What to order at The Olive Room: The Olive Room does magical things with seafood. Though, this is hardly surprising when you think about it’s location. Local fish from North Devon really shines on Carr’s menu and few places cook seafood to such a high standard.
Book Your Table: www.thomascarrchef.co.uk