We at FFF all enjoy weekends away in Devon – not least due to all the wonderful restaurants, pubs, cafés and food festivals to be discovered. The county’s mild climate means the area yields many fabulous foods, including superb Red Ruby Devon Cattle and excellent wine from local vineyards. Of course, Devon seafood must also be mentioned, with Brixham crab and Devon scallops just two local delicacies that you should always make a point of ordering. So, where to sample this treasure trove of top ingredients? The choices are endless. The area is home to some of the UK’s most accomplished chefs. Leading where others followed, Michael Caines, MBE’s culinary home is found in the heart of the Devonshire countryside, at the highly decorated Gidleigh Park. Simon Hulstone of The Elephant in Torquay also has accolades aplenty, while the Tanner brothers’ two Plymouth restaurants continue to gain recognition. Combe House is the stuff of fairytales, the setting complete with free-roaming wild ponies. Mitch Tonks’ Rockfish and Seahorse restaurants are accomplished old favourites, while Riverford Field Kitchen is the perfect place to tuck into a sociable feast of fresh-from-the-ground vegetable dishes. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has set up one of his fantastic canteens in Plymouth, where you’ll also find the world-famous Plymouth Gin Distillery. Dart’s Farm is an Aladdin’s cave of gourmet treats to buy for your larder at home, located close to the county town of Exeter.
Whether you visit the bustling coastal towns of the The English Riviera, the wilds of beautiful Dartmoor and Exmoor, the unspoilt beaches of the South Hams, or the quaint shores of Salcombe, there are so very many places to take in the view and relish a lovely Devonshire cream tea.