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Pub food is a celebration of everything great about British cuisine. Long gone are the days when ‘pub grub’ was literally a soggy pie and chips; pub food has now become one of the most delicious staples of British dining. Offering up everything from the finest cuts of succulent steak to mouth-watering roast dinners, some of the country’s best food is served in pubs, and nowhere is that more true than in our region. If you’re looking for the best pub food in South Devon, these fabulous foodie establishments are the perfect place to start.
Proud winners of the hugely prestigious Taste of the West Gold 2019 award for the sixth year and TripAdvisors Certificate of Excellence, The Victoria Inn on Fore Street in Salcombe, is a must-visit for those looking for a traditional pub experience.
Head Chef Chris Hannaford and his team are all committed to outstanding cooking with quality ingredients. The menu is developed and built around their love of the fantastic produce sourced from right on their doorstep – both from the sea and the lush surrounding countryside. Having built great relationships with local suppliers who know what produce is excellent as the seasons change, the menu alters to include the seasonal bounty.
With tantalising options like pan seared local scallops with crispy pancetta and chorizo crumb, or slowly roasted pork belly with creamy mashed potato, The Victoria Inn delivers some of the best pub food in South Devon while maintaining that jovial local atmosphere.
The Cricket Inn’s location in Start Bay provides more than just stunning views – it’s also perfect for dining out on heavenly fresh seafood from their enticing menu.
Serving delicious traditional pub cuisine, The Cricket Inn leaves you spoilt for choice with all the top-quality food and beverages from suppliers in and around Dartmouth, Kingsbridge and beyond. Just yards from the sea, their menu boasts the freshest crab, mackerel, seabass, hand-dived scallops and lobsters caught right on the doorstep.
As well as serving exquisite fish dishes, the Cricket Inn has a Josper oven – the hottest indoor barbeque available, which gives a delicious smoky flavour and great texture to their dishes. Choose from whole roasted fish, juicy steaks and chargrilled vegetable kebabs.
Recently awarded Gold in the South West Tourism Awards 2019 for Pub of the Year, they offer an excellent array of wine, alongside a selection of local ales and ciders. For something stronger why not opt for a gin – they have a great assortment, including a local favourite, Salcombe Gin, served with a splash of Fever Tree tonic.
The Millbrook Inn, which you’ll find nestled in the pretty creek-side village of South Pool, is a charming pub and is heralded as one of the region’s most renowned eateries. With a longstanding reputation for providing some of the best pub food in South Devon, this distinguished and acclaimed pub is the perfect place to discover and enjoy great, honest cooking in an atmosphere that celebrates true village life.
Conceiving new dishes with a distinctly intriguing approach to evolving the dining experience, are the two new resident chefs – Dave Gobbett and Iain Dawson. They have chosen a menu inspired by wonderful Devon produce – almost exclusively sourced from the South Hams – and delight in the variety and quality of this bountiful area in the creation of their dishes.
From an artichoke, charred broccoli skate with wine and Spanish sausage dish to an upside down, Singapore gin sling cake with limoncello – there are plenty of surprises waiting at the winner of the The South Devon Good Food Guide Dining Pub of the year 2019.
The atmospheric, traditional ambiance of The Village Inn, alongside its enviable location in the picturesque coastal village of Thurlestone do much to add to its appeal. But it’s for the food that this popular pub really stands out. With bags of character and delicious gastropub fare, The Village Inn is everything you could hope for in one of Devon’s classic traditional pubs, along with an added charm of its own. After all, it’s not every day you enjoy a pint beneath the beams of wrecked Spanish Armada ships, or savour chef’s favourites along with a perfectly conditioned pint of craft beer.
Scott Woodall and his faithful crew make The Village Inn an essential stop for everyone from new guests to old locals. Passing walkers also seem to have a magnetic attraction to its charms. From summer afternoons outside, to cosy winter evenings by the fire, there is always something to look forward to, with a signature menu and welcoming ambiance.
Relatively new in the region and creating quite a stir is the Taste of the West Gold winner for 2018, The Bear and Blacksmith.
While their recent refurbishment has added some more contemporary touches, the venue retains a rustic feel, creating the perfect pub atmosphere. As for food, the order of the day is all about sumptuous offering of gastronomical delights.
The Bear and Blacksmith are proud to boast an ‘ultra local’ selection of their own home-grown vegetables and reared meats, accompanied by fish and seafood from the infamous Brixham fish market and local day boats in Salcombe. Their daily changing menu offers a spectacular range of choice. Bear and Blacksmith farm pork riette with apple chutney and toast to Gilt Head Bream with Salcombe Lobster, Wilted Spinach, Orange & Tarragon Sauce and Braised Fennel are just a sample of the delectable dishes available on the menu.
50 yards from the beach and with amazing views out to sea, The Cove Café Bar is a firm favourite of locals and visitors alike. You would be hard pressed to find a better venue that offers a brilliant atmosphere, award winning ales and a top-notch selection of classic British pub grub.
Their emphasis is on daily specials, relying on the daily catch, neighbouring farmers and the best seasonal vegetables, giving their chefs the opportunity to create amazing dishes. They also offer a great selection of vegan options on the menu.
With the plenty of accolades, including the Best pub/restaurant runner up 2018 from Food and Drink Devon, dine out on their sizzling fajitas, steaming Devon red moule and truly scrumptious pizzas.
All of these fantastic foodie pubs are a treat to visit and are also dog-friendly. Read more on our blog about dog-friendly pubs in South Devon to discover more places to visit with your pet.
These provide just a flavour of where you can find the best pub food in South Devon. Learn more about the best pubs in Dartmouth, Salcombe and South Devon here.
Warm, welcoming pubs serving fantastic food are one of the joys of a holiday in South Devon, whatever the time of year.
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