Home to dozens of award-winning pubs, restaurants and food producers, South Devon is quite simply a haven for foodies....
Totnes is a friendly, vibrant town with a laid-back atmosphere, benefitting from the natural beauty of the River Dart. Popular for its trendy cafés and bars, Totnes is a fantastic place to visit to taste some of the best of South Devon’s larder. Almost, if not all the eateries in Totnes cater for vegetarian and vegan diets, as well as gluten and dairy allergies. This bustling high street may not be the largest, but it certainly boasts one of the most exciting varieties of restaurants in the local area. So, in no particular order, let’s take a look at our selection of the best restaurants in Totnes…
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It’s safe to say that The Curator is one of, if not the most fantastic rustic Italian restaurants in the area. Walk in the door and you can see their fresh homemade pasta hanging in preparation to be served on your plate. Their enticing menu exudes quality, tradition and exciting appeal, making it almost impossible to walk past and not place your foot in the door. You can see your meals being cooked in the open kitchen, as your belly rumbles with excitement for the anticipation of truly delicious food. Excellent food is best paired with excellent wine, and their alcohol menu has been perfectly crafted to let the flavours of each dish release in the masses. If you’d like to dine at The Curator Kitchen restaurant, we highly recommend booking in advance as this bustling eatery is extremely popular.
Rumours is a popular pub-restaurant with a romantic, relaxed atmosphere. Perfect for a Sunday roast, or for simple honest food with bags of flavour, this bustling eatery is one to add to your foodie bucket list. Their homemade pizzas, mouth-watering juicy burgers, wonderful wine collection and music events are just some of the reasons why we love this lively restaurant so much.
Seeds || is a welcoming restaurant, known as ‘Seeds’ to locals. Ideal for vegetarians, vegans, or those wanting a healthy but indulgent lunch, their delicious buffet of exciting and colorful salads stimulate the taste buds. With plates overflowing with nutritious and hearty displays of flavorsome ingredients, every dish brings out the inner foodie in all of us, so we strongly suggest that you take a visit to this wonderful eatery.
You don’t need to pack your passports to feast in tasty tapas and perfectly paired wines, Ben’s Wine & Tapas bring the best of Spanish cuisine to the heart of Totnes high street. Share the love of food amongst friends and family, and let yourself be transported as if you’re in a hidden restaurant in the heart of Barcelona. From heavenly calamari to padron peppers and patatas bravas, their menu boasts those all time favorites from Spain’s most loved recipes that have stood the taste buds of time.
Their wine menu comes from their farm shop, so you can purchase a bottle to take back to your holiday home, or as a holiday gift for your loved ones. To drink in, they simple add a £6 corkage fee to your bill.
This traditional thatched roof pub dates back to 1320AD. Located just outside of Totnes, as you drive up through country lanes to this fantastic inn, you are graced with beautiful florna that looks like something out of an old storybook. Cosy features make you feel relaxed and ready to eat tasty British gastro-pub food. If the sun’s out, we highly recommend sitting in the garden to enjoy a refreshing beer, or when the rain’s feeding the flowers take a seat inside and indulge in hearty food in a cosy setting.
Gather is a homage to Devon’s larder, bringing exquisitely presented foraged foods and produce of artisan farmers to your plate. Using the best ingredients of the region, picked from shorelines, rivers and hedgerows, this is a wonderful place to visit for a truly scrumptious fine dining experience in South Devon. Due to the nature of a highly seasonal menu, the menus can change on a regular basis dependent on the weather and success of foraging. To get a taste of what could be on the menu, click here to visit their website.
At Coast & Country Cottages, we love to forage the land for unbeatable ingredients. Click here to read our guide to wild foraging in South Devon for all seasons.
You know you’re on holiday when you’re sat outside in the sunshine, dining by the water and toasting to your break away with a glass of wine in hand. So, we just had to add Waterside Bistro to our list of our favourite places to eat in Totnes. Located on the riverside, adjacent to The Curator Kitchen, this wonderful eatery is perfect for soaking up the sights of the picturesque River Dart in the heart of Totnes. Sit on the terrace, whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner and enjoy choosing from their menu options, made from fresh local ingredients. If you’re looking for somewhere to please all, their food choices cater to a range of dietary requirements, with gluten free pizza options, vegan friendly burgers and so much more.
So there we have it, 7 of the best restaurants in Totnes. If you would like to discover more places to eat in the region, read our blog 15 of the best vegetarian restaurants in South Devon. Or, if you’re thinking of cooking a home cooked meal during your stay, read our article on the best farmers markets in Devon.
Holidaying in the local area offers so much more than mouth-watering eateries. With turquoise seas, meandering rivers, rolling countryside and heavenly beaches to explore, there is so much to see and do. No need to worry about rummaging for lost passports, enjoy a staycation in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.