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Christmas Day lunch in South Devon

Home to dozens of award-winning pubs, restaurants and food producers, South Devon is quite simply a haven for foodies. It’s no secret that the festive period is a time of decadent indulgence, where sumptuous food that fills the belly and fuels the soul is found in abundance. The region positively thrives during the winter season, and you will find yourself spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing where to enjoy your Christmas Day lunch in South Devon.

These thriving local eateries have announced their plans for Christmas 2020, so if you’d like someone else to take care of the cooking on 25th December, best book soon! Or, if you’ve already made plans for your Christmas Day lunch this year, why not check out these popular establishments for next year?

Restaurants, pubs and takeaways offering Christmas Day lunch in South Devon

Thurlestone Village Inn - Christmas Day lunch in South Devon

Thurlestone Village Inn


Christmas Day lunch is the perfect time to stuff yourself silly with an indulgent, succulent feast, so what better than to tuck into a delicious six course meal at the Thurlestone Village Inn? Expect a selection of those all-time festive favourites including mince pies, roast turkey, Christmas pudding and more. Following your hearty spread, stroll to nearby Thurlestone Beach, or for a longer walk, over to Bantham Beach before heading back to your cottage for Christmas games, or even a post-lunch nap (no excuse needed). To view the Thurlestone Village Inn festive menu, click here.

Cost: £65pp

Telephone: 01548 563525

The Bear and Blacksmith


Chestnuts, pigs in blankets, puddings smothered in brandy sauce – there’s something so special about the festive aromas of a Christmas Day banquet. Choose from either two or three courses from The Bear and Blacksmith menu, but we do have to pre-warn you, it’s extremely difficult to choose just two dishes – they all sound amazing! No rumbling tums guaranteed, you and your loved ones are sure to be pleasantly full by the end of a hearty feast here. Take a look at their Christmas menu on The Bear and Blacksmith Facebook page.

Cost: £28 for 2 courses or £32 for 3 courses

Telephone: 01548 581171 

Wild Artichokes


Wild Artichokes is run by renowned chef and cookbook author Jane Baxter, and event planner Sam Miller. This year the team are bringing you ‘WA Xmas at Home’, a takeaway service where everything is cooked for you, ready for you to simply put in the oven on Christmas Day – perfect for dining at home or in your holiday cottage, without the hassle of preparing and cooking food on the big day. All you have to do is order your Christmas food options on their website by December 14th, which will be available for you to pick up on the 23rd or 24th December from WAHQ in Kingsbridge. So, this year, don your Christmas jumper or cosiest festive pyjamas and put your feet up! Click here to be directed to the Wild Artichokes website and get ordering… you won’t want to miss out.

Telephone: 07376 559078

Dartmouth Fine Foods


From an antipasti selection and salmon en croute to a Christmas lunch package that’s ready to roast, there’s plenty of fresh and frozen, restaurant quality meals for you to choose from. Take the hassle out of the kitchen this year and spend the time you would be cooking up a storm, playing games with loved ones instead. To order your food choices, visit the Dartmouth Fine Foods website and make sure to order before December 21st.

Rockfish Christmas Day lunch in South Devon


Brixham, Dartmouth, Plymouth

Although not open on Christmas Day itself, we couldn’t help but recommend one of our favourite restaurants in South Devon, Rockfish. Why not warm up to the big day by heading to Rockfish on Christmas Eve (open until 3pm) for a festive seafood feast? Although a roast dinner topped with lashings of stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy may never get old, sometimes you can’t beat seafood, because why not when you’re holidaying in South Devon, famous for some of the best, mouth-watering fresh fish in the country? The relaxed and friendly atmosphere, topped with recycled Christmas decorations and colouring in kids activities allows you to celebrate without a care in the world. After all, you can never have enough fluffy battered fish and chips, it’s a British classic! Explore their delicious food options here (menu available completely gluten free).

To view menus and contact details for each branch, click here to visit the Rockfish website.

We hope you’ve found the perfect choice for your Christmas Day lunch in South Devon. To help you plan for the festive season, here’s a selection of blogs highlighting our top tips and favourite things to do at Christmas:

Looking for an unforgettable Christmas break? We have over 450 South Devon holiday cottages, from properties with roaring log burning fires to fantastic family friendly holiday homes, which will not only match your Christmas requirements but your pets’ too (waggly tails guaranteed!). Don’t miss out on a festive getaway this season and be sure to draw the year to a close in the most magical way.

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