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christmas day lunch at Buckland Tout-Saints 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 the perfect Christmas menu. We’ve collated our favourite places to indulge in a heart Christmas Day lunch in South Devon, whether you’re looking to outsource the cooking of your Christmas dinner on the big day, arrange a festive party, or just planning to squeeze in a few more special meals during the holiday season.

They’ve all announced their plans for Christmas 2019 and are equally as popular amongst both locals and visitors. 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?

Discover our collection of South Devon holiday cottages for your winter break, including our Christmas cottages – perfect for keeping warm and toasty after a Christmas Day swim!

Seven fabulous eateries that provide Christmas Day lunch in South Devon

The Millbrook Inn

South Pool

The Millbrook Inn - Christmas Day Lunch in South Devon

Situated in the heart of South Pool, fairy lights guide you to this multi-award-winning pub. It’s almost impossible not to feel festive when you step into this snug, traditional gastro-pub. Open the door and the scent of Christmas day lunch, the sound of the crackling log fire and the sight of loved ones gathering together ignites your festive senses. There aren’t many places quite as characterful as The Millbrook and we couldn’t think of a better time to visit than the Christmas season.

There are Christmas Day and Boxing Day options for Christmas lunch. The enticing menu boasts succulent roast turkey topped with stuffing, packed with flavour and so much more, as well an excellent vegetarian alternative boasting amazing seasonal veggies.

The Kings Arms


The twinkling lights, the welcoming community, the decorated fishing vessels bobbing on the water, the smell of mulled wine and the roaring sound of the wood burner – Salcombe is a magical winter wonderland.

This year, after being completely refurbished, The Kings Arms is open for Christmas. Enjoy dining in this cosy pub, offering delicious food with an array of options for all dietary requirements. Click here to view their menu.

The Village Inn


The Village Inn - Christmas Day lunch in South Devon

The Village Inn is a cosy, spacious gastro-pub that’s great for large groups. With a modern roaring fireplace in the lounge, variety of local tipples to choose from at the feature bar and rustic beams from wrecked Spanish Armada ships throughout, this dog-friendly eatery is full of character and charm. Their set Christmas menu has got our bellies rumbling, so much so, we just had to share it with you. Enjoy a drink on arrival, followed by five indulgent courses and Christmas stolen with your tea or coffee to finish. Once you’ve tried all that’s on the menu, why not walk to Thurlestone Beach? A blustery beach walk is the perfect way to refresh after a festive feast.

 The Old Market House


Listed as one of our favourite restaurants in Brixham, The Old Market House is a fantastic place to eat in this idyllic coastal town. Situated on the waterfront of Brixham’s bustling fishing port, you can enjoy your Christmas Day lunch with a breathtaking harbour view. From the festive favourite roast Turkey to a lighter roasted hake loin, there is plenty of choice for all of your party. Our taste buds are particularly tingling for their dark chocolate and mulled wine cheesecake, well, can you blame us? Click here to take a look at their menu and to pre-order your food options.

Buckland Tout-Saints

Goveton, near Kingsbridge

Christmas Day Lunch at Buckland Tout-Saints

Buckland Tout-Saints is a luxury country house hotel surrounded by 4.5 acres of gardens and woodland. The traditional interior is decorated exquisitely with festive ornaments and fairy lights, providing the perfect setting for a magical festive meal. For £99pp (children under 12 half price) you can cheers with a glass of champagne, pop open your Christmas cracker, and with your paper hat firmly on, indulge in a delicious five course gourmet lunch as you share your cracker jokes, all followed by a Christmas present each. For an unforgettable festive feast, call 01548 853055 to book or click here to visit their website.


Brixham, Dartmouth, Plymouth

Rockfish Christmas Day lunch in South Devon

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).

The Ship Inn

Noss Mayo

Open over the Christmas period, but only open for drinks on the 25th December, we still had to include The Ship Inn at Noss Mayo. This chocolate box village is one of South Devon’s most wonderful hidden gems. Walk, or drive through quaint winding roads with views over the River Yealm before you reach this thriving waterside pub. Or, why not explore the water and paddleboard to the pub? Best followed by a warming beverage and a hearty roast during the festive season. Click here to take a look at their menu.

Read our Noss Mayo village guide so that you don’t miss out on anything this heavenly spot has to offer.

We hope you’ve found the perfect restaurant for your Christmas Day lunch in South Devon. For more information on the best places to dine in South Devon, browse our blogs:

Willow Cottage holiday home - cosy after a Christmas Day lunch in South Devon

Looking for an unforgettable Christmas break? View our winter retreats and special offers to find your perfect holiday cottage. Expect long blustery beach walks, hours spent relaxing in your holiday home by the fire and dining at award-winning eateries.

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