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Every year, thousands of visitors fall in love with South Devon and its mild microclimate, acres of unspoilt farmland and clear blue sea. But the region’s unique natural environment provides us with more than just beautiful views: its fertile fields and productive fishing waters are also the source of a growing food economy.

From unique brands like the South Devon Chilli Farm to renowned restaurants like Mitch Tonks’ The Seahorse, the variety and vibrancy of our food economy are as much a part of the region’s charm as our sunshine and sandy beaches.

A crab bruschetta - recipe by MItch Tonks

Crab bruschetta – recipe by Mitch Tonks

The South Devon CookbookThe South Devon Cookbook is our way to celebrate the award-winning products and producers that contribute to making our region such a delightful place to be.

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What’s in it?

Give your meals an authentic South Devon spin, with the 21 original recipes for breakfast lunch and dinner contained in our cookbook. Look out for:

  • ‘Baxter’s brunch’ – a tasty twist on breakfast eggs from Jane Baxter – along with enough breakfast options to see you through your week in South Devon
  • Lip-smacking lunches like Jo Romero’s orange infused brisket burrito bowl, brought to you by Well Hung Meat
  • Mouthwatering main courses like Mitch Tonks’ grilled monkfish.

Download the recipes.

Behind the label

The South Devon Cookbook also tells the story of some of the individuals behind our region’s flourishing food culture. There are interviews with influential figures including:

  • Duncan Schwabb, Chief Winemaker at Sharpham Vineyard
  • Lynette Sinclair, Managing Director of Tideford Organics
  • Heather Waters, co-founder of the South Devon Chilli Farm

Our friends at Riverford have also helped us put together a seasonal food guide, so you’ll know which locally-grown fruit and vegetables to look out for throughout the year.

A directory of deliciousness

Our team members, based in Salcombe and Dartmouth, never tire of singing the praises of our favourite cafés, pubs, restaurants and products in the area. So we’ve put all of our recommendations into a directory for your convenience.

There are over 80 entries in this section of the cookbook – testament to the variety and vibrancy of our growing food economy.

Read the South Devon Cookbook.

South Devon cookbook Riverford

Claim your FREE Riverford box, from 21st – 23rd October

Experiment with making some of our fantastic cookbook recipes, with the help of a FREE Riverford box*. Book your holiday between 21st and 23rd October and enter or quote code COOKBOOK2016 when booking, and we will deliver this delicious box of local produce to your holiday property. *Terms & conditions: valid on holidays booked and deposit paid between 21st and 23rd October 2016 only. Cannot be used retrospectively or in conjunction with any other offer. No cash alternative.

South Devon cookbook competition

WIN £500 worth of goodies for foodies!

To celebrate the launch of our South Devon Cookbook, we are giving you the chance to WIN a fantastic holiday package for food lovers, worth over £500!* Prize includes:

  • £300 Coast & Country Cottages voucher
  • £50 Dickandwills restaurant voucher
  • Riverford box worth £30
  • Mitch Tonks recipe book
  • South Devon Chilli Farm lunch voucher for 4 to the value of £50
  • Breakfast for 4 at Cafe Alf Resco, Dartmouth

*Terms & conditions apply: Closing date is 18th November 2016. The Prize includes a £300 Coast & Country Cottages holiday voucher which may be used in full or part payment towards a holiday property of the winner’s choice, subject to availability and not in conjunction with any other offer. Other prizes are subject to availability and change. The holiday must be booked by 31st January 2017 and must be taken by 31st October 2017. The prizes are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. By entering this competition you agree to your data being passed on to the competition partners referenced in the prize package only.

To enter, please complete the form below. Good luck!

A foodie holiday haven

Dining al fresco at WoodwellHow does a holiday consisting of fine food, fresh air and fantastic accommodation sound? Take a self-catering break in South Devon, where you can spend time in cosy cafés, traditional pubs and contemporary restaurants, or preparing your own delicious meals in your luxuriously-appointed kitchen.

Explore our range of holiday cottages in Salcombe, Dartmouth and South Devon.