5 fabulous Christmas dinner options in South Devon

By Ross Purdy on November 22, 2017

These five favourite restaurants amongst our locally-based team are ideal whether you’re looking to outsource the cooking of your Christmas dinner on the big day, arranging 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 2017 and they’re all very popular amongst locals and visitors alike. So if you’d like someone else to take care of the cooking on 25th December, best book soon!

1. The Millbrook Inn (South Pool, near Kingsbridge)

The Millbrook Inn, South PoolIn easy reach of Salcombe and Kingsbridge, the multi-award-winning Millbrook Inn sits in the pretty waterside village of South Pool.

This cosy gastro-pub combines French cuisine with English pub food, creating a gastronomic experience like no other. There are Christmas Day and Boxing Day options for Christmas lunch, with a menu including traditional roast turkey and a vegetarian alternative.

2. No 55 (Salcombe)

This stylish bistro on Salcombe’s Fore Street is open for most of the Christmas season, closing between Christmas Day and 27th December. The Christmas Eve menu includes hearty traditional main courses like pot-roasted beef brisket or oven-baked cod fillet wrapped in Parma ham, along with a nut roast with cranberries and clementines. There’s a special menu for New Year’s Eve too, featuring local 28-day-matured fillet steak and sea bass.

For more information, take a look at the No 55 website.

3. Taylor’s Restaurant (Dartmouth)

Famous for good food and stunning views of Dartmouth Quay, the Dart Estuary and Kingswear, this first-floor restaurant offers a Christmas menu from Friday 1st December to Saturday 23rd December (inclusive).

Opt for roast turkey if you’re feeling traditional, or how about something different like pan-fried fillets of plaice, confit of duck with a sour cherry sauce or a butternut squash, bocconcini and red pepper tart?

Find out more about Christmas dining at Taylor’s at: http://www.taylorsrestaurant.co.uk/christmasnewyear.htm

4. Anzac Bistro (Dartmouth)

In a tucked-away yet central part of Dartmouth, Anzac Bistro is a warm and welcoming restaurant serving Polish and Mediterranean-influenced cuisine. Great for winter dishes like goulash and traditional stews, Anzac Bistro is also popular for its tasty range of vegetarian meals.

There are big plans afoot this Christmas and New Year at this Dartmouth restaurant, with Christmas Day lunch (reservations only), Christmas parties and a New Year event all announced.

Take a look at the Anzac Bistro website and scroll down to the Christmas section for more details.

5. The Crab Shell Inn (Kingsbridge)

The lively Crab Shell Inn is one of the most popular bar-restaurants in the region, drawing lots of diners from Salcombe, Dartmouth and elsewhere around the South Hams.

The ‘Merry Crabmas’ menu at the Crab Shell Inn includes seafood, vegetable and red-meat options in addition to traditional roast turkey.

Book your Christmas party or family meal by calling 01548 852345 or visit The Crab Shell Inn website for further details.

We hope you’ve found a restaurant that appeals from this list of local favourites. Not everyone’s a fan of the traditional turkey roast, so how about something completely different? The Crab Shed in Salcombe is a seafood specialist, offering regular workshops and tasting events in addition to their ongoing lip-smacking menu. This year, the Crab Shed is offering a ‘Tired of Turkey?’ menu between 1st and 16th December 2017, taking party bookings now at http://crabshed.com/tired-of-turkey-01-16-december-2017/

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