Devon might be known for its cream teas, but there’s so much more to its culinary talents. From Salcombe Dairy ice cream to fresh crab, grass-fed beef to English wine, this is the land of surf, turf and so much more. Here, the Good Hotel Guide shares five foodie hotels in Devon to visit in 2021.
The Meadfoot Bay, Torquay
Named for its proximity to Meadfoot Beach, Meadfoot Bay is a friendly and welcoming boutique hotel, owned by Phil Harnett and Vicki Osborne. Taking a very hands-on approach, they have created an environment that’s designed to feel like home, however when it comes to food it’s all about excellence. Their chef, Callum Tasker, has previously worked under Michelin star winner Simon Hulstone as well as renowned restaurateur Mitch Tonks. The result is a menu of locally-sourced ingredients complemented by a carefully considered wine list and a growing collection of gins.
Plantation House Hotel, Ermington
Between dramatic Dartmoor and the sea, Plantation House Hotel is a former Georgian rectory turned contemporary hotel. Spacious and stylish, it’s all about the thoughtful details. For example, home-made cake, fresh fruit, a cafetière, flowers from the garden and White Company toiletries. The menu changes nightly depending on what’s in season and in supply, and dinner always includes a surprise appetiser. Breakfast can be served in bed if you fancy it and includes classics such as fresh baked croissants and freshly squeezed orange juice.
Glazebrook House, South Brent
Like stepping through the looking glass, Glazebrook House has a delicious combination of style and whimsy. On the edge of Dartmoor national park, it has an Alice in Wonderland theme, delivered with sophisticated wit and a careful choice of antiques. A place for the finer things in life, there’s a cigar-smoking room dedicated to Churchill, where wine tastings are held as well as a luxury bathroom with 3D-effect marble tiles. Curiosities include brushed-steel aircraft engines above the bed in one room, twin four-posters, and a boxing glove. Meanwhile, food is all sourced within a 50-mile radius, resulting in classic dishes with a modern twist.
Thurlestone Hotel, Kingsbridge
A four-star hotel with exceptional views of the sea, Thurlestone Hotel offers timeless charm but has also benefitted from recent updates. A family-friendly hotel with plenty of activities for the children, it’s also elegant and romantic, complete with an Art Deco inspired restaurant and a luxurious spa. The hotel has three dining experiences – fine dining overlooking the sea at Trevilder Restaurant, alfresco eating at The Rock Pool, and real ales and hearty fare at The Village Inn. Ingredients are sourced locally from Salcombe, Dartmouth and Brixham, and there’s something for every occasion.
The Salutation Inn, Topsham
In Topsham, near Exeter, The Salutation Inn is a boutique hotel that’s turned an ancient inn into a modern experience. Complete with two suites and four bedrooms, the style is chic and understated. Food is the jewel in its crown however, serving lunch, afternoon tea and dinner in a historic courtyard under a glazed atrium in the GlassHouse. They also have their own fish deli at Salt, their new fish shop, supporting local fisherman and selling the catch of the day, fish cakes, stews, pies, a multitude of condiments, and, of course, salt.
This article was guest written by The Good Hotel Guide: www.goodhotelguide.com/hotels-in-devon