In November, the Salutation, Topsham’s stylish independent restaurant with rooms, celebrated turning ten.
The owners, the Williams-Hawkes family, gathered with regulars and suppliers to mark ten years of trading in its current form for a joyful afternoon in the stunning Glasshouse.
The family took on the Salutation, which boasts Topsham’s oldest room (the Assembly Rooms, built in 1729), on New Years Eve 2010 with a two year renovation project ahead before opening on the 26th of November 2012. Ten years, a pandemic, and a lot of food and drink served later, the restaurant with rooms stands proud in the centre of Topsham – with a beautiful wet-fish shop, SALT, added to its portfolio.
Celebrated within the Michelin Guide annually since the first year of trading, Food and Travel’s Best Breakfast in the UK 2016, Taste of the West Gold award 2022 along with numerous other local awards for dining and accommodation, the Salutation’s reputation as a truly excellent restaurant oozing luxury and style is as strong as ever.
Co-owner, Tom Williams-Hawkes commented: “We would like to thank all our suppliers and regulars, and everyone that has been involved the last few years. And of course our past and present staff and the team that have made the business what it is over the years.”
The team’s celebrations were kindly sponsored by Salcombe Gin, Sovereign Wines, Sandford Orchards, Exeter Brewery and Bibendum Wines, and were captured by Topsham photographer Nick Hook.
Guests enjoyed exquisite canapés freshly prepared by the Salutation’s team of chefs, including a wild mushroom arancini and artichoke velouté. Entertainment was by local singer Drew Mason who impressed guests with his warm vocals and popular jazz standards.
If you’re looking for something special this festive season, The Salutation still has space for New Year’s Eve Dinner, Valentine’s Day 2023 and will running an Early Bird Dinner special in the New Year.
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