Best places to eat and drink

Our part of Devon’s not short of quality pubs and restaurants. In fact there’s a gorgeous pub in Marldon, our local village, The Church House Inn, which was voted Best Dining Pub in Devon in the Good Pub Guide – ask to sit in their Bar if you are taking your dog, they even supply dog treats for well behaved pooches.

Other recommendations include:

  • The Bickley Mill is easily walkable along a very pretty route across the fields – perfect for Sunday lunch and it is very friendly and welcoming to children with a 6pm sitting.
  • Another favourite for pub food is the Coppa Dolla in nearby Broadhempston, home to the famous 2 in 1 pie and you’ll get a very friendly welcome.
  • If you are in Dartmouth, try Alf Resco, or Rockfish for fantastic fish and chips – they have just opened in Torquay.
  • The Crab Shack, Teignmouth is great for lunch but you need to book, but they have a very good takeaway deli if they can’t squeeze you in.
  • The Cott Inn is a must for Sunday lunch and is a proper Devon thatched longhouse in Dartington near Totnes.
  • Visit the Sharpham estate near Totnes and try their wines in the restaurant afterwards.
  • The original Riverford farm is based nearby in Buckfastleigh and you can take a farm tour then enjoy lunch or dinner in the atmospheric contemporary barn.
  • If you are in the Tabernacle or have a baby sitter for the evening then I can recommend The Cary Arms, Babbacombe One of the very best seaside gastro-pubs which serves real ales. All set within Babbacombe Bay, in Devon, enjoying outstanding views across Torbay and you might spot Sammy the Seal!
  • If you want to really splash out then there are 3 Michelin starred restaurants you could visit: The Elephant, Beacon Quay Torquay is the closest and it is where I had the best pudding that I have ever eaten!