Gourmet Trail
Across North Devon

Looking for somewhere to go for an extra special meal out in North Devon? We’ve got it covered. Our gourmet trail pulls together the most exciting places to eat and drink in the region for the food connoisseurs amongst you. Whichever venue you choose, you will be in for a treat. 

The Mason's Arm is a 13th-century pub with a beamed bar and frescoed restaurant and top-level French and British cuisine with a modern twist. Mark Dodson’s food has developed from his time at Le Gavroche. Expect unpretentious but faultless Michelin star food. Don’t leave without trying a cocktail.

Go to The Olive Room for high quality, modern European food and a carefully sourced menu with an emphasis of the goods from the sea. The restaurant sits on a small hill and is a hidden gem. Thomas Carr is a recent winner of Michelin star and is in no small part responsible for the growing focus on Ilfracombe as a foodie haven on par with Padstow. 

Tucked away behind the sea front at Woolacombe, Noel Corston offers a dining experience you won’t forget. The en vogue, modern taster menu is focussed on making the most of the remarkable ingredients available in the region. You will sit with other guests in the ‘kitchen’ and watch each dish materialise before your very eyes. Book ahead. 

The Saunton Sands hotel is in a stellar location and was recently awarded 2 AA rosettes. Go there for traditional food with a modern European twist and some Asian influences. A recent introduction is a well-being menu to coincide with the opening of their new spar facilities.

Michael Caines owns and oversees this 3 AA rosettes Coach House restaurant, cooking there one a month with the team. We are pinning our hopes on The Coach House providing North Devon with its 3rd Michelin star venue very soon. Go there for the friendly, knowledgeable staff and superb food.

Choose the Highbullen hotel for clean, flavoursome. unpretentious food. This small country hotel has recently been deservedly awarded a second AA rosette. The restaurant overlooks the golf course and surrounding North Devon countryside. 

In a stunning location on the cliffs overlooking Woolcombe Bay, the Watersmeet is a small Edwardian seaside hotel producing traditional and hearty food. Don’t miss the cocktails served in the modern, airy bar. Go there for Lundy lobster and Exmoor venison.

Set in the middle of North Devon with stunning views down the valley and across the surrounding countryside, the Northcote Manor country hotel is run by a chef with a focus on locally sourced produce and, in particular, organic farmed meats. 

The Sandy Cove hotel is a relaxed 2 AA Rosette awarded restaurant with magical views providing the perfect setting for the finest cuisine. Produce is sourced from the waters and pastures of Devon - local, fresh and distinctive. 

The new comer in Bideford, the chef at Number Eight honed his skills at some of the top restaurants in Cornwall before returning home to North Devon. Expect well sourced, well prepared and beautifully presented modern dishes, full of flavour. The restaurant has only 18 covers so book ahead.