We are blessed with a wide variety of restaurants within easy reach of the cottages. We even have several celebrity chefs nearby, including Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstalls River Cottage in Axminster and the Michelin starred chef, Michael Caines, opened Lympstone Manor near Exmouth. The Pig Hotel group has taken over the Combe House Hotel and spent millions on it, and it is a great option for lunch, tea and dinner or just a pizza in the Orangerie. We even have a floating restaurant, just off Exmouth, The River Exe Cafe is only accessible by Water Taxi and serves the most amazing Exmouth Mussels grown just yards from the cafe.
The Holt in Honiton is a must visit, they home-smoke a wide variety of foods and with a constantly changing menu remains a firm favourite with guests along with the eccentric Rusty Pig in Ottery. Whatever you are looking for dining-wise, you will be spoilt for choice.
River Cottage Canteen and River Cottage HQ. Axminster 12 Miles
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has two places to eat in Axminster. Firstly, the Canteen. Simple decor, unfussy food and really good value. Open all lunchtimes and Tuesday to Saturday evenings. Huge hit with everyone who has been including ourselves. Booking strongly advised. Secondly, River Cottage HQ. This is the big barn event that you may be familiar with from the TV series. Mainly Friday and Saturday nights (check for details), the menu provides four or five courses of the best of local produce, wine and entertainment afterwards. Great for group bookings and therefore a minibus required, for which we can provide details! Booking essential.
River Cottage, Trinity Square, Axminster,Devon EX13 5AN
Canteen Telephone:01297 631715. For River Cottage HQ contact: 01297 631715 www.rivercottage.net
The Holt, Honiton. 5 Miles
Our favourite bar serves an interesting menu and a good selection of wines as well as Otter beer and their wonderful award wining local Tarka Lager. Good value and as is becoming more common, you can see into the kitchen to see the food being prepared. Have their “Smoking Jacket Foods” a really good selection of smoked produce, the smoked prawns an absolute must as a starter if on the menu. Very highly rated by our guests. Dog friendly in the bar.
The Holt, 178 High Street Honiton, EX14 1LA
Telephone 01404 47707 www.theholt-honiton.com
River Exe Cafe, Exmouth 18 Miles (plus water taxi)
This is a unique dining experience on a floating custom built barge on the River Exe. It has featured on TV and is hugely popular. She of the seafood offered comes from mere yards away, and one of their most popular dishes is Exmouth Mussels. You do need to book and plan the visit as you’ll need to get a Puffin Water Taxi from Exmouth Marina to get to the Cafe. The postcode for the Marina is EX8 1XA, which is just outside the Point Bar. When booking the Cafe they will tell you what time Taxi to get. £5 return per person, cash only.
River Exe Cafe, Exmouth. EX8 1XA CURRENTLY COMPLETELY BOOKED UP FOR 2020
Telephone 07761 116103. www.riverexecafe.com
The Rusty Pig, Ottery St Mary. 5 Miles
This is a very special place to eat. Robin, the owner and chef, prepares really interesting food, and whether you pop in for one of their famous breakfasts, quite probably the best in Devon, or an evening tasting menu, you won’t be disappointed. He does all his own charcuterie and you can buy his sausages, bacon, chorizo etc. Booking though is a must as it’s full of locals on the shared tables. Check opening times. Currently on open on Thursdays and Fridays, for lunch and dinner.
The Rusty Pig, Yonder Street, Ottery St Mary, Devon EX11 1HD
Telephone 01404 815580 www.rustypig.co.uk
Lympstone Manor, Lympstone, 17 Miles
Recently opened by celebrity chef Michael Caines, this this two starred Michelin chef, now has his own restaurant and hotel in East Devon. Open for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Food should be exceptional but it is on the pricey side for dinner, lunch looks like a good value option.
Lympstone Manor, Courtlands Lane, Exmouth, EX8 3NZ
Telephone 01395 202040 www.lympstonemanor.co.uk
Steamers Restaurant, Beer. 5 Miles
Steamers is a contempory wine bar and restaurant that serves fresh local produce, which includes fresh fish and seafood from the beach. It has a good atmosphere and an excellent selection of wine and beers. It is one of our favourite local restaurants and you can see Andy the chef preparing the food and the staff are friendly. Steamers can get very busy so booking is strongly advised, even out of season and essential in season. Dog-friendly in the daytime.
Steamers Restaurant, New Cut, Off Fore Street, Beer, Devon, EX12 3JF
Telephone 01297 22922 www.steamersrestaurant.co.uk
Smugglers Kitchen, Beer. 5 Miles
Smugglers kitchen is a new bistro restaurant serving fresh local produce, which includes fresh fish and seafood from the beach. Friendly atmosphere and an excellent selection of wine and beers. The Smugglers Kitchen has been almost solidly booked since opening in April so booking is strongly advised, even out of season and essential in season.
Smugglers Kitchen, Fore Street, Beer, Devon, EX12 3JH
Telephone 01297 22104 www.thesmugglerskitchen.co.uk
The Pig at Combe, Gittisham. 5 Miles
This is a brilliant new hotel/restaurant and part of the renowned Pig Hotels Group. A hugely varied menu featuring local produce and great seafood. They also have an Orangerie where they make stunning Pizzas for lighter meals. Good wine, spirits and bottled/draught beer selection. Set in 3,500 acres it has wonderful views whilst enjoying a drink outside. Consistently rated highly by our guests. Always busy, even in the week so booking strongly advised.
The Pig at Combe, Gittisham, Honiton,EX14 3AD
Telephone 01404 540400 www.thepighotel.com/at-combe/
The Hideaway Cafe, Seaton. 5 Miles
Open daily 10am to 4pm casual dining, teas and coffees overlooking Lyme Bay, a firm favourite with our regular guests.
The Hideaway Cafe, The Esplanade, Seaton, EX12 3TY
Telephone 01297 24292 No website
The Anchor Inn, Seatown, Bridport. 21 Miles
National Winner of the Pub of the Year at the Visit England awards 2017, this pub is right on the beach, below Golden Cap, one of the best places to walk and take in the coastal views Excellent menu and service, booking recommended.
The Anchor Inn, Seaton, Bridport, DT6 6JU
Telephone 01297 489215 www.the anchorinnseatown.co.uk
The Five bells Inn, Clyst Hydon. 15 Miles
Lovely restored Thatched Pub. Fine dining provided by former Gidleigh Park chef with a great varied menu. Good local provenance and a good selection of local beers to go with a decent wine list. Dog friendly and nice garden to sit in.
The Five bells Inn, Clyst Hydon, EX15 2NT
Telephone 01884 277288 www.fivebells.uk.com
The Salty Monk. Sidford. 5 Miles
The Salty Monk is also a National winner in the Enjoy England Excellence Awards 2008/9 to add to many other accolades and features some really local produce including seafood from Brixham in a wide ranging menu. Good beer and wine selection.
The Salty Monk, Sidford, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 9QP
Telephone: 01395 513174 www.saltymonk.co.uk
The Fountain Head, Branscombe. 4 Miles
The Fountain Head is a very old, very small pub that serves locally brewed Branscombe ales and serves good local food. Completely unspoiled local pub. The pub has lots of atmosphere, particularly in the evening and it is commonplace to find yourself joining conversations with others. Children are only allowed in the back room. Parking can be a bit tricky and booking is advised if you wish to eat. Dog friendly.
The Fountain Head, Branscombe, Devon EX12 3BG
Telephone 01297 680359 No website
Alexandra Restaurant, Lyme Regis. 15 Miles
Situated overlooking the beautiful Lyme Bay and Lyme Regis harbour this restaurant with an AA Rosette serves a varied menu with a good selection of local produce. Good selection of beers and wines.The Alexandra Hotel, Pound Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3HZ
Telephone: 01297 442010 www.hotelalexandra.co.uk
The Hare and Hounds, Putts Corner. 2 Miles
The Hare and Hounds is a large carvery pub with a relatively small bar area. There is always a good selection of meats and the carvery at under £10 a head is good value. It is a free house so there are always several local ales drawn directly from the barrel. Recently refurbished and extended. Extensively used by locals so booking advised.
The Hare and Hounds, Putts Corner, Sidbury, Devon, EX10 0QQ
Telephone 01404 41760 www.hareandhounds-devon.co.uk
The Old Inn, Kilmington. 10 Miles
Lovely traditional pub on the main road between Honiton and Axminster. Serves a wide ranging menu, featuring lots of local produce. Also has a wide choice of local beers and soft drinks. Specials board always has something tempting. Very good all round value. Dog friendly in bar and outside, but not in the restaurant itself.
The Old Inn Kilmington, EX13 7RB
Telephone 01297 32096 www.oldinnkilmington.co.uk
The Jack in the Green, Rockbeare. 8 Miles
The Jack in the Green is an award-winning pub. It has a varied menu and wine list. Split into two halves, we would recommend sitting in the old half rather than the new extension, which does not have the same atmosphere.
The Jack in the Green, Rockbeare, Devon EX5 2EE
01404 822240 www.jackinthegreen.uk.com
The Golden House Chinese Restaurant. Axminster 10 miles
The Golden House is a friendly Chinese restaurant that serves all the common dishes plus some of their own. It has parking opposite and booking at weekends recommended.
The Golden House Chinese Restaurant, 1, Lyme St, Axminster EX13 5AU
Tel: 01297 34375
The Cinnamon Tree, Sidmouth. 5 miles
Unlike most local Indian restaurants has a more upmarket presentation and modern decor. Next to cinema.The Cinnamon Tree
Radway Place Vicarage Road Sidmouth, EX 10 8TL
Telephone 01395 514190 www.cinnamontree-sidmouth.co.uk