Eat out to help out! Where to get a discount in Devon
Heard the good news? From 3 Aug, you can get a 50% discount on your dinner and drinks when you eat in. Here's where to make that reservation, pronto.
Finally, you can now pay for someone else to feed you and do the dishes. Thanks to the new government ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme – which kicks off on Mon 3 Aug and runs to Mon 31 Aug, FYI – you can get a whopping 50% off food and non-alcoholic drinks up to the value of £10 per head when you eat at participating pubs, cafes and restaurants. There are more details here, but as the offer is only valid on Mon to Wed reservations, we’d start booking date nights in, stat!
Here’s where Team Muddy will be eating…
Artisan wild boar pizza with green pesto, Med-inspired dishes, homemade pancakes, washed down with their own brand cider, or maybe a quirky chorizo cocktail? Don’t mind if we do! When in Exmouth, don’t miss out on a coffee from Spoken, that’s the rules. And their lockdown transformation to a Moroccan-stylee interior is a beaut.
River Cottage Kitchen, Axminster
Head to Hugh Fearnley’s for freshly made sarnies, tarts and light lunches, all made from top-notch organic produce, including freshly picked fodder from River Cottage HQ. Though the Eat Out scheme doesn’t cover alcohol, I recommend you try their Stinger Beer too, made from nettles – non-stingy and strangely delicious. No booking needed, just pop in.
John’s Deli, Instow
John’s is an avid supporter of their nearby producers, so grab a half-price brekkie or deli platter here and you know you’re supporting local, whether it’s a Roastworks Coffee, smoked salmon from Blakewell or a Wicked Wolf Gin. And it’s not exactly a hardship to eat one of their smoked salmon and smashed avo bagels, believe me.
Moor 13, Kingswear
Say hello to a cute indie cafe with fantastic views of the River Dart, half-way down the hill towards the ferry at Kingswear. Run by the friendly Lottie, who knows great coffee and is proud to be dog-and-tiny human-friendly. Choose from hearty bacon or falafel baps, home-made cakes, and Monday night tapas. She’s also curated a quality range of her West Country faves, including Kernow chocolate, Cornish Sea Salt, re-usable straws and other planet-friendly goodies.
Depot Eatery, Ilfracombe
If it’s comfort eating you’re after, head to The Depot. It’s got an open galley kitchen so you can watch them craft your pizza while you wait, or go for nachos, loaded fries or a burger made with meat from nearby farms. Muddy loves this roadside diner for a quality pitstop with the kids: it’s a real crowd-pleaser.
The Five Bells, Clyst Hydon
Fun fact: this gastropub was voted one of the UK’s Top 50 Gastropubs in 2020 shortly after opening, thanks to community-minded owners, James and Charlie, and Charlotte, their ingenious chef, who keeps coming up trumps with jaw-dropping dishes. Lemonade-battered fish goujons with seafood sauce, anyone? (Not open Mondays, except Bank Holiday Monday 31 Aug).
Barbican Kitchen, Plymouth
The talented Tanners are back from lockdown with a new menu, including charcoal grill steaks made with West Country moorland dry aged beef and South Devon crab tart, with avocado, pink grapefruit, crab mayo. (Closed Mon-Tues.)
Dinner on the Rose Terrace, madam? Take in stunning views over the Deer park and the Exe Estuary as you tuck into an al fresco meal prepped by the excellent Posh Nosh.
Ilsington Country House Hotel, Newton Abbot
Swing by Ilsington’s bistro style diner, The Blue Tiger, for a cheese or fish sharing platter, homemade pork, leek and apple sausages. Then, hey presto, you can walk it all off with a stomp up nearby Haytor.
The Bull Inn, Totnes
Haven’t been to Totnes’ newest (and the UK’s only) organic pub with rooms yet? Now’s your chance to try their post-Covid pop-up service, including cod, haddock and wild garlic caper pie served with French beans and almonds, roasted fennel and gremolata. And everything, from the food to the furnishings, ethical and sustainably-sourced.
Beachside Grill, Saunton
Off for a day of beaching and body-boarding? Book in here for fish and chips, smoky maple and beer dog or a veggie grill. That terrace and those breathtaking views of golden sand and breakers await.
Lloyds Lounge, Exeter
Exeter City centre’s most stylish indoor-outdoor venue – and surely the best spot for people-watching – has moved it’s a la carte menu back to its sister restaurant, Lloyds Kitchen, so whet your whistle with a choice of tasty light bites, salads, fishcakes and evening tapas.
Devon’s answer to Ottolenghi is going Dutch with Rishi on their tasty brunch and lunch menu, which includes blue corn tortilla topped with rice and guacamole, shaksuka, Korean nachos, or how does a plate of dirty fries topped with Katsu curry sauce grab you?
Church Lane, Tavistock
Decisions, decisions. Is it going to be bacon ciabatta in the sunshine, homemade cake and coffee, a best-selling pizza or a snifter from their premium rum list? Tavi’s Mediterranean eatery has it all. Come by bike, MAMILs and MAWILs welcome.
The Jack in the Green, Rockbeare
With twenty-eight years as a family-run, multi award-winning gastropub-with-bells-on, you can’t go ever wrong with a meal here. Last time I took the fam, the kids were so engrossed in their dinner, they didn’t even speak, let alone bicker. It’s that good!
Rockfish, venues around Devon
You gotta love Rockfish, back open at Brixham, Torquay, Exeter and Dartmouth. They fry up the best battered fish and chips, or if that’s too mainstream for you, cast your net on a locally-caught sea bream, turbot or dory, depending on what the boat’s brought fresh in that day.