Devon’s Michelin Winners!
Devon, you've really gone and done us proud. Here's who won what in the foodie world in 2017
The judge’s scores are in, they’ve held up their Michelin paddleboards and here are Devon’s most victorious. With winners in all corners of the county, I’ve also included the Bib Gourmand entries – those high quality restaurants and pubs with three courses under £28. Release the waistband and hand me a fork, I’m going in.
Cornish Arms, Tavistock – Bib Gourmand
A thriving gastro pub in the heart of town, quietly going about its very brilliant business. Dishes are unpretentious and great value, hence the Bib Gourmand. I’ve not yet been, but this is one to put on the list!
Gidleigh Park, Chagford – 2 stars
Those stars are firmly cemented at Gidleigh Park under Executive Chef Michael Wignall – and rightly so. I’ve had lunch here, in the beautiful restaurant overlooking the gardens and it is utterly sublime. Whether you go for the tasting menu, or a la carte, it’s an experience worth setting aside plenty of time for.
The Elephant, Torquay – 1 star
The first restaurant in Torquay to be awarded a Michelin Star, chef proprietor Simon Hulston and his wife Katy certainly have no intentions of letting it go. A bright, informal restaurant with fab harbour views and menus focused on sourcing locally. Choose from a la carte, a set menu or, for a treat, go for the tasting menu.
Five Bells Inn, Clyst Hydon – Bib Gourmand
Rescued from closure (the horror!) in 2013, this 16th century thatched village inn, ten miles from Exeter, may be a pub at heart, with a comforting menu full of favourites; but with ex-Gidleigh Park chef Ian Webber leading the kitchen, the standard is both Bib Gourmand-worthy and great value.
Lympstone Manor, Lympstone – 1 star (NEW)
With a shiny Michelin Star gracing the menu just six months in, Michael Caines doesn’t hang around, does he? Hurrah for the recognition at this super-classy new destination in south-east Devon. If you’re curious, try and nab yourself tickets for a dining event with the chef himself at the end of this month. Hop over to the What’s on Guide for more details.
Masons Arms, Knowstone – 1 star
These guys arrived on Exmoor’s food scene in 2005, won their Michelin star in 2006 and have retained it ever since. I’m no expert, but I reckon owner and chef Mark Dodson knows what he’s doing.
Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room, Ilfracombe – 1 star
Doing it for north Devon is this intimate little restaurant beneath a B&B, in the heart of Ilfracombe. I was in town recently and walked past it, looking all cosy and the menu, designed by a chef who trained under Nathan Outlaw, looked superb.
For a full list of Michelin starred pubs and restaurants click here, but if you don’t feel like being fancy pants, don’t forget I review a stupendous number of really brilliant eateries on a weekly basis!