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Superflashy! 8 new eateries to try

Fresh outta the kitchen! Change up the menu and treat your taste buds to a trip to somewhere new with our round-up of the hottest new openings around the county.

The Old Warehouse, Kingsbridge

Muddy visited this cool new hangout just eight days after opening and it was full on a Tuesday night – proof positive here is somewhere you want to book and fast! Owned by the Sam, founder of Moonhoney, a lovely sparkling craft mead, the eatery in Kingsbridge’s foodie quarter combines his skills and former colleagues from the award-winning Cove Cafe at Hope Cove.

The food is a total joy – roasted peaches, fresh hake on a bed of creamy basil oil and polenta, the best burgers and home-made berry panacotta. And yes, I did try it all from my friends’ plates – it’s too delicious not too. Lovely outdoor courtyard perfect for summer too. Open for brunch 10am – 2pm Fridays & Saturdays; dinner Tues – Sat: 10am till late.

Emilia, Ashburton

If you love organic wines, sharing plates and Mediterranean light bites, head to this rustic new trattoria in the old Lloyds Bank. The owners Claire and Tom, are known for Soho’s Duck Soup, a great coup for Ashburton. The wines are in the old walk-in bank safe, the vibe is warm and welcoming. A real find, we say. Open for lunch and dinner Thursday – Saturday.

The Farm Table, Topsham

Farm to fork whet your appetite? The award-winning Darts Farm have transformed their former toy store concession into a brilliant new restaurant with a large al fresco terrace bar overlooking the Exe estuary. So fresh it only opened on 15 July! Think quality veggies and salads, chargrilled fish and meats, all reared either at Darts or sourced from their community of artisan producers, local farmers and fisherman. Mouth-watering and then some! Feast your eyes on the sample menu. Open Friday & Saturday: 12pm – 3pm | 6pm – 9pm; Sunday: 12 – 3pm.

Exe, Exeter

Cocktail al fresco anyone? Trot over to Exeter’s St Mary Arches Street for a refreshing glass at the chic new indie cocktail bar and restaurant (formerly Margoux). Their bijou covered garden is perfect for those baking-hot city days (more please!) when you want somewhere airy to chill. One for when you’re after something a bit special, the menu includes 28-day dry aged fillet steak, fish and scallops and indulgent gnocchi and ravioli, all sustainably sourced in the West Country, and ranging from £18 – £32 for a mains. Open Wednesday to Sundays for drinks, sharing boards and ethical, local-sourced fine dining.

Circa at Sandridge Barton, Stoke Gabriel

Based at Sharpham Wine’s lovely new vineyard in the South Hams, Circa is a chic new restaurant inside a former dairy barn and al fresco terrace. Run by Rob and Kate of Exeter’s Circa (which thankfully remains open), go for wholesome small plates, including fish from Brixham, Sharpham cheese and local goodies. Open for coffee & cake 10am – 12pm daily; lunch Thurs – Mon 12 – 3.30pm; July-August, 7 days a week.

Margoux, Exeter

Not new, but in bigger two-storey premises in Princesshay with a lovely terrace overlooking the Cathedral. Where else can you get shaksuka, or steak and eggs for brunch locally? Or twenty lovely wines by the glass with your roasted monkfish tail? They’ve also just launched a brand-new Margoux High Tea (£80 for 2) with scones, sweet and savoury nibbles and a bottle of sparkling. Plus, I’ve never met a local who doesn’t rave about their Sunday lunch. We held our Muddy Awards Do 2022 here, that’s how much we love it.

Quayside Distillery, Exeter

This waterside city spot is the perfect cool-off for a summer night, where you can wash down a refreshing gin cocktail made on the premises’ distillery with a tapas plate of prosciutto or burrata with sun-dried tomatoes drizzled with basil olive oil. Ideal for lazy grazing and no need to book, just pop in after a walk along the river (it’s dog-friendly too). Open Weds – Fri 5pm until 11pm and Sat -Sun 4pm until 11pm.

HubBox, Plymouth

Burgers and BBQ light your fire? HubBox started life in Cornwall, and now has family and dog-friendly restaurants all over the UK but they’re still keen on their coastal roots, opening up on the waterfront at Royal William Yard, the first business to open in the ground floor of the Grade 1 Listed Melville building. Head here for breakfast, lunch or dinner to tuck into a prime cut or plant-based burger, something fancy like lobster Thermidor or if it’s a just a sundowner you fancy, Happy Hour is every day, 4-6pm Two cocktails for £10. Don’t mind if we do. Open Sun -Thurs 9am – 10pm; Fri – Sat 9am – 12am.

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