Takeaway, but not as we know it
With punters being told to stay away, restaurants are reinventing food to go. Here are 10 of the best popping up around Exeter and beyond.
Fast food? Not likely! Although we have to be sensible and stay away (boo) from our (now closed) fave eateries a host of Muddy-approved pubs and restaurants are bringing the goodies to us (yay!) by coming up with clever ways to beat the c-word. Here is Muddy’s pick of 10 of the best new food-to-go around Exeter and beyond.
The Lamb Inn, Sandford near Crediton
Muddy loves The Lamb Inn – think Nigella, home-cooked and very more-ish with dishes like five bean winter chilli, curry, proper burgers and veggie halloumi. Prices start at a reasonable £9 (plus 50p for a reusable box) and you can order local Sandford beer and cask ale, and even milk from the local Sandford Gate dairy. As this is new territory for them, delivery is five miles radius for now but they’ve just extended it to seven days a week. Tel 01363 773676
The Five Bells, Cyst Hydon, near Exeter
Fancy pub classics from a 2020 Top 50 Gastropub winner? Place your orders for collection with award-winning husband and wife team (and good eggs) James and Charlie have just cooked up a brand-new takeaway menu serving up scrummy classic pub grub, including fish and chips, burgers, steak and ale pudding and home-made desserts. Plus, their homemade bread is not to be missed: white and brown baps and bread, along with eggs, milk, veg boxes, cakes for locals on a 24 hour pre-order. Ring to order on 01884 277288.
Teign Bean, The Obelisk, Mamhead
Not a restaurant but thank the lord, we can still clear our worried heads with a walk and some fresh air in the woods. One of my faves is the Obelisk at Haldon with its gob-smacking views over the Exe estuary. If you’re up there on a weekend stop at the Teign Bean next to the car park, run by ex-copper and local good guy Si Grost, for a warming cappachoochoo made with coffee from Exe Roasters, and Kenn Cakes from you guessed it, Kenn just down the road. If you forget your bamboo cup, no probs – all cups, lids and bags are compostable.
Harry’s at Home, Exeter NOW CLOSED
Family-owned Exeter indie (and Muddy award-winning) Harry’s, are working on a takeaway menu but for now it’s by collection, so staff can either take the food out to you or you can collect it from the function room which is isolated from the main restaurant. For a very reasonable £10-£12 you can chow down on lasagne, chilli muchos, risotto and Mac and cheese. Fancy more, more, more? How about gooey choccy and treacle puddings and ice cream. In your motor pronto.
The Green Table, Dartington NOW CLOSED
For fresh salads, soups and cakes, and not forgetting their legendary smoked cauliflower cheese, Dartington estate’s cool cafe is offering lunch between 12-2pm both via collection and delivery to Dartington Village. It’s strictly order on the day by card, once you’ve drooled over their daily insta-menu. Phone to get the goods on 01803 847110.
The Royal George, Irsha Street, Appledore
Staying away from this re-furbed 17th century coastal beauty is tough, but what better way to support Garth and Sascha’s Muddy award-winning pub with rooms than ordering from their new delivery/collect menu? Choose from light local bites, oh-so helpful family bulkers for £20, including lasagne, beef bolognaise and macaroni cheese, as well as all the pub classics. It’s all local – Garth knows the animal welfare and food miles of everything down to the decimal point – and delivery is free within the town. Lucky Appledore.
Me and Mrs Jones, Wellswood, Torquay
Yep, Muddy’s fave Torquay deli cafe have got a delivery thing going on. Helping this family-run daytime deli keep afloat is no hardship when you check out their yummy range of locally-made pies, pastries, breads and made in-house tarts. They’ll also deliver from the deli shelves, including eggs, jam, pasta and essential panic-wine buying when the cellar runs dry. Minimum order £10, plus £3 delivery charge.
The Farmers Arms, Woolsery
Only available within the parish but worth a mention as The Farmers Arms (which remains open) are delivering not only from their amazing fish and chippie next door but also supplies from the village shop. A much-loved recently revived pub looking after the community since the 16th century, and if the food and the recent stunning refurb is anything to go by, I’m pretty sure the community will be only to happy to look after them. And when all the madness dies down so should you. Check out my review here.
Exmoor White Horse Inn, Exmouth
Being on the edge of the wild moorland, owners Pete and Linda know a thing or two about looking after the locals, so they’ve been quick off the mark to make their entire menu available to take out. Take your pick from the carvery, Exmoor venison, trout caught from nearby rivers and poachers pie. Perfect comfort food for a crisis. Available from 11am till 9pm daily and thanks to having loads of top-notch suppliers on speed dial they will even try and pick up anything you need if you give them a bell on 01643 831229.
The Cadeleigh Arms, Tiverton
Fresh from scooping a 2020 Gastropub Award, Nicholas Hack and Tina King are serving up old school favourites with a modern twist to go from today. It’s a far cry from your average takeaway with cracking local fare, superbly crafted Devon ruby beef, g-f battered cod and roasted squash with miso. Available in a five-mile radius but they say they can be flexible, and you can buy a voucher for a later date. Tuck in, why don’t you?
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