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The new local Michelin star winners for 2021!

A new star rises in the north of the county and where else you should be eating in 2021 when we're let out again. Here's who's done us proud in Devon and the West Country.

The judge’s scores are in, they’ve held up their Michelin paddle-boards and here are Devon’s most victorious (and some are offering takeaway!). Release the waistband and hand me a fork, I’m going in.

Thomas Carr 1873, Ilfracombe – ★ (NEW)

A huge scoop for chef Thomas Carr, who left behind a Michelin star when he vacated his old restaurant, The Olive Room, (the star stays with the building not the chef). He set up a few door’s down the road in Ilfracombe’s former police station and won a coveted star within four months of opening.

What’s on the menu: local caught fish, 6 course taster menu consisting of 4 fish courses, 1 meat course and a dessert. Veggie dishes, but no vegan.

The Elephant, Torquay –

The first restaurant in Torquay to be awarded a Michelin Star, chef proprietor Simon Hulston and his wife Katy took over The Elephant in 2003 and have held on tightly to their Michelin Star for a whopping 14 years.  A bright, informal restaurant with fab harbour views and menus focused on sourcing locally. Check out their takeaway menu here – we’ll have the Valentine’s Day oak smoked salmon and ballotine of cornfed chicken please.

Lympstone Manor, Lympstone –

Chef Michael Caines snaffled his shiny Michelin Star just six months after opening. Kudos due. We’re also looking forward to pushing to the front of the queue when his new casual beach front gaff, Mickey’s Beach, opens in Exmouth on 1 March *we hope*.

Masons Arms, Knowstone –

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.

River Cottage Kitchen, Axminster, Green Star (NEW)

Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s canteen was one of 23 UK eateries to nab a new Green Star, awarded for ethical and environmental standards, including working closely with farmers and foragers. A fab stop-off by day for coffee or brunch and shabby-chic bistro by night. After takeaway? Order your weekly Supper Club – this week it’s Hugh’s own chunky beef chilli with organic squash and English beans. Yum.

More starry outings close by

The Antidote, Ilfracombe – Bib Gourmand 

The Cornish Arms, Tavistock –  Bib Gourmand

Bulrush, Bristol 

Casamia, Bristol 

Paco Tapas, Bristol 

Osip, Bruton, Somerset (NEW)

The Olive Tree Restaurant, Bath, Somerset

Outlaws New Road, Port Isaac (NEW)

Paul Ainsworth at No 6 Padstow, Cornwall

Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, Port Isaac, Cornwall

For a full list of Devon’s Michelin-rated 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 as often as I can!

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