Food & Drink
Muddy Says: In a city where bland chain hotels dominate, what a relief to discover a small, indie, boutique hotel that should be on everyone's 'must-stay' list. Exeter's best-kept secret.
Muddy says: Set your sat-nav! You don't want to miss this award-winning destination pub, thanks to 16th century charm combined with young forward-thinking owners and an awesome contemporary menu.
On the road in North Devon? Say hey y'all to an all-day American-style pitstop with quality, locally sourced crowd-pleasers and a whole lotta Easy Rider style. Fill her up, baby!
Muddy says: Looking for a stylish family and dog-friendly pub with rooms, perfectly placed for exploring the North Devon coast? The Old Sawmills has you covered.
Muddy says: Meet your new BEST BUD - Croyde's kid/dog/knackered-parent-friendly bar and restaurant is your new go-to for top-notch pizza, burger and West Country bevvies. Beach, here we come!
Muddy says: Croyde's iconic thatched pub, famed for nachos, live music and a big bear-hug of a welcome is your year-round coastal go-to, for summer surfing, winter walks and cosy atmos by the fire.
Muddy says: Laid-back, classy, glamorous, likes kids (most of the time) - not me, silly! I'm talking about The Pig at Combe! You know a hotel is gonna be good when a cocktail bar is the first thing you clock as you walk in the door.
Muddy says: Like Tracey Emin's My Bed? You'll love bedding down at Devon's unique art hotel and waking up surrounded by sculpture, paintings and chic objet d'art. And that delicious slow food menu deserves a Turner Prize too.
Muddy says: Not sure what a winery is? Here's your chance to find out! (Hint - it's like an off licence, only better, and you get to taste everything before you buy.)
Muddy says: The pop of a cork - my favourite noise! It sounds all the sweeter at Wellhayes Vineyard where owners Simon and Alison will treat you to a curated hour-long tour, and a sparkling cream tea among their bucolic vines.
Muddy says: You heard it from Taylor: you need to calm down! And here's a chilled-out country house hotel on Dartmoor with a spa, sauna, steam room, hydrotherapy pool and two treatment rooms to do it in. Go get pampered!
Muddy says: Love your food miles to be SMALL and your flavours to be BIG? You'll love Riverford's award-winning sharing menu, served up in the bucolic setting of their flower and herb-filled Field Kitchen near Buckfastleigh.
Muddy says: Cor love a duck! You will this one. Yeoford's village pub has a new name, new owners and a fab new seasonal menu - with a great vegan range and ooh, 200 wines by the glass. Shall we have a gander?
Muddy says: In vino veritas! The Romans quaffed wine on this very spot, 2000 years ago - now you can take a tour, tuck into tapas on the terrace and go home with a top-notch wine raised on the steepest vineyard in the UK.
Muddy says: Fancy a wifi-free walk where the wild things are? Grab your walking boots, hide the phone and take the first exit to Exmoor.
Muddy says: Love a veggie pizza? Love the planet? Looking for gluten-free? Then you've come to the right place! Hot-foot it to this Fore Street pizzeria for a guilt-free night out.
Muddy says: All the fun of gin but with none of that pesky headache inducing alcohol. Sea Arch is the perfect alternative with excellent flavours.
Muddy says: You will want to eat ALL the pies, pasties and Scotch eggs from this Barnstaple bakery. And that's a good thing, as their palm-oil free pastry is helping to save the planet.
Muddy says: Like good, honest, home-cooked food, family-run and family-friendly? Oh, and delicious three-layers cakes and waffles?? To Finley Browns you must go.
Muddy says: Dartington's family-friendly cafe with a mid-century veggie/vegan vibe and fair-to-farmers ethos. The thinking woman's pit-stop.
Muddy says: Cake lovers, listen up! This cool city-centre cafe is my go-to for GF tray-bakes, great coffee and fast quality food when you're on the go.
Muddy says: A historic 14th century castle with a modern indie vibe. The home to Let's Rock Exeter and Radio One's Big Weekend in 2016, with centuries of stories behind it and an exciting future as a cultural hub ahead.
Muddy says: Who needs books when you can relax in a liquid library overlooking Sutton Harbour, with more than 100 curated wines for your delight and delectation. Bottoms up!
Muddy says: If you love local ales, a choice of 10 West Country gins, including Teignmouth's own Granny Garbutts, and insta-worthy sunsets down the Teign Estuary, here's the place to be.
Muddy says: All hail, Exeter Gin! Is this what the Romans drank when they came to the West Country? If what we've tasted is anything to go by, they would, if they could! Saluti!
Muddy says: I'm planning to steal this wonderful village pub with rooms - or start a campaign to bring it my manor as every village should have one! In the meantime you'll just have to go Sandford.
Muddy says: It's far too fantabulous to leave to the farmers - get yourself to Woolsery for gastronomic delights pronto!
Muddy says: Wholesome and family-friendly farm-to-fork food served up in a medieval Games of Thronesy hall. And a head chef with Jamie Oliver cred to boot.
MUDDY SAYS: If you like a better class of fishy on your dishy, come to Rockfish. The canal and riverside setting feel like you're eating outdoors on the quay all year-round and the fresh, flavourful seafood is to die for.
Muddy says: Historic and moorsy, this 13th century inn off Dartmoor's Granite Way is THE spot for jaw-dropping views and slap-up Sunday lunches and pub classics; plus six cottage-style rooms.
Muddy Says: A gorgeously secluded selection of luxury lodges, suites and apartments just outside Totnes, close to Torbay coastline, with a rather spanky spa and gym on-site, plus a relaxed restaurant, with views.
Muddy says: Like your meals cosy, intimate and more than a bit delicious? You'll love the Fig Tree @ 36 then, an every-occasion restaurant located in a quiet backwater.
Muddy Says: We've a lot of love for this Exeter indie. Open all day, every day for casual dining in a buzzy atmosphere, with seasonal menus, huge variety and a naughty cocktail list to boot.
Muddy says: A cosy, elegant bar in Exeter's bustling cultural quarter, with so many artisan gins it would take months to work through them all (or just a really, really good weekend!)
Muddy says: A super-pretty playground with a timeless charm, this family-friendly hotel will have you yearning for a staycation (not least because of *that* spa).
Muddy says: Every Dartmoor walk needs a cosy cafe at the end of it; every town needs a twinkly restaurant; Home Farm Cafe, on the National Trust's Parke estate, is Devon's little delight.
Muddy says: You voted, we totally agree! Cosy and with the warmest welcome in town, everyone needs a pub like 2017's Muddy Award-winning Thatched Inn in their lives.
Muddy says: Romantic, relaxed, super-stylish and the ultimate in fun and luxury. As Devon's destination hotels go, Paschoe House, the newest bolthole on the block, takes some beating.
Muddy says: Intimidating? No. Hard to follow? Nope. Fun, engaging and confidence-inspiring? Yep, yeppity-yep! There's a reason why this super-welcoming cookery school on the edge of Dartmoor has awards and accolades coming from every direction. In fact, there's at least ten, if we're being honest.
Muddy says: aprons on and mixing spoons at the ready! This exciting new school on the culinary block is brilliant for people of all ages and abilities wanting a cookery course that's fun, relaxed and tasty! *disclaimer: calories involved. Good ones.
Muddy says: If you like gin, you'll love the taste of Wicked Wolf, produced on the banks of the River Lyn, in the wilds of Exmoor National Park. Launched in 2015, it's a premium spirit carving quite a reputation for itself. See if you can spot it on the shelves of some of Devon's top bars, restaurants and hotels...and then make sure you order a double.
Muddy says: Love cheese, but feeling bored by the same old blocks at the supermarket deli counter? You're guaranteed to broaden your cheese-tasting horizons at this super online shop, based out of Bovey Tracey, specialising in some seriously tasty Westcountry artisan cheeses.