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The Little Black Book: Restaurants

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    Beyond Escapes

    Muddy Says: Is this a total find, or what?! A gorgeously secluded selection of luxury lodges, suites and apartments just outside Totnes, close to the coastline of Torbay. With a rather spanky spa and gym on-site, plus a relaxed restaurant, with views, this one basically has R-E-L-A-X written all over it in permanent marker.

  • fig tree blue sky

    The Fig Tree @ 36, Plymouth

    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.

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    Harry’s, Exeter

    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.

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    Thurlestone Hotel, Kingsbridge

    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).

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    Southernhay House, Exeter

    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. 

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    Home Farm Cafe, Bovey Tracey

    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.

  • Thatched Inn Ilfracombe

    The Thatched Inn, Ilfracombe

    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.

  • Whitehouse Chillington

    Whitehouse, Chillington

    Muddy says: Brought to you by the people behind two of the area's most stylish foodie destinations, we're bowled over by this glam bolthole near the south Devon coast.

  • Paschoe House exterior night

    Paschoe House, Bow

    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.

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    Turtley Corn Mill, Avonwick

    Muddy says: This is one of the South Hams' prettiest places to hang out. Gorgeous gardens where peacocks wander and cosy corners for delicious dinners, plus six stylish bedrooms.

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