The southwest has spearheaded England's culinary renaissance and eateries everywhere fly the flag for local, seasonal, organic produce. The surrounding seas produce just-landed fish, moors and hills provide venison and game, fertile fields add the veg, while harbours and hills add the views.
The southwest is a veritable foodie hotspot. Here are some local favourites.
- Cornish Pasties Now awarded EU protected status; sample the savoury at bakeries county-wide.
- Seafood Net-fresh fish abounds. Prime specialist restaurants include the Seahorse in Dartmouth, the Wheelhouse in Falmouth, Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen in Port Isaac and the Crab House Cafe on the Isle of Portland.
- Cream Teas Homemade jam, just-baked scones and utterly gooey clotted cream; get stuck in at Alexandra in Lyme, Brimpts Farm on Dartmoor and the Dwelling House in Fowey.
- Organic & Slow Food Around a quarter of UK-registered organic producers are southwest-based. Try sustainable fare at Riverford Field Kitchen, near Totnes, and River Cottage HQ on the Devon/Dorset border.
- Drinks Top spots to try regional tipples include Lulworth Cove's Castle inn for cider, Cornwall's Camel Valley vineyard and Devon's Sharpham for wine. Hit the Grain Barge in Bristol and the Salamander in Bath for beer and Plymouth Gin for, well, gin.