The good thing about Cornwall is that it is a fantastic area to visit for food and drink. There’s so much more to the local food scene than Cornish pasties and cream teas. The success of Padstow and St Ives have brought Cornish restaurants to the fore of people’s minds. But there are also many wonderful places to eat out over the border in Devon and throughout the South West region.
One of the reasons it can be worthwhile to visit the South West of England is because of the fresh produce that is available from the profuse coastline and fields. Similarly, when it comes to fine dining, the South West of the UK has plenty to offer in the form of restaurants that are being run by some of the most innovative chefs. Thus, here is a list of the top ten restaurants in the South West that will leave your taste buds tickling once you have eaten there.
1. Outlaw’s (St. Enodoc Hotel, Rock, Cornwall, PL27 6LA)
Outlaw’s is a fine dining restaurant that contrasted by the casual ambience and décor of St Enodoc Hotel where it is situated. The seafood menu at the restaurant frequently shifts and they offer a separate list of sauces. The restaurant’s environment itself is quite relaxed and you can enjoy a splendid meal there.
2. Bybrook Restaurant (Castle Combe, Near Bath, Castle Comb, SN14 7HR)
Bybrook is a Michelin starred restaurant where Chef Davies serves remarkably executed food that tends to be as intricate as the Manor House Golf Course adjoining it. Quality ingredients are a compulsory part of their seven course tasting menus and they have matching wines available, while they also offer a la carte.
3. Ellenborough Park (Southam Road, Cheltenham, GL52 3NJ)
The menu of Ellenborough Park has been crafted by David Kelman, the Executive Head Chef at the restaurant, who takes pride in serving splendid British produce. He and his team cook the food that is served from their heart; the classic dishes like Creedy Carver Duck Leg and Roast Hereford Cross Beef Fillet tend to have a refined taste.
4. Le Champignon Sauvage (24-28 Suffolk Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2AQ)
Le Champignon Sauvage has become known for its efficiency, modesty and panache. The dishes that David Everitt-Matthias and his skilled kitchen team serve there tend to be quite dynamic, combining gutsy flavors, while they also have an impressive offering some of the most dazzling desserts.
5. Rojano’s (9 Mill Square, Padstow, PL28 8AE)
There are loads of great restaurants in Padstow and Rojanos is one of our favourites. Rojano’s is a modern family-run Padstow restaurant where you can enjoy a nice meal in one of the many intimate booths. Along with an a la carte menu and an antipasti list, they offer a wide range of options. Cocktails and exclusively Italian wines are also available there, which can even be sampled at the grazing bar.
6. Number 6 (6 Middle Street, Padstow, PL28 8AP)
Paul Ainsworth’s Number 6 is an all-inclusive restaurant with a competitively priced a la carte menu and even a children’s menu. The dishes that Paul Ainsworth serves tend to be fresh and innovative, using well-sourced fine ingredients that are prepared with familiar techniques. The restaurant itself is breezy, elegant and nonchalant.
7. The Masons Arms (Knowstone, Devon, EX36 4RY)
The Masons Arms won a Michelin star only a year after it was opened. The custom-built interior of the restaurant is very spacious where comfort and luxury have been well-balanced. Depending on the weather, you can even dine el fresco. They serve everything from classic French cuisine to rural British food, along with a long list of superb ales.
8. The Elephant (3-4 Beacon Terrace, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2BH)
The Elephant is situated in the peaceful bay while sporting an elegant and modern style. Two and three course dinners are the focus of the restaurant, while they also have a tasting menu prepared with fresh local ingredients, such as hand-dived scallops. The natural ingredients are often combined in an unusual manner, such as beef with seafood and flower petals.
9. The Pony & Trap (Knowle Hill, Chew Magna, Bristol, Avon, BS40 8TQ)
Unlike similar restaurants across the South West, the food served at The Pony & Trap is at a whole new level. It is actually a pub that holds a Michelin star. However, it is a very modern pub with roomy dining areas and they source their ingredients from trusted suppliers. Both local and seasonal ingredients make up their menu, which is somewhere between fine dining and high-end bistro cuisine.
10. The Elephant Brasserie (3-4 Beacon Terrace , Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2BH)
The Elephant Brasserie is a comfortable and tastefully decorated restaurant where the service is friendly and personal. Their menu focuses on homegrown and local ingredients while the use classic European techniques to prepare their dishes, which often even include edible flowers and fine herbs.