Thanks to our lush landscape, beautiful coastline and balmy weather, some of the world’s best food and drink is found in South Devon. The popularity of farmers’ markets here pays tribute to the high quality of local produce, as does the enviable array of cafes, delicatessens, restaurants and farm shops.
Famous Culinary Delights
Holidaymakers in this gorgeous part of the country can’t fail to be impressed by its outstanding culinary heritage. To whet your appetite before your South Devon family holiday, here’s our guide to the area’s most famous food and drink. Yummy!
Fresh Fish and Seafood
Coastal towns such as Brixham are renowned for the quality of their fish and seafood. Whether you visit a traditional fish & chip shop or fine-dining restaurant, you’ll find fish and seafood dishes with that unbeatable ‘just caught’ taste! Delicacies include crab, lobster, mussels and oysters.
Marvellous Beef and Lamb
Grazed on fertile, rich land, South Devon cattle produce world-class beef. They’ve been farmed successfully here for around 400 years. Locally sourced lamb is also highly regarded. That means whether you tuck into beef burgers, lamb chops or a similar dish, you’re bound to love the taste.
Luxurious Clotted Cream, Ice Cream and Cheese
The abundance of pastureland also leads to wonderfully luxurious milk, which is perfect for indulgent clotted cream and ice cream. One of the most popular places to buy them both, Gay’s Creamery, is just up the road from our holiday accommodation in Dawlish Warren!
South Devon has a long history of artisan cheese-making; notable cheeses include Totnes-made Sharpham Brie and Quicke’s Double Devonshire Clothbound Cheddar from Exeter.
Tangy Fruit Drinks
‘Scrumpy’ (a type of cider) is the most famous local beverage. This tangy alcoholic drink has been popular for hundreds of years – it’s often made with apples from gorgeous, historic orchards. As a tremendous variety of fruit is grown locally, cordials are also popular.
Who can resist melt-in-the mouth fudge made from clotted cream? Local confectionery shops offer flavours as diverse as raspberry swirl and sea salt!
Of course, no holiday here would be complete without a traditional cream tea. Nothing compares to soft Devonshire splits (or scones) covered in juicy jam and clotted cream. For a truly authentic Devonshire cream tea, remember to put the cream on first!
Treat Your Taste Buds to a South Devon Self-Catering Holiday
When you stay at our family holiday park in Dawlish Warren, you’re ideally placed to enjoy the tastiest treats on offer around South Devon. Our self-catering accommodation gives you the freedom to eat and drink whatever tempts your taste buds the most!
You’ll find all kinds of mouth-watering meals, snacks and beverages on-site too:
- Welcome Bite restaurant and takeaway serves fantastic breakfasts, lunches, dinners and suppers. Open every day for your convenience, this eatery is located in Cruisers Club, which also has a licensed family bar.
- Head to the Warren Chippy Takeaway for traditional fish & chips plus other popular dishes. Surely there’s no better combination than fish, chips and glorious South Devon scenery!
- Naughty but Nice has the finest locally made fudge, other traditional confectionery and ice cream. Go shopping for some sweet treats to take back home for friends – or indulge while you’re away!
Plus within a 10 minute walk we have plenty of other great choices of take-away, restaurants, cafes and pubs including:
- Ryders Homemade Bakery
- La Cantina At The Warren
- Silly Goose Pub
- Hakaryu Chinese Take Away
- Mount Pleasant Inn
- Boat House Tavern & Grill