Eating Out Feature
In the first of a new series of articles written by ITV presenter Kate Haskell, we look at where in Devon you can enjoy a tasty roast dinner
In the quieter winter days of January and February, give yourself a well-earned break and head to the pub to enjoy the queen of weekend lunches: the roast dinner. I have tracked down a few that are well worth a visit.
At the heart of the vibrant community of Georgeham in North Devon, this revived pub is all about quality, fresh ingredients using the best of the county’s rich larder. Enjoy a warm welcome and roasts to make your mouth water.
Must try: belly pork, honeyed parsnips, crispy potatoes and homemade gravy.
Mains from: £12.
This Michelin-starred, 13th-century country inn has all the charm and warmth of a local hostelry, combined with some of the best fine dining in an award-winning restaurant. This is probably one of my favourite places for a special Sunday feast.
Must try: roast fillet of Devon beef with potato fondant, bacon lardons, carrot purée, red wine jus and horseradish cream.
Three courses: £38.
This is a charming, higgledy-piggledy kind of pub where the floorboards may creak with age, but the food is locally sourced and delicious.
Must try: roast loin of pork with apple purée, roast potatoes and vegetables. Followed by sticky toffee pudding with caramel sauce and clotted cream.
Two courses: £21.95. Three courses: £26.95.
The team here knows a thing or two about being a winner. With two AA rosettes, this AA Four Gold Star Inn was also voted the AA’s Inn of the Year 2019–2020. All the meat and most of the vegetables are sourced from within ten miles of the pub.
Must try: roast beef from Waterhouse Farm, served with roast potatoes, vegetables and Yorkshire pudding. The whole Brixham brill with lemon butter (for two) is also delicious.
Mains from: £11.50.
At the hands of talented Head Chef Jack Luby, who has several years’ experience in Michelin-star restaurants, you can be sure of an excellent lunch in this 16th-century coaching inn.
Must try: the butternut squash soup, with crispy sage and a homemade olive oil roll. Followed by whole roasted partridge, with pancetta and onion fricassée, chanterelle mushroom and potato mash.
Mains from: £13.50.
Devon’s oldest working brew pub, The Beer Engine, is located in a 19th-century coaching inn. The team are busy growing vegetables and herbs, dry curing bacon, and making pies, sausages and chutneys. When you’ve enjoyed their zip-busting Sunday roast, pop downstairs to the brew house to see how the beer is made.
Must try: the free-range chicken or the triple meat (beef, pork and chicken).
Mains from: £11.95.
Owners Nick and Anne Powell have got great cooking in a friendly pub down to a fine art. Aiming to buy 80% of supplies within a 30-mile radius, the pub sources plenty of ingredients from neighbouring farms and smallholdings.
Must try: the leg of lamb with Yorkshire pudding, locally grown vegetables and a rich meat stock gravy. The salmon escalopes come in a saffron, white wine and cream sauce, with greens and fried potatoes.
Mains from: £13.50.
The Cott, blending ancient with modern, has been welcoming guests since AD 1320. Customers rave about the roasts: “best Sunday lunch ever”, “attentive staff and the best gravy”. It’s no surprise they were the overall winner in the Great British Pub Awards 2019.
Must try: roast Buckfastleigh pork loin with stuffing, crackling and red wine gravy, or the vegan pasta-free aubergine cannelloni. Save room for the gluten-free chocolate and hazelnut brownie!
Mains from: £13.95.
Treat yourself to a traditional Sunday roast with a flourish in this plush, 17th-century Georgian manor house. Think tender, locally sourced meats, crispy roast potatoes and delicate vegetables.
Must try: choose from turkey, beef or pork roasts.
Two courses: £16.50. Three courses: £19.
You can enjoy a slap-up carvery any day of the week here.
Sundays: £9.65. Weekdays: £6.75.
All venues offer vegetarian options, most cater for allergies and provide vegan or gluten-free choices, but check before you go. There are so many other favourites: The Hourglass in Exeter, The London Inn in Shaldon and The Five Bells Inn in Clyst Hydon.
Let us know your favourites!
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