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7 of the best places to experience South Devon food and drink

Calling all foodies! Devon is the perfect destination for your next holiday. The county is renowned for its warm climate and rich farm land which produces top-notch Devon food and drink to fill visitors’ plates and pint glasses.

Here in South Devon it’s possible have some outstanding gastronomic experiences in our pubs, restaurants and cafes. But you can also visit the places where these businesses acquire their taste bud-tingling ingredients. If you’re a fan of food and drink then why not check out our luxury holiday cottages in South Devon to give you a base for exploring our culinary landscape.

Image courtesy of Dartmouth Ice Cream

Here’s where to learn about, taste and buy a selection of wonderful Devon produce at its source:

Top Devon food and drink producers

Ice Cream from Dartmouth Ice Cream

If you like your frozen desserts then you’ll be spoilt for choice at Dartmouth Ice Cream. It is one of the oldest ice cream companies in the South West and now produces more than 50 different ice creams and sorbets.

Visit Dartmouth Ice Cream’s store in Dartmouth town to sample one or more of 22 flavours available there. Each is made on-site. In the shop you’ll also find handmade fudge and traditional pick and mix to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Find out more about Dartmouth Ice Cream and take a look at our guide to things to do in Dartmouth.

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Cider from Hunts Cider

Hunts produce nine taste bud-tingling types of cider ranging from traditional still brews that have been made at their farm in Stoke Gabriel for more than 200 years, to cloudy, sparkling and fruity drinks. All are brewed with Devon cider apples from the Hunts orchard.

You can take a tour of Hunts Cider’s production facilities followed by a tasting session on Wednesdays from March to October.

Find out more and book a tour of Hunts Cider.

Gin from Salcombe Gin

The boom in handcrafted gins has taken hold in Devon with plenty of distilleries opening in recent years. Among them is Salcombe Gin which takes inspiration from the town’s history as the home of schooners that would land fruits from around the world into the UK.

Go on a tour of the distillery, have a scrumptious cocktail whipped up by mixologists in the waterside bar, and even distill your own mini bottle of gin.

Find out more about gin experiences at Salcombe Gin.

You can also order Devon gin online for delivery to your door.

Cheese from Sharpham

Sharpham has been making artisan cheese since 1981. Its Brie is a must-nibble, having won national recognition as a runner up in the Great British Cheese Awards.

Of course, a chuck of delicious Sharpham cheese goes extremely well with a glass of their wine. Choose from white, red, rosé and sparkling all made with grapes harvested in the Dart Valley.

Take a cheese or wine tour at Sharpham or visit its cafe.

The market town of Totnes is just down the road from the Sharpham Estate. Take a look at our guide to things to do in Totnes.

Chillis from South Devon Chill Farm

This hot small business grows and makes chill products in the heart of the South Hams. Sample fresh chillis, plus sauces, chocolate and preserves made onsite using dozens of varieties of fiery peppers.

The farm shop and cafe are open to visitors all year (with the exception of the Christmas holidays) and you can take guided tours between June ad November.

Visit the South Devon Chilli Farm, farm ship and cafe.

Jail Ale from Dartmoor Brewery

Dartmoor Brewery was established as a micro brewery in 1994. From an operation in the back of a pub it now has a purpose built brewery and its award-winning Jail Ale has recently been named as a World Class Beer.

You’ll find Jail along with five other brews made with Dartmoor water on sale at pubs and hotels across the South West.

Keep an eye on the Dartmoor Brewery website for behind the scenes tours onsite and events where you can sample its brews around the county.

You can also buy ale and ciders from Devon breweries for home delivery.

Clotted cream from Langage Farm

A Devon cream tea wouldn’t be complete without clotted cream from Langage Farm. Here there’s a herd of 250 Jersey and Guernsey cows whipping up the ingredients for delicious creamy products. As well as clotted cream, you’ll find ice cream, yoghurts, dips and cream cheese in the Langage Farm Shop in Plympton.

Find out more about the farm and visit its shop.

South Devon markets and farm shops

Of course, Devonians are very proud of their amazing local produce so you don’t have to venture far to find it.

There’s always a wonderful selection of Devon fare on offer at town and farmers markets around South Devon. Totnes, Dartmouth and Newton Abbot have weekly markets. There’s also a monthly market in Kingsbridge. For something a bit festive take a look at our guide to South Devon Christmas markets.

The shops at Dartington, Darts Farm near Exeter and Riverford Farm Shop are all excellent places to go and stock up on great Devon food and drink to take home.

Holiday cottages in South Devon for foodie breaks

Come to South Devon for a foodie break. Get in touch with us to chat through our holiday cottages in South Devon, from dog-friendly holiday homes to cottages for larger families, and Dartmouth accommodation with parking. Or search our Devon self-catering accommodation for yourself.

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