Great places to eat out in Mid-Devon

May 16, 2021

Five Bells Inn Country PubWe are really spoilt for choice of great places to eat out in Mid-Devon. With many of our local pubs, restaurants and cafes able to open their inside dining areas again what better way to support them than give you our low-down and help you plan your stay when glamping with us. Over the past three and a half years we’ve had the tough job of sampling many delicious dishes in all of them multiple times!

On our doorstep we have Bickleigh Mill which is a great place for lunch whether you just want to grab a quick sandwich, have something a bit more substantial or indulge in a yummy Devon cream tea. Just over Bickleigh Bridge is the Fisherman’s Cot pub a beautiful, picturesque setting on the river Exe serving traditional pub grub. If traditional pub classics are what you fancy you can also find these a short drive away at either the Butterleigh Inn or Lamb Inn country pubs.

There are a number of gastro pubs – the Cadeleigh Arms, situated up winding country lanes high above the river Exe with stunning views. It is a renowned Estrella Top 50 gastro pub and they use local produce to serve traditional classics with a modern twist. Situated in the charming village of Cheriton Fitzpaine the Ring of Bells is also a favourite of ours, especially for Sunday lunch, they use good quality ingredients, cook it well and add some restaurant flair. There is also Devon’s oldest working brewery pub, the Beer Engine, housed in a 19th Century coaching inn, serving outstanding seasonal food and the scotch eggs in particular are amazing!

If you’re looking for a pub atmosphere with fine dining on the menu the Agricultural Inn creates exciting and innovative dishes using local produce. They also have a more relaxed al fresco option of the Secret Garden, an open paddock set amongst their orchard and veg garden, situated at the rear of the pub, open Friday – Sunday with a food truck serving tasty Asian street food. The Five Bells, set in a beautiful thatched farmhouse in the sleepy village of Clyst Hydon is also on the Estrella Top 50 and has won numerous awards including Devon’s ‘Best Sunday Roast’, top notch food coupled with a warm welcome.

Beer Factory and KitchenIf you’re craving a big, fat, juicy burger we can’t recommend the Beer Factory and Kitchen at Hanlon’s Brewery enough! Traditional steak, pulled pork, southern-fried chicken, they have it all and with mouth-watering side dishes that are definitely naughty but very nice! Open Thursday-Saturday.

The Red Ruby Café at the Exe Valley Farm shop serves home-cooked food with ingredients fresh from the farm including breakfasts, light bites, main meals and delicious home-made cakes daily.

If wood-fired inspired cuisine takes your fancy, the Lost Kitchen, is a great place set amongst the rolling hills of the Devon countryside in an old Cider barn. The pizzas are yummy and the menu also features wood-fired meat and fish dishes inspired from Europe. Situated very close to National Trust Knightshayes.

Keeping on the fire theme, if American-inspired slow-cooked smokehouse classics are on your wish list the Hickory Inn in Halberton transports you to a Southern Comfort inspired restaurant. Steaks, burgers and smoke-infused meat platters are all on the menu here.

If you weren’t hungry before reading this you probably are now! With so many options and such a wide variety of food choices on offer in Mid-Devon you’ll definitely need to return again and again!