Eating & Drinking inSouth West

Loved for its beautiful beaches, wild expanses of moorland and lush pastures, the south west has also long been known for good food – thirty years ago, Bath hosted the very first farmers’ market in the country. Legendary restaurants have left their mark: the Hole in the Wall in Bath, Somerset, and the Carved Angel in Dartmouth, Devon (both closed) built reputations on the magnificent produce of the region.

An excellent mix of casual but ambitious modern restaurants and very good country pubs are to be found right across the region. In Bristol you’ll find a vibrant food scene, one of the best outside London, with restaurants galore. Wilson’s and No Man’s Grace in Redland, Bulrush in Cotham and Box-E are just a few of the acclaimed venues in the city. Top of the tree, however, is Peter Sanchez Inglesias’ Casamia, one of the Top 10 restaurants in the UK.

One of the region’s long-standing greats is Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, where for the past thirty years David Everitt-Matthias’ pioneering modern French cooking had never ceased to impress. Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant in Padstow is credited with putting all things Cornish on the foodie map, and a new generation of chefs are benefitting from his vision. In Padstow itself, Paul Ainsworth at No. 6 is building a mighty reputation from a tiny Georgian town house, while further up the coast at Port Isaac, the unique, extraordinary Restaurant Nathan Outlaw is The Good Food Guide’s number one restaurant for 2018.

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