Eating & Drinking inSouth West

With its stunning coastline and rolling countryside, the South West is a must-visit destination for families, walkers and surfers but this reputation is matched by its stature as a food hub.

A vast region taking in Cornwall, Dorset, Devon, Gloucestershire, Bristol, Somerset, Wiltshire and the Channel Islands, it’s packed with good places to eat. Veterans like Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham (opened in 1987) and Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant (a Padstow fixture since 1975) still impress but a new wave of innovative chefs across the region is making the South West a force to be reckoned with.

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Port Isaac may still be holding on to the top spot in our Top 50 with a perfect cooking score of 10, but Bristol’s Casamia has increased its score to nine, pushing it up to number eight in the UK.

With 30 entries in this year’s guide, Bristol has firmly cemented its credentials as one of the nation’s best places to eat out. New to the city are Pasta Loco off-shoot Pasta Ripiena and vegetable-forward Root.

On the Channel Islands, the high-scoring Bohemia on Jersey has new company in the Guide thanks to La Sablonnerie and Stocks on Sark and Octopus on Guernsey.

Whilst new entry Henry’s in Bath and Niall Keating’s exquisite cooking at Whatley Manor prove that fine dining is in rude health, pubs such as Local Restaurant Award regional winner The Three Tuns in Wiltshire and The Swan at Southrop in the Cotswolds show that simple, seasonal dishes also tick the right boxes for diners in search of informality and good value on the plate.

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