Eating & Drinking inSouth West

From Cornwall in the west to Wiltshire in the east, detouring via the Channel Islands, the South West is an expansive region so it should come as no surprise that it accounts for so many entries in this year’s Guide. With its breathtaking coastlines and lush countryside, the South West’s importance as a holiday destination is - thankfully - mirrored by its reputation for good food, bolstered by a rich larder of excellent produce from both land and sea. 

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Port Isaac, Casamia in Bristol and Bohemia on Jersey continue to occupy the higher echelons of the Top 50 but they are now joined by Paul Ainsworth in Padstow and Wilks in Bristol. New to the GFG is No 10 Restaurant & Bar in St Helier, described as ‘a magnet for those in the know’, it is proof that the Channel Islands have not stood still when it comes to eating out.

If there is a trend in the South West, it’s the emergence of high-quality restaurants run by ex-London chefs who have decamped to small market towns. There is no better example of this than Beaminster in Dorset, which is now home to our South West Best Local Restaurant, Brassica, run by Cass Titcombe, as well as neighbouring new entry The Ollerod, where veteran chef Chris Staines has made a welcome return. 

The South West has always majored on restaurants sourcing seasonal ingredients as locally as possible and this is certainly the case at Tremenheere Kitchen in Gulval and The Garden Café at Frome, both new entries worthy of their Local Gem status and two of the growing number of establishments going the extra mile when it comes to creating vegetarian dishes.

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