The county by the sea, Devon offers the best fresh fish restaurants and take away options perfect for those who enjoy traditional fish and chips and for those wanting a fancier catch of the day dish. Visit Devon lists some of the best places for fish…
The Boathouse Café
Renovated from an old fisherman’s store, The Boathouse Cafe boasts a fresh bright interior and features a mezzanine level. The Boathouse Cafe is perfect for delicious fresh fish dining from daytime through to evening and there’s also covered and heated outdoor seating on the quayside, with fantastic views, for drinking and dining al fresco. Focusing on sustainability, fish and shellfish is caught in local waters by the café’s very own day boat and using selective fishing methods. Telephone 01752 600560.
Mitch Tonks’ Rockfish restaurant has been named a double winner in the UK’s Fish and Chips Awards winning the Community Contribution Award and the Best Multiple Operator Award. With restaurants in Plymouth, Dartmouth and Torquay, and one soon to launch in Brixham, the Rockfish restaurant brand focuses on quality and service and making seafood accessible for all. Rockfish has raised over £10,000 in donations towards the National Marine Aquarium as part of its community efforts and on the third Friday of every month, takeaway fish and chips are just £3 in order to promote the great fish caught locally in South West Waters. Rockfish is the perfect way to enjoy traditional fish and chips by the sea. Telephone Plymouth 01752 255974.
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The Galley, Topsham
The Galley in Topsham focuses on great food that is simple and delicious. Serving fish and shellfish from Day Boats landing their catch at Lyme Regis, Brixham, Looe or Newlyn, some fish is even line caught and they only serve species that are not under threat. The mussels and cockles served are harvested from the tidal section of the Exe estuary just three miles downstream from the restaurant and they serve local produce and seasonal vegetables where possible. 01392 876078.
River Exe Café
Fancy a fish dish in a floating restaurant? The River Exe café, known as the gastro shed, is a unique venue offering a wonderful dining experience with a difference. The custom built floating restaurant and café serves locally sourced produce and has a licensed bar. With indoor and outdoor seating the restaurant is available in all weather and a regular water taxi service takes guests to and from the restaurant. Open from April 1 2015. Tel 07761116103
Hanbury’s Fish Restaurant, Torquay
Serving fish and chips for over three decades, Hanbury’s Award winning Fish and Chips of Babbacombe source all their fish from reputable suppliers who are able to track where the fish was caught and can even name the trawler that caught the fish. Visitors can eat in the marine inspired restaurant or enjoy a take away to eat whilst walking along Babbacombe Downs looking out across Lyme Bay. Tel Takeaway: 01803 329928 Restaurant: 01803 314616.
The Blue Seafood Company
Specialising in Devon Crab, The Blue Seafood Company is located in South Quay in the harbour of Paignton. Serving take away sustainable crab, most of which is landed in Salcombe and Kingswear, the crab is carefully picked and pasteurised to ensure quality. Enjoy some delicious take away crab while walking along the Paignton sea front – a great treat for seafood lovers. Telephone 01803 555777
The Two-Bridges Restaurant on Dartmoor is a warm and welcoming hotel and restaurant. Boasting an award-winning Chef, Mike Palmer, who joined the Two Bridges Hotel in November 2012 and became Executive Chef for the group in April 2013, Palmer was also recently name-checked by Michelin-starred MasterChef Winner Anton Piotrowski as ‘one to watch’. Diners can expect views of the rolling Dartmoor countryside and enjoy a mouth-watering menu including fresh Devon Crab, Smoked Haddock Chowder with mussels, clams, leeks, egg yolk and Devon Hake with baby fennel, gem lettuce, smoked fishcake. Telephone 01822 892300.
The Watersmeet Hotel Restaurant
With immediate views of the North Devon Coastline and Lundy Island, the restaurant at The Watersmeet Hotel in Devon serves locally sourced produce with fresh fish from Brixham. With a mouth-watering menu including char grilled mackerel, fresh mussels, sea bass and ginger and lime fishcakes, this restaurant serves wonderful seafood accompanied by breath-taking rolling sea views, making seafood dining a truly memorable experience. Telephone 01271 870333.
For further information on all these Devon restaurants go to www.visitdevon.co.uk
(from a press release)
(image: the Boathouse Café, Plymouth)