From its wild moors to its picturesque beaches, Devon is a county of remarkable contrasts and striking beauty. Studded with historic villages, ancient woodlands, seaside towns and a myriad of restaurants, you don’t have to look far to see why this county should be your next holiday destination… Gaby Dyson of The Devon Foodie explains…
Devon’s beaches and charming harbour towns provide the perfect backdrop for seaside strolls or rugged coastal hikes. Every one of Devon’s seaside towns has something unique to offer for those who care to look. So, for a true taste of local life, grab yourself some fish and chips and enjoy it overlooking the ocean. For the best sea views, try Salcombe Harbour Hotel, Soar Mill Cove Hotel or South Sands.
Devon is a thriving hub of small and independent businesses. From the stylish boutiques of Salcombe to the contemporary Devon Guild of Craftsmen, visitors will be spoilt for choice when they head out for a spot of retail therapy. For a unique shopping experience, try Exeter’s Gandy Street. This colourful warren of independent shops and bars has something for everyone and is said to have inspired J.K Rowling’s famous Harry Potter series. While you’re there, make sure you pop into one of the many coffee shops that Exeter has to offer and tuck into some locally made cake.
Devon is fast becoming recognised as one of the UK’s top locations for food and drink. A visit to the county might find you sitting on a pebbled beach sampling some of the freshest seafood around or winding your way through hedgerow-lined roads to enjoy a hearty pub lunch in a quaint chocolate box inn.
Visitors with more refined tastes will be pleased to learn that Devon boasts no less than Five Michelin Star Restaurants and a tremendous range of fine dining establishments. As the proud home of the Devonshire cream tea, most cafes are apt to offer visitors freshly made scones with lashings of clotted cream and jam; while many hotels offer their own variation of the counties favourite afternoon pastime.
The outstanding beauty
A holiday in Devon would hardly be complete without a trip to Dartmoor National Park. Highlights include striking moors, honey-coloured heaths, dramatic granite tors and wild ponies (which will gladly approach your car should you stop to say hello). Nearby hotels include Hotel Endsleigh and Ilsington Country House.