The town of Dartmouth has built up a strong reputation for ‘foodie holidays’ with the two celebrity restaurants on the waterfront; The New Angel, previously owned by John Burton-Race and now re-opened as Angelique and Mitch Tonks’ Seahorse restaurant. Less formal dining is now also available in Mitch Tonk’s seafood restaurant, Rockfish.
There is a choice of other fine eating establishments in the town, including The Wildfire Bistro at the Dart Marina Hotel, Resnova, a 100ft Dutch barge moored on the river and only accessible by water taxi and Cafe Alf Resco which is well known for its breakfasts.
Dartmouth is in the South Hams which as an area has become renown for it’s local produce so it is worth exploring the surrounding countryside. Sharpham Vineyard is just up the river from Dartmouth and offers tours of the vineyard and has become a well respected producer of cheeses too. Riverford Farm, further inland near Totnes, supplies organic vegetables and other produce nationally, but has a well-stocked farm shop plus an award winning field kitchen where you can help pick the vegetables which are then cooked for you.
The area’s passion for good food can be seen during the annual Dartmouth Food Festival, held in late October. Events include wine tasting, cookery demonstrations and food markets which take over the centre of Dartmouth for the duration of the festival.