Gary Rhodes introduces this year’s Devon guide…
Devon, with all of its beach-fringed glory, will soon have its 2015 Food & Drink Guide – and we’re buzzing to let you get your hands on it! This year it is being introduced by one of the UK’s best known, longest standing and most loved telly chefs, Gary Rhodes.
Gary owns and runs the self-named, Rhodes @ The Dom restaurant in Plymouth, which has become one of Devon’s most renowned fine dining restaurants. And with venues in Dubai, the West Indies and London, plus over 15 years as a celebrity chef, we’re super chuffed to have him introduce this year’s Devon guide.
Gary shares his love of the West Country, the growth of the region and the amazing local produce it has to offer.
“The West Country has always been very close to my heart; it is where I started my career and where I won my first Michelin star. Over the years I have been hugely impressed with the commitment to quality of the local growers, farmers and producers – the region really is bursting with some of the finest produce that not only England, but the world has to offer. This, combined with the laid-back way of life, fabulous scenery, great beaches and the wonderful (yet challenging) wilderness of the moors, really does create something special.”
“What has been really exciting is the growth of the region as one of the country’s foodie capitals; there’s a great wealth of dining options, from the Michelin starred fine dining restaurants to the small local bars and restaurants where both individualism and innovation shine, and the quality is second to none.”
“The culinary success of the region is undoubtedly driving the whole tourism sector. Looking at the amazing sea views from our restaurant Rhodes @ The Dome on The Hoe in Plymouth, with Cornwall to the right and Devon to the left and hundreds of yachts, boats and ships sailing by, it’s easy to understand why the South West is so popular.”
“Devon has always been a tourist mecca with some 50 million visitors a year. Historically this has been attributed to the beautiful beaches, dramatic moorland and quintessentially British countryside with their myriad possibilities, from pony-trekking to crabbing, rock-pooling to surfing. Nowadays, the tourist tide is changing, and the West Country is increasingly, and deservedly, becoming a must visit location for food lovers. The region focuses on simple but high quality food, with amazingly fresh ingredients cooked to perfection. With a whole range of boutique hotels offering international standards in service and, more importantly, a fantastic selection of eating and drinking opportunities, there’s plenty to attract fervent foodies from around the globe. So whether you’re looking for a fine dining experience or a simple dish of lightly grilled, locally caught scallops with one of the West Country’s finest ciders, there’s something in Devon for everyone.” Gary Rhodes OBE
Keep your eye out for the free Devon Food & Drink Guide; they’ll be in Waitrose stores, restaurants and lots of other places really soon. Or, you can order a free guide here.