Known for its breathtakingly beautiful coastal areas and for having some of the most spectacular tasting fresh fish in the UK, when it comes to seafood restaurants, there are few counties in the country that come close to matching Devon for quality or choice. But with so many seafood restaurants and chippies all over Devon’s coastline, it can be difficult picking the perfect place when you fancy a quick but tasty treat or an exceptional dining out experience.
From award-winning chippies to stunning seafood restaurants boasting panoramic sea views, we’ve gathered 9 of our favourite seafood restaurants and chippies in Devon we think deserve your attention. Make sure to also pick up a copy of our Devon Food & Drink Guide or read a digital version here for a more comprehensive choice of eateries across the Devon region.
Awarded the Best Large Farm Shop in the UK at the Farm Shop and Deli Awards 2016 and the Best Farm Shop in the UK at the FARMA Awards in 2015, Darts Farm is situated in a region rich in high-quality artisan foods, using the West Country food hall as its larder to produce fresh, seasonal dishes every day.
Visit the award-winning Fish Shed and enjoy the freshest fish arriving straight off the boat each morning. Choose from seasonal catches such as monkfish and gurnard and the fisherman chefs will fry it in beer batter or grill it with a little olive oil for a taste of the sea that simply can’t be beat. Dart’s Farm Restaurant also features an extensive menu of delicious delights showcasing the very best regional produce available. From all-day breakfasts and Devon sausage and mash to home-cooked casseroles, freshly prepared salsas and pan-fried sea bass, you won’t be disappointed.
Bringing together recipes from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and South East Asia, Thai chef Supha draws on several generations of family recipes to create a truly authentic dining experience at Supha’s Street Food Emporium. Situated close to Plymouth’s fish market and earning a reputation as a spice-lover’s paradise in recent years, this excellent and enchanting emporium will wow you with its impressive selection of scrumptious seafood dishes. Whether you opt for the pla neung ma-now, freshly steamed fish stuffed with lemongrass, lime leaf and garlic in a seafood sauce, or the pad pak bung fai-dang comprising stir-fried water spinach in a garlicky oyster sauce, seafood has never tasted better.
This bright, spacious and lively eatery combines the indulgent British tradition of enjoying a hearty portion of fish and chips with an awareness of healthy eating, offering healthy options on their menu such as delicious grilled fish with sides of sweet potato fries or salad. The menu also boasts a brilliant selection of gluten-free and vegan options, including snack-sized meals your little ones will adore, with a chance to win a coveted toy pelican too.
Enjoy dishes like West Country crab cakes, fillet of prime cod from Brixham fish market with chips and peas, or gammon served with Westacott Farm eggs and chips. Priding themselves on using sustainable and locally sourced fish, the restaurant deservedly was awarded both a Taste of the West Gold Award in 2017 and the prestigious Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year at the Seafish National Fish & Chip Awards 2018.
A hidden gem tucked away on Beacon Quay and just a stone’s throw from Torquay Harbour, admire the simply spectacular sea views from the floor-to-ceiling windows at the nautically-themed Below Decks in Torquay. From within this tranquil haven you’ll discover a delicious array of local seafood dishes like fresh Brixham mussels, crispy calamari, whole Torbay sole, and pan-fried sea bass as you relax in your serene settings with a glass of Côtes de Provence rosé. When the weather’s a little warmer, you can bask in the sun in the al fresco seating area while you enjoy a refreshing chilled gin cocktail with your sensational seafood dish.
Boasting a buzzing atmosphere along with exceptional seafood, the recently refurbished The Galley, conveniently located on Topsham’s Fore Street, will impress you with dishes like their starters of crab ravioli with shellfish bisque and pan-seared scallops with carrots and lemongrass, drizzled with coconut sauce, and mains of pollock with creamy butternut squash risotto and kale, and the delicious pan-roasted halibut with celeriac remoulade, new potatoes and mustard and peppercorn sauce. With exposed brick walls and cosy and warming touches, eating out at The Galley is a real treat for seafood lovers.
Situated in Torquay and boasting stunning views of Torquay’s marina, this family-run restaurant has made an art of seafood with its must-try choice of spectacular seafood treats and dishes using only the freshest sustainable fish and shellfish available in the region. Stop by to discover their creamy lobster chowder or fresh crab Thermidor served in a crab shell and then choose tempting mains like the moules marinières or oven-baked monkfish tails wrapped in Parma ham and served in a creamy Cognac sauce with a Portobello mushroom. Although well-known for seafood, this restaurant caters for all with meat dishes that will make your mouth water along with offering plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free alternatives.
Named after its spectacular 30-foot-high glass dome ceiling that floods this venue with soft, atmospheric light, The Dome in Plymouth offers diners stunning, panoramic sea views from floor-to-ceiling windows and award-winning yet reasonably priced seafood dishes. Fresh and locally sourced, sample dishes like the fresh crab salad before moving onto the most delicious fish and chips you may ever have tasted accompanied by minted pea ice cream. If you’d rather sample a platter of tempting seafood treats, choose the fritto misto and be in seafood heaven with a plate of five different types of fish deep-fried in crisp tempura batter.
Opened in 1969, this popular family-run restaurant, situated on the main road in Brauton, provides a warm welcome to all those that walk through its doors. With its attractive, bright, and modern interior, carefully selected artwork that adorns the walls, funky carpets, and delicious dishes, you’ll quickly understand why this bustling restaurant is often as busy as it is, despite being able to cater to up to 130 guests. Come for their fantastic fish and chips, a prime fillet of cod cooked in sunflower oil to create a light, crispy batter and accompanied by thick-cut fluffy chips, beans or mushy peas. If you’re looking for something a little less indulgent but just as enticing, try the tempting poached fish with salad and a great selection of gluten-free sauces.
Winners in the North Devon Journal Food, Drink & Tourism Awards in 2014 and 2015, South Sixteen Fish & Chips is a step above your standard chippy. Whether you sit in the restaurant or order take-out, you’ll be impressed by the varied menu that not only offers fantastic fish and chips but crispy pizza, homemade pies, jacket potatoes, burgers and a tempting selection of desserts like apple pie, pineapple fritters and sticky toffee pudding. Priding themselves on using only the best sustainably caught fish and locally sourced produce such as their potatoes that are grown just a short distance away in Brauton’s famous Great Field, you’ll soon discover why South Sixteen Fish & Chips has recieved the sort of praise it has over the years with both tourists and locals alike.