We may be 20 days into June, but it’s not too late to enjoy Devon Restaurant Month, which is running throughout June.
If you are in Devon at any point in June then you are bound to find a restaurant offering a special deal somewhere not too far away from you. Whether it is summer lunches on the croquet lawn, a special all-Devon taster menu, a free dessert with a main course or a 2 for 1 deal, there are plenty of offers on the Devon Restaurant Month website.
Mrs RB and I have yet to join in the official Devon Restaurant Month activities, but we did have a great meal at the Cott Inn at Dartington on Monday this week. A beautiful 14th century thatched building, inside this is pretty much what you expect: lots of wood, a great big fireplace with a wood burner (not lit, thankfully) and a bar with a decent range of beers (spotted at the bar: Clearwater beer and Ashridge cider, among other options).
For some reason I forgot that if you order prawns as a starter, you generally end up having to remove shells and legs and pulling their heads off before you can eat anything. I have no problem with this in itself, I’m just not that keen on food that takes longer to get into than it does to eat. With their garlic oil dressing, they did taste very nice though. For a main course, Mrs RB went for the minute steak and I had sea bream with dauphinoise potatoes and a seafood sauce. All of which comes highly recommended; it was really good food.
We were feeling a bit full after two courses but we soldiered on through to dessert and shared a plate of strawberries in syrup with shortbread, which was also really good. We probably didn’t need pudding though and we rolled, rather than walked, back out to the car after the meal. All in all, a very nice pub and a very nice meal.
I am still hoping that we can get to try at least one of the Devon Restaurant Month offers before the end of June but the good news is that, whenever you visit, there are loads of great pubs and restaurants to try, many of them serving great local food. If you find any good ones, please let me know; I might just have to go and double-check, for research purposes of course…