Dine in style in the South West of England, where culinary delights made with amazing local produce are complemented by stunning rural and coastal landscapes.
The region features seven counties, including delightful Devon, where we’re fortunate enough to be based. We’ve selected an incredible restaurant to represent each one.
Let the South West culinary extravaganza begin!
The Atrium at Lords of the Manor (Cheltenham, Gloucestershire)
With its magnificent skylight and mouth-watering menu, The Atrium sets the standard for fine dining in the idyllic Cotswolds. Enjoy roasted pigeon, coddled pheasant eggs and other traditional dishes as part of an exclusive, high-brow experience (only 14 guests can dine there at any given time).
The Atrium is situated in Lords of the Manor, one of Cheltenham’s top luxury hotels. This 17th-century country estate features golden Cotswold stone, grounds spanning several acres, and a prestigious wine cellar.
The Ivy Clifton Brasserie (Bristol)
Vibrant Bristol has the distinction of being both a city and a county, while The Ivy Clifton Brasserie is one of its most distinctive restaurants. Situated in leafy Clifton, close to the heart of Bristol, this Art Deco-style eatery is sophisticated yet unpretentious.
If you’ve rubbed shoulders with celebrities at The Ivy Clifton’s sister restaurant, The Ivy in London, you’ll be familiar with the appealing, classic-meets-modern menu. Why not treat yourself to hand-cut steak tartare or The Ivy Royale signature cocktail?
Rick Stein Marlborough (Wiltshire)
Wiltshire’s quintessentially English market town is home to Rick Stein Marlborough. Owned by one of Britain’s most famous chefs, the restaurant is a treat for the eyes and the taste buds alike. Its smart townhouse exterior and elegant dining areas are accompanied by brilliant cuisine. The menu encompasses everything from Indonesian curry to a Sunday roast, reflecting Stein’s diverse tastes and culinary flair.
At the Chapel (Bruton, Somerset)
It’s hard to imagine a more awe-inspiring building in which to open a restaurant than the Grade II listed former chapel in charming Bruton. Indeed, At the Chapel is rated 10/10 for style and character by the Telegraph.
Tall, arched windows bathe the pristine white dining room in sunlight – this eatery is a real oasis of calm. The menu unites British dishes with marvellous Mediterranean options. Who can resist grilled south coast bream or sourdough pizza from the wood-fired oven?
The Green (Sherborne, Dorset)
The perfect blend of old and new, The Green serves innovative dishes in a historic setting. While the restaurant’s exterior resembles an English country cottage, the wonderfully varied menu draws inspiration from home and abroad. Diners can order everything from Lyme Bay scallops to Korean kimchi – a trip to The Green is a delicious journey of discovery.
As Luxury Lifestyle Magazine’s glowing review emphasises, ‘from the food to the wines to the service and atmosphere, The Green Restaurant is absolutely worth a visit’.
The Seahorse (Dartmouth, Devon)
Culinary connoisseurs flock to this bijou restaurant in beautiful Dartmouth, including the Duchess of Cornwall’s son, food critic Tom Parker Bowles. After walking through The Seahorse’s ‘hallowed doors’, he spent an enjoyable lunchtime sampling seafood so fresh it tasted ‘of deep-sea grottos and Neptune’s roar’.
Meals are cooked over an open charcoal fire for unforgettable flavours. The Seahorse treats seafood, in Parker Bowles’ words, ‘with the reverence, generosity and skill it deserves’. No wonder it’s his favourite British restaurant.
Restaurant Nathan Outlaw (Port Isaac, Cornwall)
Why not push the boat out by dining at Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, the proud holder of not one but two Michelin stars? This Cornish gem is named after the inspiring chef who’s steered it towards tremendous acclaim. The lunch and dinner menus (turbot with peppercorn sauce caught our eye) are no less impressive than the coastal views.
As a feature about the restaurant on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen makes clear, a great deal of thought and care goes into every dish.
Restaurant Nathan Isaac is also notable for its hospitality. The staff aim to make diners ‘feel exceptional’ while they enjoy exceptional food. That’s certainly a recipe for success.
Taste the High Life as a Titled South West Landowner
What could make dining at a top restaurant even better? How about booking your table as a titled landowner then receiving preferential treatment during your meal?
That’s the kind of experience you could enjoy after purchasing one of our elite seated titles or Lord of the Manor titles. By legally assuming an aristocratic-style title (such as Lord or Lady) and ownership of a small land parcel in glorious Dartmouth, you can upgrade your social status – and may well taste the high life as a result. What a delicious idea!