Taste of Devon
From freshly caught and expertly prepared seafood to ‘just picked’ fruit and locally grown wines, discover the wealth of foodie delights that Devon has to offer.
Bordered by two different coasts, home to two national parks and several Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it’s little wonder that Devon produces some of the finest food and drink in England. During this four day tour uncover the fantastic bounty that this region has to offer; sample local wines at award-winning vineyards; forage across craggy moorlands and dine in Michelin and AA accredited restaurants.
Heading into an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the first stop today is beautiful Branscombe, one of the most picturesque villages along the Jurassic Coast. The winding streets, lined with thatched cottages, wend their way gently down to the sea.
From here it’s slightly east to the Beer Quarry Caves, a 2,000 year old limestone cave system home to the Beer stones which have been used in Windsor Castle and the Tower of London.
After lunch head into Honiton, renowned for its world famous lace and largely regarded as the antiques capital of the south west, this bustling market town is home to the award-winning Thelma Hubert Gallery which features local and national exhibitions.
Continuing west towards Exmouth, overnight at the sumptuous Lympstone Manor with its Michelin start restaurant run by Michael Caines.
This morning enjoy a bespoke tour of the foodie town of Ashburton, home to one of the UK’s top cookery schools as well as the Food and Drink Festival before visiting Sharpham Winery where, following a walk around the vineyard, there will be the opportunity to sample their fare al fresco.
After walking up an appetite delight in the fine local seafood on offer in Dartmouth whilst marvelling at the spectacular views across the river Dart.
Fully satiated it’s time to journey inland to the rugged wilds of Dartmoor National Park where you will be able to explore this breathtaking landscape on foot. Led by a knowledgeable local guide, uncover myths and legends as old as time whilst foraging for edible plants, tasting your way across this beautiful swathe of countryside.
Spend the night tucked away in a gorgeous country house at the edge of the moor, dining in an AA Rosette restaurant.
Journeying south today, follow in the trail of the Pilgrim Fathers as they made their final preparations to set sail for America. The Mayflower 400 Tour includes a visit to the site where the Pilgrim Fathers are said to have stepped aboard the Mayflower, waving goodbye to England for good in 1620.
Be treated to a freshly prepared lunch overlooking the water before meandering across north Devon. Following a gourmet foodie trail, call in at historic country gastro pubs and seafood eateries perched on cliff tops, offering idyllic views our across the Atlantic.
The trail culminates with a night at a leading luxury hotel, complete with an AA Rosette restaurant, tucked above a gorgeous swathe of golden sandy beach.
Today starts in Lynmouth where there is the option to enjoy a guided walk inland to Lynton or along the spectacular cliffs to admire the incredible views. On returning, refresh with a local ale at a 14th Century pub, perfectly placed on Lynmouth’s harbourside and offering views across a bay.
Travelling inland to the ancient Exmoor National Park leaves you spoilt for choice when it comes to eating and walking. If time permits, explore the wild moorland, discover standing stones and Iron Age Barrows. Refuel at one of the many outstanding eateries before departing back to London.
Extend your stay and spend some time exploring the wider West Country area, where attractions, beauty and history are aplenty.
Mayflower 400 provides an opportunity for group visits, FITs and international tours to England.
Rain or shine, Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City is home to breath-taking views, plenty to see and do and lots of fresh, sea air. Explore the waterfront, shop ‘til you drop or experience world-class events.
Think of Somerset and what comes to mind – stunning views across open countryside, sandy beaches, superb strawberries, Cheddar cheese and cider? World-wide, our county is famous for its Glastonbury Festival, illuminated carnivals, Mulberry handbags and Arthurian Legends. There is more! Much more.
Choose from a range of local tour guides including Select South West Tours and Unique Devon Tours.