Devon, like Cornwall, has its own speciality food and drink, made locally and always fresh. Whether you’re buying from a farmers’ market or a pub, café or restaurant, serving the best of local food and drink, local Devon produce is easy to find and really tastes incredible.
You will find a large number of cheeses available throughout Devon, some you may be familiar with, others you may not be. From soft cheese with a light buttery taste when young to delicious mellow flavoured aged-cheese. Try the smooth yet crumbly Blue cheeses, produced and matured for six months.
Devon Cream Tea
In Devon, unlike Cornwall, the cream is spread first on the scone, and then topped with jam. The Scones are crumbly, golden and made freshly on the day. Best served with a pot of tea or coffee, one of the best homemade treats around.
Devonshire splits are not scones, while they can substitute scones in a cream tea; they are a yeast bread, somewhat lighter than a scone. They are served sliced almost in half and filled with jam and cream.
It is a pastry-encased parcel, with a crimped edge, traditionally filled with beef, potato, swede and onion. They were once a popular lunch for miners, as they stayed warm for a long time and could be eaten easily with no cutlery
This delicacy is a large pork sausage spiced with black pepper, cumin, basil and garlic, otherwise known as hog’s pudding. A great breakfast treat served fried in slices, often for breakfast, making for a hearty start to your day.
Fudge is made from sugar, butter and milk which is heated and beaten while it cools until it takes on a tantalising molten consistency. Hardening into slabs of firm fondant, it is then cut into cubes and usually served by weight from a counter.
Devon Sea Salt
As the name suggests this is salt made from the sea. By using traditional techniques, the salt is harvested by hand in small, family-run salt houses set alongside the River Tamar. Grab a jar to take home and try for yourself.
Fish & Chips
This is a famous English dish, beer is sometimes used to make the batter and it certainly makes for an interesting variation on standard fish and chips.
One thing you won’t want to miss is Devon crab. Caught just off the coast, it is succulent, flavoursome and packed with Omega 3. Devon has many other seafood delicacies from the ocean such as lobster, oysters, mussels, scallops and a whole host of fresh fish.
It may come as a surprise to discover that there are a great many gin distilleries in Devon. Perhaps the most well-known of the Devon gins, Plymouth Gin is produced in the oldest working distillery in England.