A weekend of food and fun in Devon

BYB Travels, Ramblings / Monday, November 13th, 2017

I’ve just spent a lazy, long weekend in the deepest depths of the Devonshire countryside. My lovely friend, Bethan, sorted us out with a gorgeous big house (with an indoor pool no less) to use, and we spent the vast majority of the 3 days napping, eating fattening treats and quaffing copious amounts of Malbec. It was, as you’d imagine, ruddy excellent. Whilst not strictly to do with Brum, I thought some of you may be interested in a quick post about my weekend adventure – mainly for the foodie side of it.

Breakfast at the house each morning was a delight. The American-style pancakes with bacon, maple syrup and crispy bacon were a pleasure, but the Chorizo, egg and avocado brunch was a real winner. Smearing soft cheese on red quinoa toast, we topped the bread with sliced avocado, crispy fried chorizo chunks, sundried tomatoes and toasted sesame seeds. Check the two breakfasts out below!

On Friday we visited Totnes Market, a small outdoor set up on every weekend. It features various food stalls selling everything from fresh fish to pasties, and made us so happy we ended up buying all sorts to create a tapas-like dinner. Top finds of the day included a Horseradish Cheddar (incredible!) and an Olive and Garlic Focaccia. Market snaps below.

After we collected other tasty bits and pieces for the evening’s feast (check out that olive selection above!) before heading back to the house, we stopped off at a tiny cafe called The Wild Fig Deli. We’ve visited this place before and decided to venture back for another Devon Crab Sandwich. Chunky fresh white and brown crab meat mixed with a light lemon mayonnaise – delicious. The accompanying New Lion Pandit pale ale – made right there in Totnes – was also top draw.

On the Saturday night we dragged ourselves away from the heated pool and inflatables long enough to head into Dartmouth, and went for a cracking chippy tea. If you can’t have fish and chips on the coast when can you? Rockfish has a beach shack vibe and looks out over Dartmouth waterfront. The food is excellent and, if like me, you love good chips you can keep asking for more until you’re stuffed. The homemade tartare sauce is also all kinds of joy.

Afterwards we walked along the water and headed to The Royal Castle Hotel for drinks – there’s a cosy bar that has a fabulously swish gin collection, if you’re ever in Dartmouth and fancy such frivolity.

Before heading home on Sunday we visited Blackpool Sands for a beach walk and a cream tea. Two huge scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam (plus a cappuccino) for £6. Amazing.

And that’s it! Great times with great friends. I even made pals and drank fizz with a swan called Barbs. Isn’t life grand!

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