If fabulous food and drink top your staycation checklist, you’ll want to add these fantastic experiences to your holiday hitlist
Salcombe Gin, south Devon
Amassed an impressive collection of regional gins? Take your interest to the next level and create your own gin at Salcombe’s harbourside distillery. The masterclass starts with a G&T in the bar and a tour of the slick distillery, before mixing your own botanicals in the Gin School. Book somewhere nearby for the evening to make the most of the experience.
Darts Farm, near Exeter
This award-winning farm shop a short drive from Exeter is must-visit for any foodies visiting Devon. Whether you’re looking to stock up on local produce for a picnic, feast on fish and chips in the sun, or pick up delicious gifts to take home, you’ll find it all at Darts Farm. The team here know their stuff too – ask them for their pick of regional products.
Dartmoor Whisky Distillery
Established in 2017, Dartmoor Whisky Distillery is the first in the county to produce single-malt whisky. The team released their first distillation in 2020, as well as opening up their Bovey Tracey distillery to curious whisky-fans who are eager to learn more. The tours run twice-a-day on distilling days and you can also buy a bottle from the shop.
River Exe Cafe, east Devon
When it comes to memorable dining experiences, dinner at River Exe Cafe takes some beating. The custom-built barge is stationed in the Exe Estuary and diners must catch a water taxi from Exmouth Marina to their table for the evening. As well as gorgeous views over the water, the unique restaurant offers some of the freshest fish and seafood around. Push the boat out and order the Neptune Platter which features lobster, crab, prawns, clams and more.
Sharpham Vineyard, south Devon
English wine has started to receive the recognition it deserves in recent years and one of the country’s top produces is located in a beautiful south Devon valley. Not far from the foodie town of Totnes, Sharpham Vineyard makes a great day out. Wine buffs can take the tour of the vineyard or kick back in The Cellar Door Cafe to sample the latest vintages.