Dining Out in Bideford, Devon
Lathwells Restaurant in Bideford specialises in local fish and meat dishes.
Some restaurants claim to use 'local' ingredients. At Lathwells, you need never be in doubt. Around 70% of their ingredients come from within 25 miles of Bideford. They choose the very freshest North Devon ingredients wherever possible from regular, trusted suppliers. As they state: 'Thinking local is a vital priority for us. Trucking food up and down the country does no good for anyone'.
Lathwells produce their own homemade dishes, even down to the bread, give you your own table for the evening, change the menu frequently and go the extra mile by arranging taxis to collect you from the door. There are just 30 covers, with a private function room for 10, with a buzz at the front and romance at the back of the restaurant. Just fantastic!
The food? Well a typical meal would be something like: A prawn risotto with lobster sauce, or a pancake filled with mushrooms, Devon cheese and white wine sauce, followed by slow cooked beef with bacon, mushroom and red wine sauce and mash with more than a dash of horseradish to add sparkle. Sea bass is served with garlic butter or lobster and brandy sauce, or perhaps the black bream with garlic butter or cream and spinach appeals more. You might even find yourself sitting next to the gardener who grew some of the five local vegetables that come with every main course, together with potatoes or salad. Puddings of Grand Marnier crème brûlée or chocolate and rum pudding bring to a close a thoroughly satisfying meal that achieves an excellent level or presentation, suggesting infinite care in the preparation.
Smooth service, an impeccable wine list and table furnishings that are just elegant...What is it that makes Lathwells so popular? It’s the energy they put in to providing mouth-watering dishes, cooked using the very freshest North Devon ingredients. Plus, of course, the easy relaxed atmosphere. Isn't it time you discovered the secret?
Lathwells, 4 Cooper Street, Bideford, North Devon. EX39 2DA.
Tel. 01237 476447
Soyer's Restaurant, Bideford
The Yeoldon House Restaurant is named after the famous Victorian chef Alexis Soyer - source of inspiration to proprietor-chef Brian Steele. The room has a casual elegance where you will feel comfortable in any attire. Brian takes great pride in cooking and presenting food well in a relaxing atmosphere. You will enjoy imaginative cuisine from a daily changing menu that incorporates fresh fish, meat and vegetables from the locality.
The seasonly appropriate Chef's Collection Menu, is priced at £35 for three courses including tea or coffee. Brian is always happy to discuss individual requirements with guests - not only special dietary needs, but also favourite dishes.
The menu is complemented by an international wine list including the patron's 'Proprietor's Reserve'. Coffee is served in the lounge where a digestif or glass of port may be enjoyed.
Durrant Lane, Northam, Bideford, North Devon. EX39 2RL.
Tel. 01237 474400
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