Our favourite South West venues for a spot of Sunday lunch
Make your weekend extra-special
From Venetian-style antipasti and seafood specials to vegetarian feasts and traditional roasts, the South West is home to some fantastic Sunday lunch venues. Whether you’re treating someone special to a Mother’s Day menu, celebrating Easter in style or craving home comforts over a lazy weekend, we’ve rounded up our favourite lunchtime locations in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset.
Amélies in Porthleven, Cornwall
Enjoy panoramic views and an award-winning Sunday lunch at Amélies in Porthleven. This Cornish gem prides itself on beautifully fresh and flavourful dishes, from rich Malaysian curries to wood-fired pork and local fish from the harbour.
With a string of local accolades, Amélies is home to the ‘Best Cornish Sunday Roast’, named by Cornwall Life in their Food and Drink Awards 2016. While you can expect an informal café atmosphere by day and a relaxed restaurant vibe by night, Sundays at Amélies are extra special. Take to the terrace on Sunday 31st March to celebrate Mother’s Day with a view and enjoy a choice of two or three courses, accompanied by a glass of bubbly for mum.
Nearby property: Bodillian in Praa Sands. From its arresting architecture to its incredible sea views and clever reverse style living, Bodillian was made for extra special beach holidays.
The Galley Restaurant in Minehead, Somerset
Set in a vibrant coastal location in one of Somerset’s most iconic towns, The Galley Restaurant at The Beach Hotel is a must-visit destination for a seaside lunch. Watch as a team of talented chefs prepare modern and creative dishes from the theatre kitchen, serving everything from gourmet burgers to sumptuous roasts and mezze sharing dishes, every day of the week.
Nearby property: Willow’s Rest in Dulverton. A blissful countryside escape with availability for an Easter staycation, Willow’s Rest sits just on the edge of Exmoor, with plenty of local culinary delights to explore nearby.
The Seahorse in Dartmouth, Devon
Serving a Venetian-style antipasti from its coveted Dartmouth location, The Seahorse is all about Sunday lunch with a twist. With an ever-changing menu featuring new dishes each week, enjoy a selection of cured Italian meats before indulging in a three course lunch with your choice of main. For a pre-dinner tipple, be sure to try an in-house aperitif at Joe’s Bar before taking your seat at the table, or take a walk along Dartmouth’s beautiful seafront for an Easter walk in the springtime sun.
Nearby properties: Phoenix House and Blue Moorings in Dartmouth. Bubble away and relish breath-taking views across the water from Phoenix House’s elevated hot tub, or enjoy unlimited use of the Dart Marina Health Spa with a springtime stay at Blue Moorings.
Star and Garter in Falmouth, Cornwall
Serving up hearty Sunday lunches each week and making the most of its prime harbour front location, Star and Garter combines the best local produce with astonishing views across Falmouth Bay. With menu favourites including slow roasted lamb, dry aged moorland rump and pork loin with apple and sage, this trendy Falmouth hotspot is sure to prove popular with carnivores across Cornwall.
Book a table and tuck into crispy duck fat roast potatoes and fresh seasonal vegetables, with the finest locally sourced produce served on every plate. A collection of world class whiskies and much loved rums make Star and Garter the perfect place to take in glistening views with a drink in hand.
Nearby property: Bass Cottage in St Mawes. A top-of-the-range kitchen and a picturesque seaside location in South Cornwall make Bass Cottage an ideal home for foodie holidays this Easter.
The Pig on the Beach in Swanage, Dorset
Book a table at The Pig on the Beach and bring the family together for an extra-special Easter feast this April. Headed up by a team of prestigious chefs and preparing a simple menu of quintessentially British food, The Pig presents a one-of-a-kind dining experience in Dorset.
With each ingredient grown or sourced nearby as part of the restaurant’s ’25 mile menu’, its spectacular dishes are inspired by coast and country, from the Purbeck pheasant and Poole Bay mackerel to the walled garden salad and beetroot hummus. After a luxurious lunch in the greenhouse restaurant, savour the luscious garden views or take a stroll along Dorset’s iconic sandy coastline.
Nearby property: Kirrin in Studland. Enjoying sweeping views over Studland Bay, Kirrin is a high-spec holiday home with availability this Easter. Spend warm evenings out on the wraparound deck or host an indulgent lunch of your own in the sleek open plan kitchen.
Railway Dining Trains, Devon
If you prefer to drink and dine on the move, don’t miss the popular railway dining experience making its way through South Devon. Setting off from Buckfastleigh station, book your ticket and climb on board a dining train to enjoy a Sunday lunch with a difference.
With availability across selected dates for tables of two or four, this unique restaurant car experience will include a freshly cooked three course lunch from a menu of locally sourced produce. With an at-table bar also in operation, ease into the weekend over a glass of fizz and watch the world go by from the window.
Nearby property: Waterside in Salcombe. Tranquil estuary views and a charming balcony make this luxury South Devon home a splendid setting for a week away this April.
Duchy of Cornwall Nursery in Lostwithiel, Cornwall
Enjoying pretty views over Fowey Valley and Restormel Castle, the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery and Café is a tranquil spot to while away the weekend over a classic Sunday lunch. After a morning spent wandering the nursery, pop into the café for an extra special Mother’s Day treat from Saturday 30th to Sunday 31st March.
Enjoy a drink on arrival and take a seat and sample a spectacular three course menu amongst truly peaceful surroundings. Choose from beautifully baked cod loin, slow roasted lamb from nearby Kilhallon Farm or sun blush tomato arancini – not forgetting a delightful selection of desserts for a little weekend indulgence.
Nearby property: Mill Barn in Cardinham. With acres of woodland trails on its doorstep, Mill Barn is an idyllic Cornish setting to relax and unwind this Easter, sleeping up to eight guests.
Black Venus Inn in Challacombe, Devon
A traditional country pub boasting a sociable beer garden, a cosy bar and a selection of comprehensive menus, the Black Venus Inn occupies a picture-perfect setting in North Devon. Beautifully presented and showcasing the finest local ingredients, the pub’s indulgent Sunday lunches provide the perfect excuse for a lazy weekend well spent.
Nearby property: The Downes in Instow. After a day’s excursion and a hearty lunch, take a dip in the heated outdoor pool at The Downes, with availability for an unforgettable break this Easter.
The Larder House in Bournemouth, Dorset
With a wood fired oven at the heart of the restaurant, The Larder House prides itself on paying homage to the origins of food. Sunday’s starters include a delicate broccoli tart and punchy smoked fishcakes, while for the main event you can expect vegetarian delights like aubergine and goat’s cheese charlotte.
Finish the afternoon with a selection of local cheeses or sweeten things up with an irresistible dessert – the cranberry and amaretto cheesecake provides the perfect excuse for a touch of Easter extravagance.
Nearby property: Kirrin in Studland.
The Masons Arms in Knowstone, Devon
For a traditional Sunday roast set within the gently rolling hills of the Exmoor countryside, The Masons Arms is a Michelin-star thatched inn serving three exquisite courses on the first Sunday of each month. From smoked haddock starters to duck confit mains and poached rhubarb desserts, expect award-winning cuisine and an extensive wine list to match.
Nearby property: Nightjar in Dulverton. Available to rent alongside the neighbouring Willow’s Rest, Nightjar features four luxurious bedrooms, a sociable kitchen and an elevated deck for sleepy nights beneath the stars.
To plan your Easter getaway at one of our luxury holiday homes in the South West, view our properties here or call 01208 895570 to speak to our friendly team.
Main blog post image courtesy of © Star and Garter.