The Holiday: Devon Days

Cream tea

Cream tea

Last Friday, I hopped, skipped and jumped furiously out of work, grabbed the boy and settled in for a long drive to Devon. 4 full days of clean air, wrapping up warm and the sight of the sea was instantly relaxing. Time away from the hustle and bustle always make me feel more like myself again.

I also managed to get a sight of the new Damien Hirst statue Verity. Quite impressive, I thought! But enough about that.

Anywhere I go food is always top of my agenda. Since it was my mini break that meant it was time for a cheeky tipple and at £5.50 for 2 drinks its safe to say I may have got a little tipsy (shhhhh) and then ordered a Chinese (Bleugh). Just Duck pancakes mind you, but it did make me feel crappy. The Indian we tried the next night didn’t match up to my expectations either. As a disliker of all things spicy, I ordered a vegetable Korma and it was too damn spicy! Ruined it for me.

We did experience some amazing food thought don’t despair. Breakfast of champions – two perfectly poached eggs, two rashers of perfectly crisp bacon and beautiful seeded toast set me up right for the day. A warm and homemade Devonshire Cream Tea (plain scone always, raisins are the devil) was just the ticket and a delightful pub dinner with Lamb Wellington and winter warmer soup were the icing on the top of a very full cake.

But the ultimate meal came from Squires Fish Restaurant. Located in Braunton North Devon, this award winning Fish and Chip shop uses fish from the oceans sustainable fishing grounds and only of the highest quality. I didn’t know it was award winning until we had sat down and read the menu. Seafood authority Rick Stein, ex-prime minister John Major and artist Damien Hirst had all been customers, so I couldn’t wait to dig in. And boy I wasn’t disappointed!

The fish was huge, I chose haddock as I prefer the flavour. Coated in the lightest of batter, the fish was flaky, fresh and perfectly moist. Paired with good chunky bite-size chips, that were crispy on the outside, floury and fluffy on the inside I had gone to fish heaven. I chose the traditional accompaniment of mushy peas (ideal pea to mush ratio) whilst the boyfriend opted for Curry Sauce (sweet and not overpowering by all accounts).

Clientele consisted of families, teenagers, individuals and couples. The service was extra efficient, friendly and with a smile. The contemporary, clean and neat decor made it a pleasure to eat in. But if that’s not your thing there is a takeaway service next door.

Squires was named British Seafood Industry’s Fish and Chip shop of the year and I wholeheartedly agree. Don’t miss out this restaurant if your in the West Country, you’ll regret it.

Where is the best fish and chips you’ve sampled? Is eating your favourite thing to do on holiday (or is that just me…)?