Local produce – our guide to the best of the West

Holidaymakers flock to the Westcountry for the warmer climes, the dramatic landscape (from moorland to sea), and the relative peacefulness of rural life. But above all else, the counties of Devon, Somerset and Cornwall are a foodie haven with a myriad of businesses literally catering for the tastes of visitors and residents alike.

Dotted around the counties there is an abundance of high-quality produce, artisanal food, and exceptional eateries – and Devon, Lympstone Manor’s stomping ground, is no exception. This bountiful county is packed full of foodie favourites all showcasing the wonderful local produce on offer.

Devon has a plethora of award-winning local produce from seafood to cheeses and fine wines, and everything in between. Our team in the Lympstone Manor kitchen source ingredients that are fresh, quality, seasonal and local produce. These incredible ingredients are cleverly transformed from seasonal and regional into dishes of rare precision, focus and flavour; all whilst honouring their rural roots.

We specifically source the best the South West has to offer , combining high quality ingredients to produce outstanding dishes on our menus. Our menus include cheeses from Quicke’s, who have perfected the art of cheesemaking for the past 14 generations on their family farm in Devon; and meat from Darts Farm, which started as a pick your own in the early 70s and is now a renowned farm shop on the banks of the Exe Estuary.

Our dishes also showcase world-class seafood from Flying Fish in Cornwall and Greendale Farm shop in Devon. Greendale own their own fleet of 20 fishing boats and catch fish from Lyme Bay, Brixham and the waters around the South West coastline.

Our specialty mushrooms are sourced from Forest Fungi, organic mushroom growers in the seaside town of Dawlish. Their mushrooms – from hen of the woods to shiitake – are some of the most sought after throughout the county.

We also now offer a selection of Award-Winning Wines, cultivated and grown at the Lympstone Manor Estate itself – it doesn’t get much more locally sourced than that! The range includes a Classic Cuvée, a Rosé, and a Pinot Noir.

With so many sublime suppliers to choose from, Michael holds the firm belief that the Westcountry is the best larder in Europe – and he’s not the only one who champions the fact that the South West is packed full of fantastic local produce. There are excellent food producers, farm shops and markets across Devon – just type in local produce near me and you’ll be awash with recommendations!

In fact, the region’s reputation hasn’t gone unnoticed and many big-name foodies have arrived at the county’s borders and shores to sample the local produce on offer. Lympstone Manor was delighted to host the Hairy Bikers for episode 7 of the latest BBC Two series, Hairy Bikers Go West. The foodie favourites stopped by to share their love of good food for the Devon and Dorset episode, which airs on Tuesday 19th March.  

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At the time of writing, the sad news was announced that Dave Myers, best known as one-half of the beloved Hairy Bikers, had lost his fight against cancer at the age of 66 on 28th February 2024. Dave and his close friend and co-star Si King, travelled around the UK and the world on their motorbikes, sampling, and cooking food from different regions.

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