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Teignmouth and the surrounding area contain a varied selection of restaurants varying from the haute cuisine to the good country pub. Food is much about personal taste, but we have provided a few of our choices below. Please report back any that you have enjoyed and could recommend. During the summer the good restaurants get busy, so it is always worth making a reservation.

Teignmouth

Fresco Italian: Small but beautifully formed and friendly Italian restaurant that has recently opened. It specialises in freshly cooked food, including local seafood, that is well cooked and nicely presented by the Italian Chef. Much better than your average Italian and good value.

The Crab Shack: Fast gaining a reputation for being the place to eat seafood in Teignmouth - so you'll need to book. The crab or lobster platters are immense, so go with a healthy appetite and some spare time. The restaurant is owned by two local fishermen so the fish is fresh and well prepared. 

Tradewinds: Locally owned and run restaurant with a good selection of well cooked traditional food both English and Greek. It's just at the bottom of the hill, so at least you can walk off the generous portions on the way home.

The Smugglers: Half a mile along the A379 towards Dawlish. Typical family pub type grub with a reasonable carvery.  

The Owl and the Pussycat: Very nice selection of well cooked food. Not cheap but  worth it.

Naz: Typical Indian cuisine – just ok.

The Ship: Lively and bustling pub on back beach. Always busy on a nice evening and a favourite with the locals. Lively dining with pub food.

TwentysixB: Cafe and bistro restaurant that serves lovely coffee and snacks during the day and restaurant class food during the evenings they are open. The themed nights are particularly good and the seafood evening we went to was exceptional. The service can be slow although the decor is fresh so the wait is not too bad. The closest restaurant to our house, although back up the hill will burn some calories.

Takeaways

Fish and Chips: There are two good fish and chip shops in Teignmouth, the Jolly Good Fish cafe and the Harbour Fish bar. We used to prefer the Jolly, then it changed hands so the Harbour was preferred. 

Bombay Delights: Better food than the outside would suggest. Can be variable but still the best in our opinion – take away only. See menu.

Maxim Chinese: Opposite Bombay Delights and now a good typical takeaway.

Shaldon

The Clifford Arms: Extensively renovated, it is now a relaxed and enjoyable pub with a freshly cooked board menu and local ales. The Jazz nights are also well worth a try.

The Clipper Cafe: Unpretentious cafe in Shaldon at the end of the Strand heading towards the Ness. If you sit upstairs or on the balcony views over the estuary are lovely with something always happening. The food is good value and well prepared, so if you want fish and chips why not eat it in nice surroundings with a good view?

The Ode: Lovely food at an upmarket restaurant. A super treat.

The Ode Café: Simple food well cooked. Refectory tables , or sit outside and look out over the Harbour entrance. In the Ness Car Park.

Countryside

The Elizabethan at Luton: Great choice of well cooked food and one of our favourite places to eat. Good beer and wine selection. Usually busy, so make sure you book. They also do takeaways, should you not want to cook.

Coombe Cellars: about half way between Shaldon and Newton Abbot along the estuary road, this waterside pub was renovated in 2007 and is now aiming towards an adult market. Can get extremely busy so service is stretched. The food is good but not as lovely as the setting.  

The Wild Goose at Combeinteignhead: Friendly village pub that is larger than it looks from the outside. Reasonable menu with ok pub food.

The Old Church House Inn, Stokeinteignhead: a 13th Century inn with the atmosphere to match. The snug contains a huge inglenook fireplace and serves good beer. The menu is good and is recommended. We arrived late one Saturday evening and despite having stopped serving they sat us down in the restaurant and provided an excellent meal. It is always good to find good service and food to match.

The Anchor at Cockwood: Is renowned for its seafood including twenty different types of Mussels. There are also 'hanging' meals for two that are worth trying. Even with the new Wheelhouse restaurant it is always busy and parking is a challenge, but worth it for good food and lovely spot by the harbour.

Chi, Kenton: Along the coast road to Exeter this Chinese restaurant serves some of the best Chinese food we have ever tasted. Beautifully served with carved vegetables (the lobster cucumber is spectacular), the food is very tasty and incomparable to the normal takeaway food. There is usually a wide selection of dishes of the day that include local seafood cooked in a Chinese style.