Award winning food, drink & hotels in Salcombe & the South Hams

Taste of the West Award Winners 2017 Salcombe South Devon Sharpham Vineyard Victoria Inn Salcombe

As if you needed any more excuses to visit this lovely part of South Devon, our food and drink businesses have gone and won a huge haul of Awards to prove just how good we are down here at crafting indulgence!

If you’re looking for a place to stay, treat yourself to a night or two at the Good Hotel Guide’s only West Country winner, Soar Mill Cove Hotel.


Taste of the West Awards Salcombe & South Hams winnersThe Taste Of The West Awards 2017

Running for 25 years, the annual Taste of the West Awards programme rewards the very best food and drink from across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire so

We are therefore particularly proud that two of our members have scooped Champion Winner titles our of just 5 available, having beaten over 1,000 products and almost 350 hospitality and retail establishments in the region!

The Victoria Inn, Salcombe – ‘No 1 Place to Go 2017’ Award

Victoria Inn Salcombe Taste of the West Awards Salcombe & South Hams winnersLiz & Tim Hore and their team not only scooped ‘Best South West Dining Pub‘ title but went on to win the top ‘No 1 Place to Go 2017‘ Award, beating eateries from across the South West.

Here’s what the judges said: “It’s safe to say this is a must in Salcombe. The quality and freshness of the ingredients and cooking are simply exceptional. The pub oozes charm and attention to detail yet all looks effortless, smooth and relaxed. The whole team works together like a well oiled machine and there’s a genuine passion for excellence.” So, next time you’re down, head to the Victoria Inn for a pint and plate full of fresh local produce…you know it’ll blow you away!

Sharpham Vineyard & Partnership, Totnes – Supreme Champion Product Award 2017

Sharpham Vineyard is the perfect place for South Devon & Salcombe Food & Drink HolidaysSituated on the banks of the River Dart near Totnes, Sharpham’s vineyards, winery, creamery and dairy farm have been producing wines and unpasturised cheese for over twenty years. It’s no wonder their Sharpham Barrel Fermented 2014 scooped the ‘Champion of Wines, Spirits & Liqueurs’ title, while their Sharpham Cremet cheese won the Supreme Champion Award having won the won ‘Champion Cheese’ Award.

Here’s what the judges said: “a deliciously clever, outstanding example of the perfect cheese! It beautifully combines the sweet/salty richness of cow with the tang of goat. Without doubt a unanimous and clear winner of our Supreme Champion Product Award 2017! We urge you to go out and hunt down this cheese!”

We’ve made this last part easy…just visit our Sharpham Vineyard page or tap TQ9 7UT into your satnav!

Favis of Salcombe and South Devon Chilli Farm

Family owned Favis of Salcombe also scooped 3 Gold Awards for their 100% Hand Picked White and Brown Crab Meat, and their Hand Picked Dressed Crab. Meantime, South Devon Chilli Farm took Gold for their Cool Jalapeno Salsa.


Good Hotel Guide Soar Mill Cove HotelThe Good Hotel Guide César Awards

Soar Mill Cove Hotel has won the coveted ‘Seaside Hotel of the Year’ title in the The Good Hotel Guide’s César Awards. These are the Oscars of hotel keeping, given to only ten of the best hotels each year, so owner Keith Makepeace and his team can be particularly proud!

Here’s what The Good Hotel Guide Said: “From dolphin-spotting to table tennis, there is plenty to enjoy at Keith Makepeace’s family-friendly hotel, which stands in expansive countryside, with views towards the sea. Fortify yourself with a clotted cream scone on the terrace (or ‘divine’ Pavlova, once made for Audrey Hepburn), then take a turn about the ‘immaculate lawns and flowerbeds’.

Soar Mill cove Seaside Hotel of the Year Good Hotel GuideAdventurers, set off on the South West Coastal Path (maps are provided), or head straight for the craggy rocks on the beach in the valley below – it’s ‘a nice walk, under the gaze of cows in nearby fields’. For exercise on cold days, there is an indoor saltwater swimming pool. At dinner, chef Ian MacDonald’s market-style menus highlight seaside-fresh produce, perhaps ‘delicious fish cakes; genuine chowder with mussels and shrimps in their shells’.
No need to shut it all away when night falls: every bedroom, whether cosy for couples or grand for a group, has French windows that open on to a private garden-facing patio. In the morning, there’s much choice at breakfast: freshly squeezed orange juice, home-made conserves, local sausages, Salcombe smokies. “

Don’t miss: The chef’s pavlova, invented by Granny Makepeace, which Audrey Hepburn dubbed ‘divine’ when she stayed at the hotel in 1983.

Details: B&B £199–£329 (01548 561566,


Food & Drink Devon Awards 2017

At our annual Food & Drink Devon Awards the pinnacle of the county’s food and drink producers, hospitality businesses and speciality retailers were celebrated in fantastic style.  The ceremony was hosted by BBC Radio 2’s Nigel Barden for the third year running and despite record entries more of our wonderful members made it to the top!

Taste of Devon Hospitality Award Winners

Best Fine Dining Restaurant went to the lovely Thurlestone Hotel, known for its fine cuisine and wonderful setting overlooking Thurlestone beach near Bigbury on Sea.

Best Pub Restaurant was won by Victoria Inn, Salcombe who are getting quite used to winning awards this year!

Taste of Devon ‘Gold’ Award Winners

Favis of Salcombe again tasted sweet success with their 100% hand picked white, Brown and dressed crab meat.
Salcombe Dairy scooped (geddit?!) Gold with their Honeycombe Ice Cream
Sharpham Wine & Cheese got top gong for their Washbourne cheese

South Devon Chilli Farm’s Cool Jalapeno Salsa were a hot success (sorry, couldn’t help ourselves!)

Salcombe Distilling Co.

They won a flurry of awards at the annual Food & Drink Devon Awards, initially scooping a Gold award for their Salcombe Gin ‘Start Point’, shortly followed by the much coveted ‘Best Producer’ Award. 

Judges commented that Salcombe Gin has:”clean, unique and well thought through packaging and the product is beautifully rounded, balanced, smooth and elegant’.  In addition, ‘the website has great imagery and interesting content’ and their social media was described as ‘faultless’.”

They also won a new category introduced this year – the ‘Best Cookery School’ Award – for their recently launched Gin School in the heart of Salcombe. It’s ideal for the curious gin lover to develop and distil their very own bottle of gin, while the company has plans to launch a unique gin delivery service, delivering luxury Salcombe Gin hampers by water to nearby yachts…sounds like another win to us!


If this is too much temptation then visit our South Devon Food & Drink listings or our South Devon Food & Drink Holidays pages to get your fill! We’re always on the end of the telephone too if you go into overload and need some help plotting your foodie adventure – 01548 843927!!