This week we turn the spotlight on Andria in Dartmouth, winner of the Best Newcomer award at the prestigious Trencherman’s Awards 2023
Award won: Best Newcomer
Grand finalists: New Coast Kitchen, Croyde; The Rocket Store, Boscastle; Thornbury Castle, near Bristol
Award sponsor: Salt Media
Andria’s chef-owner Luca Berardino says: ‘We’ve never won anything like this before, so I feel really humbled. It’s a credit to my team. We come from a background where we’re all self-taught and I didn’t expect this at all, so I’m really chuffed. It’s quite surreal.
‘I’m really grateful. We never planned for this to happen, but I’m very, very happy for our beautiful little restaurant.’
The Trencherman’s Awards in three words: ‘Rowdy, exciting and delicious.’
This Dartmouth dining destination has had a big year. Along with its Trencherman’s Awards win, it also received a mention in the Michelin Guide.
The restaurant’s success is down to the determination of chef‑owner Luca Berardino and his team, who push boundaries to offer a distinctive dining experience.
Named after the Puglian town of Luca’s ancestors, Andria is where the talented chef turns his memories and food experiences into unconventional tasting menus and a daily line‑up of carefully crafted small plates. Presentation is simple, designed to let bold flavours shine.
Building on his achievements and the restaurant’s popularity, Luca has introduced a chef’s‑table experience, where eight guests are wined and dined in an open kitchen above the restaurant. The immersive supper is about connection, so book a seat (not a table) to enjoy a menu flush with foraged finds from countryside and coast in the company of other discerning diners.
For something a little more casual, the lunchtime set menu is excellent value at £35 for four courses plus canapés and bread, and features the likes of roasted scallop with langoustine bisque and carrot.
The gorgeous food is elevated by a lively playlist, relaxed atmosphere and great wines which include an impressive selection by the glass.