Take 5: small-plate dining spots

Planning a sociable feast with friends? Look no further than these small-plate dining spots delivering a laidback-meets-luxe restaurant experience

The Rocket Store

The Rocket Store, Boscastle

Got this bijou find on your hit list? Be sure to round up a group of seafood-loving friends for your visit to help make light work of the sharing plates and daily specials.

Located smack-bang on Bocastle Harbour, the charmingly rustic and intimate dining space offers a seafood-focused menu with dashes of Asian flair.

A succession of beautifully presented dishes parade from the open-plan kitchen, all crafted with commendable attention to flavour. Prepare for the likes of Porthilly oysters infused with a fiery chilli kick, hand-dived scallops lavished with seaweed butter, and butterflied mackerel accompanied by the sweet-sour tang of Thai nahm jim sauce.

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Andria, Dartmouth

Born in Paris to Italian parents and trained in the UK, Luca Berardino merely has to retrace his roots to find inspiration for the modern European menus of his Dartmouth restaurant.

Named after the Puglian town of his 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 clean, simple and designed to let bold flavours shine.

Given its location in the smart harbour town of Dartmouth, it’s no surprise that Andria’s menus often swim with the likes of Brixham crab, local cod and hand‑dived Torbay scallops. There’s a good showing of local meat too, including Devon‑reared beef, pork and lamb.

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Prawn on the Lawn

Prawn on the Lawn, Padstow

Seafood fans flock to this intimate restaurant to feast on small plates, shellfish platters, oysters and whole fish.

The menus are dictated by what the Cornish fishermen land each morning, so no two visits are ever quite the same. Working closely with head chef Eddie Thomson, founder Rick Toogood favours sustainable fish and shellfish species and supplements the day’s catch with hyper‑fresh veg from Ross Geach of Padstow Kitchen Garden.

Delicious dishes – think crisp chilli monkfish with pickled cucumber; sardines with feta, dill, mint and olive oil; and seared tuna with soy, mirin, spring onion and chilli – are complemented by local wines from Trevibban Mill (just a stone’s throw away) and beers from Padstow Brewing Company.

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Outlaw's Fish Kitchen, Port Isaac, Cornwall

Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, Port Isaac

With just a handful of tables squeezed into a tiny 15th‑century fisherman’s cottage, Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen is undoubtedly one of the smallest restaurants in the South West but, boy, does it punch above its weight.

Locally landed seafood is crafted with unfussy finesse into exquisite small plates and paired with a hand‑picked collection of interesting wines. Hero dishes include Port Isaac lobster scampi with chilli jam and garlic mayonnaise, cured brill with red peppers, coconut and chilli, and whole dover sole with lemon and capers.

The entire experience is attractive, intimate, casual and – thanks to Nathan’s determinedly pared‑back cooking that puts all the focus on ingredients – pleasingly rustic.

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Salumi Bar & Eatery, Plymouth

Salumi Bar & Eatery, Plymouth

When it comes to flexible dining and timings, there are few chefs who put as much passion and energy into creating menus that work around customers’ appetites and busy lives than Dave Jenkins.

Working with head chef Jake Hardington, Dave curates a mix‑and‑match offering perfect for both feasting and nibbling – with something delicious to be enjoyed at any time of day.

Whether taking time out with friends to indulge in a sharing platter, lingering over Sunday lunch or hitting up a full feast of larger plates, diners can be assured everything is crafted from the freshest local ingredients. Sustainable produce includes mature grass‑fed beef from Porsham Farm on the edge of Dartmoor and Salumi’s own ex-dairy cows.

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