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9 Tower Street, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 1NT
Saveur, Exmouth food

Parisian bistro vibes in Exmouth

You don’t have to cross the Channel for Parisian bistro vibes and Euro-inspired cooking when you can make a seaside excursion to this Exmouth find. Tucked away on a pedestrianised street just off the main square, Saveur is the locals’ best-kept culinary secret.

Chef patron Nigel Wright’s menus change daily and, thanks to the restaurant’s proximity to the ocean, there’s a natural leaning towards fish and seafood in the modern, seasonal dishes. Nigel has a hotline to the fishmongers at Brixham Market so only the freshest fish make it onto his European-influenced menus. Delight in the likes of crispy panko monkfish scampi with sweetcorn salsa, curry oil and coriander. For pesca-phobes, there’s locally reared beef, lamb and other seasonal Devon delicacies, as well as vegetarian and vegan options for plant-based diners. A range of specials, chalked up each morning, include the catch of the day.

Like the decor, the service is relaxed and welcoming, making this a très charmant find for both a casual lunch with friends and an intimate dinner à deux.

Trencherman’s tip: catch the train from Exeter to make the most of the restrained but impressive wine list.

Sample menu

Starter: Severn and Wye smoked salmon, celeriac remoulade, gribiche dressing

Main: Herb-crusted Brixham brill, saffron potato, pickled fennel, buttered spinach, Devon crab sauce

Dessert: Buttermilk pannacotta, raspberries, pistachio, honeycomb and basil

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Chef(s): Nigel Wright
course lunch from: £19.50
3 course dinner from: £20.50
Seats: 30

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