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

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 Fish 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.

A range of specials, chalked up each morning, include the catch of the day. 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.

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.

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Chef(s): Nigel Wright
3 course dinner from: £36
Seats: 20
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