Topsham’s lovely seafood spot: The Galley Restaurant
‘The best of Devon on a plate’ is how head chef Jason Mead and the team describe their offering at this intimate Topsham treasure. It’s a fitting description of The Galley Restaurant which has long held a solid reputation for beautiful food and friendly yet efficient service.
The latter is the result of owner Nigel Mitchell’s maître d duties: he flits from table to table, offering a wine pairing recommendation here, a menu explanation there, all the time keeping the lively spirit of bonhomie well topped up.
The restaurant’s location, a stone’s throw from the River Exe, is the reason for The Galley’s seafood specialism. The bountiful haul of local fish and seafood is undoubtedly the star of the menu and, thanks to the everchanging nature of the catch, the line-up of dishes is regularly revised. You could visit The Galley a couple of times a week and always find something new to feast on.
It’s not all about piscatorial pleasure though, as the likes of pan-roasted sea bream and Prosecco-battered haddock are supported by locally shot game and Devon-grown veggies on a pleasingly restrained menu of five elegant starters and five classic mains.
Attractive decor, a lively buzz and the quirky setting in foodie Topsham complete The Galley experience.
Trencherman’s tip: if you’re staying in Exeter, The Galley is only a short train or taxi ride from the Devon capital.