The Riviera Hotel and Restaurant

The Esplanade, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8AY
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The Riviera Hotel and Restaurant, Sidmouth

Sidmouth’s seaside charm

This imposing establishment on Sidmouth’s esplanade offers charming English seaside views and smart two-AA-rosette dining.

Attention to detail is the defining characteristic of chef Patrice Bouffaut’s modern British menus. Stay close to home with a roast rack of Devonshire lamb, set on minted couscous and served with ratatouille, red wine shallots and a minted jus. Or opt for steamed paupiette of lemon sole (supplied by a third‑generation local fishing family) filled with a salmon mousse and baby spinach, served with couscous, asparagus, tomato compote and a saffron foam.

For those seeking a gourmet getaway, glorious sea views can be enjoyed from many of the tastefully furnished bedrooms. Guests are impeccably well looked after as the hotel is known for its genuine welcome, traditional hospitality and superb service.

The Riviera makes an elegant base from which to explore Sidmouth, a resort described by poet laureate John Betjeman as ‘a town caught still in timeless charm’. Its public gardens, bandstands, putting greens and croquet lawns continue to attract those in search of relaxation and tranquil pleasures, while a lively folk festival takes place in August.

Trencherman’s tip: Get into the glamorous spirit of the place by sipping a cocktail in the Regency Bar or linger over a lunch of classic dishes out on the sunny terrace.

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Chef(s): Patrice Bouffaut
3 course dinner from: £50
Seats: 80
Bedrooms:  26
Room rate from: £250
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