If you’re looking for places to treat your mum this Mother’s Day we’ve plenty of options to choose from in East Devon. If you’re planning the perfect Mother’s Day, food will undoubtedly feature whether it’s a brunch, Sunday roast, or afternoon tea.
Many East Devon Excellence members offer meals with locally sourced produce, using seasonal fare that has few food miles before it gets to your plate. They’ve won numerous awards over the years and continue to do so for the best in fine dining, customer experience, and sustainability.
Whatever kind of day you’re proposing our members will be able to help. There are plenty of wonderful gastropubs, restaurants, and eateries across East Devon that cater to all tastes and budgets. On a busy Sunday like Mother’s Day, it’s best to ring ahead and book to avoid disappointment. Here is a selection we recommend:
Situated by the River Otter, Otterton Mill is a great place to visit if you’re walking around the East Devon countryside near the Jurassic Coast. You can choose from bakery-centred menus, daily freshly-cooked specials, or homemade cakes that include a cream tea option.
Food and drink are sourced locally including organic soft drinks, coffee, roasted two miles down the river, and local beers and wines.
While there have a look around the working mill that’s operated for the past 1,000 years or stock up on supplies at the food shop.
Open Sundays between 9.30am and 4pm.
Heron Farm is a small, family-run vineyard, kitchen, and shop located just outside Honiton. You can get a mixture of coffee and cake, and lunches, and all mums with a booking get a free Heron Hugo sparkling elderflower cocktail on Mother’s Day.
Within the grounds is an extensive kitchen garden and the fruit and vegetables supply the kitchen and farm shop as much as possible.
There are large outside play areas for children as well as a field with sheep and goats where you’re free to wander around.
Open Sundays between 10am and 4pm.
Nestled in the Otter Valley, THE PIG-at Combe has an obsessive commitment to home-grown local produce. It has three walled kitchen gardens; a vegetable, herb, and infusion garden. Anything that can’t be grown here is sourced from the local area within a 25-mile radius – creating a 25-mile menu.
Chefs focus on simple and fresh flavours with meals comprised of seasonal produce.
There’s also the option to indulge in spa treatments, including facials and massages, at the Potting Shed treatment rooms.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Jack In The Green is a pub and restaurant based in Rockbeare, just outside Exeter. Expect seasonal dishes, local beers like Otter Ale, and nearly a hundred different wines.
Darts Farm, situated near to the Exe Estuary at Topsham, has recently opened the Cow and Cacao cafe, alongside its other eating establishments. Here you can enjoy breakfast or lunch dishes, including baked eggs, salmon and asparagus, steaks, or seasonal fish.
Afterwards take a stroll around the farm track, hire bikes to cycle along the Exe Estuary or wander around the food hall and stock up on provisions.
The Point Bar and Grill, based in Exmouth Marina is a restaurant and bar with a focus on delivering fresh, quality food within a relaxed dining environment.
While seafood features prominently on the menu it serves a range of food including slow-reared, grass-fed West Country steaks, as well as vegetarian and vegan dishes.
It’s open all day – ideal for lunch or an afternoon cream tea after or before a stroll along the promenade.
Roasts are served every Sunday from 12pm.
Grab a window table in the Kitchen at the Donkey Sanctuary and you can look out over donkey paddocks towards the Jurassic coastline and East Devon countryside.
Choose from hearty breakfasts, lunches, or afternoon tea with homemade cakes and scones. Vegan and vegetarian meals are prominent on the menu, with gluten-free options, and every penny of profit goes towards helping donkeys and mules in the charity’s care.
Once you’ve had your fill take a wander around the many scenic trails and walks nearby.
The Sunday Brunch menu is available between 9am and 3pm.
Located near Sidmouth’s promenade, Dukes Hotel offers coffee and cake, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu offers plenty of choices, from pub classics, fresh seafood, local meats, and plant-based options.
Dukes is running a special Mother’s Day menu between 12pm and 5pm on 27 March. Choose between Sunday roast, vegetarian or vegan meals on the two or three-course menu.
Food and drink are sourced from the local producers, helping Dukes to create a variety of delicious dishes to cater to all tastes.
Open Sundays between 10am and 5pm.
Don’t forget to take a look around the rest of the website if you’re looking to book a short break or longer holiday. Our Stay page gives you plenty of ideas of places to rest your head after a busy day exploring the delights of East Devon. And our Visit page offers inspiration on great attractions to explore.