The Devon Guide


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Farmers' markets across Devon
Devon recipes

Farmers' markets across Devon

Ashburton: Tuckers Country Store and Proper Pork market, every Saturday at Tuckers' Yard, 9.30am-3pm.

Barnstaple: Main food market on Fridays. Food also available on Tuesday and Saturdays. Pannier Market, Town Centre, 9am-3pm.

Bideford: Tuesdays and Saturdays at the Pannier Market.

Bovey Tracey: Fortnightly on Saturday at the Town Square.

Bratton Flerning: Fourth Saturday of each month at the Village Hall, 9.30am-12pm.

Braunton: Fourth Saturday of each month at the Village Hall, 9.30am-12pm.

Buckfastleigh: Thursday at the Town Hail, 9am-1pm.

Combe Martin: Third Saturday of the month at the Village Hall, 9.30am-12pm.

Crediton: First Saturday of the month at the Town Square, 10am-1pm.

Cullompton: Second Saturday of the month at Station Road Car Park, 9.30am-12,30pm.

Dartmouth: Second Saturday of the month at the Old Market Square, 9am-1pm.

Dawlish: Every second Friday at The Lawn.

Exeter: Every Thursday at Fore Street/ South Street, 9am-2pm.

Exeter Slow Food: Third Saturday of the month, 10am-2pm.

Exmouth: Second Wednesday of the month at the Strand Gardens, 9am-1pm.

Heanton: Second Saturday of the month at the Parish Hall, 9.30am-12.30pm.

Honiton: Third Thursday of the month at St Paul's Church forecourt, 8.30am-1pm,

Holsworthy: Every Wednesday at The Square.

Ilfracombe: Every fortnight at The Lantern. 10am-12.30pm.

Ivybridge: Third Saturday of the month at Glanville Mill Car Park, 9am-1pm.

Kingsbridge: First Saturday of the month at the Town Square, 9am-1pm.

Lynton: First Saturday of the month at the Town Hail, 10am-12.30pm.

Newton Abbot: Every Tuesday at Courtenay Street, 9am-3pm.

Okehampton: Third Saturday of the month at St lames' Chapel Square, 9am-1pm.

Ottery St Mary: First Friday of month at Hind Street Car Park, 8.30am-1.30pm,

Plymouth: Second and fourth Saturday of the month at Sundial, Armada Way, 9am-4pm.

Seaton: Usually every third Friday (check Town Hall notice board for details) at the Town Hall, 9am-1pm.

South Molton: Fourth Saturday of the month at the Pannier Market, 7am-1pm.

Tavistock: Second and fourth Saturday at Bedford Square, 9am-1pm.

Tiverton:. Third Wednesday at the Pannier Market, 9am-1pm.

Totnes: Last Saturday of the month at the Civic Hall, 9am-1pm.

Widecombe: Last Saturday of the month at The Church House, 10am-4pm.

Devon Recipes

Potted Trout

Serves: 4


4 trout
Olive oil
170g Butter (clarified)
Lemon juice
Salt for seasoning
Pepper for seasoning
Ground mace for seasoning


  • Fry 4 trout in olive oil and butter for about 10 minutes, turning once, until cooked. Leave to cool. Meanwhile, clarify 170g butter: melt it over a low heat, simmer for 3 minutes, then strain through damp muslin.
  • Strip the fish of their skin, head and soft brown fat. Pull the fillets away from the spine and flake into a bowl, picking out any bones. Season to taste with lemon juice, salt, pepper and ground mace. Divide between 4 small souffle dishes and cover with warm (not hot) clarified butter.
  • Chill for 12 hours. Serve with hot, buttered toast or crisp bread.

Devonshire Pasties

Short crust pastry
450 g plain flour
230 g lard, hard margarine or butter
Pinch salt
Cold water

340 g beef (skirt or chuck steak, not stewing beef)
Raw potato
Raw swede/turnip
1 small onion
Salt and pepper
Walnut sized piece of butter


  • Pastry: Cut the fat into small lumps, then rub it into the flour but not too finely.
  • Add the salt and then start adding the water gradually until it works together into a ball without being sticky.
  • Set aside in a cool place.
  • Filling: Cut the steak into small pieces but do not mince.
  • Slice potato and swede into thin, small pieces about 2.5 cm across, and chop the onion finely.
  • Dust the work surface with flour. Roll out the pastry to about 6 mm thickness.
  • Using a small plate cut out circles. Moisten the edge with water and support nearest half of pastry over the rolling pin.
  • On the other half, place a small layer of prepared vegetables then a layer of beef.
  • Repeat this process but do not overfill.
  • Sprinkle sparingly with salt and pepper, then add a small amount of the butter. Dust flour over the filling.
  • Fold the other half of pastry which has been resting on the rolling pin over the filling and squeeze the half circle edges firmly together.
  • Starting at the right side, whilst supporting the left side with other hand, using first finger and thumb turn the edge over to form a crimp.
  • Repeat this process all along the edge, ensuring a good seal.
  • Brush pasty with beaten egg wash to help with browning process and put a small cut in the centre of the top to allow steam to escape.
  • Bake at 220C for about 20 minutes then reduce temperature to 160C for a further 40 minutes.

Recipe notes

Smaller pasties need less cooking time, if they are browning too quickly cover loosely with greased paper. You can use ready made shortcrust pastry but buy the block and roll out to 6mm thickness, ready made sheets are too thin. My Mum always brought the pastry up together to seal like she was closing her purse so the edge of the pastry ran along the top, as shown in the photo. Be careful not to have too much filling as the pasty will burst during cooking. If you want to use lean minced beef instead of cubed meat, toss vegetables to coat through 1 teaspoon cornflour before layering.

Devonshire Splits

0.5 oz fresh yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups milk
4 cups flour
1 oz sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Half a stick of butter

  • Mix together the yeast, warm milk and 1 teaspoon of sugar and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  • Rub the butter into the flour and add the remaining sugar and salt.
  • Add the yeast mixture and mix to form soft dough.
  • Knead until elastic and leave covered, in a warm place for an hour or until doubled in size.
  • Knead again and divide into 16 bun shaped pieces, place the buns onto baking sheets that have been dusted with flour.
  • Leave again to allow the buns to rise the bake in a preheated oven at 220C, 425F or Gas Mark 7 for 12-15 minutes.
  • When cool, split down the middle and fill with clotted cream and strawberry jam.

Falmouth bay scallops with a ginger, lemongrass and chilli relish
From The Dartmoor Inn, Lydford Serves 4

Scallops 12 shelled and washed, with roe left on
Ginger bulb 1, finely chopped shallot 1, finely chopped lemongrass 1 stick, finely chopped red chilli 1
Soya sauce 1 dessert spoon, chives 1 small bunch chopped, a squeeze of lemon, salt and pepper, olive oil 2 tbsp

For the relish Place the chopped ginger, chilli, shallot, lemongrass and chives in a bowl and add the lemon juice, olive oil and soya sauce. Mix well.

For the scallops Pat the scallops dry with kitchen paper. Heat some olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pan to almost smoking. Season scallops with salt and pepper and pan fry for 2 minutes each side until cooked. Remove and place on serving plate. Cover with the relish and garnish with some leafy herbs. Serve immediately.
The Dartmoor Inn Lydford, Phone: 01822 820221

Pork belly with chorizo, roast peppers and local cockles
From the Quay Restaurant and Bar, Ilfracombe

Pork belly 1/2 (scored across the skin)
Lemon 1, carrots 2, parsnip 1, garlic 1 head, onion 1, rosemary and thyme
White wine 1 glass, red peppers 3, chorizo sausage 1, local cockles 500g

Roughly dice the vegetables and herbs, slice the lemon, and put in a deep roasting tray.
Season the skin of the pork with salt and paprika to help crisp the crackling. Lay the pork over the vegetables and lemon, skin side up. Add the glass of wine and cover with foil. Cook for around 5 hours at 140 C degrees.
Meanwhile, roast and skin the peppers by blackening their skin over the gas, then leaving to steam and cool in a bowl covered with cling film.
Wash the cockles in clean cold water and slice the chorizo. Once the pork is very tender (check with a fork on the edge) you need to press it as it cools between two flat trays with a weight on top. This flattens the pork into a more presentable piece and also flattens the bands of fat that run through the meat. Once the pork is flat and cool, chill for 1/2 hour - this makes it easy to cut into square portions.
To serve, heat a frying pan with some oil, add the pork, skin side down (beware this may spit and crackle but it's worth it) turn the pork over and test the skin, and if it's not yet crisp, lay it back, skin side down.
Add the cockles, chorizo and peppers and heat them all in the oven at 180 C degrees this should only take 4 minutes.
Serve with fresh bread and olive oil.
The Quay Bar, 11 The Quay, Ilfracombe Phone: 01271 865599

Chocolate and raspberry pavlova
From Lifton Strawberry Fields Farm Shop  Serves 10

Egg white 210g or approx. 8 eggs, caster sugar 400g, good cocoa powder 3 tbsp, vanilla essence 1 tsp, red wine vinegar 2 tsp, good quality plain chocolate 25g, chopped small, Devonshire cream 500ml, whipped, fresh Devon raspberries 500g, plain chocolate grated, to decorate

Whisk the egg whites until stiff, then gradually whisk in the caster sugar, a little at a time. Whisk in the vanilla essence, red wine vinegar and sifted cocoa powder, and lastly fold in the chopped chocolate. Spoon the mixture onto baking parchment in a high mound, and bake in a cool oven of 130 C, for 1.5 hours. Allow to cool before spreading with the whipped cream and piling on the raspberries. Finish with the grated chocolate. Serve with a good dollop of clotted cream, or even better, some Lifton Farm Shop homemade raspberry or chocolate ice cream.
Lifton Strawberry Fields Farm Shop Phone: 01566 784605