The Foodie’s Guide to Topsham

What’s it going to be – a hand-crimped pasty or a Portuguese chorizo sandwich? Perhaps a burger of melt-in-the-mouth smoked beef or a vegan galette from the griddle?

You get the message: Topsham is a paradise for food lovers, whether to buy for later, eat-in now, or have overlooking the estuary.

If shopping is your bag … well, bring several bags. No other neighbourhood in the area boasts a combination of a top quality fresh fish shop, a specialist local cheese store, a traditional greengrocer and a butcher with a local pedigree, alongside several places to buy freshly baked bread – oh and there’s a Saturday market, too.

If it’s just a snack, you don’t have to settle for same-old same-old: Topsham’s cafes and patisseries offer the likes of freshly baked cardamom and cinnamon buns, pistachio and raspberry tarts, or creamy Pasties De Nada. For the classically minded, Devon cream tea scones, saffron loaves, Rock buns and apple cakes are here too.

Lunch or dinner is a treat whether you hunger for the sophisticated or the relaxed. Topsham has several places selling pizza alongside award-winning fine dining restaurants specialising in locally sourced fish and meat: two of these restaurants have won Michelin Plate awards in 2021. There’s also a well-known Indian restaurant, and then there are the pubs overlooking the estuary and cafes tempting you with salads, sandwiches or a Ploughmans. You won’t go hungry in Topsham!

If the weather’s kind and you’re not sitting in to eat or drink, head for Love Topsham’s benches at the Quay and seating along the most beautiful waterside areas.

There’s one more thing to mention – drink! Topsham has always been famous for its range of pubs and now they have been joined by a cocktail bar, a cellar showcasing locally-produced wine, and a world-class range of wines and beers available at the restaurants too.

Take a browse around the town’s website for lots of ideas of places to eat, drink and shop in Topsham.

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