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Restaurants in region best in the country for 'cheap' dining

By WMNSteveGrant  |  Posted: November 08, 2013

  • Riverford Field Kitchen

  • Rick Stein outside the Cornish Arms, St Merryn

  • Head chef Bruce Rennie outside the Gurnard's Head

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Four restaurants in Devon and Cornwall have been named among the best in the country for good value dining.

The Riverford Field Kitchen at Buckfastleigh in Devon; the Cornish Arms, St Merryn; the Gurnard’s Head, Treen and the Honey Pot, Penzance, all feature in the Sunday Times Food List: Cheap Eats guide, which is published on November 10.

The guide highlights 130 restaurants across Britain where people can enjoy great food for less than £50 per head. It is compiled in association with Harden’s.

The restaurants’ success follows the inclusion of eight South West eateries in The Sunday Times Food List’s top 100 restaurants. Devon was home to the number one restaurant, Gidleigh Park in Devon, run by Michael Caines.

Celebrity chef Rick Stein can boast restaurants on both lists – The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow (49th on The Food List) is joined by The Cornish Arms in St Merryn on the Cheap Eats list.

Karen Robinson, editor of the Sunday Times Food List, said: “We searched the country for places serving great food, to prove that local and affordable can also be exciting and special.

“We have discovered some excellent restaurants - and a few vans, stalls and sheds – serving satisfyingly good food prepared with skill and passion – and providing great value for money."

The prices quoted in list are for the typical cost, per person, of three courses, half a bottle of wine, coffee, service and VAT.

Riverford Field Kitchen - £41

The Cornish Arms - £36

The Gurnard's Head - £42

The Honey Pot - £23

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  • toffer99  |  November 08 2013, 10:47AM

    I'm slightly shocked that £30-£50 is considered cheap, but it seems that writers for the Sunday Times disagree. On the subject of "sticker shock" I saw a TV ad for the Dyson hot and cold fan and thought it would be useful for the depths of winter. Google it and you'll see its £328 !! http://tinyurl.com/lq4fkwe

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