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Exploring Dartmouth’s Local Cuisine: A Guide For Healthy Eaters

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Guest Blog Post* – Jessica Perkins

Struggling to maintain your healthy eating habits while exploring Dartmouth’s vibrant culinary scene? You’re not alone. Many travelers find it challenging to stick to their dietary preferences when faced with an array of tempting local specialties.

However, Dartmouth offers a plethora of options for the health-conscious diner. From farm-to-table eateries that source ingredients locally to markets brimming with fresh, seasonal produce, this town ensures you don’t have to compromise on taste or health.

Let’s uncover how you can savor the rich flavors of Dartmouth while keeping your wellness goals in check.

Where to Dine in Dartmouth

When exploring Dartmouth, dining options that combine both a commitment to local sourcing and exceptional culinary experiences are plentiful. 

Here’s a quick guide to the must-visit farm-to-table restaurants in Dartmouth..

Bayards Cove Inn:

Set in the heart of Dartmouth, Bayards Cove Inn shines with its exquisite British fare. From sophisticated sea bass dishes to hearty lamb koftas, each meal is crafted with fresh ingredients.

Service here is as notable as the food, making every dinner an occasion worth remembering.

Kendricks, Stoke Fleming

While technically located outside of Dartmouth in Stoke Fleming, Kendricks offers a delightful farm-to-table experience.

Their menu features creatively named sourdough pizzas, expertly crafted small plates using seasonal ingredients, and beloved classics like fish and chips and homemade burgers. Their relaxed atmosphere makes it a great choice for a casual yet delicious meal.

Embankment Bistro

This waterfront bistro boasts beautiful estuary views and a strong commitment to fresh, local produce. They offer delicious options featuring seasonal ingredients. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a quick takeaway option at this charming spot.

Beyond the Plate: A Foodie’s Guide to Dartmouth

While farm-to-table restaurants are the stars of the show, Dartmouth offers even more to explore for the adventurous eater. Here’s a glimpse into the town’s unique food culture:

Dartmouth Good Food & Artisan Market:

Formerly the Dartmouth Farmers Market, hosted by The Coastal Kitchen, the Dartmouth Good Food & Artisan Market is now held on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9:30am to 3:30pm.

The market offers a delightful selection of locally-made and artisan products, including:

  • Sourdough bread
  • Dartmoor honey
  • Locally baked cakes and savory goods
  • Homegrown plants and flowers

The market takes place in Dartmouth’s Old Market Square, a charming and historic location surrounded by artisan shops and eateries. It’s a great place to find unique products, chat with local vendors, and experience the true flavor of Dartmouth!

Exploring the Dart’s Options: Food and Wine Lovers

Nestled along the picturesque South Devon coastline, Dartmouth presents an unmissable dining experience with its rich supply of local seafood. The town is a haven for those eager to taste the freshest catches right from the neighboring waters.

For wine aficionados, a standout destination is Sandridge Barton, now the proud location for Sharpham Wine. This venue enriches Devon’s wine scene with its exceptional location and offerings.

Sharpham Wine at Sandridge Barton is positioned perfectly along the River Dart, Sandridge Barton offers more than just fine wines. Visitors can indulge in a variety of experiences from guided tours explaining vine cultivation to tastings that showcase their exquisite homegrown vintages.

Circa Restaurant is located within Sandridge Barton. Circa elevates the wine-tasting journey by pairing exquisite dishes with chosen wines, catering both sophisticated palates and casual sips.

Seasonal Specialties and Market Days

Dartmouth shines not only for its everyday dining but also through the seasonal specialties that populate menus at various times of the year.

Additionally, Dartmouth hosts several market days that offer a unique opportunity to taste the local fare in a more casual, vibrant setting.

The standout feature? Day markets such as these showcase an array of organic produce sourced directly from farmers. For those who prefer the convenience of home delivery or are unable to visit the markets personally, Happy Beans offers an excellent alternative. This company excels in sourcing fresh, organic products directly from the same markets, ensuring you can enjoy local flavors without stepping out.

If you’re lucky enough to be in town during these events, you’ll find everything from freshly baked artisan breads and handmade cheeses to seasonal fruits and vegetables. It’s an excellent spot for picking up ingredients if you prefer cooking your meals or just enjoying some local flavors in their purest form.

These special food experiences not only give you a taste of Dartmouth’s agricultural bounty but also connect you with the community’s rhythm and culture.

Navigating Dietary Preferences in Dartmouth

For those who prioritize specific dietary preferences or requirements, Dartmouth offers a comforting assurance that you’ll find just the right place to dine without hassle.

Whether you’re vegan, gluten-free, or navigating allergies, local eateries excel in accommodating diverse needs.

Bayards Cove Inn stands out by offering clearly marked menu options that cater to various diets. Their staff is well-versed in the ingredients used and happy to make modifications upon request.

In Dartmouth, your dining experience can be both indulgent and aligned with your health goals – a true culinary luxury!

Making Smart Choices:

Beyond the restaurants listed, several cafes and delis cater to health-conscious diners. Look for menus featuring salads, wraps, and sandwiches made with fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Many establishments offer vegetarian and gluten-free options, making it easier to find dishes that suit your dietary needs.

Healthy Indulgences:

Even when prioritizing health, it’s okay to indulge! Dartmouth’s bakeries and cafes offer a tempting array of treats. Sample a locally made scone with clotted cream for a quintessential English afternoon tea experience. Just remember, moderation is key!

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