My research trips for The Foodie Travel Guide often take me down the M5 or along country and coastal roads en route to Devon and Cornwall. If you’re travelling down to the West Country for the half term holidays, here are my top 10 favourite lunch stops, all worthy of a detour. Be warned – they’re popular, so booking is highly recommended.

 

Yeo Valley Canteen Blagdon Somerset

1. YEO VALLEY CANTEEN

Rhodyate, Blagdon, North Somerset, BS40 7YE

Eat with staff in the quirky and fun Yeo Valley canteen. The food’s great, the view’s good and you can head off with tasty pots of creamy yogurt.

Get there: M5 North, Junction 21 (and London M4 Via Junction 18 interchange), M5 South, Junction 22.


 

Restaurant lunch stop Gloucester Services M5

2. GLOUCESTER SERVICES

Brookthorpe, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL4 0DN

If only all services stations in Britain were like this one. Gloucester Services serves local, seasonal and home-cooked produce. If you’re off to stay in a self catering cottage for the week, stock up here on supplies from their Farm Shop with its own butcher’s counter and products from over 130 local suppliers.

Get there: M5, Between Junction 12 and 11a


 

The Ethicurean restaurant Barley Wood Walled Garden Wrington Somerset

3. THE ETHICUREAN AT BARLEY WOOD WALLED GARDEN

Long Lane, Wrington, Bristol, BS40 5SA

The Ethicurean restaurant at Barley Wood Walled Garden in Wrington serves delicious field to fork lunches and amazing cakes. The setting is peaceful, beautiful and guaranteed to energise you for the next leg of your journey

Get there: M5, Exit Junction 21 North or Junction 20 South


 

Roasted Vegetables The Swan at Wedmore

4. THE SWAN AT WEDMORE

Cheddar Road, Wedmore, BS28 4EQ

The Swan at Wedmore is a lovely and tastefully restored old village pub with rooms. The kitchen is led by Tom Blake from River Cottage who produces colourful and perfectly dressed seasonal salads and possibly the best chips cooked in truffle oil I’ve ever eaten.

Get there: M5, Exit Junction 22


 

Diners in Restaurant At The Chapel Bruton Somerset

5. AT THE CHAPEL

High Street, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0AE

At The Chapel is a restaurant with rooms in a Grade II listed former chapel. Delicious pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven are popular in the all-day restaurant. If you can’t get a table, pop in for a takeaway or phone ahead.

Get there: Bruton is on the A359. Accessed from London and the east via M3 and A303. From the west via A303. From the north via M5.


 

Diners in Restaurant Hauser and Wirth Bruton Somerset

6. ROTH BAR & GRILL, HAUSER & WIRTH

Roth Bar & Grill, Hauser & Wirth, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NL

A working beef farm, Hauser and Wirth in Bruton is also a world class art gallery with landscaped gardens. The restaurant is open all day and there’s a swanky bar.

Get there: Bruton is on the A359. Accessed from London and the east via M3 and A303. From the west via A303. From the north via M5.


 

Fish and Chips Hive Beach Cafe Burton Bradstock

7. HIVE BEACH CAFE

Beach Road, Burton Bradstock, Nr Bridport, Dorset DT6 4RF

If you’re taking the coastal road to Devon, a stop off at the Hive Beach Cafe in Burton Bradstock for fish and chips is a must. I also like their sister cafe, The Watch House Cafe at West Bay which is great for a cup of tea, a slice of cake and a bracing walk along the beach to revive your spirits.

Get there: Just off the A35 near Bridport.


 

Bowl of Soup River Cottage Canteen Axminster Devon

8. RIVER COTTAGE CANTEEN & DELI

Trinity Square, Axminster EX13 5AN

Stop for coffee and cake or a leisurely lunch at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s restaurant in Axminster. The Deli sells a good selection of West Country produce.

Get there: In the centre of Axminster


 

Vegetables on display Darts Farm Shop and Restaurant Topsham Devon

9. DARTS FARM

Topsham, Exeter, Devon EX3 0QH

One of Devon’s most popular foodie destinations, award-winning Darts Farm has it all – farm shop, restaurant, fish shed (serving fish and chips fresh from the boat), specialist cider shop and an excellent selection of wine.

Get there: M5, Exit Junction 30


 

Riverford Farm Restaurant Buckfastleigh Devon

10. RIVERFORD FIELD KITCHEN

Wash Farm, Buckfastleigh, Devon TQ11 0JU

The Field Kitchen, Riverford Farm’s Restaurant, is one of the best in the country. A communal dining experience on the farm with vegetables straight from the fields. Fantastic and very filling!

Get there: Between Exeter and Plymouth. Exit the A38 at Buckfastleigh and take at A384 towards Totnes.

Gloucester Services

Brookthorpe, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL4 0DN

Darts Farm

Darts Farm Shopping Village, Topsham, Exeter, Devon EX3 0QH

The Ethicurean Barley Wood Walled Garden

The Ethicurean Restaurant, Barley Wood Walled Garden, Long Lane, Wrington, Bristol, BS40 5SA

Yeo Valley Canteen

Yeo Valley Canteen, Rhodyate, Blagdon, North Somerset, BS40 7YE

The Swan at Wedmore

Cheddar Road, Wedmore, BS28 4EQ

At The Chapel

High Street, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0AE

Roth Bar and Grill

Roth Bar & Grill, Hauser & Wirth, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NL

Hive Beach Cafe

Hive Beach Cafe, Beach Road, Burton Bradstock, Nr Bridport, Dorset DT6 4RF

Riverford Field Kitchen

Riverford Field Kitchen Restaurant, Wash Farm, Buckfastleigh, Devon TQ11 0JU

River Cottage Canteen & Deli

Trinity Square, Axminster EX13 5AN, UK