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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Gentle modern British food in a former salt house

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Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Wines by the glass

The name is not a reference to a seafaring friar, but rather the building's 16th-century role as a store for the salt the monks' traded at Exeter Cathedral. The Garden Room restaurant makes a smart yet understated backdrop for unpretentious cooking. To begin, Capricorn goats' cheese pannacotta is pointed up with apricot and lentil relish, or there might be braised pork cheek set in its own jelly with home-made piccalilli and melba toast. Main course imaginatively pairs confit duck tartlet with slow-roasted belly pork, champ potatoes and a light porky jus bringing it all together. To finish, a classic lemon tart comes hot from the oven with clotted cream.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: January
  • Days closed: Monday
  • Closed for lunch: Tuesday to Wednesday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 1.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef: Andy Witheridge

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 47
  • Wines over £30: 22
  • Wines by the glass: 14

Price guide

  • Starter from : 6.50
  • Main course from: 10.50
  • Dessert from: 6.50
  • 2-course lunch from: 25
  • 3-course lunch from: 29.50
  • 2-course dinner from: 38.50
  • 3-course dinner from: 45
  • Tasting menu from: 65
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 45
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 45

Getting here

From M5 junction 30 take A3052 to Sidmouth, or from Honiton take A375 to Sidmouth, 200yds on right opposite church in village

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Three-course lunch from£29.50**Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch *Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch
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