Eating out,  Evening

THE COOMBE CELLARS: Something special in South Devon

I had been wanting to visit The Coombe Cellars for a while now – the promise of a delicious-sounding vegan menu with a beautiful view to admire was rather inviting.

This charming gastro pub has recently been fully renovated and it looks stunning. An extravagant flower wall, sparkling gold finishes, sleek atmospheric lighting and a chic cushion collection make for a beautiful, Pinterest-worthy dining experience.

I was very excited to be invited along for a complimentary meal at their press night, ahead of its official opening to the public. Heading down for a late evening meal in February, I’ll have to return in the daylight to appreciate the beautiful views over the River Teign – although the dense fog that night made sure any views didn’t distract from the gorgeous interior.

At the start of the evening, we were served a colourful mezze platter in the comfy bar area. This nourishing and tasty mix of flavours featured a refreshing coconut tzatziki and slightly fiery miso sesame aubergine, alongside beetroot hummus, warm falafels and plenty of soft flatbread to dip in. It disappeared rather fast.

To start, I chose the Pan-fried Mushrooms while Mark went for the Roasted Lentil Falafel after enjoying it so much as part of the mezze platter. Both starters were enjoyable, however the red peppers that took over my dish were a little undercooked, plus for a starter with mushrooms in the title, I would’ve preferred a lot more mushrooms…

For our mains, I couldn’t resist going for the Plantbased Burger, with Mark choosing the more saintly Caramelised Onion Tart. I took one bite of the burger and looked at Mark with wide eyes – the flavour, the texture – it was just delicious! The added tzatziki kept it nice and light rather than heavy and stodgy like lots of burgers can be. I was very impressed, especially after finding out the meat-style patty is their own recipe. The onion tart, a very tasty lentil mix sitting in a crisp pastry case, went down well with Mark.

Two desserts jumped out at us from the menu straight away. Never one to turn down a chocolate-based treat, Mark went for the Chocolate Tart while I chose one of my favourite puddings, a Treacle and Pecan Tart. Both were super scrumptious – Mark’s eyes rolling with every bite said it all!

We left feeling rather full and very satisfied, keen to return as soon as possible to sample more of their tasty menu. Top marks to The Coombe Cellars for a dazzling renovation as well as a delectable and wonderfully varied vegan menu.

Combeinteignhead, Newton Abbot TQ12 4RT