What we say
It is not often that we ask a restaurant about the source of its seafood and get a reply that includes the officially designated codename of the fisheries - 'œICES areas VIIe and VIIh' in the case of its line-caught cod and pollack. Wouldn't it be great if everyone knew the origins of their fish so well? Even more impressive, we think, is the restaurant's willingness to listen to suggestions on sustainability even for popular dishes - the blonde ray that brought the restaurant's rating down last year because of concerns about the number left in European waters has been removed from the menu. Yes, we believe there are still room for improvements - we'd like to see more information about the source of the seafood available on the menus, for instance - but Tanners sets a high standard on marine sustainability. Bravo!
What they say
Along with our kitchen team, we embrace the changing seasons and use the best local quality products from Devon's larder. From local meats, fresh vegetables to stunning line caught fish. We even have a forager who we work closely with to discover the best the county can offer.
About Tanners Restaurant
Tanners has some ravishing fish photographs on their website, which immediately endeared us to them (along with the chocolate pud, but that’s another story). The setting of the restaurant, a Grade One listed Prysten House, also has plenty of dramatic impact. The medieval stone walls have been softened by comfortable leather seats and vibrant silk and velvet cushions and drapes.
Run by James and Chris Tanner, the cooking is complex, modern and exciting. It’s got to be a good sign when you want to eat everything on the menu - it may be just us, but we can’t see how anyone could fail to be inspired to try dishes such as roast cod, autumn truffle butter, grilled leeks, chanterelles, air dried ham, and creamed potato (£24.95). Meat choices might include roast Bodmin venison loin, venison sausage, red cabbage and bramleys, with beetroot, and gratin dauphinois (£25.50), and Westcountry fillet of beef, watercress, horseradish, and triple cooked chips (£28).
Desserts keep up the dynamic pace with selections such as muscovado sugar tart, clementine puree, and crème fraiche sorbet - and that’s just one dish.