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About The Angel

History

of The Angel

Once owned by Joyce Molyneux in 1974 where she became one of the first woman in the UK to gain the prestigious Michelin Star, while it was named The Carved Angel and based upon the premise of high quality modern British food using only the finest local ingredients..

In 2000 Joyce retired and the Carved Angel was sold to Chef Peter Gorton who at the time owned the Horn of Plenty, a Michelin starred restaurant in Tavistock.

By 2004 it had been sold to celebrity and Michelin Starred Chef John Burton-Race and was renamed the New Angel and it was awarded a star 2005. After doing many TV shows John left the New Angel in 2010, it had been sold in 2007 to Clive Jacobson but John had continued to work there as Head Chef.

In 2010 it was brought by Alan Murchison of to 10 IN 8 Group and renamed The Carved Angel to honour what had come before.

By 2016 The Angel had been brought by the Holland Group and underwent a refurbishment for a year. Then in 2018 Masterchef: The Professionals Finalist Elly Wentworth joined as Head Chef to continue the legacy

We are a members of

The Trencherman's Guide

Since 2019 we are proud to have been a member of The Trencherman's Guide. The Guide showcases exquisite and authentic South West dining experiences, So that foodies can discover special restaurants that are really worth seeking out.

The first guide, published by the West Country Tourist Board in 1992, celebrated the 25 top restaurants in the region.

The rigid entry criteria (based on ratings in the Good Food Guide, Michelin Guide and the Egon Ronay Guide) meant that only 25 restaurants and hotels made it into the first edition.

This strict vetting process continues to this day and the guide now includes over 150 restaurants in the South West.

The annual Trencherman’s Awards highlight the superb culinary experiences to be had in the region. For the 2020 awards The Angel was shortlisted for Best Trencherman's Chef and Trencherman's Award for Creativity and Innovation. We were delighted that our Head Chef Elly Wentworth took home the Best Chef Award 2020.

Trencherman's Tip for The Angel: Seats by the large picture windows offer lovely views over the harbour; Arrive early and explore the impressive drinks list while watching boats bobbing on the River Dart. Want to see how Elly and team craft the exquisite dishes? Book a table close to the open kitchen so you can spy on the culinary action.

Our

Awards

Over the last years were delighted too have been nominated and won many awards and achievements. It is thanks to the support of our guests and the hard work of the team.

2 AA Rosettes since 2019

Awarded Michelin Plate since 2020

Taste of the West Restaurant Category - Gold

Food, Drink Devon Awards Won Best Fine Dining Restaurant 2019-2020

Trencherman's Awards 2020 Best Chef Elly Wentworth

Visit Devon Tourism Awards 2019-2020 Silver Best Restaurant/Bistro

Food Drink Devon Awards Finalist Best Restaurant 2019-2020

Trencherman's Award for Creativity and Innovation Finalist

Achieved Gold in 2020-2021 Eater of the Year and Bussiness of the Year in Food Devon Drink Awards

Proud Members of

Food Drink Devon - Lobe the Flavour

Food Drink Devon represents a membership of like minded businesses, dedicated to providing good quality local food & drink.

Devon is made up of a patchwork of small fields, hedge banks, orchards, pastures and sheltered river valleys and has been producing food and drink for centuries. Buying local food and drink helps sustain that special link between landscape and its harvest. It helps support the stewardship of the countryside – the cycle of maintaining hedges, restoring orchards and providing a haven for wildlife as well as cutting down on emissions by reducing the carbon footprint.

Since 2005, the Association has been run by members for its members and taken a new direction. A new brand identity was launched and trademarked using "Love the Flavour" as the strap line.

In January 2008 South Hams Food & Drink Association merged with The South Devon & Dartmoor Food Group to become Food Drink Devon.