Boutique hotels in Devon saw an increase in custom during the month of June, as tourists and locals came together to celebrate the county’s Restaurant Month.
The event, which was in its fourth year, was deemed an ‘outstanding’ success by more than 30 hospitality establishments that participated throughout the month.
Devon Restaurant Month was started in 2000 to celebrate the county’s fabulous food and drink offerings.
This year, Dukes Inn in Sidmouth was one of the hotels that took part. Manager Jo Watson commented: "We saw a massive benefit of being involved in Devon Restaurant Month. The numbers of diners increased dramatically over historic figures for this period just before the main holiday season. We had visitors from all over the country who had read about restaurant month and booked on the strength of it.”
The success of Devon Restaurant was reflected on social media too. The event’s Twitter handle saw more than 104,000 impressions, while its event’s website received more than 14,200 page views.
The local media also got behind the event, including newspapers as well as other publications across the country.
Next year will mark Devon Restaurant Month’s fifth year, and the event is expected to once again be bigger and better.
Commenting on its success, Jeff Cooper, founder of Devon Restaurant Month, said: "The Devon restaurant scene is almost unrecognisable from what it was a few years ago. When we first set up Devon Restaurant Month it was to celebrate all that was happening within food and drink in the county. Now, four years on, the innovation, creativity and vibrancy in the kitchens is on a whole new level, helping to position Devon as one of the most exciting places to eat in the country."
Jeff continues: "We have already started planning next June’s Devon Restaurant Month and will be intrigued to see how things have progressed again by then."