According to legend, the founder of Britain, Brutus of Troy, first stepped ashore at Totnes around 100BC. This legend is remembered by the Brutus Stone, said to be where Brutus first landed on British soil. This may not be entirely accurate but the actual history of Totnes dates back to at least 907AD when a Saxon castle was first built here. It became a market town in the 12th century and its continuing prosperity can be measured by the grand 16th and 17th century merchants' houses that can still be seen in the town. Today, this is a lively and slightly Bohemian town, and restaurants in Totnes are some of the best in the area.
Totnes is known for its alternative culture and attracts residents from many different backgrounds. Visitors, meanwhile, come to enjoy the lovely setting of the town, situated in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, midway between the coast and Dartmoor National Park. With attractions such as the ancient castle, bustling twice-weekly markets and steamboat cruises on the River Dart, it's easy to see why the restaurants of Totnes soon fill up with hungry tourists and locals.
The mixture of alternative lifestyles, abundant local produce and lots of hungry visitors has helped to create a vibrant dining scene unmatched elsewhere in South Devon for its sheer variety. The town bustles with wine bars and bistros, while fish restaurants in Totnes make the most of the local seafood. You'll find ancient inns serving up traditional Devon fare, right alongside modern eateries offering innovative dishes. With everything from fine dining to traditional tea rooms, you're spoiled for choice in Totnes restaurants.
Take a trip to virtually any British town and you're sure to find some good Indian restaurants. Totnes, however, adds its own unique twist to this popular cuisine. Take Kerala Delicacies, for example. Here you can enjoy delicious and imaginative starters like a trio of lamb, done three ways, or delicate scallops in a saffron sauce. Mains include favourites such as lamb jalfrezi and tiger prawn masala, while the dessert menu offers imaginative options like apple samosas with vanilla Ice cream. Totnes restaurants fill up quickly, so book here on Quandoo to be sure of your table in this exciting town.