Our History and awards
The Angel was previously named The Carved Angel and owned by Joyce Molyneux from 1974 where she went on to become one of the first women in the UK to gain the prestigious Michelin Star for the restaurant. This accolade was based upon the premise of serving 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 was sold to celebrity and Michelin starred chef John Burton-Race and was renamed the New Angel and once again awarded a star in 2005. After doing many TV shows John left the New Angel in 2010, it had been sold in 2007 to Clive Jacobson and John had continued to work there as Head Chef.
In 2010 it was brought by Alan Murchison of the 10 IN 8 Group and renamed The Carved Angel to honour what had come before.
By 2016 the restaurant was bought by the Holland Group, renamed The Angel and then underwent a year long refurbishment.
In 2018 Masterchef: The Professionals Finalist Elly Wentworth joined as Head Chef to continue the exciting legacy this restaurant has always had and has recently been appointed Executive Chef for the Holland Group.
OUR AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Food Drink Devon Awards Chef of the Year 22/23
Food Drink Devon Awards Gold Fine Dining Restaurant 22/23
2 AA Rosettes since 2019
Michelin Guide 2023
Taste of the West Restaurant Category - Gold 2022
Visit Devon Tourism Awards 2020-2021 Gold Best Restaurant
Trencherman's Awards 2020 Best Chef Elly Wentworth
Trencherman's Award for Creativity and Innovation Finalist
Achieved Gold in 2020-2021 Eatery of the Year and Business of the Year in Food Devon Drink Awards
We are a member 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 2021 awards The Angel and Elly Wentworth were finalists for Best Trencherman's Chef and Trencherman's Award for Special Contribution to the Industry. 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.
Proud Members of
Food Drink Devon - Love 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.