<div style="display:inline;"> <img height="1" width="1" style="border-style:none;" alt="" src="//googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/viewthroughconversion/1028731116/?value=0&amp;guid=ON&amp;script=0">
6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Devon Life today click here

REVIEW: TQ9 at The Royal Seven Stars

PUBLISHED: 10:13 23 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:13 23 January 2018

TQ9 restaurant is a classy and relaxed room

TQ9 restaurant is a classy and relaxed room

Archant

Andy Cooper enjoys a fantastic dining experience in new surroundings for him at a familiar spot

It was a hotel restaurant with a Torquay postcode, it was an invitation to sample gourmet night and our waiter was from…Barcelona. Hard to credit and yet that was the scenario which greeted us at TQ9, the restaurant which sits at the back of well-known Totnes hotel The Royal Seven Stars.

Thankfully, there was nothing ‘Fawlty’ about our dining experience, enjoying as we did a splendid meal in stylish surroundings. And our waiter provided excellent service and was a strong advocate for the locally sourced menu too – so no need to reach for the soup spoon to hammer home any kind of ‘training’ message.

The TQ9 restaurant is situated in former stables at the rear of The Royal Seven Stars and is a classy and relaxed room in which to enjoy the full-on gourmet dining experience which head chef Dan Archer and his team provide.

TQ9 is tucked away in former stables at the rear of The Royal Seven Stars TQ9 is tucked away in former stables at the rear of The Royal Seven Stars

The hotel itself was busy, busy, busy out front when we arrived and it’s a great idea to separate out the more formal dining from the always popular bar area. I’ve used this bar at the place a lot for drinking and dining over the years but hadn’t, until now, ventured into the formal restaurant space.

To start I opted for port braised pork cheek, Jerusalem artichoke crisps and purée with crackling. The promised combination of tastes and textures had intrigued me and it didn’t disappoint…a lovely blend of the tender, flavoursome meat and its crunchy accompaniment. A cracking start.

My dining compadre went for the smoke-cured mackerel fillet as his opener, eagerly anticipating its partnering with ceviche, kohlrabi purée and charred orange segments. Reports from across the table suggested it was a winner, its sweet and savoury blend proving to have just the right mix.

'A fantastic dining experience in elegant surroundings' 'A fantastic dining experience in elegant surroundings'

Moving onto the mains this was no time for me to avoid my usual option of choosing fish, especially when the first course my eyes alighted on was pan-seared wild halibut fillet, cauliflower couscous, Romanesco cauliflower, pickled cockles, sea vegetables and herb oil.

It didn’t disappoint. Local sourcing is taken seriously at TQ9 and this flavoursome, simple fish was expertly complemented by the action taking place around it. Again, another triumph for textures on a plate…often overlooked by chefs as a factor in a successful combination for a dish, but not in this case.

The braised blade of South Devon beef was too difficult for my pal to resist, coming as it did with Duchess potato, caramelised onion purée, sautéed girolles, shaved black truffle and red wine jus. He was rapt at the tenderness of the beef and positively delighted with the taste sensations brought forth by the accompanying elements on his plate.

We were done after two courses to be frank so manfully avoided a suspiciously tempting looking dessert menu. I think I might have to detour my way back to TQ9 soon though to try it…and once enjoy again a fantastic dining experience in elegant surroundings.

_____________________

Follow Devon Life on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Devon Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Devon Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Devon Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Food & Drink

Yesterday, 14:11

You can’t beat settling down at a pub with a pint in your hand and your dog at your feet. Complete with idyllic countryside settings and cosy interiors, we pick 16 of the best dog-friendly pubs in Devon

Read more
Tue, 11:08

Lovers of cheddar, mozzarella, raclette, gruyere or any other cheese you can think of will be gathering in Exeter’s Matford Centre on March 17

Read more
Friday, February 16, 2018

From pale ale and real cider to craft beer, Devon is home to a number of real ale breweries and CAMRA award-winners, meaning a good pub is never far away – we pick 16 places to go in Devon to find the best pint

Read more
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

From scenic views over the harbour to underground bars, Plymouth has it all. We pick 9 of the best bars and pubs to try...

Read more
Friday, February 9, 2018

Whether you have strawberry or raspberry jam on your scones, or prefer Earl Grey to English breakfast tea, we’ve found 12 of the best tearooms that Devon has to offer

Read more
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Exeter’s pub scene is thriving with a varied selection of proper boozers that are guaranteed to satisfy any type of taste. We’ve picked 8 you need to visit on your next trip out in the city

Read more
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

There’s nothing quite like taking away crispy battered cod and golden chips to enjoy by Devon’s beautiful coast. With your help, we’ve picked 12 places to pick up this quintessential British treat in the county

Read more
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

With views of the coast, the countryside and our towns and cities, Devon’s eateries are home to some of the best views the county has to offer. Here are 23 places that are a treat for the tongue and the eyes

Read more
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Andy Cooper enjoys a fantastic dining experience in new surroundings for him at a familiar spot

Read more
Monday, January 22, 2018

Join Arlene Phillips and Strictly Come Dancing favourites Aljaz and Janette on this exclusive 8-day river cruise along the Danube

Read more
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Public Houses are a cornerstone of life here in Britain, dating back as far as the Roman invasion in 43 AD. Devon is no different and its humble establishments are steeped in history and nostalgia. We’ve taken a look at 11 of the county’s most historical pubs

Read more
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The rise of the modern day cocktail bar has begun in earnest and here are just some of Devon’s finest to get your taste buds tingling.

Read more
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

If we eat with our eyes then why not make it a great view to go with the meal? Kate Haskell discovers a feast of restaurants and cafes in Devon that have views to dine for.

Read more
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Bean freaks, brew geeks and the simply curious – take note. 17 of Devon’s top speciality coffee shops have been revealed in the new South West and South Wales Independent Coffee Guide.

Read more
 
A+ South & South West
 
Great British Holidays advert link
 
Pure Weddings advert link
 
South West Life advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today


subscription ad


Local Business Directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area



Property Search