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Anniversary dinner at Ode

Ode

Interior of Ode

One of the highlights of our recent trip to England was celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary at Ode in Shaldon, which has been named UK’s most sustainable restaurant by the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

The food was absolutely amazing, delicious, fresh and exciting from beginning to end. Service was friendly and helpful (owner Tim Bouget was lovely!). And all of this for a great price! Our wedding anniversary fell on a Wednesday and Ode features a reduced price menu on Wednesdays: three courses for 29 pounds! We added a couple of glasses of kir royale to start and a very pleasant French white wine to accompany our main courses.

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Ode to another Ode

Cafe Ode

Last year, I blogged about Ode in Shaldon, a gorgeous little seaside restaurant in Devon, which was named Sustainable Restaurant of the Year.

Nearly one year later and I’ve learned that they have since opened a sister restaurant, Cafe Ode, which received the Sustainable Restaurant of the Year award last November. The new(ish) spot has a nice casual feel, with the same fresh and unfussy approach to cooking. One feature that sounds delish is their Friday Fish Supper, a three-course meal that changes weekly (think mussels with cider cream sauce,  beer-battered, line-caught pollack and fries and coffee-burnt Devon cream as an example).

Congrats to chef-proprietor Tim Bouget for another worthy eating destination for us on our next trip to the West Country!

An ode to Ode

I love the story of the tortoise and the hare, of David and Goliath, or any time when the little guy triumphs over the big.

Best case in point this past month: Ode in Shaldon, a charming little Devon seaside restaurant that has been named Sustainable Restaurant of the Year by the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

Photo credit: The Telegraph

It beat out Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage, which took second place.

Chef-proprietor Tim Bouget got top marks for local sourcing as well as energy and water efficiency and waste management. Check it out the next time you are in the West Country!