Restaurant 1688: a hidden gem in the centre of Brixham
Behind the unassuming facade of the historic Old Coaching Inn is one of Brixham’s hidden treasures. Elegant and refined, Restaurant 1688 brings relaxed fine dining to Devon’s seafaring heartland.
With its understated and homely decor, 1688 purposefully shuns the starched formality favoured by some upscale establishments and instead revels in its unpretentious and relaxed atmosphere. The dining room has seating for forty covers and is warmed by log fires, their glow illuminating the bare stone walls and the stripped wooden floor.
Chef patron David Brown’s cooking celebrates local and seasonal food, with a sizeable portion of his creativity given over to the fruits of the sea landed at Brixham harbour. The menu changes frequently – with the turning of the season or when inspiration strikes – so regular diners always have something novel to sample.
Galvanised by the West Country’s fishermen and farmers, David acknowledges that without their quality produce, he wouldn’t be in the kitchen cooking. Dishes are modern and minimalist in style, and his pared-back approach focuses on these incredible ingredients instead of fancy foams and fripperies.
Expect inspired combinations such as oyster and cabbage cannelloni with spinach and smoked butter sauce. Alongside fish and seafood, lesser-known cuts – like lamb breast or beef cheek – take equal billing and further prove this is a kitchen that draws on skill over swagger.
Chef: David Brown
Owner: David Brown
- Disabled access
- Gluten free options
Brixham crab tart, pink grapefruit, peanut, seaweed pesto
Braised beef cheek, mustard, onions, potato
Calamansi lime, pink peppercorn, pine nut, yogurt
Restaurant 1688’s name is a nod to the year in which William of Orange (later William III) landed at Brixham and started the Glorious Revolution.