A 20-minute scenic walk from the idyllic village of Shaldon located on the south bank of the estuary of the River Teign, near Teignmouth, through enchanting woodland and along the edge of the Shaldon Approach golf course takes you to ODE&Co restaurant.
We’d heard nothing but excellent reviews from locals and holidaymakers during our break in Devon about this new foodie offering which serves the most delectable pizzas from its wood fired oven.
Situated at Coast View Holiday Park in Shaldon the restaurant’s rustic, sustainable exterior perches neatly on the brow of a hill at the entrance to the holiday park.
ODE&Co is just one of a trio of restaurants run by husband and wife team Tim and Clare who lived in Romford for many years. Tim also taught catering at Havering College.
ODE Dining in Fore Street Shaldon, is their intimate dining establishment situated in a pretty Georgian building with just 7 tables seating 24 people. It has been shortlisted for numerous regional and national awards.
Just a short stroll away is Café ODE in Ness Cove, a family-friendly cafe and take away offering quality regional seasonal produce cooked and served by chefs and boasting eco conscious interior designs, great views, plenty of outside and inside communal seating and a grass area for kids to play on.
ODE & Co opened in July 2016 and is the only restaurant bar, located on a holiday park that features in the Good Food Guide. Inside is spacious, open plan with various seating areas that can cater for 100 diners. Natural light streams in through the huge floor to ceiling windows and there’s a cool Nordic vibe with plenty of wood panelling, splashes of colour in contemporary furnishings and subtle lighting perfectly setting the mood and atmosphere. Stepping out onto the terrace though is the prime spot to eat here. It has the most stunning waterfront views across the coastline and Lyme Bay stretching far as the eye can see.
All the food and drink at ODE&Co is organic and locally sourced where possible. Whether you pop by for lunch or dinner there’s plenty of choice on the menu – from artisan sour dough pizza, featuring a selection of toppings cooked in the bespoke wood fired oven, to salads, pastas, grills and more all served from the open kitchen.
From the menu we chose a selection of the pizzas to share: Fire Cracker – pulled Pipers Farm chicken, S Devon chillies and field mushrooms, BBQ – smoked ham with oregano, chipotle chilli and Somerset smoked Cheddar and Merguez – N African spiced lamb with cumin onions, pine nuts, coriander and tahini. You get a lot for your money too (from £8.50) for a huge 10″ feast.
There weren’t even any crumbs left on our plates after we had tucked into the tasty slices. The children too surprised us as they wolfed down their pizzas with no complaints, even devouring the crust – a rarity back home!
The sides – huge chunky Polenta fries with a home-made garlic aioli and Garlic flatbread with parsley and Parkham cheddar again cooked in the wood fired oven – were a great accompaniment.
ODE&Co certainly didn’t disappoint from its welcoming, friendly staff to its fabulous food, oh and did I mention that view… So if you’re planning to get away this October half-term why not head to Shaldon, South Devon and enjoy (pardon the pun!) – a ‘pizza’ perfection!
Ode&Co Pizza Grill & Bar
Coast View Holiday Park, Shaldon, Devon TQ14 0BG
For more details about ODE and it’s restaurants visit: https://odetruefood.com
For details of other great places to eat in South Devon go to www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk