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The Laughing Monk Restaurant

The Laughing Monk Restaurant

Address: Totnes road Strete Nr Dartmouth South Devon TQ6 0RN
Telephone: 01803 770639
Region: South Devon - more
Situated in the picturesque costal village of Strete 5 miles from Dartmouth and 9 miles from Kingsbridge. 1 mile from both Blackpool and Slapton beaches. The laughing Monk Restaurant was originally the village school dating back to 1839. The school was closed in the 1960’s and subsequently turned into a restaurant.

Ben and Jackie Handley now own The Laughing Monk having made the move from Derbyshire to Devon in March 2008. Both have a wealth of experience working in award winning Country house hotels and strive to bring that level of quality to their own restaurant.

The restaurant was sympathetically refurbished in January 2009 retaining many of the School’s original features, including the original floor, doors and windows. It now has a light and airy feel for the summer and when the shutters are closed and the wood burner is lit a warm cosy evening can be enjoyed in the winter. Art works from local artists hang on the walls and local pottery displayed from local potter both available to purchase

The Laughing Monk is now an award winning restaurant with both an AA rosette and Taste of the West “Gold” both awarded in November 2009

Food at the restaurant is all about simplicity and freshness with much of the produce coming from our door step. When the produce is this local and this good you really are spoilt for choice, this is why our menu changes regularly to take advantage of what’s available and at its best

To view our sample menu click here

All our fish and seafood comes from Start Bay caught by local boats out of Dartmouth. These may include lobsters, crabs, seabass, lemon sole, Skate and scallops.

Our meat comes from local farmers and is supplied by Aune Valley Meats near Kingsbridge. Slow roast crispy belly pork, char-grilled rib-eye steaks, or free-range chickens will usually be found on the menu.

Other suppliers include Dartmouth Dairy, Forest produce (Honiton) Wilton Farm Produce (Kingsbridge) Red and White wines and Quercus brewery(Kingsbridge)

Service is friendly, unobtrusive and efficient. We are a family friendly restaurant and encourage families with small children to take advantage of our “Early Supper Menu” which runs from Monday –Saturday. 5pm-7pm in the summer and 6.30pm-7.30pm in the winter.

The laughing Monk Restaurant is set in the beautiful village of Strete on the main coastal road between Dartmouth (5miles) and Kingsbridge (9 miles). 1 mile to our left is the award winning beach Blackpool sands and 1 mile to our right is the ever-popular Slapton sands. The South West coastal path runs practically past our door and the Dartmoor national park is no more than 30 minutes away by car.
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"I was in a party of 8 family members celebrating a 60th Birthday. We came to the resturant on Saturday 26th April. We enjoyed the food and company and atmosphere very much. The food was tremendous and our heartful thanks go to the Husband and Wife team who made it possible. Posted by Elaine Protheroe.
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