Since we took over La Petite Maison, Topsham in 2000 we have used local producers and suppliers which has gained us local and national recognition.

Guides Listed

Awarded 4 in The Good Food Guide 2015
“The bijou name says it all is the key to Douglas and Elizabeth Pestell’s cute little Restaurant.”

Michlein Guide 2015

Trencherman’s Guide top Restaurants on South West 2015


South West Restaurant of the Year at The Taste of the West Awards 2003

Devon Life South West Restaurant of the year 2004


“A small and unpretentious spot in a popular town, where very welcoming hosts create a charming atmosphere – an intimate dining experience with great food and sensible prices.”

“La Petite Maison is so refreshing- chef Douglas Pestell’s technical ability is unquestionable, but he keeps dishes simple and uncluttered. Thus a tomato and goat’s cheese tart had delightfully short pastry and a fantastic, melt-in-the-mouth filling; while a straightforward crème brûlée was everything you would want.”
Time Out Eating & Drinking in Great Britain & Ireland Guide

“In the elegant surroundings of La Petite Maison, found in the heart of Topsham, customers can enjoy some of the best cuisine to be found in Devon. Owners Douglas and Elizabeth Pestell, along with their daughter Naomi, offer a superb range of dishes on the constantly changing menus that include such delights as Breast of guinea fowl with red wine jus, Sea bass with king prawns and Venison with poached pear. The desserts and wine list are equally impressive and should also not be missed.”

From start to finish, my meal was an absolute delight, the food both a gastronomic treat and the friendliness and efficiency of the service impecceble – despite it being a busy night in the middle of an August heatwave.
Devon Today

But much of the charm of Topsham – and why I moved here a few years ago – is its mix of down-to-earth and posh, seen nowhere better than on its shopping street. Doorstop sausage sandwiches and heavy-duty pasties from Shauls bakery rub shoulders with a £22,000 painting in an art shop nearby; you find guinea fowl with red wine jus at the award-winning La Petite Maison restaurant just opposite the second-hand books in the Devon Air Ambulance charity shop.”
Independent Money