Eating out locally.

South Devon is well known for its food and drink. Naturally, the location lends itself to superb seafood, and in particular the region is famous for locally caught crab and scallops and freshly landed mackerel in addition to a wealth of other delicacies.

However, it’s not just the ‘surf’ that’s worth savouring – the ‘turf’ is a treat too, whether it’s Devon lamb or grass-fed beef. Devon clotted cream has given rise to some of the best desserts – especially Salcombe Dairy Ice Cream (yes, you can buy it to take home), and there’s even a local brewery and Salcombe’s very own gin factory!

All of this and more gives you an idea of the superb ingredients that our restaurants have to work with, and from fine dining to beach cafes, historic inns to welcoming pubs, they put it all to superb use. Here we have detailed a few favourite destinations within easy reach of

Bigbury-on-Sea, with enough options to keep you returning to the sunny South Hams time and again.

The Pilchard Inn, Burgh Island

This 700-year-old inn is small but perfectly formed. In the shadow of the Burgh Island Hotel, it looks out onto the beach and the waves. It has an illustrious history and is the perfect place for classic fish and chips.

0.5 miles.


Burgh Island Hotel, Burgh Island

There’s so much to say about Burgh Island Hotel that we have a whole page dedicated to it. The important thing to know is that this elegant hotel is the place for special occasions. Dress up, enjoy fine dining and spoil yourselves rotten.

0.6 miles.


The Sloop Inn, Bantham

A short walk from Bantham beach (best known for its surf), The Sloop Inn is a warm and welcoming pub that’s family-friendly, dog-friendly and serves an array of enriching dishes – perfect for warming up after that swim, or an evening out. Not only do the Sloop offer a great bar and restaurant, but also accommodation on a B&B basis.

8.9 miles.


Oyster Shack, Bigbury

This exquisitely special restaurant has evolved over the years from a shack above the water on the River Avon that was once used for oyster shucking. It’s versatile in that it can be perfect for families, groups of friends or romantic evenings out. It’s accessed by the tidal road so just make sure you check the tides before you head out! Otherwise, you need to drive the longer way around.

4.0 miles


Journey’s End Inn, Ringmore

A 13th century inn, Journey’s End is a little further afield, but worth making the effort. It’s very much at the heart of the local community and there’s a buzzy atmosphere and convivial vibe that will make you feel right at home whether you’re visiting for a pint, lunch or dinner.

4.0 miles.


The Crabshell Inn, Kingsbridge

Travel a little further afield to try The Crabshell Inn in Kingsbridge. The gastro pub is well known for their pizzas, beer and seafood dishes. A wonderful spot, right on the water’s edge, you can even paddle up from nearby locations if the mood strikes – just make sure you get the tides right!

9.4 miles


The Old Bakery Restaurant, Kingsbridge

Serving Mediterranean and Middle Eastern sharing dishes, the Old Bakery in Kingsbridge is like stepping into a secret garden off the high street. The seductive atmosphere makes it wonderful for date night, but it’s also a favourite for groups of friends visiting for good food, good wine and a chance to catch up.

9.0 miles


Afternoon teas

You can’t visit South Devon without enjoying a cream tea or two, and there are lots of places that really do this classic institution justice. Just don’t forget – in this part of the world, it’s cream first…

Burgh Island Hotel, Burgh Island

We have already mentioned the glamorous Burgh Island Hotel, and if you’re in the market for a truly elegant cream tea, this is the place to go. Perfect for birthday treats, celebrations or simply just because – just contact them in advance in case it’s advised to book.

0.6 miles.


Stokeley Farm Shop, Stokenham

Heading out towards Torcross, Stokeley Farm Shop is complete with a deli, butchery, restaurant cafe and plant centre. They often display local art and other crafts on site, and in addition to enjoying beautiful breakfasts, brunches and lunches, you can purchase favourite local products before you leave!

15.3 miles.


East Soar Walker’s Hut, Salcombe

For those enjoying a walk along the South West Coast Path between Salcombe and Hope Cove, stop off at the East Soar Walker’s Hut. A ‘help yourself’ offering under the shelter of a barn, it operates on an honesty basis and is a lovely place to stop for tea and cake while the children play safely at the outdoor experience space.

12.9 miles


Dartmouth Castle Tea Rooms, Dartmouth

Dramatically located with Dartmouth Castle, the classic tea rooms are the perfect place to refuel and watch the world go by. With views of the sea, tuck into a range of sandwiches, soups, paninis and other specials made from local ingredients. The cheese scones are particularly highly recommended.

22.1 miles


Avon Mill Garden Centre, Loddiswell

An elegant garden centre in Loddiswell, Avon Mill has a small collection of artisan shops on site so you can turn your visit into more of an experience. Food is wholesome and local – generous portions and local favourites at breakfast, lunch, brunch and the bits in between. Then shop for clothes, locally made artwork, candles, soaps and more.

9.6 miles.