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Salcombe Eats

Updated: Apr 27, 2022

Our top spots to tickle your taste buds for your stay in Salcombe.



The best pastries in Salcombe, grab a croissant of your choice: almond, chocolate, white chocolate & raspberry, bacon and cheese.. the list goes on.... or a delicious freshly baked sourdough loaf . Open from 7am in the peak season, we advise getting their as early as possible as the queue builds quickly and once it's gone it's "scone"! (they also sell scrummy scones perfect for your Devon Cream Tea later).

Famous for it's doorstep bacon sandwich and delicious coffee, Salcombe Coffee Company is a top spot for a delicious breakfast, from smashed avocado on toast to a hearty fry up

Breakfast with a view. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast with views over the harbour, Wardroom is located right on the waters edge and caters for everyones breakfast needs, from Eggs Benedict to your hearty sausage sandwich and wholesome overnight oats to a buttery almond crossiant.

The place to grab a freshly squeezed juice, revitalising ginger shot or a breakfast smoothy before heading to the beach on the other side... located just by the steps to the East Portlemouth Ferry.

Some what of an institution in Salcombe, head here for your greasy all day breakfast and mug of tea. Located on Whitestrand it is also the perfect for a spot of people watching.



About as close as you can get without actually being on the beach in North Sands Salcombe, The Winking Prawn is a great eaterie serving everything you might fancy after a day on the beach, or even before you start – as it’s open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. Serving delicious beachy-themed food such as buckets of prawns, ice creams and of course Devonshire cream teas, this is a great place to fill tummies whilst enjoying a day of sun, sea and sand. Great for kids, there’s a dressing up box so kids can keep themselves entertained. Dogs are welcome too. Keep an eye on opening times as they do change with the seasons.

Combine a glorious walk with a delicious lunch. Head from East Portlemouth ferry stop along the South West Coast path, the 5km walk conveniently has its half way point at the stylish Gara Rock Hotel. The restaurants has magnificent views overlooking the SW coast path down to Seacombe Sands, a relaxed atmosphere combined with a creative locally sourced menu it's the perfect spot for a well-deserved lunch. If you just fancy a quick snack, head to their GaraVan, open daily, for takeaway treats.

The Salcombe Yawl, The Salcombe Deli or The Bake House

Our favourite spots to grab a picnic lunch before heading over on the East Portlemouth Ferry for a beach lunch. If you are looking for sandwiches and more The Bake House have delicious (giant) cheese straws, Devon pasties and a selection of home-made quiches.

The Estuary Club

When you've had enough of pastry and pasties, head to the little cafe at The Estuary Club on Fore Street, for a more nutritious and health driven lunch, from Buddha Bowls and fresh Asian noodle bowls to their homemade sugar free cakes and brownies.

From an all day breakfast to a fresh local crab sandwich, the Wardroom has something for everyone for an easy lunch in town overlooking Salcombe Harbour.

With views over South Sands beach, the Harbour Beach Club terrace is the perfect sun trap for a chilled glass of rosé, a yummy Salcombe lobster roll and fries, just one of the perfect combinations you can try at this luxury hotel. Stylishly designed, comfy outdoor seating and 5* service, let the kids play on the beach whilst you just relax.

Searching for the best famous Salcombe Crab sandwich in town.... look no further.



Coffee shop by day and intimate restaurant by evening, Bistro 73 is one of favourite dinner spots; creative dishes with locally sourced ingredients, a relaxed atmosphere and friendly and attentive service make for a wonderful evening out.

Renowned for the best seafood in town, The Crab Shed is located on Fish Quay right next to where the fishermen land their daily catches for their menus . On warmer evenings dine alfresco on the deck overlooking Batson Creek or enjoy the surrounding of their casual and relaxed style inside.

Set on the picturesque South Sands Beach, the restaurant has stunning seaside views as well as a refined menu showcasing local produce. Attentive staff, coastal interiors and romantic ambience make for a special evening here.

Brasserie style menu offering local seafood and steaks, the lovely staff and recently refurbished interiors create a convivial evening experience.

The Fort is a very well run traditional pub, with an extensive menu from stone baked pizza's to monkfish and prawn curry as well as pub classics it has something for everyone, relaxed atmosphere and friendly service it's a good spot to take the family.

Waterfront brasserie offering a sophisticated fusion style menu in an elegant yet casual setting, on warmer evenings we highly recommend eating on the outside deck to enjoy the romantic estuary vistas.



Salcombe has a selection of great pubs serving local beer and good pub grub

Located on Whitestrand quay, the top terrace has gorgeous views over the harbour and is a complete sun trap.

The cosiest of all the pubs, head here on a chillier day and huddle around the log fire. Surprisingly large garden at the rear covered with a stylish stretch tent with comfy seating, outdoor heaters and festoon lighting.

Traditional and cosy bar one side, lively sports bar the other showing all the popular sporting events.

The pub for the views. Right on the waterfront and next to the East Portlemouth Ferry steps it has unrivalled views over the estuary and to the beaches, the perfect spot to enjoy a drink and watch the marine activities.


Want to stay in and enjoy your beautiful holiday home how about try....

Bringing restaurant quality food to your holiday home. From a formal plated dinner to a local seafood feast, bold explorative flavours and family style sharing dinners, whatever you fancy The Salcombe Kitchen will work with you to create your perfect dinner menu. The Salcombe Kitchen will take care of everything leaving you to simply enjoy the wonderful food and the company of your friends and family in the comfort of your holiday home.

The Plaice Takeaway

Local fish and chip shop located on Fore Street Salcombe

Maha-Bharat Indian Takeway

Indian takeaway based in Kingsbridge, deliver to Salcombe and surrounding area.

Cafe Asia Chinese Takeaway

Chinese takeaway based in Kingsbridge, deliver to Salcombe and surrounding area.

Captain Flints Takeaway

Pizza takeaway based in Salcombe


Further afield but worth a mention...

If you have access to a boat and the tides are right (2 hours either side of high tide) head to the The Millbrook in South Pool, the cutest pub in the quaintest village, serving delicious locally sourced food, local ales plus the journey up the estuary is absolutely beautiful.

Owned and run by the talented Head Chef Jamie Rogers, Jamie 27 is the place to go for fine dining cuisine. The place has a friendly air and cooking combines the best of the Devonshire larder with imaginative textures and flavours.

A laidback foodie destination on a stunning stretch of beach, the beach house is very much a a beach shack serving outstanding local seafood, the Bang Bang prawns are a must try and go perfectly with a glass of rosé whilst sitting watching the stunning sunset.

Super fun restaurant influenced by rustic beach shack style and ethos, showcasing local seafood. Sand castle buckets for wine coolers, bibs for the messy crab eaters and of course it's infamous oyster bar, it's definitely worth the journey.

Access via boat from Salcombe up the Kingsbridge estuary (at high tide) or just a 10 minute drive from Salcombe. The Crabshell sits on Kingsbridge estuary , always a lively atmosphere with people making the most of sunset aperitifs on the waterfront. They are renowned for their wood fired pizzas but don't miss some of their other classics such as their crab and lobster spring rolls.

Take the East Portlemouth Ferry to the other side from Salcombe, or if you are lucky enough to have a boat head straight to Port Waterhouse where you will find the Brai Guy serving delicious South African BBQ from his food truck. Grab a burger and a bench and of course a bottle of rosé and soak up the last rays of sun before it sets behind Salcombe painting the sky with hues of pink and purple.

Please note that for all restaurants recommended we advise booking well in advance as they do get fully booked quickly. If you book a holiday home with Taylor Made Salcombe you receive our complimentary concierge service who will be happy to make any recommendation and bookings for you on your behalf.

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