Clearly the main theme is one of relaxation!
But if you do want to venture further afield and explore we have a few suggestions which we enjoy doing ourselves:
Food and Drink
There are many options for lunch and dinner ranging from high end restaurants to great takeaway. The best (and most expensive!) restaurant in Dartmouth is the Seahorse run by Mitch Tonks. I suggest that if you wish to go here you book as it is very popular. A good tip is to have lunch and/or order dinner before 1900hrs as he does a local 2 course menu for £20; this is much cheaper than ‘a la carte’ but still lovely. Mitch also has a very affordable fish and chip restaurant called Rock Fish (and a take away called the same). There is a new one with fabulous views overlooking Brixham harbour as well.
The Angel, Taste of Devon has newly opened and serves top quality food to rave reviews. It’s price point is not too expensive and again they do very affordable lunch deals.
The Castle Hotel has a nice restaurant although we prefer the bar which is very good and has a nice atmosphere with good bar food at reasonable prices. They do a great curry and are generally always consistent.
The Floating Bridge is a quick nip to the ferry and when you land at the quay on the other side you will find it right in front of you … good on price (varying) and you can sit outside too. Great if you are worried about missing the last ferry! We have lovely Sunday lunches there out of season. The ferrymen recommend it for the biggest portion of fish and chips!
Cafe Alf Fresco serves the best breakfast in the world – and our children insist on going there when they come down. It gets very busy so you may have to queue. They occasionally have gentle music on a Sunday morning.
Bayards Cove Inn is a tapas restaurant that is very good with a nice atmosphere and very friendly staff. It is also good for breakfast too if Alfs is full. Excellent for cake and coffee and tapas in the evening … really lovely interiors. Live music on Sunday nights.
We also like the Dolphin Pub in the Market square. It is very local and quite rough and ready but the food is very good – their fish stew is excellent.
Browns Wine Bar is excellent for food with a chic atmosphere and a lovely selection of wines. New owners took over in October 2017 so hopefully it will continue to be good.
Anzacs Bistro is owned by a lovely couple Aga and Simon. They offer friendly service, cosy and good food but you would need to book.
Our other favourite is the French bakery opposite the market square (Saveurs). It is owned by a french couple who now also do great, authentic french food as well as lovely cakes and we buy their bread and croissants freshly baked for Sunday breakfast.
Ship Inn in Kingswear is a nice walk, either through the woods or along the steam railway line so no need to worry about the last ferry or driving. We prefer the Steam Packet Inn which does amazing home made pizzas with live music on many evenings.
If you don’t mind driving, the Curious Kitchen in Brixham opens daily for amazing breakfasts and cakes and has a supper club once a month where the set menu is £35 and you bring your own drinks.
Surprisingly good is the Cantina on Paignton’s Goodrington beach. They have grown from strength to strength recently. Great for breakfast or lunches after a stroll on the beach.
Our other favourite to drive to is Britannia on the Beach at Beesands. Great fish and great friendly service. Nice walks on the pebbly and admittedly, not beautiful beach.
I can recommend getting the ferry from Dartmouth up river to Dittisham to enjoy a lazy lunch or you can walk on the river bank path starting at the top of the house and get a ferry from Greenway to Dittisham and get back to Dartmouth on the ferry – probably a good idea to book the Dittisham Ferry especially weekends (only seats 12). The Greenway ferry operates all year
We use Sainsbury’s online for our basics and they will deliver to the house but make sure you use the house name Tides as Low Tides does not exist on the postal databases.
We also like the Brixham Farm shop which is on the Kingswear side and good to call in en route. It has the best pasties we have found!
The Dartmouth Butcher has great meat and amazing sausages.
Mark Lobb has set up a fish and game stall in the market open every day and he is lovely as is his fish! Guaranteed to try to up-sell and I fall for it every time!
The spice shop in the Butterwalk is brilliant for spices, dried food etc.
DARTMOUTH TIME – If you keep an eye on this page it will alert you to things on you might be interested in and around Dartmouth.
Notice you can subscribe which might ensure you do not miss it for the week you are coming.
Another interesting perspective is The View From the Dartmouth Office. Andy Kyle (ex Sun newspaper!) takes very frequent photos all from his house. Some are amazing and all accompanied by wry comments!
THINGS BEST TO BOOK AHEAD
Steam Train Jubilee Pass – an inexpensive way of using the steam train, ferries, boats and buses.
Agatha Christie House and Estate is just up the river. You must book if you want to drive or you can go by steam train, a vintage bus takes you down to Greenway or you could walk and there is a ferry from Dartmouth.
The Flavel has loads of interesting things to do from cinema to live music, comedy etc. It is a real gem in a small town to have such a vibrant arts centre. We love it and it is definitely worth a look at their website to see what is going on.
Totnes is worth a visit – voted in the Top Ten Towns to visit in the UK by The Telegraph, The Sunday Times and Time Magazine. It is a love/hate town and renowned for being twinned with Narnia (!) it is great for a New Age vibe with great places to eat, markets and interiors and vintage shopping. You can go by river or bus or drive which takes about 20 mins. If you are driving take a small diversion and a trip to Sharpham Vineyard is a must for the UK’s most celebrated Wine and cheese. There is a cafe selling excellent food and you get access to lovely river walks.
To get to Sharpham Vineyard you travel along my favourite South Hams lanes with high banks adorned with berries in Autumn and flowers in spring and Summer. There are 2 great pubs at Tuckenhay where you can snack on the banks of the creek in a deep Devon Valley which is unspoilt and you get glimpses of quintessential Devon homes.
Maltsters Arms was once the home and pub of the famous and gregarious chef Floyd.
Watermans Arms is a great place to sit listening to a babbling brook in the quietness of this lovely valley.