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Mar 18, 2019 | Food and Drink, Salcombe

When you’re visiting somewhere with as great a food scene as Salcombe, it’s no wonder you’d be considering a self catering holiday cottage (You can browse our extensive, luxury listings online). Why tie yourself to one option when you have so many spectacular restaurants in Salcombe and other amazing food choices? From eating in to eating out, here are our top tips for self catering in Salcombe.

Sit down and enjoy – Salcombe Restaurants

Winking Prawn Salcombe

If you want a sit-down restaurant, you’ll be spoiled for choice in Salcombe. We’ve got a fantastic range to choose from. There’s the Winking Prawn – a firm favourite. Here the chic beach vibe is combined with incredible seafood and even a barbeque. Share the Fruits De Mer for a proper seaside dinner.

So many of the local restaurants in Salcombe have views out over the estuary, so you can dine with the beauty of Salcombe right in front of you. Dick and Wills has a terrace where you can enjoy a glass of something fizzy along with the view, while The Jetty at the Salcombe Harbour Hotel makes perfect use of its waterfront location, and finishes it off with an award-winning chef.

If you’re eating out for a special occasion, or want a dinner that the kids can enjoy too, there is a restaurant for everyone in Salcombe – from fine dining to family fun. And, if you’re self catering in Salcombe, you won’t feel guilty about trying them all out!

Snack attack

The Victoria Inn Devon

If you’re looking for a more relaxed vibe, we’ve got bars and pubs aplenty. The Ferry Inn sits on the edge of the water, and offers a menu with something for everyone, from quick bites to get-stuck-in mains.

The Victoria is a great spot to stop if you’re exploring the shops of Salcombe. Relax with some fine ales, tuck into some fresh-caught fish, or treat yourself to homemade ice cream. Here in winter? The log fire will keep you cosy.

As much as Salcombe restaurants are heaven for seafood lovers, we know you might want something else from time to time (but seriously, don’t miss out on the crab). The Island Street Bar and Grill offers up burgers, steaks and BBQ, so no one will go hungry.

On the go


Self catering in Salcombe isn’t just about eating out – it’s also about getting out and about. So why not pack up a picnic to take to the beach or on one of the many coastal walks?

You’re in the perfect place to get your hands on some incredible ingredients. Stock up on bread from the Bakehouse (also a great spot for croissants in the morning), pop into Salcombe Delicatessen for nibbles and grab some sandwiches from the Salcombe Yawl. 

Cranch’s Pantry is packed with goodies, from fresh fruit and veg to treats like smoked salmon and clotted cream, to add some decadence to your picnic.

There’s something really delightful about assembling all these delicious ingredients and creating your own personalised picnic to snack on. Why not take it over the water and set yourself up at the smaller coves? Sunny Cove or Mill Bay are fantastic spots to spend the day. You could even venture out to the idyllic Black Cove. If you’re not sure how to get there, we can help!

Use the kitchen- Self Catering in Salcombe

Broad Downs Farmhouse 


If you’re staying in a self catering holiday cottage, you’ll have a fully equipped kitchen at your disposal, so you can cook up whatever you fancy. A great option for families with fussy eaters, or if you fancy bringing home your catch after a day fishing.

If you don’t fancy popping to the supermarket (and you’re on holiday, why should you?) then we recommend Pretty Local. Not only do you get fresh ingredients delivered to your door, but you’re also supporting the local economy, as the food all comes from local suppliers.

Whip up your family favourites or get adventurous and try something completely different. Coleman’s Butchers are famous for their homemade sausages, but they’ve got plenty of other locally-sourced meats to create your dinner with.

Many of our holiday homes have balconies or terraces where you can enjoy your home-cooked meal with dazzling views across Salcombe, from waterside to countryside. Get yourself set up for an evening of grazing and watch the sunset, and extend your evening with dessert and some stargazing. Perfect. 

Treat yourself to a Private Chef

Have you ever had a private chef cook for you? It seems like something only the rich and famous get to do, but you can have your very own chef come to your holiday home – whether for one special meal, or even a full week. With an array of delicious local ingredients available, they’ll cook up a storm for you.


If you’re staying in a luxury self catering holiday home, why not add that extra special touch? How often do you get to relax while someone whips up a gourmet meal right in front of you?

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