What could be better than a warming cup of coffee or hot chocolate to end a day at the beach? As the sun starts to set, look forward to sitting and relaxing with a book or chatting with friends in one of South Ham’s delightful cafes.
Whether you fancy a beachside breakfast, a flat white or a freshly baked slice of cake, these spots in Hope Cove offer top-notch food and drink options to warm up after a walk by the sea or relax after a day of full-on beach activities!
With a cup of hot coffee served by the ever attentive staff, enjoy a sunny afternoon on the terrace of Hope Cove House admiring Inner Hope Cove bay and its surrounding countryside…it’s as close to heaven as you can get!
Hope Cove House is located close to the South West Coast Path and is adjacent to the beach at Inner Hope. As you can imagine, the views are something special. It’s superb position is complimented by cosy, comfortable interiors, great service, and delicious drinks and snacks. It makes the perfect place to sit and switch off for a while. The beach bar is open from 10-6 pm Wednesday – Saturday for coffee, drinks and snacks.
If you are wanting to stop in a cafe right on the water’s edge, look no further than the Beachhouse Cafe in South Milton Sands. The scenic location and quirkiness of this unique beach cafe makes it popular come rain or shine.
From Hope Cove, you can make your way along the cliff path to Milton Sands, taking in the fresh sea breeze and stunning coastal views as you walk. Once you arrive at the Beachhouse, you will be ready to relax and watch the intrepid kite surfers skimming the waves from the cosy interior of the cafe. Due to its prime location, the cafe is a little on the pricier side, but the beautiful settings certainly make up for it.
The Blue Whale Café at Ashby’s of Salcombe comes with sweeping panoramic views across the entire South Hams. Open 7 days a week, the cafe has an in-house butcher and uses locally-sourced ingredients to create a fresh breakfast and lunch menu. If you are after a simple bite to eat, The Blue Whale Cafe is a great place to visit.
If you are visiting in the warmer months, relax on the terrace with an ice cream or tea and cake, and if your dog is staying with you, you can bring them along with you. The friendly staff will make sure that they feel welcome and may even provide them with a well-deserved treat!
If you are after something a little more unconventional, visit the East Soar Walker’s Hut. As the name suggests, this little hut was set up to refuel walkers as they travelled across the South Hams. Located on a farm, it is a great little place to stop off and immerse yourself in the joys of rural living. The walker’s hut also accommodates children and has a wonderful adventure trail that is free for them to explore.
The hut is perfectly situated right next to the South West Coast path running down from Bolt Head Airfield and a stone’s throw from Soar Mill Cove. The hut provides a range of refreshments, from cream teas, locally produced ice cream, coffee, juices, and freshly baked cakes. As an honesty cafe, it runs completely on the goodwill of its visitors, so remember to bring small change with you when you visit. If you are unable to walk to the hut, you can park at the National Trust carpark at the top of the lane and access it from there.