A big part of what makes Salcombe so great is its bars and pubs. Locals and visitors alike frequent Salcombe pubs, and there are plenty to choose from. Ranging from traditional pubs serving hearty classics, to lively establishments showcasing the best local bands and a great atmosphere.
Your Salcombe holiday let might have all the latest mod cons (for example Woodspring with its own Sonos music system). But there is nothing like live music in one of Salcombe’s bars! Head to the Island Street Bar & Grill for some R n’ R and warm up in a pub beforehand!
The Ferry Inn must be the best located pub in the whole of the UK, if not one of the best pubs in Salcombe. It is right on the water’s edge with fabulous views across the estuary. Sitting on the wall, legs dangling and a drink in hand is a must-do when in Salcombe. The Ferry Inn is more than just stunning views, it also has a rich history. Dating from 1739, it is Salcombe’s oldest pub. If you are lucky, you may even meet Winston, the resident pub dog!
The Victoria jokes that they offer a man-crèche; ladies leave your husband’s in our safe hands whilst you go shopping! This is a valued service, but don’t you ladies miss out on some locally sourced deliciousness! With a roaring log fire and a cockle-warming crab bisque for a winter’s day, you will be very happy tucked in The Victoria Inn in Salcombe. And for the summer, freshly grilled fish and homemade ice cream are the order of the day. Gents, some fine ales await you too…
One of the best Salcombe bars, the Island Street Bar and Grill is alive and kicking with live music every weekend and a popular cocktail 2-for-1 happy hour on a Friday night. This waterfront bar is definitely one to try if you fancy having a boogey. Throughout the day and evening, they also serve a menu including burgers, steaks and BBQ spare ribs.
Offering a gastronomic experience with food from an award-winning French chef, J-P (booking is essential) The Millbrook is one of the best pubs near Salcombe. Be prepared for some quirkiness including Squirrel wrapped in Rabbit! In the summer months, enjoy good quality freshly grilled fish, paellas and local sausages from the outdoor BBQ. The best way to get to the Millbrook is by boat in the summer when there are big Spring tides enabling you to travel up the creek (with a paddle). The beautiful journey leads you through Swallows and Amazons-esque settings.
The Crabshell has seen a revival over the past 3 years and has transformed into one of the best pubs near Salcombe. They have creatively taken it from a smelly, rundown waterside hovel into a buzzing, successful waterside destination. From Salcombe, the best way to get to The Crabshell is by boat – cruise up the estuary towards Kingsbridge, tie up against the wall and hop up to the bar! They serve great pub food too with a seafood slant plus pizzas homemade and baked in their wood-fired oven.
The Fortescue Inn, Salcombe, is one of the town’s more traditional establishments. The pub serves food and drinks to suit a range of budgets and has a garden for the summer months. If you have spent the day on the water and are in need of refuelling, look no further than The Fortescue Inn’s infamous pizza that is served every day from 4pm. This hearty fare will undoubtedly keep your energy levels high throughout the day!
The Hope and Anchor can be found in the picturesque village of Hope Cove, nestled along South Devon’s brilliant coastline. Salcombe is, of course, one of the most beautiful towns in the world, but if you’d like to explore more of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, then the Hope and Anchor at Hope Cove is not a place to miss. Boasting sea views and a seasonal, ever-changing menu with fresh, local fish, this cosy little pub near Salcombe seems to have it all. With al fresco dining for the summer and rooms available for those who want to stay over, it gives some of Salcombe’s pubs a run for their money!
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