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When exploring a new town, visiting independent cafés and coffee shops is an enjoyable way to experience the character and feel of a place. Our guide offers an insight into the best Dartmouth cafés that have been selected for their individuality, atmosphere and outstanding quality.

South Devon has some serious bragging rights when it comes to quality coffee shops and cafés. There is no shortage of cosy and quirky spots to pass the time, sampling great coffee and indulging in local flavours. You’ll find everything from an instagrammable flat white made with local coffee, to finger licking meals made from ingredients sourced from South Devon’s larder. Read on for our guide to the best Dartmouth cafés.


Looking for somewhere in particular? Use our quick links below to skip ahead, or read on to learn about just a few of our favourite independent Dartmouth Cafés:

1. Anchorstone Café
2. Café Alf Resco
3. Sloping Deck & Dartmouth Bakery
4. Saveurs
5. Dart to Mouth Deli
6. The Dart Café
7. Skippers
8. The Spinning Wheel
9. The Singing Kettle
10. Woodroast
11. Mad Hatters
12. Smith Street Deli
13. Bula Devon
14. Beth’s Bistro
15. Bayard’s Cove Inn
16. Dartmouth Castle Tea Rooms


1. Anchorstone Café

The Kiosk, Coronation Park, Dartmouth, TQ6 9RR

Dartmouth Cafes Anchorstone

Fancy a breakfast, brunch or lunch with locally roasted barista coffee and speciality teas? Just a short walk from the bustling centre of Dartmouth, in a lovely riverside park setting, is one of two Anchorstone Cafés, with the other located down river in Dittisham. This al fresco eatery offers delicious, locally-sourced dishes, with the option to eat in or takeaway. Start the day with an English breakfast, or perhaps just a bacon sandwich with a steaming cup of locally produced Owens Coffee. If it’s lunch you are hankering after, there’s no doubt their delicious locally-sourced seafood lunches, including crab, lobster and shellfish will put a smile on your dial! Finish off with a Salcombe Dairy ice-cream, or one of their yummy cakes, while enjoying the beautiful South Devon countryside.

Telephone: 01803 832679

Website: anchorstonecafedartmouth.co.uk

Opening times: Monday – Sunday: 08:00 – 16:00

Dog-friendly: Yes


2. Café Alf Resco

Lower Street, Dartmouth, TQ6 9AN

Dartmouth Cafes alfs

One of the most popular brunch spots in South Devon, Café Alf Resco sees, which is roughly half indoor half outdoor, provides a relaxed, stress-free environment in which to enjoy tasty, freshly cooked food. Come rain or shine, you will consistently see happy diners chatting with family and friends, mulling over the morning paper, or listening to live music. When the sounds of laughter and chatter aren’t flowing through the streets, it’s because everyone’s too busy tucking into seriously good food! Standard practice appears to be to peruse the menu for several minutes before ordering ‘Alf’s Full Breakfast’ like everyone else! There are, however, plenty of other delicious options in case you’re looking for something lighter, including their Alf Resco granola and cinnamon toast.

Coast & Country Cottages customers can enjoy a free portion of cinnamon toast, so be sure to order some on the side!

Telephone: 01803 835880

Website: alfresco.co.uk

Opening times: Monday – Sunday: 07:00 – 14:00

Dog-friendly: Yes


3. Sloping Deck & Dartmouth Bakery

10 Duke street, Dartmouth, TQ6 9PZ

Freshly baked bread, homemade cakes, tarts and pasties are order of the day at the Sloping Deck Restaurant & Dartmouth Bakery. In a prime spot on the lower section of Duke street, opposite the band stand, it’s a fantastic pit stop for the travel-weary shopper. Enjoy an early morning coffee, lunch or be tempted with a delicious afternoon cream tea, served with local Devonshire clotted cream and their very own jam!

Telephone: 01803 832758

Facebook: Sloping Deck Restaurant & Dartmouth Bakery

Opening times: Monday – Sunday: 09:00 – 17:00

Dog-friendly: Yes


4. Saveurs

3 Victoria Road, Dartmouth, TQ6 9RT

Dartmouth Cafes saveurs

Saveurs is a French café and restaurant, or more specifically a boulangerie, chocolaterie and patisserie. It was set up in 2008 by Julien and Guylaine Picamil to provide a truly authentic taste of the continent. A favourite among holidaymakers and locals alike, Saveurs is busy all-year round, thanks to the team’s commitment to quality treats that excite both the eyes and taste buds. Pop in for a leisurely drink, breakfast or lunch, and make sure to pick up a loaf of freshly baked bread and some indulgent delights to take home with you. We can highly recommend their delightfully rich, velvet smooth hot chocolate.

Telephone: 01803 835852

Website: saveurs.co.uk

Opening times: Monday – Sunday: 09:00 – 17:00

Dog-friendly: Yes


5. Dart to Mouth Deli

Market Street, Dartmouth, TQ6 9QE

Dart to Mouth Deli is a local traditional delicatessen firmly based on solid, simple principles of providing local and home-made goods. This fully licensed deli and café is in the heart of the Old Market Square, with outdoor seating and the option of warm blankets if it gets chilly. With lashings of jam and cream on fluffy, freshly baked scones, their cream tea is arguably one of the best cream teas Dartmouth has to offer. Not only do they serve fantastic homemade bakes, but fabulous light lunches too.

Telephone: 01803 839377

Facebook: @DartToMouth

Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 09:00 – 14:00, Open evening for private bookings 18:00 – 21:00

Dog-friendly: Yes


6. The Dart Café

6 Church Street, Dartmouth, TQ6 9DH

Tucked away on a pretty side street off Fairfax Place, the Dart Café is a ‘secret’ haunt enjoyed by many local residents. Cooked breakfasts at the Dart Café are especially popular, and the coffee tends to receive rave reviews. Visitors to Dartmouth who do discover this friendly eatery often make multiple visits during their stay, keen to make the most of the tempting menu of home-made light bites and meals.

Telephone: 01803 834772

Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 08:00 – 18:00, Sunday: 09:30 – 16:30

Dog-friendly: Yes


7. Skippers

3-4 Fairfax Place, Dartmouth, TQ6 9AD

This down to earth, cosy eatery is a great find in the very heart of Dartmouth. Dog-friendly, your four-legged friend can enjoy this much-loved pit stop too! Stop in for fish and chips, or why not tuck into a delicious crab sandwich? With super-friendly and helpful staff, big windows and outside seating, there’s no better spot in Dartmouth to have a bite to eat and watch the world go by.

Telephone: 01803 832087

Facebook: @skippers

Opening times: Monday – Sunday: 09:00 – 17:00

Dog-friendly: Yes


8. The Spinning Wheel

Hauley Road, Dartmouth, TQ6 9AA

This family-run cosy café is open all day during the summer months and late into the evening, so you can happily spend a leisurely time here, without the hassle of rushing. Enjoy a warm drink and a meal in the outside courtyard, restaurant or the bijou coffee shop. With seasonal ingredients from the local area, meals are prepared fresh to order each day. They offer a wide choice of drinks, light lunches and nibbles on a delectable menu.

Telephone: 01803 832645

Opening times: Monday – Sunday: 10:00 – 16:30

Dog-friendly: Yes


9. The Singing Kettle

6 Smith Street, Dartmouth, TQ6 9QR

Tucked away from the busy crowds and set within a charming, characterful Grade ll listed building, The Singing Kettle is a thriving and well-known traditional tea-room. This unique and quaint eatery offers a traditional and ever popular menu, which includes breakfast, hot drinks, lunches and a somewhat legendary Devon cream tea. Not only is the café renowned for exceptional food, but is also boasts a great atmosphere and brilliant service, which has both locals and visitors coming back time again.

The Singing Kettle are proud winners of several awards and accolades, the latest including the Good Food Award for two years in a row for 2019 and 2020. All the food is prepared daily, using the best local produce and ingredients from local suppliers where possible.

Telephone: 01803 906068

Facebook: @singingkettledartmouth

Opening times: Monday – Sunday: 10:00 – 17:00

Dog-friendly: Yes


10. Woodroast

2 Smith Street, Dartmouth, TQ6 9QR

Dartmouth Cafes Woodroast

Having recently taken over the neighbouring property, Woodroast has been transformed from an artisan takeaway outlet to a fully-fledged café, sporting a uniquely designed, beautifully intimate setting, popular for its delicious coffee blends. Being less than 100 metres from the embankment and Royal Avenue Gardens, it’s an ideal place to stop off before strolling around the gardens and Dartmouth’s riverside streets.

Telephone: 01803 832115

Instagram: @woodroastcafe

Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 09:00 – 17:00, Sunday: 10:00 – 16:00

Dog-friendly: Yes


11. Mad Hatters

10 Fairfax Place, Dartmouth, TQ6 9AD

Set along one of the main thoroughfares in Dartmouth, be sure to take a break from the hustle and bustle to pop into the Mad Hatters Tea Shop. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and tasty, wholesome foods, from scrambled eggs on toast to tasty crab and cucumber sandwiches. There’s a large variety of cakes and cupcakes available, as well as hot and cold beverages.

Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 09:00 – 17:00

Dog-friendly: Yes


12. Smith Street Deli

Smith Street, Dartmouth, TQ6 9QR

Like many Dartmouth cafés, Smith Street Deli is an establishment where fresh, local ingredients are all important, as are a warm, welcoming atmosphere and a friendly, efficient service. As its name suggests, Smith Street Deli is mainly a delicatessen and speciality food shop, but there’s a small café area where you can enjoy a coffee and bite to eat. They have plenty of options, including traditional ploughman’s, a trio of smoked fish, or something a little more indulgent like a home-made cake or tart. They also stock a large selection of cheese, local preserves and cured meats which you can take home to enjoy.

Telephone: 01803 833616

Facebook: @SmithStreetDeli

Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday: 09:00 – 17:00

Dog-friendly: Yes – outside seating


13. Bula Devon

Newcomen Road, Dartmouth, TQ6 9AF

This laidback café and take out, with not only delicious but nutritious food, is a must visit on a trip to Dartmouth. Try one of their legendary ‘Bula bowls’, in particular the chocolate peanut flavour, made with banana, peanut butter, dates, cocoa and almond milk, or an indulgent salad, not to mention a tempting cake! The menu consists of many vegan, vegetarian and gluten free choices, and we can highly recommend their smoothies – arguably one of the best around!

Telephone: 01803 835124

Instagram: @buladevon

Opening times: Monday – Sunday: 09:00 – 17:00

Dog-friendly: Yes


14. Beth’s Bistro

33 Lower Street, Dartmouth, TQ6 9AN

Beth’s Bistro is a family-run, multi award-winning eatery, where they work by the motto that ‘happiness is homemade’. Using locally-sourced produce, and serving both vegan and vegetarian options, this is a lovely place to eat for a quick sandwich or an indulgent treat. This inviting café has consistently been recognised not only for its fantastic food and charming atmosphere, but equally brilliant service. Whether you decide to treat yourself to a hearty breakfast, scrumptious lunch or just a slice of their heavenly chocolate cake or brownie, it’s clear to see why food fans are tempted back for more of their mouth-watering meals.

Telephone: 01803 832882

Facebook: @bethsbistro

Opening times: Monday – Sunday: 08:00 – 14:00

Dog-friendly: Yes


15. Bayard’s Cove Inn

27 Lower Street, Dartmouth, TQ6 9AN

Dartmouth Cafes bayards

The café-bar at Bayard’s Cove Inn is located close to the lower ferry on the edge of Bayard’s Cove. With chunky wooden furniture, crooked oak beams and quirky works of art adorning the walls, it’s a stylish mix of old and new, and a great place to unwind just slightly off the tourist trail.

The breakfasts in particular are worth missing out on a lie in for – even during a holiday – so why not start the day with a choice of dishes from healthy vegan smoothies, to a hearty farmhouse breakfast (vegan and vegetarian options available). Or why not pop in for lunch, where you can choose from a range of mouth-watering choices. Bayard’s Cove Inn pride themselves on seasonal, local, home cooked food, packed with delicious ingredients.

Telephone: 01803 839278

Website: bayardscoveinn.co.uk

Opening times: Monday – Sunday: 08:00 – 22:30

Dog-friendly: Yes


16. Dartmouth Castle Tea Rooms

Castle Road, Dartmouth, TQ6 0JN

Dartmouth cafes

A scenic one-mile walk from the harbour you’ll find the Dartmouth Castle Tea Rooms, which have been recently renovated and relaunched. This idyllic eatery is perfect for history buffs, or those looking for a leisurely stroll before having some food. The breathtaking coastal views and iconic Dartmouth Castle provide the perfect backdrop for a Devon cream tea (cream first, then jam), even if you’re local you feel like you’re on holiday here. From sharing platters to seafood salads, there’s lots of food options to be tempted by here.

Telephone: 01803 833897

Website: dartmouthcastletearooms.co.uk

Opening times: Friday – Monday: 10:00 – 16.00

Dog-friendly: Yes


We may be biased, but we think the variety of independent Dartmouth cafés is something to be marvelled at, and they’re all wonderful in our eyes. However, if you prefer your regular, predictable flavour and pricing, Dartmouth is home to a Costa Coffee – one of the few national coffee shops in Dartmouth.

There are so many other fantastic places to eat and drink in Dartmouth, so be sure to read our blog on the 10 best restaurants in Dartmouth, or read our local experts guide to the best pubs in Dartmouth.

Please be aware that during the Covid-19 pandemic, cafés, pubs and restaurants are responding to regularly updated government guidelines by adapting to a ‘new normal’, with some eateries now offering takeaway and delivery services. We recommend that you contact the local eateries that you wish to dine in before your arrival, to save disappointment.


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