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Due to its location on the scenic A379 between Kingsbridge and Start Bay, Frogmore is a village through which many commuters, holidaymakers and visitors pass. We recommend parking up to spend a little time exploring this pretty village, well-known for its excellent bakery/café, beautiful creek and perhaps most of all, it’s family-focused annual regatta.
Here’s your guide to Frogmore, part of our ongoing series of blog posts on the most picturesque and vibrant villages in South Devon.
Frogmore is about three miles from Kingsbridge.
The village is just over 12 miles from Dartmouth.
Located at the head of Frogmore Creek on the Kingsbridge Estuary, Frogmore was once a bustling port. These days, while the water remains important to the life of the village, particularly during the annual regatta, it’s now better known as a picturesque destination for holidaymakers and day-trippers.
Along with the bar, there’s a patio and terrace at the Globe Inn, which offers a traditional village pub experience, complete with exposed stone, wooden beams and an open fire. There are plenty of ales to choose from and you’ll even find a separate games room offering darts and pool.
Diners can choose from extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, with the Globe Inn’s reputation built on both the friendly, efficient service and the quality of their food.
Find out more about the Globe Inn at: http://theglobeinn.co.uk/eat-drink/restaurants-bars/
@The Bakery is a village shop and post office in addition to serving as a bakery so popular it attracts customers from miles around. The team has won several Great Taste Awards since 2010.
There’s another branch in Kingsbridge (@11’s Kingsbridge) and from April this year there’s another branch in Salcombe. All are well worth popping in for a pasty, quiche, cake or other snack before finding a scenic spot by the water.
d’art fine food, the company behind @The Bakery, also provides outside catering for various events. Find out more at: http://www.dartfinefood.co.uk/.
The walking guide provided by the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership provides some interesting historical information about Frogmore Creek and the surrounding area. The creek served as a busy quay landing corn and coal until deep into the 19th century, while as many as 27 lime kilns still stand in various spots around the estuary, including Frogmore Creek.
Walking from Frogmore to West Charleton along the water’s edge is a great way to see the creek before turning inland and heading north through West Charleton, and finally coming back to the village down public footpaths.
Frogmore may be a tranquil rural village, but there’s a strong community spirit which is most evident during its annual events.
This year’s Frogmore Regatta will take place on Sunday 20 August.
Around 1800 people attended the regatta in 2016. This fun annual event involves lots of stalls supplying tasty local food and drink and plenty of competitions, from rowing and raft races on the water to various land (and mud!)-based contests.
There are also lots of demonstrations, activities and performances, with 2016’s Frogmore Regatta including Morris dancing, live music from Banned from the Moor, vintage cars and a dog show.
Find out more about 2017’s programme as the events are announced here: http://www.frogmore.info/
Other events in the village include:
We’ve lots of information about South Devon’s biggest and best events on these pages:
Nestled in stunning countryside, just three miles from the pretty market town of Kingsbridge and a 10-minute drive from Slapton Sands, Frogmore makes a fantastic holiday destination for those looking for a tranquil spot that’s in easy reach of a range of attractions.
Just a pleasant 10-minute walk away from @The Bakery and the Globe Inn, Cowslip Cottage is an attractive three-bedroom barn conversion with a lovely private terrace and lawn. Sleeping up to six, this baby-friendly holiday home makes the perfect accommodation for families and couples.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our at-a-glance guide to Frogmore. You might also be interested in South Pool, a picturesque waterside village with its own popular pub, the Millbrook Inn.