As the summer holidays draw to a close, we find ourselves knocking on the door of Autumn. South Devon...
For many people, Dartmouth calls to mind a strong sense of history and heritage. We think of the town’s naval connection, its glorious old buildings and the taste of yesteryear you can enjoy in various ways, whether that’s with a real ale at the 14th century Cherub Inn, fish and chips on the harbour or a box of handmade clotted cream fudge.
Much as we love these traditional aspects of life in Dartmouth and South Devon, it’s nice to have some variety too. Fortunately, when it comes to a night out, these fantastic Dartmouth wine bars offer something different from the old cob walls and oak beams you find in its cosy inns.
The stylish décor, subdued lighting and air of sophistication at Bellini’s wouldn’t be out of place in London or any other major city. But the friendliness of the, attentive and knowledgeable waiting staff will quickly remind you you’re in South Devon after all!
Owner and proud ‘Dartmouth girl’ Jayne Birbeck’s mission with Bellini’s Bar was to create a different kind of night spot for the town.
Bellini’s is a cocktail and wine bar that’s ideal for pre- or post-dinner drinks, thanks to its large cocktail selection (there are 59 on the menu!) and extensive range of champagnes and other tipples.
There are also regular club nights put on by visiting DJs. These usually take place on the last Saturday of the month. Look out for live music too, which tends to appear every six weeks or so.
Why not try the house speciality, the ‘Bellini Cocktail’ during your next night out in Dartmouth?
If you do get peckish, there’s even more good news: Bellini’s Bar is also bringing in a charcuterie board. Their Facebook page is the place to stay up to date, which you can find here: https://www.facebook.com/bellinisbar/
South Embankment / Raleigh Street
An adjunct to Mitch Tonks’ multi-award-winning Seahorse restaurant, Joe’s Bar is Dartmouth’s newest wine bar. Head down the long corridor to Joe’s after a special meal at the Seahorse, or alternatively pop in for a hand-picked wine or other tipple as you enjoy a small plate prepared by Mitch’s renowned team.
“Joes’ Bar was inspired by those little bars in Venice where you enjoy an aperitivo like a negroni or Bellini before supper or a digestif straight after. That’s what we have recreated right here in Dartmouth at The Seahorse! It’s a snug little bar with a standing room and seats for about 14, full of warmth with its own door in the side street and a direct link through to the Seahorse restaurant. We’re working on some great bespoke spirits for the bar right now, more soon!”
A little way up Victoria Road, a short walk from Dartmouth’s waterfront, you’ll find Brown’s Kitchen Bar, a stylish venue that’s well worth a visit, whether that’s for a lunchtime coffee, a romantic dinner or a lively evening with friends. There are three more-or-less separate rooms on the ground floor, all with their own distinct feel.
The intended atmosphere is more of a wine bar than a restaurant, with a short seasonal menu emphasising casual classics, including tapas from Tuesday to Saturday. Events are often held on Thursdays, and children are welcome.
With its welcoming pubs, rustic cafés and varied restaurants, Dartmouth makes a great holiday destination for those looking for a relaxed base to enjoy quality time with their friends or loved ones.
Find out more about this historic harbour town on our Dartmouth blog pages.
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