5 of the finest Salcombe cafés

By Ross Purdy on April 11, 2017

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These days, many of us enjoy high-quality fresh coffee as part of our normal routine, as it continues catching up with tea as our national drink. But there’s a world of difference between gulping down an ‘al desko’ latte or commuter-cup cappuccino and sitting down to savour a cup on holiday. With no shopping list to cross off or appointments to worry about, you can truly relax and appreciate the experience.

The Winking Prawn in Salcombe

Whether you’ll be jumping at the chance to chat with your loved ones, enjoy some stunning natural scenery or indulge in a spot of people-watching, these five Salcombe cafés are all worth popping into on a lazy morning or afternoon.

1. Salcombe Coffee Company

73 Fore Street

The weekly arrival of the ‘Cake Man’ from Salcombe Coffee Company at our Island Street office always brings much excitement. One of the most popular Salcombe cafes on our list, this little coffee shop on Fore Street has a well-deserved reputation for tasty snacks and light bites, not to mention of course the delicious coffee.


The attention to the detail in the food served at the Salcombe Coffee Company is always impressive, whether you’re ordering a Christmas mince pie, an indulgent English breakfast or a lunchtime sandwich.

Visit their Facebook page for a sense of what’s on offer.

2. The Wardroom Café

19 Fore Street

Despite being in a very central location on Fore Street, the Wardroom Café is easy to miss, as you need to walk through the Crew Clothing store to find it. This makes you feel like you’ve stumbled upon a well-kept secret – a fantastic place to enjoy views of the estuary from the outdoor tables or relax indoors in the cosy, quiet setting.

The homemade food at the Wardroom Café receives excellent reviews, especially the seafood such as the scallops and Salcombe crab sandwiches.

Keep up to date with what’s happening at the Wardroom Café via their Facebook page.

3. Sailor V

36 Fore Street

Friendly, attentive staff, a great lunch menu with reasonable prices and a laidback atmosphere characterise this popular café-restaurant. The soft drink options, like the decadent smoothies and freshly-squeezed fruit juices, keep customers coming back for more, and the location is perfect for watching the world go by.

Take a look at the Sailor V website for further information.

4. The Winking Prawn

North Sands

A mile from the centre of Salcombe by beautiful North Sands, the beachside Winking Prawn is well worth a visit in its own right. Stylishly furnished indoors, this excellent eatery also has a spacious outdoor seating area to make the most of the scenery on sunny days. Pay a morning visit for the buffet breakfast, which is served between 8.45 am and 11.15 am. The varied lunch menu applies from 11.30 am until 4.00 pm and the Winking Prawn also opens for dinner.

There’s even a seasonal summer barbecue menu too – it’s hard to think of a better setting for a relaxed summer meal.

See menus, opening times and more on the Winking Prawn website.

5. The Kidz & Co

Island Street

Looking for a café suitable for your young kids? Coffee shops don’t get more child-friendly than The Kidz & Co on Island Street, which opened in March 2016. This is a soft play centre where the drinks are far more than an afterthought. While the kids burn off steam, their parents can take the load off their feet with a refreshing Cool Beans coffee, Teapigs tea or Heron Valley juice.

Find out more about The Kidz & Co here.

 With its picturesque shopping streets, unspoilt beaches and luxurious accommodation options, Salcombe makes the ideal base for your relaxed break.
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