Planning the perfect barbecue in South Devon

By Vicky Rogers on June 17, 2015

Woodwell terrace, the perfect spot for a barbecue.

Summer is here, meaning barbecue season is upon us!

Here is our guide to hosting a fabulous summer gathering, on your South Devon holiday…

First things first – where are you going to hold your barbecue? One of the easiest places to enjoy barbecuing is in the comfort of your own holiday home. With washing-up facilities, and the convenience of having a fridge, crockery and cutlery on site, this is a stress free way to cook for family or friends this summer.  Many Coast & Country Cottages holiday cottages are equipped with barbecue facilities. For the ultimate barbecue with sea views, book a break at the luxury property Woodwell  in Salcombe. This delightful newly built self-catering holiday home has a wonderful terrace, boasting stunning views over the Salcombe estuary and out to sea. With a built in Firemagic barbecue on the terrace, and seating for up to 8 people, this is a fabulous place to enjoy an al fresco meal in the summer sunshine.

If you would prefer to enjoy your barbecue as part of a day out, why not head to the beach? Many South Devon beaches permit barbecuing – for full details read this beach guide. For a fun experience, why not fish for mackerel for your barbecue? Take your fishing rods to Slapton Sands beach at Torcross, and if you are lucky enough to catch some fish, cook it on a disposable barbecue whilst relaxing on the pebbles and watching the sun go down. This is certainly one of the best ways to enjoy delicious fresh mackerel! For all your barbecuing equipment needs, head to nearby Ashby’s Easy Stores, where you can pick up everything you might require.

Where ever you decide to enjoy your barbecue, the most important thing is the food and drink. South Devon offers an abundance of delicious local food, including mouth-watering meats reared on rolling Devon hills, fabulous seafood caught off the Start Bay coastline, and beautiful salad grown in the fields across the region. There are also a number of various drink producers, including local breweries and vineyards.  If you would like to find out about great drinks to accompany your barbecue this summer, read this great article from drinks columnist Susy Atkins Drinks Through The Seasons.

Whether you are looking for steak, burgers or sausages, Aune Valley Meats  is a wonderful butcher selling locally sourced meats, perfect for barbecue season. They also have a small farm shop, selling a selection of high quality salad and vegetables that you might need. Pay a visit to the rurally located establishment, and stop for a coffee and a cake at the adjacent Valley View Café!

For scrumptious seafood including wonderful king prawns and scallops, visit one the local fish mongers like Salcombe Fish Mongers.  To complete your meal, head to The Bake House in Salcombe for some fantastic freshly baked bread rolls or French stick – the perfect finishing touch to you barbecue menu!

So there we have it – everything you need to consider for a delicious barbecue in South Devon this summer.  If all of this sounds like a lot of work, but you would still like to enjoy the authentic barbecue experience, head to the Winking Prawn in Salcombe – they hold regular barbecues on their terrace. Relax with delicious food, whilst enjoying views across North Sands beach!