6 Perfect Places to Eat Alfresco in South Devon

July 28th, 2014 | By Clare Levy

The South Devon alfresco lifestyle is loved by all who live and stay here and one of the favourite activities is spending the balmy summer nights enjoying dinner outside – whether it be on a candle lit terrace or overlooking the beach hearing the waves on the shore.

These are our top 6 eateries to enjoy alfresco dining:

Winking Prawn

1. Winking Prawn, Salcombe 

This cool and quirky restaurant is a firm favourite with regular visitors to the area, and remains a favourite for alfresco dining due to its location overlooking North Sands beach. Head down in the morning for buffet breakfast, spend a leisurely lunch enjoying their large range of scrumptious sandwiches and local seafood platters or watch the sunset while feasting on their beach barbecue.

2. Venus Cafe, Blackpool Sands 

This beachside café feeds crowds of hungry beachgoers in the day and then transforms to an intimate restaurant at night. Enjoy locally sourced produce cooked with Mediterranean flair overlooking the spectacular views of one of the country’s best beaches. A perfect location for a romantic evening.

3.Rockfish, Dartmouth 

Eating fish and chips whilst on holiday in South Devon is a must! There’s nothing better than the salty smell of the sea whilst tucking into crispy battered flaky fish. Dartmouth is lucky enough to house Mitch Tonks’ award winning Fish and Chip restaurant but we recommend grabbing a few portions for the family from their take away shop and eating them on the seafront out of paper for the authentic experience.


4. Sharpham Vineyard Café, Totnes

If a quiet afternoon in the countryside overlooking the River Dart sounds up your street, why not head to this hidden gem. Enjoy a tour of the vineyards, learning about the award winning UK wines before sitting down to hearty portions of homemade food using Sharpham cheeses and accompanied by wine grown and produced on the estate.

5. The Crabshell Inn, Kingsbridge 

For those taking to the water in search of their supper why not Paddleboard or sail up the creek to a pub that’s a hit with locals and visitors. Spend the evening on the south facing deck eating wood fired pizzas and proper pub grub whilst watching the world go by.



6. Café Alfresco, Dartmouth 

For leisurely breakfasts and lunches (and rustic dinners during regatta week) served with freshly squeezed orange juice and fantastic coffee enjoy this vibrant café in the heart of Dartmouth. Sit in the courtyard to soak up the early morning sunshine or head inside to glimpse the quirky interior in the colder months.

To enjoy a slice of South Devon food why not take a peek at our places to stay:

Salcombe holiday homes
Dartmouth holiday homes

Or call our experienced local team on 01548 843773.