Honest recommendations & hidden gems for the best places to eat, drink & visit in Devon & Dorset, each of which are in our new Travel Guide.
Salcombe is one of Devon’s most picturesque harbour towns, with views over the crystal clear water. Dolphins and a multitude of fishing boats call this scenic location home. Houses in an array of pastel tones form the backdrop, which sits close to the mouth of the sparkling Salcombe-Kingsbridge Estuary.
Situated in the picture postcard fishing village of Beer, this sweeping shingle beach is enveloped by vertiginous limestone cliffs. Believed to have once been a preferred location for smugglers, fisherman today regularly launch their boats from the shore.
Canonteign is home to some of England’s most spectacular waterfalls: both the natural falls created over the centuries in this valley and the picturesque falls named after the 3rd Lady Exmouth and built under her direction in 1890. The falls provide inspiration for many photographers and painters due to their striking beauty.
Guarding the principal route through the Purbeck Hills, the 1000 year old Corfe Castle’s dramatic remains stand in an elevated position as a representation of its colourful and significant history. The tumbledown, moss embellished walls and rugged beauty conceal its diverse and often turbulent past.
Stoned pizza house is the original entrepreneurial concept from a young 16 year old who set out in 2013 touring campsites and pop-ups with a wood-fired pizza oven in tow. They specialise in stone baked foods, which have become a huge hit and resulted in this popular restaurant in Braunton.
The Thirsty Bird is a relaxed and beautifully designed café serving speciality coffee, delicious cheeses and charcuterie alongside a decent wine menu. They believe in serving quality produce, whilst creating a welcoming, friendly atmosphere where you can truly relax and take some time out.
The magnificent geological wonder, Durdle Door is a limestone arch rising out of the aquamarine water at 200ft high, along the Jurassic Coast. As part of the World Heritage Site, the arch is also part of the Lulworth Estate and a short walk from Lulworth Cove.
Ryder & Hope is an interesting design led collaboration incorporating interiors, retail and online. The brand encompasses an interior design service that focuses on commercial properties as well as domestic spaces. Ryder & Hope Store is their first retail space, selecting products from designers and crafts people as well as finding pieces to inspire everyday living.
Café Ode is renowned for its sustainable approach to using quality, ethical and seasonal ingredients in a family friendly environment. Architecturally the café was created from the original Ness stables and is considered a fusion of art renovation, conversion and new sustainable build.
Situated on the edge of the Old West Bay Station platform, The Station Kitchen showcases the best of Dorset’s produce from its fresh catch, succulent local meat and garden grown vegetables, cleverly fusing old world charm with contemporary culinary excellence.
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Beautifully presented with clear and concise info of local pubs, cafe, shops, etc., a page per place. There’s lovely pictures throughout too which makes it a joy to thumb through. This is my fourth guide now, Sussex being the first which I found a real eye opener to my home county. Devon & Dorset hasn’t disappointed and we can’t wait to visit this summer, guide book in hand!
K Haines | Amazon Review