23 Devon restaurants with views to dine for
- Credit: Archant
With views of the coast, the countryside and our towns and cities, Devon’s eateries are home to some of the best views the county has to offer. Here are 23 places that are a treat for the tongue and the eyes
1. The Guardhouse Cafe, Brixham
The Guardhouse Café is located within the Northern Fort of Berry Head National Nature Reserve. On Torbay's southern tip, there are stunning views north to Torquay and Paignton while looking east and south over the sea you'll get frequent sightings of porpoise, dolphins and sea birds.
The guardhouse, completed in 1802, was used by the troops defending the fortress. Inside the café you can still see part of the tunnel system which was built inside the fort all those years ago.
2. The Breakwater Cafe, Brixham
The Breakwater in Brixham is just a stone's throw away from Berry Head. The cafe has long been there supplying ice creams and the like but in recent years has developed into a fine eatery with a cafe feel in the day but more intimate dinners by night.
This family run bistro offers stunning vistas of the half-mile long Breakwater with Torquay and Paignton looking enviously over from the other side.
3. Rockfish, Brixham
A pleasant stroll from Berry Head into town and you'll stumble upon the newest addition to the Mitch Tonks empire.
His other restaurants in Dartmouth & Torquay have great views too but this latest addition in the historic fish port of Brixham offers the chance to spy on the very people that catch that little fishy ending up very soon on your little dishy! A take-away, a chef training academy and a first floor dining room means there is something for everyone.
4. Living Coasts Cafe, Torquay
- 1 16 of the best spots for al fresco dining in Essex
- 2 10 of the best restaurants for al fresco dining in Norfolk
- 3 Win a holiday for two on the Isles of Scilly
- 4 7 fab Devon pubs with outdoor spaces
- 5 35 great Surrey pubs with beer gardens and terraces
- 6 12 outdoor dining experiences in Surrey
- 7 16 of the best beer gardens in Essex
- 8 Sussex pubs with beer gardens to visit this summer
- 9 12 of the best places to eat al fresco in Yorkshire
- 10 19 great places to eat outdoors in Cheshire after lockdown
A quick boat ride across the bay from Brixham and you'll come ashore at Living Coasts. Whether you want to see the penguins or not don't miss the café at Torquay's coastal zoo.
The sweeping vista of sheltered, shining water takes in everything from Berry Head round to Torre Abbey Sands; cormorants dry themselves on the rocks below the terrace and you could even see dolphins.
5. The Grand Hotel, Torquay
If you fancy something a bit more grown up whilst in Torquay or perhaps an indulgent cream tea then The Grand Hotel bar offers a different perspective of glistening views over Torre Abbey Sands and the Victorian seaside town.
The elegant, award winning AA Rosette "Restaurant 1881" offers a daily changing Table d'Hote menu whilst the Compass Lounge and Brasserie offers more informal dining with brasserie style food, together with a range of sandwiches and lighter fare, all of which you can enjoy whilst admiring the view.
You will never get tee'd off with the view from this restaurant! Arguably the finest view over Teignmouth, Shaldon and beyond and you don't even have to play golf.
Just become a social member and you too can have your breath taken away by the sheer beauty of the landscape whilst tucking into a light lunch or try their Sunday carvery but booking is essential as it's a popular haunt for carvery fans. Some 800 feet above sea level, the bar, terrace and dining room are understandably popular with golfers and non-golfers alike and it makes a great venue for wedding receptions and parties.
7. The Clipper, Shaldon
Hop across the estuary from Teignmouth and you'll get a different view again this time from the upstairs of The Clipper Cafe in Shaldon.
This relaxed bistro style café on the Shaldon waterfront boasts uninterrupted views across the Teign Estuary: as the view changes regularly with the weather and different levels of marine activity, it'll be different every time you visit.
Like this? Check out these other places!
8. Cafe ODE, Shaldon & Gara Rock, South Hams
A bit of a double whammy here as Cafe Ode in Shaldon, run by renowned chef Tim Bouget, has just opened another Cafe Ode at Gara Rock. Guided by their motto of "family friendly food that doesn't cost the earth", both have the same ethical and sustainable principles that made the original café an award-winning favourite in the area.
Whilst the Shaldon cafe also has amazing views of Teignmouth and beyond, Tim has chosen another breathtaking site for his new venture. Located close to the beach on the spectacular south west coastal foot path in the South Hams, Cafe-ODE, Gara Rock is a modern cafe with glass walls which has unrivalled panoramic views of the South Devon coast and the Atlantic beyond.
9. Tea On The Green, Exeter
Not all great views have to be of the sea. In the heart of Exeter you may think that a great view whilst you eat isn't possible but don't forget about this little gem.
With locally sourced produce - both the tea and coffee are made in Somerset - Tea on the Green is a busy restaurant serving lunch, tea and splendid Sunday roasts. All of this can be enjoyed whilst taking in the splendour of Exeter Cathedral from inside or al fresco with no traffic.
10. Ilsington Hotel, Newton Abbot
Gaze up towards Haytor Rock and sample the delights of this 2 AA rosette restaurant that serves fresh, local produce.
Meat and fish is smoked on the premises and eggs come from their own flock of hens, meaning you really can taste a bit of the good life whilst your eyes take in the wild moorland.
11. Occombe Farm, Paignton
The Occombe Farm Café is all about delicious, fresh, local food sourcing as much of the menu as possible from Occombe Farm itself and it's this view you can take in whilst munching.
Luscious farmland and rolling hills allow you to see and taste Devon at it's best.
12. Winking Prawn, Salcombe
Back to the beach again but worth it for an outside seat at this little local secret. In front lies the sparkling sea and a sandy beach, behind a rolling valley, lush and green.
Sample breakfast, brunch, lunch, BBQ's in the summer and evening meals. There is even a dressing up box where kids (or even big kids!) can dress up and have fun by the sea!
13. The Waterfront, Plymouth
The historic Waterfront bar and restaurant in Plymouth re-opened with a well-deserved fanfare a couple of years ago after being almost completely destroyed in devastating storms.
A one million pound refurbishment and two of the finest landlords in the West Country guarantee this high-end establishment will have food, clientele, drinks and ambience as classy as the view it has of Plymouth Sound from the water's edge.
14. The Dome, Plymouth
Look up from the waterfront and you'll spy another great Plymouth venue.
Perched on Plymouth's historic Hoe and looking across and beyond Plymouth Sound, the food and the view make the perfect combination.