Where to enjoy drinks on the South Devon coast

Langstone Cliff Hotel - Lincoln Bar Refurbishment

Langstone Cliff Hotel - Lincoln Bar Refurbishment - Credit: Mark Rogers

Join us as we take a tour along the south coast enjoying drinks with beautiful views. We have chosen 13 of the best places to go…

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1. The Passage House Inn, Topsham

Situated in Topsham, facing the beautiful River Exe, is The Passage House Inn, with its themed food nights, al fresco dining and seasonal menu. Try the sticky lemon chicken or a delicious fish pie with a glass of Zinfandel Blush. Perhaps you like a bit of friendly competition, if so why not pop by on a Tuesday night for quiz night with some friends?


2. Turf Hotel, Exeter

The Turf Hotel is a family run pub on the beautiful River Exe, and is the perfect location for you and your pooch to spend some time together. The pub offers breathtaking views of the historical Exeter canal and the surrounding countryside. Tuck into the Mediterranean fish stew and treat yourself to the classic sticky toffee pudding as you relax for the evening.


3. The Ship Inn, Exeter

We do love a good ol’ country pub, especially in Devon! The village of Cockwood is home to The Ship Inn; the pub prides itself on homemade dishes and its menu is brimming with great wines and real ales. You’ll just love the breast of duck with port and blackberry or the Goan vegetable curry.

4. Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish

The Langstone Cliff Hotel has been running for 70 years now and is a prime venue on the Dawlish coast. Enjoy some light bites from the bar during lunchtime with friends, tuck into the tasty roast beef sandwich alongside a glass of Pinot Grigio delle dolomite. This is the perfect place for a rewarding drink after a coastal walk and enjoy some delicious local food too.


5. The Smugglers Inn, Dawlish

Situated in the pretty town of Dawlish is The Smugglers Inn, a recently refurbished pub with a menu brimming with excellent real ales and wines. In the summer enjoy a pint on the patio while admiring the picturesque sea views and in the winter, snuggle up by the roaring open fire. Why not try the West Country ham and eggs or the Smugglers smoked haddock and prawn bake alongside a pint of your favourite tipple?


6. The Thatched Tavern, Maidencombe

After a stroll along the beachfront with your four-legged friend, pop into The Thatched Tavern. Dine al fresco in the beautiful garden flourishing with flora at lunch with a sausage, black pudding, bacon and egg sandwich accompanied by a glass of rose.


7. The Cary Arms, Torquay

Torquay’s Cary Arms is a 17th century classic English inn perched on the cliffs overlooking Babbacombe. In the summer you can sit outdoors and enjoy front row seats overlooking the beautiful coast while tucking into a plate of wild mushroom, pea and Sharpham brie risotto. Bring your dog along and you can both soak in the glorious views on the terrace that overlooks the south coast.

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8. Hole in the Wall, Torquay

Visit what is reportedly Torquay’s oldest pub, Hole in the Wall, an olde worlde tavern with cobbled floors and low beamed ceilings. The atmosphere is lively on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays when the pub has live music on. After a delicious plate of homemade steak and ale pie, take an evening stroll along Torquay’s harbour and admire the beautiful coastal views.


9. Beamers Restaurant, Brixham

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Situated on Brixham’s quay is Beamers Restaurant, a smart and stylish eatery with an excellent choice of wines. All seafood is handpicked by the owners from Brixham’s fish market, so visit with a loved one for a shellfish platter for two and perhaps finish off with a crème brulée with an almond biscuit.


10. The Prince William, Brixham

After an evening stroll along Brixham’s waterfront, drop by The Prince William, a family run restaurant and bar with breathtaking views over the harbour. Why not indulge in a mouth-watering carvery to be savoured with a glass of red wine?


11. Steam Packet Inn, Totnes

Escape the bustling town centre of Totnes and venture to this cosy, family run pub with scenic views over the River Dart. In the warmer weather we recommend finding a seat outdoors to soak in the sun. In the winter pull up a seat near to the log fire and tuck into crab and king prawn linguini.


12. The Laughing Monk, Dartmouth

The Laughing Monk is a cosy, British restaurant located in the quaint village of Strete. Expect a warm welcome at the former village school; dive in to the noodle broth and treat yourself to the moreish dark chocolate torte for pudding.


13. The Cove, Kingsbridge

After a walk along Hope Cove drop by The Cove, an independent, family-run eatery and check out the menu brimming with scrumptious food! Why not try the Smokey Joe burger with BBQ sauce, cheese and bacon or homemade fish cakes alongside a Brewdog Punk IPA or a Devon Red?

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