If you’re visiting Devon for a holiday you have to take the time and enjoy the balmy weather by indulging in some alfresco dining. Fortunately the South Devon area is home to some superb eateries that offer the chance to dine in the sun.
Whether you fancy a refined experience on a terrace, with majestic views of the countryside, or dining on the beachfront while the waves tumble over the sand, you’ll find alfresco dining to suit you. Here are 6 of the best.
1. Café Alf Resco
Nothing beats a hearty breakfast while relaxing in the courtyard of this much loved Dartmouth restaurant. People flock from across South Devon to enjoy the food at Alf Resco, whether that’s a traditional English with a cup of steaming, fresh ground coffee or their award-winning granola and a glass of orange juice.
2. Sharpham Vineyard Café
This delightful vineyard is tucked away in the countryside near Totnes. Sharpham produces a selection of sublime wines, which have won awards for their flavour and quality, and after you’ve toured their grounds drop into their café. Sit outside and soak up the wondrous countryside and tuck into delectable meals served with a glass of wine.
3. The Winking Prawn
One of the most famous restaurants in South Devon, the Winking Prawn has a unique vibe that makes it a firm favourite with locals and visitors. With a commanding view of the beautiful North Sands beach, the buffet breakfast is not to be missed. And what could be better than an evening meal of local seafood seared on a barbecue while the sun sets across the sea.
4. The Crabshell Inn
With its waterfront location ensuring it is a permanent sun trap, the Crabshell Inn offers a glorious alfresco dining experience, certainly one of the best in South Devon. Open till midnight, 7 days a week you’ll find a menu full of delights from crab bisque and battered cod to Moroccan spiced lamb. You can even arrive by boat as there’s adequate mooring on site.
This Dartmouth fish and chip restaurant takes the traditional sea side meal to a whole new level. Awarded Best Fish and Chip Restaurant in the UK 2013, cod and chips never tasted so good. Dining in the restaurant is fantastic, but why not grab a takeaway and head down to Dartmouth seafront to enjoy them instead.
6. Venus Café
If you’re enjoying a day out at the beach then grabbing a bite to eat at the Venus Café on Blackpool Sands should be tip of your list. But there’s more to this beach café than meets the eye. At night it becomes a restaurant that offers a romantic ambiance by the sea.
These are just some of the delightful alfresco dining experiences that await you when you visit South Devon.
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