While you’ve got your car, why not explore the delights that the surrounding country side of Devon and Cornwall have to offer? From the beautiful seaside, luscious hills and breath taking landscape, to the small towns nestled in amongst the narrow, but ever so exciting Devon country lanes.
We have put together a selection of our favorite places to visit and things to do in Devon and Cornwall. From the seaside towns of Salcombe, Dartmouth and Kingsbridge, to the expansive mystical lands of Dartmoor, the city of Plymouth and great shopping centres of Ashburton and Exeter. There are so many great places to eat, sites to see, shop, explore and things to do.
For the slightly more adventurous, there’s surfing and surf schools, windsurfing and great walking tracks. The highly rated South West Coast Path is full of surprises along the way. From quaint country pubs, private beaches, ancient ruins and small seaside towns such as Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo where you will something yummy for lunch washed down with a delicious local apple juice or cider.
Hire a classic 2CV in Devon for a day, a weekend, a week or even more – there’ s plenty to see and lots to explore!
Places to drive to for lunch…
Cafe Alf Resco in Dartmouth, or “Alf’s” as the locals call it, provides an exciting fusion of delicious fresh food and drink, a vibrant atmosphere and live music. The café features an open-plan kitchen and outside seating area, complete with wall-mounted heaters for cooler days.
With its Grade I listed former Naval buildings and stunning views over the Waterfront, Plymouth’s Royal William Yard is fast becoming one of the most stylish places to dine in the city. For all fresco dining, Royal William Yard can’t be beaten – whether its Italian cuisine or quality pub grub, everything tastes better when eaten outdoors looking out over the water.
Housed in the world famous Plymouth Gin Distillery, the Barbican Kitchen was established in 2006 by the Tanner Brothers, Chris and James. The Barbican Kitchen takes full advantage of the superb larder available to us here in the West Country.
A relaxed atmosphere, with its simple yet effective ‘Mediterranean’ theme décor, the Oyster Shack is a unique dining experience. Simple local produce and an unhurried atmosphere, experience the great flavours and freshness of the restaurants surrounding area. A seafood haven!
The Crabshell Inn is gloriously situated on the quayside Kingsbridge and with its south-westerly aspect, basks in the sun all day. With great pizzas, superb crab, local seafood and many classic favourites, this is a place to take your time and really soak up the atmosphere.
A unique eating experience right at the heart of a working organic farm. Expect a f east of seasonal, freshly-picked produce. Uniquely, there is just one sitting and the whole restaurant is served together at the same time.
This unassuming little restaurant has become a foodie hub in Plymouth, quickly establishing itself as a hidden gem in the city. Enjoy coffee and cake to start your morning, or try a sumptuous meal, simple light lunches. Something to really tempt your taste buds.
Located on the beautiful Cathedral Green, is Michael Caine’s Abode, a fabulous place to dine. Exeter is Michael’s hometown, where the ABode story began. Here he utilises the finest ingredients and produce from the West Country. Always a very special experience.
Walking tracks and sites to explore…
The South West Coast Path National Trail is rated one of the top walks to be found anywhere in the world. Whether you’re looking for an after noon stroll to take you to a beauty spot and take in the view, or to embark on the challenge of a hike, you’ve come to the right place.