Devon is just one of those happy places where you take a big gasp of sea air and forget all of your worries. We made a quick dash for the coastline and checked ourselves into a lovely cottage in South Devon before deciding on where to go for lunch.
Devon is all about fresh fish and the locals take great pride in serving up some of the best. You really are spoilt for choice on where to go but I‘m going to let you into a secret, it’s called Beachhouse.
This absolute gem of a find is tucked away on the beach of South Milton Sands between Thurlestone and Hope Cove. It’s pretty much what it says on the tin. A wooden beach shack with five bookable tables inside and a roaring takeaway business on the outside.
Beachhouse is packed with charm and quirky seaside trinkets to make you feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of London.
We swiftly ordered a bottle of pink and a Salcombe pale ale (you are just down the road, after all!) and drank up the panoramic views of the beach, boats and passers by from the comfort of our table.
The menu has plenty of sharing plates including their famous seafood platter with rough dressed crab, steamed mussels and garlic prawns. We opted for the squid to share followed by a couple of starter portions of their tasty scallops – the success of this dish is all in the preparation and the chef achieved this masterfully.
We then went for four rounds of their hearty sandwiches, three Salcombe crab and one impressive looking fish finger stacked sarnie. Guess which one was mine!
The fish was mouthwateringly fresh with a light dusting of panko breadcrumbs. It came with a side order of crisps but definitely order chips to get the fully indulgent effect!
Needless to say, we couldn’t finish all of our chips but I would like to hope the beady eyed seagulls outside were treated to our leftovers!
This is a great spot on a sunny day and although it’s hugely popular with the locals and bold surfers, it still feels like a secret spot hidden away from the hectic scenes of Salcombe.
A definite must if you’re in the area!