A couple of weeks ago, Synne was lucky enough to get invited on a short holiday to the quaint seaside town of Salcombe in Devon, in the very south of England.
A few days away from student life was exactly what I needed: to be by the sea, go for long walks, and indulge in some fine wining and dining. Salcombe is a wonderful little place, perfect for anyone looking for a weekend away or even a few weeks in the summer – being popular for pleasure sailing or yatching. There are some gorgeous beaches in the area, plenty of eating and drinking options, and surprisingly decent shopping for those in need of a new outfit. But the best thing about this place is its serenity and closeness to nature,- far away from the hustle and bustle of normal life.
We stayed in the newly renovated Salcombe Habour Hotel & Spa (Cliff Road). The interior is now maritime and delicate, all in whites and light blues. The restaurant has got gorgeous views of the sea and the beaches, and so do most of the rooms. The spa, gym, pool and cinema room are pretty great features too! Needless to say it was the perfect, luxurious place to wind down and completely relax.
EAT & DRINK:
Dick and Wills (Fore Street)
Advertising itself as having the best views of the sea from its terrace, we can certainly voucher for the food as well. They serve all kind of fresh seafood, often with a bit of a twist such as adding spices you’d typically associate with the Asian kitchen.
Jetty Restaurant (at the Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spoa)
Both hotel guests and non-guests gather in the hotel’s restaurant come dinner time, to enjoy seafood, steaks or one of their scrumptious desserts. I loved the lobster ravioli as a starter, and tried out a few different mains, which were all delicious! The wine list is also good and the staff attentive. There’s a quite trendy atmosphere here in the evening, with dim lightning and cool music.
Sailor V (36 Fore Street)
Unfortunately I didn’t get to check out this café myself, but it’s definitely on my to-do list for (hopefully) another trip to Salcombe. Always bustling and with a very tempting menu of coffees, smoothies and light breakfast and lunch bites. It seems perfect to cuddle up with a good book or catch up with a friend.
South Sands Boutique Hotel & Beachside Restaurant (Bolt Head)
Devon is great for walking, and why not stretch your legs a little by walking from Salcombe to South Sands. It shouldn’t take more than half an hour (maybe an hour if you stop admiring the views every other second like we did!) but definitely increases your appetite for a lunch at the South Sands Hotel. The hotel is located right at the beach, and from the restaurant you can watch the waves gently rolling in – very soothing. They serve the most amazing seafood platters to share between two, perfectly paired with a glass of well-deserved white wine.
The Winking Prawn (North Sand)
If the walk to South Sands tires you out, why not stop halfway on cute little The Winking Prawn for a coffee or a sandwich? The terrace has views right out on the beach and the sea.
The Island Street Grill & Bar (Unit 4, Hannaford’s Landing, Island Street)
Maybe not the classiest place in the village, but it’s got a big terrace for a sunny day and serves delicious mussels and hamburgers.
The Bake House (3 Fore Street)
Salcombe’s bakery is definitely worth a visit: this little shop is full of happiness in the form of freshly baked bread and pastries.
Bibi & Mac (56 Fore Street)
From cashmere jumpers to the most fantastic jackets and glamorous evening dresses – it’s amazing what they’ve managed to fit in this little shop. Prices range from almost affordable to high end, and they do men’s clothing as well. The staff is super friendly and helpful, so don’t hesitate to ask for advice!
Quba and Co (58 Fore Street)
Want the ‘Salcombe holiday’ style? Virtually everyone walks around in jackets from Quba and Co, so hit this shop if you’re desperate to fit in. They have a wide range of sailor inspired clothes and accessories.
Cranch’s (78 Fore Street)
Why go shopping for clothes when there are sweets to be found? Cranch’s is Devon’s oldest sweets shop, dating all the way back to 1869 and is sure to satisfy any chocolate or sweets cravings.Roly’s Fudge Pantry (9 Fore Street)
Watch them make the fudge on place, the sweet smell attracting customers from the street. They make all sorts of fudges, but favourites are vanilla and chocolate. You can also get a piece of fudge in the shape of Devon, as a little souvenir!