Best Seaside Cafés for Breakfast & Brunch in South Devon

What better way to round off a coastal walk or shoreline stroll than a bite to eat at a South Devon beach café.

This idyllic region is spoilt for choice when it comes to seaside bistros, all of them boasting incredible coastal settings and delicious menus.

Best Beachside Cafés for Brunch in South Devon

The Winking Prawn, North Sands, Salcombe

A shabby chic shoreside bistro with lovely views of North Sands beach and the historic ruins of Fort Charles castle. Whether you’re tucking into the hearty buffet breakfast or sharing a succulent shellfish platter, this quirky venue remains one of the South Hams’ hidden gems.


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East Portlemouth Beach Café, near Salcombe

Nestled into the wooded hillside above the Salcombe ferryboat passage, you’ll find East Portlemouth Beach Café, the perfect pit stop for coast path walkers. Surrounded by stunning sandy beaches and with sparkling views towards the pretty harbour town of Salcombe, you’ll be in no rush to up sticks from this tempting little eatery.

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The Beachhouse, South Milton

Boasting stunning sea views beyond Thurlestone Sands to the sparkling waters of Bigbury Bay, The Beachhouse is now regularly touted as one of the region’s top seaside dining venues. Described as a ‘laidback foodie destination’, this stylish outlet consistently cuts the mustard, satisfying the most discerning of palates and a welcome sight for weary coastal path wayfarers.


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Gastrobus, Bantham

Since its arrival in the summer of 2012, The Gastrobus has been relentless in its supply of amazing food and barista-blended coffee. Positioned behind the Bantham sand dunes, this much-loved mobile café is always amply stocked with award-winning local produce. From bulging breakfast baps to delightful pastry treats, after a gentle stroll along the beach there’s no better place to warm the cockles.

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The Venus Café, Blackpool Sands, near Dartmouth

With its spectacular views over the gleaming waters of Start Bay, The Venus Café at Blackpool Sands can surely boast one of the most stunning locations in the South West. This golden shore is sheltered by a pine valley and is one of the region’s many Blue Flag beaches. The combination of exquisite food and stunning surrounds saw this popular seaside establishment named among ‘The Guardian’s Best Breakfast Places in the UK’. Tuck into a Full English, Vegetarian or Vegan breakfast, a lighter bite or build your own breakfast.


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Britannia @The Beach, Beesands

Set on a mile-long stretch of shingle beach, home to a row of charming fisherman’s cottages, is Britannia @ The Beach, a rustic seashore café with stunning views of Start Bay and its crystal clear waters. Whether you’re in the mood for a traditional full English breakfast with all the trimmings or some fresh and locally caught seafood, ‘The Shack’ (as it’s more affectionately known) is guaranteed to cook you up a storm with its ‘catch of the day’.

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The Cove Café Bar, Hope Cove

Perched on the gently sloping headland in the heart of the coastal village of Hope Cove lies The Cove Café Bar. This snazzy beachside venue has a tip-top breakfast menu laden with mouth-watering options, from feta, poached eggs and avocado, to your favourite breakfast buttie. Here, you can sit back and admire stunning views of the peninsula as it winds its way towards Bolt Tail.


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The Seabreeze Café, Torcross

Just when you thought these settings couldn’t get anymore spectacular, along comes The Seabreeze Café. This gorgeous thatched beach house sits on the Torcross esplanade on the far-reaching edge of Slapton Sands, boasting unrivalled views of Start Bay. The Seabreeze’s delicious menu provides the perfect addition to these beautiful surroundings. After an invigorating walk along the pebbled shoreline, there’s no better journey’s end.

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Bigbury-on-Sea Beach Café, near Burgh Island

Last but definitely not least is the Bigbury-on-Sea Beach Café (part of the Venus Company). Whether you’re a sea salty surfer in need of some nourishment or a coastal rambler in search of tea and cake, this popular shoreline outlet continues to serve up top-quality nosh from its sizzling cosmopolitan menu. The setting couldn’t be more picturesque with the famous tidal outcrop known as Burgh Island only a sandy stroll away.

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