This tiny fishing village has magnificent views across Start Bay towards Dartmouth’s Harbour Entrance to the NE and the iconic Start Point Lighthouse to the SE. Its pebble beach is a sanctuary for anglers, while walkers are drawn to its winding coastal paths. The Cricket Inn, Beesands' village pub, prides itself on a first class menu served only a stone’s throw away from the ever-changing shore.
A newer addition to the Beesands menu is the delicious fresh food served up at the Britannia @ The Beach seafood shack, also located on the beach front and serving great food day and night as well as doubling up as a local shop and fishmongers!
Local tourist attractions include the Start Point Lighthouse, Slapton Ley Nature Reserve and the lost village of Hallsands. The bustling market towns of Kingsbridge and Dartmouth are only a short driving distance away, while local shops can be found in the neighbouring villages of Torcross and Chillington.
A holiday cottage in Beesands is perfectly positioned for enjoying this beautiful stretch of coastline.
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Fantastic walk with wonderful views, you'll find the best beach in the South Hams hear, bit of a walk but it is glorious.
We really enjoyed our visit. My husband and son had a tour (£5 per adult and under 5's free) and thought it was brilliant. Children under 1.1m's tall can not go on the tour so my younger son and I enjoyed the coastal views which were fantastic.
Hiring a traditional Salcombe Yawl or launch is a fabulous way to explore the Salcombe estuary taking in the beaches and wildlife along the way. The Salcombe Yawl is an attractive 16ft dingy unique to Salcombe suitable for racing or cruising with the family, or alternatively, less experienced sailors can hire a sturdier harbour launch with inboard engine to potter from beach to beach. Both are available on a weekly basis along with everything you need to have and enjoyable yet safe time on the water. Sailing tuition in a Salcombe Yawl, or leisurely skippered sails around the harbour are also available in the safe hands of experienced local sailor Scratch Hitchen.
Yawl & Launch Hire Salcombe (T: 01548 561619 M: 07966 840436)
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Fantastic place to while away a few hours with the children entertained. The decoupage was really good and prices pretty reasonable.
The kids loved it here, really creative and a great rainy day activity
Known by locals as ‘The Shack’ this is a great al fresco restaurant and fishmonger serving super fresh seafood just off boat. Menus change daily depending on what the fishermen have landed, and with just a few tables booking is advisable. Serves breakfasts, lunches and early dinner as well as tasty take away fish and chips; alcohol isn’t available but you are welcome to bring your own.
Britannia @The Beach Beesands, Kingsbridge TQ7 2EH (T: 01548 581168)
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Managed to squeeze us in for an early evening booking - so glad they did. Great food, and top notch service from very friendly staff. Seafood Jumbalaya is wonderful, and rather filling. If you are nearby, and are able to get a reservation do - if not, try the takeaway and each on the beach :)
Great food, friendly and attentive staff, dogs made welcome , just perfect.
Had a lovely meal at The Britannia. Super fresh fish , great people and it's a BYO. What more could you wish for! Necessary to book ahead as there are only a few tables.
Wonderful! Such delicious food and friendly staff.
A fave to do- grab fish & chips from their takeaway and sit and eat on the beach. Simply perfect.
The best food by a mile in this area of South Devon. We had a lovely evening sat on a bench opposite - we brought our own wine as there's no licence (but this saves on costs!). We had the freshly caught and cooked lobster, 'crack-your-own' crab, and a beautiful bowl of mussels. The lady owner or manager couldn't have been more helpful - we turned up on a Friday night with no reservation, and she went out of her way to accommodate us. If you only go to one place to eat whilst on holiday in the area, then it has to be here. Yes, rustic. Yes, simple. But simple fresh food, cooked amazingly well....and what a view!!! Go with friends and make an evening of it! Cannot recommend highly enough!!
Visited a few times during our week in Beesands and also had takeaway. Great food and lovely staff who really know how to look after their customers. Even went out to rescue lost customers after a local road was closed. Will definitely visit again. Make sure you book though, they will squeeze you in if they can but they are always busy.
A light and airy seaside pub and restaurant serving high quality dishes using the excellent fish, seafood caught in the bay and other locally sourced produce. Plenty of seating, a great kids menu and excellent Sunday lunches make this a family favourite.
The Cricket Inn Beesands, Kingsbridge TQ7 2EN (T: 01548 580215)
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Wonderful food and impeccable service. Hope you are in business for a good many years you deserve it
Friendly and efficient staff with good choice of food but somewhat limited for vegetarians. Dog friendly.
Sunday lunch was very good reasonably priced for location but went back during week had lemon sole on there specials plus one other standard meal and two drinks came to 60 pounds extremely overpriced especially as after charging me 22 pound for the fish the veg was an extra 4 pound .We considered this to be overpriced for what we got .
Expensive drinks but food good
Lovely pub which always seems to be busy. A varied menu with plenty of fresh fish dishes and juicy steaks. Good service and friendly staff who made the effort to pass the time of day even though they were busy. Nothing too much trouble. Would visit again.
Great food and service. Well worth a visit
Excellent pub and restaurant. Ate there three times including breakfast. Food was always excellent and service spot on. Would definitely recommend.
A great spot to stop and soak up the sunshine on one of the outside tables and enjoy a cream tea, ice cream or light lunch along with lots of other home-made treats. This pretty thatched café with its seaside style décor is open daily in summertime and weekends only in winter.
Seabreeze Cafe Torcross, Slapton Sands TQ7 2TQ (T: 01548 580697)
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Lovely cosy cafe, bright and welcoming. Good choice on menu with some superb specials. Cakes delicious too.
Great place to eat breakfast, lunch or simply an ice cream. Staff and management very friendly.
Lovely Devon cream teas, excellent service, lovely location, would definitely recommend.
excellent food etc , staff friendly and helpful.
A bright and airy restaurant steps from the beach at Torcross offering fish and chips, stone baked pizzas, burgers, salads and a children’s menu along with fresh coffee, tea and cakes served all day. All tables enjoy panoramic views over the water; there is a terrace to dine alfresco during summer and a cosy wood burner for cooler months. Dogs welcome.
The Boathouse Torcross, Slapton Sands TQ7 2TQ (T: 01548 580747)
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Love this place. Reasonably priced food. Great pizzas, nice fresh seafood and takeaway to enjoy on the beach. Really light and spacious interior too. Looks like it was quite recently refurbed.
Great place to eat and prices are great. Food is exceptional and we went a few times during our stay.
Good environment but no wifi and a long wait for our orders.
Had a very nice meal here with my wife and daughters. The staff went out of their way to fulfil an unusual food order for picky kids. Some nice beers available too - a great way to spend an hour or so after a hard days walking.
Lovely place for meals - expensive for family of 5 and very busy but food was good especially the pizzas. Staff very polite and helpful too.
A pretty thatched pub dating back to the 14th century with doors opening onto Slapton Sands beach offering fresh fish and seafood, fresh local produce, real ales and local ciders and friendly service. Sit inside in the cosy bar and restaurant or outside on the patio. Take away fish and chips available.
The Start Bay Inn Torcross, Slapton Sands TQ7 2TQ (T: 014548 580553)
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Delicious fish and chips with choice of cod or haddock, plus plenty of specials. A lovely traditional pub. Also have a restaurant for families, so cater for all. Right on the front and guaranteed to be busy during peak holiday times, so go early or late.
Great fish & chips- best to get a take out when the weather is good enough and eat it on the beach. Can be a bit pricey- but it's good!
Best fish and chips for a long time. Had large cod and it was huge, can't imagine how big a jumbo is!!
We have been visiting this pub for about 30 years. People are often queuing to get in when the doors open in the evenings so need to be there early, or around 9pm when the early eaters are leaving! The speciality is fish, freshly caught, often in Start Bay. The cod is excellent, available in three sizes and always freshly cooked and served very promptly. Great selection of desserts, very good portions. Beachside location, friendly staff, what else could you ask for?
Great place to eat and drink. Recommend it.
The Start Bay Inn is a great pub/restaurant. We used it 4 out of the 7 nights of our stay, twice having takeaway fish & chips and twice eating outside the pub at the tables provided. Excellently kept Otter beers, service excellent too. Prices reflected the location and the fact the fish is fresh and locally sourced. Wish I lived next door to it!
Would not recommend this place at all, just like a bun fight at Butlins ! and the Barman was condercending and rude. One star and that is for the food.
Have visited a number of times over the years but was disappointed this year which was a shame as we were staying close by and had hoped to eat there more than once during our holiday. The food was fine, hot and freshly cooked, but not a patch on previous years. We all chose traditional fish and chips and were disappointed by the number of bones found in the fish. In fairness, they do point out on the menu that the fish 'will' contain bones but really there is no need with careful preparation and secondly, the chips, being of the frozen variety, were a let down in terms of texture and flavour. We chose other local eateries for the remainder of our stay.
Yes. Very accommpodating for our large party.
Lovely fish and chips, puddings to die for! Good value.
We had a lovely meal here on our last evening, haddock was delicious and well cooked with tasty better. Was a bit disappointed in the chips they were ok but obviously frozen and cooked up not fresh potatoes. The children loved the deserts! Huge slices of homemade cakes delicious!
Fantastic food!!! An absolute must, especially the monk fish tales/fish and chips
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Britannia Fish - Great fish - always fresh and lovely family run business. A must for anyone who likes eating good fish!
Ideal for quiet and peaceful holiday with two good restaurants both of which are dog friendly.
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Gorgeous beach, but be careful if you have a dog that likes to run as our Border Collie got very sore paws on the pebbles.
A long stretch of beach with spectacular views of the sea stretching into the distance, Slapton Sands is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and for good reason. Adjacent to Slapton Ley, a freshwater lake that’s home to an abundance of wildlife and one of the many reasons people come to visit the area, the beach has a history of welcoming families in the summer for long days in the sunshine, building sandcastles, surfing, windsurfing and kayaking. It’s amazing to believe that this peaceful corner of South Devon has its place in military history as in 1943 the beach was taken over by allied forces to use as a rehearsal area for the D-Day landings. However, live ammunition and poor visibility ended in the deaths of more than 700 servicemen, so today there is a stone monument in place for Operation Tiger, as it was called, as well as a Sherman Tank at nearby Torcross. On a more current note, there is a beachside café at Slapton Sands for teas, coffees and other light bites, and there are also toilets nearby. The beach has disabled access, and also allows dogs throughout the year, so it really is fun for everyone and very easy to get to. There is parking nearby and in the summer months from May to September there is lifeguard cover. Last, but not least, a small collection of pubs reside in Torcross for those who are feeling peckish after a long day in the fresh air, or if you have been for a nice walk along the sand!
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Great place for a walk along the beach and had some great events for children at Easter. Great fish and chips in the pub at the end on Torcross
Clapton Sands is beautiful. The rocks are the most beautiful colours, wild flowers abound on the beach, the views in either direction are stunning and it is rarely over crowded.One of the most wonderful areas in the U.K.
Beautiful stretch of shingle beach - dogs allowed all year. Not many facilities - we went to the Strete end of the beach as there is a great little coffee hut there - great coffee and friendly staff.
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A bit of a walk down from the car park but so worth it, arguably the best beach in the South Hams
Rugged and unspoiled, Lannacombe is the beach for those looking for total escapism on their South West holiday. Small and perfect for escaping from the summer crowds, it’s one of the best places to visit to simply enjoy the Devon scenery in all its natural glory. There’s a small car park just behind the beach so do get there early in order to guarantee a space, although there is further parking a short walk away if need be. Dogs are welcome at the beach throughout the year and as it offers access to the Coast Path it’s a good idea to combine your visit with a walk to take in the views of sea and countryside, perhaps towards Start Point where there is further parking around 30-40 minutes away on foot. At low tide the beach offers gentle rock pooling so it’s a lovely spot to head to for a quiet afternoon with the family, building sandcastles and eating sandwiches if you remember to bring them. There aren’t any cafes and restaurants immediately on site, so do remember to take anything you need with you, and there aren’t any toilets in the near vicinity either, so that’s worth keeping in mind when you plan your day. If you have been on holidays in Devon and Cornwall before you will also know that you need to watch our for the tide at many of the beaches, including this one in order to avoid disappointment or getting wet, you can pick up a tide timetable at local post offices!
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