East Charleton is a small village situated alongside the beautiful Kingsbridge/Salcombe Estuary. Located just a couple of miles from Kingsbridge, and next door to the picturesque creekside village of Frogmore, the village benefits from the presence of Ashbys Easy Stores, a store that sells almost anything you can think of!
The nearby market town of Kingsbridge, the capital of the South Hams, offers an assortment of things to do and see, including an excellent range of independent shops, boutiques and gift stores, two supermarkets, a cinema, and several restaurants and pubs, including the very popular Crabshell Inn with its amazing waterside location.
A holiday cottage in East Charleton offers a convenient base from which to explore all that South Devon has to offer.
If the weather’s right, Stand Up Paddleboarding is a wonderful way to really embrace the beautiful environment in the South Hams. Based in Kingsbridge Waterborn SUP offers lessons, board hire and a genuinely enthusiastic introduction to the variation on surfing whether you’re a pro or a beginner. They supply high quality equipment and tuition, whilst benefiting from a pretty spectacular learning environment. They have all the equipment ready to hire, so just turn up with a big smile on your face ready to go!
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Thank you Crispin for a fab family lesson introducing us and our 3 girls to paddle boarding
Very enjoyable - will definitely do it again. Crispin was very helpful.
Fantastic early morning session with Crispin - got us two oldies up on our feet paddling around the Kingsbridge estuary - what a fabulous way to start the day. Five star - would like to do it again.
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A decent enough café, with reasonable coffee and a pleasant ambience, alongside a local art gallery with (when we visited) an eclectic mix of art and artifacts. And if you're into yoga, my guess is that any type of yoga you can imagine is available here. If the weather's nice, the rear courtyard garden is quite pleasant, too.
We have said it before and we will say it again, the reason South Devon attracts so many visitors and captures their hearts is because it really is a phenomenally beautiful part of the world, and as such is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in many areas. So walking is a great pleasure when you’re on holiday here, especially as there are over 40 routes in the AONB itself, ranging in length from two to 12 miles. They are a wonderful opportunity to explore the wildlife, archaeology and history of South Devon, as well as the views and scenery along the way.
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Walked the South West Coastal path from Plymouth to Hope Cove - fantastic!
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Have been on several tours with Singing Paddles and have always enjoyed them. Really good fun and feels like you had a good workout by the end!
On Fore Street in Kingsbridge, The Art Café is one of those joyous places where children and adults can enjoy visiting thanks to good coffee, good cake, toasted sandwiches and tea cakes alongside a welcoming, peaceful environment. Here you can paint ceramics to your heart’s content. Open from 10am-5pm daily, they offer pottery parties and takeaway ceramic painting if you want to take the experience home to your South Devon holiday cottage. Prices vary according to what you paint and staff are wonderfully helpful. It’s the perfect place to visit on a rainy day with the kids (they happen occasionally), or for a little peace and quiet after a long day outdoors.
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Great place for kids and adults on a rainy day
Really good place to visit (especially if weather isnt great) that'll keep kids happy for a few hours. Be warned that whatever you make will need firing in the kiln, so will be a day or two until picking it back up usually!
Friendly village pub with good food (try the steak on the rocks!)
Went for steak on the rocks. Very accommodating for our requested time but things went down hill from here. Pint of lager smelt like bad eggs, returned it to be given a fresh one and told everyone else is drinking it and no complaints. We requested a child's vegan meal due to a milk intolerance, we received an adults seafood meal, we sent this back and was told the chef won't make a child's portion. Our bill came and we were charged for a seafood linguine instead of the vegan meal which was £4 cheaper. We were told the menu had changed and the prices are now the same even though the menu we saw begged to differ. The good points, the steak was lovely.
We visited this friendly pub 3 times during our holiday because it was a couple of minutes from our accommodation. We had the Sunday roast, which was plentiful and delicious, and on one of the other occasions we had the famous 'Steak on the Rocks' which was interesting and very tasty! Our dog was made very welcome too, and on each visit was given his own portion of beef! He would love to go back, as would we!
A friendly farm shop, tea room and butchers set in the heart of the South Hams between the villages of East Charleton and Frogmore. Buy some local meat and vegetables to create something delicious back at your holiday cottage,or take a break in the tea room and enjoy the beautiful view of the Frogmore estuary.
Springfield Farm Shop East Charleton, Kingsbridge TQ7 2AR (T: 01548 531523)
This is a great spot to enjoy a meal or drink of two if you’re in the area, with plenty of outdoor seating taking full advantage of the glorious views over the estuary. The acclaimed menu is made up of gourmet pizzas, burgers, seafood and lots more including kids options; and the bar has a great atmosphere in the evenings with live music most Fridays.
The Crabshell Inn The Quay, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (T: 01548 852345)
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Love this place. Great spot on the estuary, good selection of local ales and decent food too.
Loved the pizzas and watching paddle boarders go by.
Lovely food and great atmosphere
Lovely food and staff were very nice and helpful would go again.
We had a fantastic meal here during a paddle boarding weekend and we were definitely not disappointed. The scallops were cooked to perfection. The place has a great atmosphere as well as great food. We booked in advance which was probably a good idea as it was very busy.
Great place. We only stopped for coffee and take out from the Deli but worth a visit. Staff were very friendly and it's very dog friendly.
Fab food and friendly staff
A nice meal here. Great staff and quality food.
Lovely cuppa before and after paddle boarding with Waterborn which is situated next door. Excellent waterfront location and friendly staff.
Centrally located this is a good choice for lunch, coffee or a cream tea while shopping in Kingsbridge or for a few drinks in the evening. Sit outside in the summer or enjoy the friendly bar inside, and choose from an extensive menu including children’s options.
The Creeks End Inn Squares Quay, Kingsbridge TQ7 1HZ (T: 01548 853434)
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Friendly pub, good selection of pub grub and reasonably priced. Ended up having a few family meals here whilst spending a week in Kingsbridge
popped in for a carvery, really good value and nice food. Very welcoming
Love this place, friendly and good beer/food Sorry we missed Easter music nights
A perfect location close to our property.Friendly staff providing a 1st class service-both food and drink very good
Had Sunday lunch here. Staff very friendly & helpful & food was excellent.
Good food and drinks in a friendly atmosphere
A couple of lovely evening meals here, very good menu and friendly helpful service. My husband said the local ale was super!! We shall be back next time we visit Kingsbridge. February 2018
Marvellous place to eat whatever time of day you choose to dine. We visited a number of times and the food was consistently excellent at reasonable prices.
had a nice evening meal in here, although a tad expensive we thought.
A tranquil haven in the centre of town, this vegetarian café offers breakfasts, coffees, innovative and tasty lunches, cakes and cream teas. Sit inside in the light and bright café or eat al fresco in the secluded courtyard garden.
Harbour House Café The Promenade, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JD (01548 855666)
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Excellent and friendly place to visit for coffee and cake
Accessed either by boat, via a 10-minute walk through the woods from parking at Mill Bay, or a stroll from the Salcombe to East Portlemouth Ferry, Sunny Cove is a sandy beach which, as you might expect, catches the sun throughout the day, weather pending. It’s on the East Portlemouth side of the Salcombe Estuary opposite North Sands beach and Fort Charles, the ruined fortification that was originally constructed during the reign of Henry VIII to defend the Kingsbridge Estuary against French and Spanish Pirates. It’s a relatively gentle spot for swimming and ideal for picnics, lazy summer afternoons, and reaching on kayaks and paddle boards from other nearby beaches as well as being the perfect spot for building sandcastles. That said, the tide can come in quite quickly so make sure you don’t get caught out and be careful of the swell when bringing boats into the beach. Head there for the day in the summer or as a stop off en route to the café at Gara Rock or a longer walk along the coast path towards Prawle Point. Dogs are welcome all year round but keep in mind that there aren’t any facilities in the immediate vicinity (it would be a 10-15-minute walk along wooded footpaths) so take your sandwiches with you!
The first beach as you walk along the Cliff Road out of Salcombe, North Sands sits in a valley and is a sandy horseshoe shaped beach that’s expansive at low tide. Thanks to its shape and location, it’s extremely popular in the summer because there’s plenty of space to set up camp for the day with buckets, spades and fishing nets in tow for avid marine biologists and sand castle connoisseurs. The beach has a fresh water stream running through it from the top of the valley, which, aside from providing hours of entertainment for accompanying dogs and a marvellous place to wash the sand off your feet, also means that the beach is largely wet sand, so don’t forget to take something to sit on if you’re heading there for the day. Popular with swimmers, despite the chilly water, North Sands provides a wonderful view out of the mouth of the Salcombe estuary and into the deep blue yonder so, for keen photographers, it’s ideal. If the weather is right then it’s a favourite amongst body boarders or even surfers on choppier days, and it’s a great place to take the paddle boards and kayaks if you happen to have them. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round, unlike many of the beaches in the area, there are toilets over the road and there’s a car park with charges from £1 throughout the year. The cherry on top of this beautiful location is The Winking Prawn café and restaurant that’s right next to the beach. Open all year round they serve everything from breakfast, lunch and dinner to coffee, tea and cake, and in the summer they provide a barbecue in the garden overlooking the sea. It is popular though so leave a little time to queue for that Salcombe Dairy honeycomb ice cream in the height of summer!
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Superb safe and stunningly picturesque
Gorgeous, just stunning! Brilliant beach, fabulous cafe (Winking Prawn) and good priced car park! Love, love, love it!!
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A beautiful sandy beach that is superb for children as you have to go out quite a way before the water gets deep. Water sports available. Access is via very narrow lanes so be prepared to reverse and parking is very limited.