About Salcombe and the local area

Salcombe is Britain’s most iconic sailing, seaside town – a veritable paradise for all water sports with divine beaches and a sparkling clear ocean.

As a place it is unique in its ability to be the ultimate in cool, but able to provide the perfect base for a family holiday. Families keep returning for generations and then, like us, end up living here!

Trendy fashion shops, Crew Clothing, Fat Face and Jack Wills all started here, mixed with great pubs and irresistible restaurants but also with the family-favourite toy shop, butcher, fishmonger and groceries all set against the blue-green waters of the estuary.

It truly is that good!

Salcombe, Devon, England
Salcombe, Devon
Salcombe Beach Holiday
North Sands Beach

Places of Interest

The centre of Salcombe has a great range of characterful local shops mixed with trendy fashion and unusual gift shops. Including:

The Bake House

Scrumptious croissants, famous cheese straws and just everything you would expect from a true artisan bakery.

Colemans Butchers

Quality locally sourced meat. Everything for the BBQ – a great service from Paul and Mathew.

Cranch’s Pantry

Tel: 01548 842331
Bespoke grocer with fruit and veg. Local produce and unusual products. Everything you need.

Cranch’s Sweetshop

A shop straight from your childhood.

The Toy Shop

The only shop able to compete with the Sweetshop.

Salcombe Fishmongers

Fresh scallops and crab plus much more. The taste of the sea at its freshest best.


A proper newsagent.

Salcombe Gin

Gin distillery, bar, Gin School and shop.

Many of these shops were started in Salcombe:

  • Crew
  • Jack Wills
  • Fat Face
  • White Stuff
  • Mustow
  • Quba
  • Sea salt
  • Joules
  • Bibi and Mac
  • Amelia’s Attic
  • Bojangles
  • Timberland

Fortescue Inn

An institution. Great Beer and food.

Victoria Inn

Recently refurbed.Sunny beer garden. Food and drink first class.

The Ferry Inn

At the ferry steps with beer terrace right at the waters edge.

The Winking Prawn

A beach side cafe/restaurant to die for. Breakfast on the terrace overlooking North Sands in the sun is a memory that will last you all winter. Just two minutes from SCALE!

The Crab Shed

A vibrant seafood restaurant near The Fish Quay in the heart of Salcombe.

Island Street Bar and Grill

From breakfast to cocktails and everything in-between. Great creek-side terrace. A lively nightspot.

The Salcombe Gin Company

Salcombe’s newest. They distill it and sell it. Super bar.

Dick & Wills Restuarant

Sophisticated food on the waters edge.

Wardroom Cafe

At the back of Crew. A bit of a hidden gem with a great waterside terrace.

North Sands and South Sands

Both totally idyllic. As good as the Med.

Millbay ,Sunny Cove and Smalls

Gorgeous ,totally unspoilt and only sensibly reached by boat or the ferry. Go there for a picnic and it feels like you are on you own desert island.

Our favourite walks

Bolt Head

Totally dramatic. One of Britain’s most famous headlands. Come back via Overbecks the National Trusts tropical paradise.

Gara Rock

Stupendous coastal path walk with a scrumptious cafe halfway. Walk back through the woods out onto Millbay beach and home on the ferry. Bliss.

Snapes Point

This headland juts out into the estuary and gives amazing views over Salcombe and up to Kingsbridge.

South Sands Hotel

Right on the beach great food and terrace.

Soar Mill Cove Hotel

On the coastal path. Great fit tea lunch and dinner.

The Millbrook Inn

A Salcombe favourite outing. Go by boat but watch the tides or you will have to stay till it comes back.