As you wander Salcombe’s quaint streets and breathe in the salty breeze, you’re bound to work up a thirst! Thankfully, Salcombe is home to plenty of charming and welcoming pubs, each with its own unique character. In this guide, we’ll take you on a journey through our top picks for the best pubs in Salcombe.
Nestled between the sandy shores, just over the road from North Sands, The Winking Prawn is a beachside delight that captures the essence of Salcombe’s coastal spirit.
With a casual and laid-back atmosphere, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a cold drink and some local seafood while soaking in the sun and sea breeze. It prides itself on being so close to the beach that you can even have lunch in your swimsuit!
One of the best things about The Kings Arms is its location. Situated in the heart of Salcombe, on Fore Street, guests are just a stone’s throw away from the town’s quaint shops, art galleries, and waterfront, making it a perfect stop-off for a tipple before or after an afternoon of exploring.
This traditional inn has a popular terrace overlooking the estuary, so you can enjoy your local ale with a view. Take advantage of the sunny beer garden or move upstairs to the comfortable Boatswain area if you are visiting in the winter months. You can expect classic pub food as well as fresh fish and locally-produced steaks from the Salcombe Meat Company.
We had to include the iconic Ferry Inn in our list of the top pubs in Salcombe! Situated right by the tranquil Salcombe Estuary, the Ferry Inn holds a notable place in the local community and offers stunning views across the water and beyond. It is the oldest and most famous pub in the town, dating from 1739.
Boasting a diverse menu of local dishes and a well-stocked bar, this charming inn invites you to relax by the water and watch the boats drift by. Relax with a G&T and get a true taste of the coastal lifestyle.
In a prime location in the centre of Salcombe, overlooking the harbour, The Island Street Waterfront Wine & Dine has it all. Relax in the newly refurbished restaurant or soak up the sunshine and sunsets sitting outside on the terrace above the water.
The Island Street is currently undergoing renovation and is only open for private hire. When it re-opens fully to the public, the bar promises the same laid-back atmosphere and fantastic views of the estuary, as well as an unbeatable selection of craft beers.
With a history dating back to the 17th century, The Fortescue Inn is a slice of Salcombe’s past. The pub’s exposed beams and stone walls create a cosy atmosphere, making it an ideal spot to enjoy a pint of local ale and hearty pub fare.
What sets The Fortescue Inn apart is its central location within Salcombe. Positioned at the heart of the town, on Union Street, it provides convenient access to shops, restaurants, and other attractions. The inn’s proximity to the waterfront and the views of the surrounding coastal beauty make it an excellent starting point for exploring Salcombe’s maritime charms.
The award-winning Victoria Inn offers a traditional experience without sacrificing comfort. Its extensive drinks menu and great service make it a popular choice for both special occasions and casual get-togethers.
The pub is just a short stroll from the banks of the Kingsbridge Estuary and has a sun trap of a beer garden for those long summer nights when you want to drink and dine al fresco. In the colder months, cosy up inside by the roaring log fire and take in the charm and character of the place.
Not quite a pub, the bar at the Salcombe Gin Distillery is still a must-visit when in Salcombe. Nestled in the heart of Island Street, the historic hub of boat building in Salcombe, this stunning bar is the perfect place to savour a drink and witness the captivating process of Salcombe Gin distillation unfolding before your eyes, brought to life by the magnificent 450-litre copper still, Provident.
The bar has a balcony overlooking the water, so you can sample a Salcombe and tonic or special edition and experimental gins with a view. On Wednesdays they host a Midweek Martini Night, on Fridays, there is a Tiki-bar Takeover, and from Monday to Saturday you can enjoy a ‘Salcombe & Tonic’ happy hour from 8 pm – 9 pm.
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