Local Restaurants

Local Restaurants & Pubs

We want visitors to Kaywana Hall to have a relaxed time thus we strongly recommend that they book restaurants. My heart sinks when an 8pm arrival on a Friday night asks for suggestions and then I desperately have to phone around and call in some favours! So here we go this is the current list updated as of November 2018. I tend to update it regularly so check back to see what has changed. Opening days and times do vary particularly over the winter months.

These are places that we like to visit. We hope you will enjoy them however sometimes restaurants have off nights and we cannot guarantee every visit. The Seahorse is still the best in our view.

Kingswear (Walking Distance)

The Ship Inn

01803 752 348

theshipinnkingswear.co.uk

The saga of The Ship continues. The landlord from Dartmouth’s Ship in Dock lasted a year and as of Nov 2018 there is a temporary manager in place. It remains to be seen what happens and as of now we can not recommend it.

Moor at 13

No Website

Now run by Lottie, Jamie’s ex partner. Jamie runs The Steam Packet. Great little cafe/deli serving breakfast, lunch and all day coffee and cakes.

Open 8-4 except Wednesday when it is closed. Sunday 9-3.

The Steam Packet

01803 752 208

thesteampacketinnkingswear.co.uk

Recently taken over and refurbished with a young and willing team. Small restaurant upstairs with great river views or eat downstairs. Specialises in home made pizza from a proper pizza oven.There is a small menu of further items. Serving food 7 days a week from 5.30pm until 9pm. Great Pizza. Recommended.

Churston (5 Minute Drive)

The Weary Ploughman

01803 844 702

wearyploughman.co.uk

We have always had good meals here. Big portions, fairly priced and open 7 days. This is a useful venue when other restaurants are closed.

Dartmouth (Walkable via Ferries approx 20 Minutes)

The Seahorse

01803 835 147

seahouserestaurant.co.uk

The Seahorse is now heading towards it’s 10th year and is still, in our opinion, the best local restaurant. Headed by the well known chef, Mitch Tonks, who also owns the growing Rockfish chain. It’s a small intimate restaurant, some might complain that the tables are too close, but we think it works. In the last couple of years Joe’s Bar has been added through the back of the restaurant, perfect for a pre dinner drink. There is also now a private dining room The Cantina for up to 12 people. The menu is mostly fish with usually one meat dish, although Thursday night is Steak Night with more meat choices. Open Tuesday night through Saturday evening, with a special £20 2 course lunch menu which is also available for early diners before 7pm. Not available Saturday evenings.

Bushells

01803 833 540

bushells.org.uk

Currently closed for a refit. More info when it opens in the spring. Rumour has it as of March 2018 it is not reopening.

Rockfish

01803 832 800

rockfishdevon.co.uk

Mitch Tonks also owns this great seafood cafe close to his restaurant, expect great fish but at fair prices. Also does take away. There is virtually no meat on the menu but a great choice of fish and shell fish. Open 12 noon to 9.30pm every day. Won Best Independent Fish & Chip Restaurant 2013. All restaurants including Dartmouth can now be booked on line. Now part of a small chain which included Brixham, Exmouth, Torquay and Plymouth. Exeter opens in 2018. There is also a Rockfish takeaway at the top of the car ferry slipway also in Dartmouth.

The Dart Marina Hotel

01803 832 580

dartmarina.com

The dining room here has been redesigned recently and it is a great improvement. The food is excellent. Does tend to be full of the older generation who seem to be the hotels core market, perhaps not as buzzy as other places. However it is open 7 days a week, which is a bonus. Not a cheap option.

Bushell’s Upperdeck

01803 839 281

bushells.org.uk/upperdeck

What used to be Sails has been taken over by Bushells, its just next door and is a much bigger space. Open Wednesday to Monday from 6pm. Closed Sunday evening, but open for Sunday lunch. Closed all day Tuesday. It looks like Bushells Riverside is not going to reopen for 2018 and this will be their only restaurant. Always good, reasonably priced, food.

Bushell’s Riverside

01803 833 540

bushells.org.uk/riverside

Currently closed for refurbishment. More information to follow when it reopens.

The Royal Castle

01803 833 033

royalcastle.co.uk

There are two options here. The Grill Room on the first floor of which we have had good reports, seafood and steaks and a carvery on Sunday’s. This is also open on Sunday evening’s so a good option when other places are closed. Downstairs the bar serves a good selection of food with daily specials in a more informal setting. Open 7 days a week.

Anzac Bistro

01803 835 515

anzacstreetbistro.co.uk 

Took a while for us to try this after its sale by local chef Serin. One half of the couple who purchased it is polish and the menu has a slight slant in this direction. We had a great meal and liked the different menu. Not expensive either. Open Monday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. Particularly good for Mondays when not much else is open.

Kendricks

01803 832 328

kendricksrestaurant.co.uk/

We are not regulars here but it fills a niche in the Dartmouth Restaurant Scene, by providing good steaks, burgers and ribs. Daily specials may include curry and fish. Mid priced and perhaps a little on the high side for what is provided. However it is open every night from 6pm so a good option on Sunday and Monday nights.

Taylors

01803 832 748

taylorsrestaurant.co.uk/

A long established Dartmouth Restaurant, it was refurbished and made smaller in 2017. This has made for a more intimate setting. Run by Peter and Pauline for 18 years, the food is all freshly prepared from local suppliers. Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Situated on the quay, grab a window seat if you can.

Brixham (10 Minute Drive)

Rockfish

01803 850 872

rockfish.co.uk

Now part of a growing chain this was the second restaurant to open after Dartmouth. Set in the same building as Brixham Fish Market, its a great spot to sit and watch the boats unloading their catch. It has a much less crammed in feel than the Dartmouth branch, with outside dining on the terrace. We prefer it and its only a 10 minute drive over the hill. Open every day from 12-9.30pm. Note almost all the menu items are fish related. If you don’t eat fish give it a miss. Bookable on line.

The Curious Kitchen

01803 854 816

thecuriouskitchen.co.uk

A great new additional to Brixham’s restaurant scene. Mostly open for breakfast and lunch. Opens Friday and Saturday evening with a small menu at £35 per head, bring your own alcohol at no charge as its currently not licensed, this may change. We love the evening menu. Note the décor is very  Shoreditch and may not suit everybody.

More From The Curious Kitchen

01803 853 699

thecuriouskitchen.co.uk

Opened in Nov 2017 this is a pizza and cocktail spot, not your average pizzas and very good value. We visited in their second week and service was not brilliant, but I am sure it has improved. There is a link from the main website to the menu.

On The Rocks Smokehouse

01803 857 921

ontherocks-brixham.co.uk

Sister restaurant to the branch in Torquay. This is more a barbecue style restaurant. Opened mid 2017 in a great position overlooking the harbour. Not tried it yet, but seems to be still finding its feet.

The Lytehouse

01803 411 677

lytehousebrixham.co.uk

Situated right in the middle  of Brixham, this has a modern British Menu. Run by a husband and wife team. Daniel is an accomplished chef. Fair pricing with an interesting wine list. Open Thursday to Saturday from 6pm. (Winter opening)

Torquay (20 Minute Drive)

The Elephant

01803 200 044

elephantrestaurant.co.uk

It’s all change here for 2016 with the two separate restaurants combining. The tasting menu will be available on both floors of the restaurant along side the a la carte. The slightly formal service for the tasting menu when it was just served upstairs has gone. I think this is a good move. The restaurant has a Michelin star. Excellent food. We had one of the best meals of 2016 here. Open Tuesday – Saturday for lunch and dinner.

The Orange Tree

01803 213 936

orangetreerestaurant.co.uk

Intimate mid priced. Well respected restaurant. Marketed as an English/European menu. Easy parking close by. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 7pm.

No7 Fish Bistro

01803 295 055

no7-fish.com

A small family run Bistro style restaurant providing fresh fish and shellfish either from local boats and markets or Scotland. Mostly fish. Nov – May closed Sunday & Monday. July to September open 7 days a week for dinner. Lunch Wednesday to Saturday.

The Carey Arms

01803 327 110

caryarms.co.uk

Recently refurbished, great position overlooking the bay. Great food mid priced. Described as gastro pub food with a young local chef. Mentioned in 2011 Michelin Eating Out in Pubs guide 2011. Open every day for lunch and dinner. Very bad at answering the telephone, but worth persevering! Very popular in July & August, less frenetic out of season.

Rockfish

01803 212 175

rockfish.co.uk

Mitch Tonks also owns this great seafood cafe close to his restaurant, expect great fish but at fair prices. Also does take away. There is virtually no meat on the menu but a great choice of fish and shell fish. Open 12 noon to 9.30pm every day from middle of February. Winter times vary. Won Best Independent Fish & Chip Restaurant 2013. All restaurants including Dartmouth can now be booked on line. Brixham is now open and has a great position over the harbour. Well worth a visit. Also open in Exmouth from late last year.

Furtherafield often good for a day out with lunch.

Over the River from Dartmouth 15 Minute Drive

The Laughing Monk

01803 770 639

thelaughingmonkdevon.co.uk

This is worth the journey as the food is excellent, run by husband and wife team. Good value. Open for dinner only and closes for some holidays in the winter. Tuesday to Saturday only.

At the End of Slapton Sands 45 Minute Drive

The Start Bay Inn

01548 580 553

startbayinn.co.uk

If you like fresh fish this does not come any fresher with the sea on the doorstep. Huge portions reasonably priced thus always busy. You can’t book here so better to avoid peak periods. Open for lunch and dinner every day.

Another 15 Minutes on from Slapton

The Cricket Inn

01548 580 553

tthecricketinn.com

Another great pub restaurant right on the beech, great for walkers. A large restaurant open every day, tables should be booked in the summer months. Mid price range. Open 7 days.

20 Minute Drive

The Curator Kitchen

01548 865 570

italianfoodheroes.com/information.php

At last a buzzy interesting very modern Italian venue. Small menu but perfect for sharing plates. Excellent food with Italian owners who know how to cook. Stands out by a mile from the other local restaurants. You have to book. Open for lunch and dinner. Coffee shop downstairs also very good. We loved our recent meal here in Nov 2016.I here news that they have opened another floor, which is very noisy. If booking ask for the first floor.

10 Minute Drive on from Totnes

Riverford Field Kitchen

01803 762 074

riverford.co.uk/fieldkitchen

Giles Coren said he had the meal of his life here and I would agree. The emphasis is on vegetables with one meat dish. Sitting at tables of 8 on wooden benches the food is served family style with dishes arriving at the table for you to help yourself. Change of chef during 2012 seems to have made no difference to quality. Very reasonably priced for quality of food lunch £23.50 for 2 courses dinner £27.50 for 3 courses. Open for lunch every day. Not open every evening so call to check. Booking essential. Highly recommended.

30 Minute Drive

Wild Artichokes

01548 580 553

wildartichokes.co.uk/

Jane Baxter ex chef of Riverford owns this place. Lovely food served in the same style as Riverford, food is delivered to the table and shared by everyone. Only operates a few nights every month, so check the website. Gets booked up very quickly. Great food, we loved it. £35 per head, mostly vegetables so very suitable for veggies.

Plymouth way 55 Minutes

Treby Arms

01752 837 363

thetrebyarms.co.uk

A Michelin star here but don’t expect fine dining, its parred down Michelin but with a full a la carte and tasting menus. In February they were offering a three course lunch for £17.50 amazing value! We loved the food and came away eating off the a la carte at around £55 per head including 3 courses, wine and pre dinner drinks. Good value in our book. A bit of a drive down the A38 and then some typical Devon lanes but definitely worth it if you are a foodie.