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 April 2019. 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 and The Angel are still the best local restaurants 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 since then we have had some temporary managers. As of beginning of April it has been taken over by an Italian family, reports vary and we have not yet tried it. So the jury is still out!

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  every day. 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

Currently closed as of May 2019

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

Re-opened but website not yet updated. More info to follow.

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, Exeter, Exmouth, Torquay and Plymouth. 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 has reopened for 2019. 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 which has one AA Rosette on the first floor of which we have had good reports, seafood and steaks open 7 days a week for both lunch and dinner. A good option on Sunday 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 Tuesday to Saturdays for dinner from 6pm.

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.

At last The Angel has reopened and found its feet under chef Elly Wentworth, runner up in Masterchef 2016. Food is exceptional. There were a few problems with service but certainly when we visited in December 2018 it was an amazing meal. Booking is essential.

www.theangeldartmouth.co.uk

01803 833488.

Closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday lunchtime.

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 on occasions with a supper club vibe, 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

News reaches us that this restaurant has been taken over by one of the chefs from The Curious Kitchen. Certainly the pizzas are to die for and it looks like they are also doing some nice Sunday roasts. Cocktails are also a thing here. No website but it seems to have a facebook page which gives some more detail. www.facebook.com/morefromtck/ Wednesday to Sunday we think!

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 Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm.

Torquay (20 Minute Drive)

The Elephant

01803 200 044

elephantrestaurant.co.uk

This is our nearest Michelin starred restaurant run by chef Simon Hulstone. Its constantly good and we probably go once or twice a year and never had a bad meal. Well worth a visit with easy parking opposite. 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. 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. Recommended in both The Good Food Guide and Michelin Eating Out Guide

Rockfish

01803 212 175

rockfish.co.uk

Mitch Tonks also owns this great seafood cafe which is now part of a growing chain. 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. All restaurants including Dartmouth can now be booked on line. Also with restaurants in Dartmouth, Exeter, Exmouth, Brixham and Plymouth.

This was a new find at the end of 2018. Owned and run by a husband and wife team the food is excellent and fairly priced for the quality of food. My only criticism is the lighting is a bit bright.

www.thewaddlingduckbistro.co.uk

01803 203778. Open 6-9pm except Sunday and Monday. Open for Sunday lunch.

Furtherafield often good for a day out with lunch.

Over the River from Dartmouth 15 Minute Drive

The Laughing Monk

www.thelaughingmonkdevon.co.uk

Wow no sooner had I written about this closing, Ben and Jackie are back. A move up north did not work out so we can now look forward to great meals again. Open Thurs – Saturday 6pm -11pm. Always great food.

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 2018. I hear 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. Very reasonably priced for quality of food lunch £25 for 2 courses dinner £29.00 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.