Best South Devon Pubs, Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon

Best South Devon Pubs, Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon

With some of the most beautiful coastline in the UK, South Devon has plenty of pubs in very special waterside locations from which to enjoy the views and vibe. Below is a list of some of the best we've come across in years of photographing and researching this part of South West England.



The Pilchard Inn. We start with The Pilchard Inn owing to its unique setting on the side of Burgh Island next to the internationally famous Art Deco Burgh Island Hotel. At low tide, you can walk across the neck of sand beach that runs between Burgh Island and the popular South Devon seaside village Bigbury-on-Sea. When the tide comes in and water covers the beach, see it as a fine excuse to use the sea tractor.

There's lots to do around The Pilchard Inn. Walk to the top of Burgh Island for sensational views of the South Devon coastline. Spend the day at Bigbury-on-Sea Beach. This section of coastline attracts surfers, windsurfers, sea kayakers and other watersports enthusiasts. There's a surf school which is great for kids. Bantham Beach is across the water. It's also fun to drop in for a drink and bite to eat at The Pilchard Inn if you're walking the South West Coast Path in this area. Note that this is an exceptionally popular UK holiday destination so it can get busy. For special occasions, book a table at the restaurant in Burgh Island Hotel.

The Cricket Inn. Magnificent location in the south section of Start Bay close to Start Point. There's a big shingle beach, great coastal/sea views and plenty of parking.

Start Bay Inn. Situated towards the middle of Start Bay, another magnificent location. Just off the A379, Start Bay Inn is easily accessible. By Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve and the huge shingle beach Slapton Sands. Again, top coastal/sea views.

Cary Arms & Spa. Looks out over Babbacombe Beach to Oddicombe Beach and Babbacombe Bay. Exceptional.

The Ness. Overlooks the mouth of the Teign Estuary to Teignmouth.

Hope and Anchor Inn. In the heart of this popular South Devon coastal villages next to two stunning sand beaches.

At South Milton Sands, there's a superb cafe behind the National Trust beach called beachhouse.

At Wembury, there's Wembury The Old Mill behind this National Trust beach.


Estuary and River

The Ferry Inn. As mentioned in our Salcombe listing, the setting is sublime.

The Ship Inn and The Swan Inn, Noss Mayo. Both are situated on the south side of Newton Creek that connects with the Yealm Estuary.

The Dolphin Inn, Newton Ferrers. On the north side of Newton Creek.

Ferry Boat Inn. Across the River Dart from the National Trust's Greenway.

The Turf. Very popular destination on the Exe Estuary.

Coombe Cellars. Located on the south side of the Teign Estuary with super views east to the coast and west to Dartmoor National Park.



The Warren House Inn is located on the B3212 north east of Postbridge. Essential visiting when on holiday in Dartmoor, the Warren House Inn is the highest pub in southern England. The B3212 cuts across the middle of the National Park and the pub garden opens out onto stunning high moor. The Warren House Inn is in the heart of Dartmoor.

Fingle Bridge Inn is located at the beauty spot Fingle Bridge near Drewsteington. More essential visiting when on holiday in Dartmoor, Fingle Bridge Inn is on the banks of the River Teign in the magnificent Teign Gorge. The pub is near the National Trust's Castle Drogo and on the route of one of Dartmoor's finest walks. Fingle Bridge Inn is located in the north of Dartmoor.

The Rugglestone Inn near Widecombe in the Moor was voted one of the best UK country pubs in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018. The Rugglestone Inn is in the east section of Dartmoor.

We also love The Old Inn in Widecombe in the Moor.