The Pilchard Inn, Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon

The Pilchard Inn, Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon

Extraordinary views in a remarkable setting

The Westcountry is packed with top pubs. Some, like The Old Success Inn at Sennen Cove, have extraordinary views. Others, like Fingle Bridge Inn in the Teign Gorge on Dartmoor, are in remarkable settings. The Pilchard Inn has both. Sited next to the famous Art Deco Burgh Island Hotel on the tidal Burgh Island, The Pilchard Inn offers top views of this section of the South Devon coast. It's a special place in which to grab a pint.

At low tide, there's access to the pub across Bigbury-on-Sea Beach. At high tide, hotel guests and tourists (a fee applies) are taken to and from Burgh Island on the Burgh Island Sea Tractor.

We'd recommend crossing the sand at low tide and then walking to the top of Burgh Island before visiting The Pilchard Inn. The views are massive. On a clear day, you'll see the Cornwall coast to the west and the South Devon coast around Hope Cove to the east.

Bigbury-on-Sea and Bantham are known for their sand beaches and sea sports. The South West Coast Path here is also very popular. Head west past Challaborough Beach to Ayrmer Cove (Beach) or walk east to South Milton Sands/Thurlestone Sand (Beach). You can also walk the Avon Estuary Walk.

 

Location of The Pilchard Inn

We've positioned The Pilchard Inn on Google maps. Zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location.

There's a large car park at Bigbury-on-Sea but it fills quickly at high season. Whenever we've visited in summer months, there's been overflow parking in a field on the approach to the coastal village. Clearly, a charge applies.

 

The sea tractor at Salcombe

East and south east of Burgh Island is the Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary. It's fun to take the South Sands Sea Tractor/Taxi from Salcombe to South Sands (Beach). From South Sands (Beach), visit the National Trust's Overbeck's Garden and Museum. The estuary is also lined with many lovely small beaches. Mill Bay Beach is particularly impressive.