market town in the South Hams district of Devon, England

Kingsbridge is a town in the English Riviera and South Devon region of Devon in south west England.

Salcombe Harbour

Understand edit

Around the Kingsbridge Estuary lies a number of villages and small settlements such as Salcombe and Frogmore

Several of the creeks of the estuary have independent names, including Blanksmill, Frogmore, Southpool, Batson and Bowcombe Creek.

Get in edit

Arrive by bus from Dartmouth, or drive or cycle along the A379.

The nearest airport is Exeter Airport.

Get around edit

You can walk around.

See edit

  • 1 Overbeck's, Sharpitor, TQ8 8LW, +44 1548 842893, . The seaside home of inventor and scientist Otto Overbeck.    
  • In the village of Frogmore, you should try to visit the bridge over the creek head at sunset. The creek lies on an east-west axis and the colours and reflections on the water can make for some rather stunning images.

Do edit

Launch a boat at the public hard at the head of the creek.

Events edit

  • There is a Regatta during the summer in Frogmore - around the first or second weekend in August. A variety of boat based races are followed by the race across the creek - through the tidal mud. Amusing to watch or take part in! Take part in the race across the creek at the regatta.

Buy edit

Eat edit

1 @ the bakery, A379, Frogmore, TQ7 2NT, +44 1548 531236. 8AM-3PM. Pasties and other assorted pastry treats from the Post office and Bakery. Frogmore pasties are a proper meal in themselves and the jam doughnuts are equally good.

2 The Beachhouse, Beach House, Horswell Lane, South Milton,TQ7 3JU (on South Milton Sands), +44 1548 561 144, . 09:30-22:00. is a cafe and takeaway

3 Dick and Wills, Fore Street, Salcombe TQ8 8JG, +44 1548 843 408, . 5PM-. Waterside Grill

4 Winking Prawn, North Sands, Salcombe, TQ8 8LD, +44 1548 842 326. M-Th 9AM-7:30PM, F-Su 10AM-7:30PM. a beach hut cafe on Cliff Rd just west of Salcombe Castle.

Drink edit

1 Pigs Nose Inn, East Prawle TQ7 2BY, +44 1548 511 209, . noon-3PM, 6PM-11PM, Sa noon-late, Su noon-10PM. An eclectic pub with a music venue  

2 Seven Stars, 13 Mill St, TQ7 1ED, +44 1548 289 055. A grade 11 listed pub  

3 Victoria Inn, Fore St, Salcombe TQ8 8BU, +44 1548 842 604, . noon-11PM. St Austell Brewery. Food served to 8:30PM (except Tu)

  • Salcombe Brewery is in Ledstone two miles north of Kingsbridge and offers tours.

Sleep edit

There are a few B&Bs in the village, one or two with very nice views of the creek that you can wake up to.

  • 1 The Globe Inn, Frogmore, +44 1548 531351. The Globe Inn serves a variety of decent beers, both local and exotic.
  • Seaflowers in Frogmore re-opens in Feb 2024.
  • 2 The Henley, Folly Hill, Bigbury-on-Sea TQ7 4AR, +44 1548 810240. Charming B&B with four rooms in Edwardian holiday home looking over the bay, dog-friendly. Open Mar-Oct, no children under 12. B&B double £150.
  • 3 Burgh Island Hotel, Burgh Island, Bigbury-on-Sea TQ7 4BG (Tidal island, phone ahead for access advice), +44 1548 810514. Sleek Art Deco hotel on tidal island, grand dining. Open Feb-Dec, no children under 5. B&B double £200.
  • 4 The Cricket Inn, Beesands TQ7 2EN, +44 1548 580215. Comfy hotel with 7 rooms in fisherman's inn, good seafood. B&B double £110.
  • 5 Gara Rock, East Portlemouth, Salcombe TQ8 8FA, +44 1548 845946. Former coastguards' cottages, now a swish hotel and spa. B&B double £200.
  • 6 Plantation House, Totnes Rd, Ermington PL21 9NS (on A3121), +44 1548 831100. Contemporary hotel with 8 rooms in a Georgian rectory, great cuisine. B&B double £120.
  • 7 Thurlestone Hotel, Parkfield, Kingsbridge TQ7 3NN, +44 1548 560382. Hotel and spa since 1896, with its own village inn. B&B double £180.

Salcombe edit

  • 8 Harbour Beach Club, South Sands, Salcombe TQ8 8LJ (next to South Sands Hotel), +44 1548 233456. Posh resort hotel opening in Aug 2021. B&B double £250.
  • 9 Salcombe Harbour Hotel, Cliff Rd, Salcombe TQ8 8JH, +44 1548 844444. Upscale Victorian hotel in swish nautical style, great dining. The spa has a gym and pool. B&B double £200.
  • 10 Soar Mill Cove Hotel, Soar Mill Cove, Salcombe TQ7 3DS, +44 1548 561566. Excellent secluded hotel with good dining, dog-friendly. Open Feb-Dec. B&B double £200.
  • 11 South Sands, Bolt Head, Salcombe TQ8 8LL, +44 1548 845900. Welcoming upscale hotel with great cuisine and views. B&B double from £250.

Connect edit

As of July 2022, Kingsbridge and Salcombe have 4G from EE, Three and (in patches) from Vodafone, but a poor signal from O2. You'll be lucky to get any signal in coastal villages such as East Prawle. 5G has not reached this corner of Devon.

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