Family holidays become a bit of a tradition when you’re younger so it’s nice to go back and re live them when you’re all grown up. I was therefore extremely excited to learn I was heading to Salcombe for my birthday weekend. Salcombe is hidden away on the coast of South West England in Devon. It’s a hub of sailors, boys in stripy shirts (ideal), families and friends. It’s a great place to escape to from the big city and was the perfect sunny get away.
The town is lined with every seaside shop you can think of, as well as delis, sweet shops and of course ice cream! It’s like stepping back in time, no Tesco, no TopShop and certainly no chain restaurants.. PERFECT! You can walk through the town and come across all sorts of wonders. From elegant tea rooms to the famous pink and white striped sweet shop lined with treats and fudge.
A key part of the town and one of the best places for Devon pasties is the Upper Crust bakery. It’s been there as long as I can remember and probably was established long before then. We used to rent the house behind it so lots of memories come flooding back when you smell the freshly baked breads and pasties.
The only place for ice cream is the little shop on the corner. They do a great selection of flavours with my favourite being Salcombe Mud – as unappealing as it sounds it is actually cookies and cream. The great thing about being in Devon is that no one judges you when you have a stick of fudge in your ice cream instead of a flake!
After getting all dolled up we headed into town for some dinner. The place of choice was Dick and Wills a family run restaurant in a great location over looking the beaches on the other side of the harbour. The food is great and the atmosphere is buzzing. Of course being by the sea means lots of fishy dishes so I had a delicious fish and chips with a very chunky tar tar sauce!
More Salcombe adventures coming soon.