Okay, sad to admit that before this summer I had only holidayed in the UK, my home once. What’s worse is I was about five so have no recollection of it. However COVID made Lee, and I book up a long weekend away in Brixham, Devon at the end of august, half over the bank holiday on a friends recommendation.
After 3.5 hours in the car, the sun took us to the coast, oh and what a glorious place we stumbled upon. Check out where to stay, where to eat and some tings to do below!
WHERE TO STAY – BEACON HOUSE B&B
We stayed at Beacon House B&B a small four-bed place nestled at the top of the harbour overlooking it all from the perfect lookout point. The view above was from the window in our room called ‘Marina View’ it was nicely decorated and homely. The whole place had that feel, and the owner Herve and his wife were the perfect hosts from the get-go. They gave us recommendations of where to eat, bottles of water available in the hall plus a breakfast menu to die for. Herve is a chef by trade, and they’ve only had the B&B six months, but I can tell you from the get-go we would be back.
It had that seaside feel, with a calmness oh and parking! Winner. Nothing was too much of an ask of the hosts, and we can certainly say we know why our friends booked this place and told us to as well.
Breakfast with a view was perfect as well I mean not many places you get a three-course menu for the first meal of the fay.
WHAT TO DO AND SEE
Explore the harbour – The harbour is stunning in itself. You can walk all along the coast or in a little and walk right round the town. Bring comfy shoes though there’s a lot of walking to be done and a lot of either steep hills or steps. I must say it looked beautiful both in the day and lit up at night.
Berry’s Head – Get up early and take a hike, literally a hike. We were up and out at about half 5 in the morning and had done over 10,000 steps by 7am. It was a tad cloudy but the view as you can see was so worth it. There’s lots of historical buildings and signs around too so be sure to check them out as they were really interesting.
Fishcombe Cove – A little walk away is this stunning cove. It has two kind of bay bits and is perfect to sit for a few hours and chill. There is a little cafe there should you want a coffee and you can easily paddle board. This is also a great location to spot seals which we luckily did! Holiday made just seeing them, I was beaming!
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
Okay let’s be honest, may just be me but a huge part of going away is eating at lots of lovely local places and trying everything a place has to offer, and we certainly did that here. I will say though there were a few places we didn’t get to go to and one we wanted to try just never had any availability which was called Rock Fish, so be sure to book ahead of going as it is supposed to be great.
Claws – This is a small hut with some seating that serves fresh fish by the pot, sandwich, the tub you name it it’s fresh from the sea. This is one of many huts along the harbour so pick one and enjoy, you’ll find some normal items and some I am far to squimish to try!
The Prince William – Not somewhere I would eat again! The service was fab, but the food was drab. It is, however, a lovely spot for a drink. It is a little further round and gets the sun until late afternoon. It has been done up inside but also has a large outdoor area, so it is perfect if the weather is good.
Liberty – This is a must-stop for cocktails! They do afternoon tea I believe too, but their cocktails are the perfect way to end or start your evening. We cam back both nights we stayed as the menu was extensive and reasonably priced too. We could have easily worked our way through a ton more too. The who place is quirky and felt unique done up inside similar to The Prince Willaim as they have the same owner, but this one is a must if you’re there.
Hennessy Lounge – Looks great from the outside and has a fantastic view. Again cocktails are good, but if you look closely, it has seen better days inside. A nice pre-dinner stop but not my favourite place however there aren’t many bars around, so this was a great location and nice for one or two.
The Curious Kitchen – What a little spot this place is. If you stay somewhere without breakfast I would suggest heading here or do what we did and order a box of their homemade donuts in some great flavours such as; Kinder Bueno, Jaffa cake and Oreo.
Shoals – What I would say was just a little cafe by the sea water outside pool once is Joe a favourite for both locals and tourists. Serving fresh fish over looking the ocean it was a nice way to end our long weekend here. The hot crab dip was amazing and just sat here with the sun beating down was perfect.
Simply Fish – Saving my favourite place until last we ate here for lunch the day we arrived and back again for our last nights dinner. They don’t take reservations but the line always goes quickly! This was hands down the best sea food we had from lobster, mussels, prawns to a monk fish curtly and scallops it was all so so well cooked and everything including their amazing curry sauce was perfect. If you go to one place when here this is where I recommend!
We had the most amazing time here. We stopped a few other places for drinks as well like The Old Market House for drink in the sun. Make sure to sit outside at the top for the best view.
After the best few days switching off from the world with my favourite person, I really cherished this time away just us by the beach, phone to a minimum just enjoying each other’s company.
Have you been to Brixham? What is your favourite UK destination?