With the sun now shining much more regularly, it feels as though summer is well and truly underway. Slap on the sun lotion, slip into your Speedos and set off for a sunny weekend in Salcombe, Devon. Where should you head when you’re feeling peckish after all that hard work basking in the sun? Luckily for you, we’ve picked a hat trick of Salcombe’s most sumptuous servings.
Whether you’re after a hearty breakfast before your day’s activities, a wholesome lunch, or both, head to Sailor V for excellent nosh. A choice of blueberry or chocolate muffins, fruit scones with butter and jam, and toasted banana bread with yogurt and honey are just a few of the mouth-watering breakfast options. The lunch menu boasts an equally enticing selection, including fresh crab salad, delicious hot dogs, and a cracking list of specials. Sailor V has an impressive range of ice cream sundaes, all amusingly named – we can’t resist Nanny’s Knickerflocker. Comprising a mint chocolate flake, Belgian chocolate and Madagascan vanilla ice cream, crumbled chocolate fake, chocolate sauce, flaked almonds, whipped cream and maraschino cherry, it’s an undoubtedly decadent but delightful treat.
The Winking Prawn is the ideal spot for snacking in the sun – it’s hugely popular with locals and serves superb grub all day. This shabby-chic eatery overlooks North Sands beach, so you’re just a short meander from the sea. A breakfast menu featuring the likes of smoked salmon or kippers served with scrambled eggs and toast presents the first suggestion of the fine seafood that’s available at The Winking Prawn. For lunch, the Po Boy baguette, comprising deep-fried popcorn shrimps with sweet chilli sauce or the whole cracked crab with garlic mayonnaise are both hits. The pièce de résistance is the fruits de mer: a feast of whole cracked crab, scallops, king prawns, mussels, shrimps and dips, and the option of an additional half lobster.
Summer staycations aren’t the same without sipping a cocktail or two. Island Street Bar & Grill has a dreamy drinks menu which boasts the likes of espresso martini, a key lime pie cocktail and the aptly named Salcombe Slammer, made using Southern Comfort, Plymouth sloe gin, amaretto and orange juice. Teetotallers can also get in on the act with mocktails such as Shirley Temple, a non-alcoholic lemongrass mojito, and scrumptious raspberry Bakewell. Of course, the food on offer at Island Street Bar & Grill is just as impressive. A selection of burgers, mighty fine meat, glorious grazing boards and smashing seafood make up the varied menu. Save space to sample some of the sumptuous sweet treats. The Island Street sundae and the Belgian waffles with Salcombe ice cream are sinfully indulgent, and the Prosecco jelly and raspberry sorbet will satisfy even the most sophisticated palates.