The Cricket Inn
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
Just a pebble’s skim away from the sloping beach and sparkling waters of Start Bay, and overlooking Start Point lighthouse, is The Cricket Inn. Whether visitors and their pooch arrive by foot, bike or boat, first-class dining and a genuinely warm welcome from the cheery team and landlords will be on the cards. When you arrive, saunter over to the newly refurbished bar to quench your thirst by choosing from the selection of libations, including Luscombe soft drinks and local cider and ale.
The one-of-a-kind venue takes inspiration from its surrounds and blends nautical touches with contemporary decor to lend a cool and calm ambience that’s easy to fall in love with. Dogs are welcome in the bar, and the AA-rosette-awarded restaurant has doors that open in summer to bring the outside in and provide panoramic views of the bay. It’s the perfect spot for birthday bashes and family get-togethers.
With a spotlight on local, seasonal produce, the head chef and kitchen team presents menus and daily specials that regularly showcase freshly caught fish, such as Beesands crab soup, scallops with garlic butter, and traditional cod and chips. He’s spoilt for choice with the produce available from the South Hams area. If you want to try the breadth of all that the restaurant offers, dive into the seafood pancake – it comprises a medley of seafood served in a creamy sauce and topped with Parmesan cheese. New to the culinary agenda is the Josper oven, which has acquired glowing reviews and gives dishes a delicious smoky flavour. Sample the juicy steaks, Cricket Inn burger topped with bacon, cheese, onion rings and skinny fries, or the Josper-grilled kebab – you won’t be disappointed.
The famed South West Coastal Path that runs through Beesands village makes for a great excuse to indulge in dessert in the hope of walking it off later. Glance at the menu and the likes of baked Alaska, sticky toffee pudding and crème brûlée will tempt. If that all seems too much, retire to one of the seven well-appointed rooms, two of which have been refurbished with four-poster beds, and drift off into a peaceful night’s sleep.