Here you can settle at an elegant table and look out across the estuary - treating your eyes and your stomach at the same time. Daily changing dishes are created using the freshest local seafood available from Looe, Plymouth, Brixham, Newlyn, and crab and lobster from right on the doorstep in Salcombe. Meats are sourced within South Devon as much as possible too, and vegetarian options are of equally fine quality. Head chef Finn Ibsen has been here for over 20 years, and his style lends a modern slant to traditional dishes - with the odd untampered dish slipping in occasionally too. You might find Whitsand Bay scallops or smoked Exmoor venison to start, followed by mains such as Devon duck breast, Dartmoor lamb or Brixham skate wing. For real fish fans, the 'medley of fish fillets' is divine, served on a bed of surf clams, chorizo and butter beans. Enjoy the likes of butterscotch ice cream (their own recipe) topped with a summer berry salad to finish, and you'll be booking your next visit in no time.
If the food and setting aren't enough to lure you back, the friendly service will do the trick. Staff here uphold the values of courtesy and respect, but execute them in a way that is by no means old-fashioned - you will feel utterly treated. Book a room and take advantage of the well-balanced wine list, compiled using local suppliers and featuring over 100 wines. Relax in the elegant setting, enjoy the floodlit water garden and wander down to the beach after your meal - life doesn't get much better than this.