Paddle boarding wouldn’t be the same without a waterside stop to replenish after a paddle on the water! I have listed out my top waterside destinations in Devon & Cornwall that I like to visit after some time on the water!
Watergate Bay: Nr Newquay, Cornwall
This place… this place is just a dream. I would describe Watergate Bay Hotel as a girl that has make up on but you don’t know it! They have got the vibe just right! I can spend hours sitting in the living space or on their decking, just staring at the ocean. They do delicious food and drink, it’s also dog friendly. Highly recommend!
The Cove: Hope Cove, South Devon
Hope Cove in South Devon is a dream! There’s a few places to choose from, one of my favourites with a fab view of the sea is The Cove. It’s won a Taste of Devon food award, its super friendly with a relaxed atmosphere. I have had my best hot chocolate to date here!
The River Exe Cafe: Exmouth, Devon
If you have not been here yet, you’re missing out! They have the freshest, most delicious sea food you could ask for with one of the best views you could ask for! It’s a floating restaurant in the middle of the Exe Estuary. If you want to have a meal here, you need to book, however you can rock up on the paddleboard and have some bar snacks on the decking (if they are not too busy). Here’s my blog on paddling from Exmouth to the River Exe Cafe.
Barricane Beach Cafe, Woolacombe, Devon
Love a curry? Go here! Barricane Beach cafe is a small cafe on Barricane Beach in Woolacombe. By evening they serve a variety of authentic Sri Lankan dishes, where you can bring a bottle of wine and sit and watch the sunset!
Blue Tomato: Rock, Cornwall
The Camel estuary is a great spot for a paddle and Blue Tomato is a great spot for Breakfast before or after your SUP! Their pancakes are top notch! It’s next to the water so great views. It’s dog friendly, super relaxed & gorgeous.
The Beach House: South Milton Sands, South Devon
I first went here a couple of years ago and was blown away on how delicious the food was. It’s a tiny hut next to the beach in South Milton Sands – you defo need to book as it’s very popular! It’s dog friendly with a relaxed atmosphere, super cosy in the winter too!
The Turf Pub: Topsham, Devon
This famous destination is only assessable by Bike, boat, SUP or any other water based transport! It’s a stunning destination for a paddle. They do great food and a good section of beverages! It’s seasonal so check if it’s open before you go! You can read my blog on Topsham to Turf here.
The Crab Shed: Salcombe, Devon
You gotta have some crab when in Devon or Cornwall! The Crab Shed is a vibrant seafood restaurant near The Fish Quay in the heart of Salcombe, Devon. Their restaurant is perched on the water’s edge close to their very own Crab Factory where they produce 100% hand-picked crab meat! The estuary in Salcombe is also beautiful, turquoise water – a great paddle!
Blue Bar: Porthtowan, Cornwall
Porthtowan is a great surfing beach but it can also be great for a paddle if there isn’t too much swell around. The beach is huge and Blue Bar is at the top with views right over the bay. Last year we got some great views of dolphins. I recommend their fish tacos!
The Double Locks: Exeter, Devon
I go to Double Locks weekly, you can SUP there from Exeter Quay easily (read my blog here). It’s another pub on the canal and they do lots of events so follow them on social media to keep up to date with whats going on.
Swim: Lyme Regis, Dorset
SWIM in Lyme Regis does delicious food with a stunning view of the beach! Lyme Regis is famous for its fossil hunting and gorgeous beach. SWIM is a perfect spot for dinner after a long day on the water. It has a relaxed vibe and cosy feel.
The Swan Inn, Noss Mayo, Devon
Noss Mayo is STUNNING! It’s just around the corner from Plymouth. The Swan Inn, in their own words ‘We are a small family run pub set the amazing village of Noss Mayo, we believe in great food, great service and a great time. We are doggy and family friendly, come and enjoy a drink sitting in the most relaxing, beautiful place in Devon’. It’s the perfect spot after a day on the water!
Kota, Porthleven, Cornwall
If you fancy treating yourself then this is the place! One of the best meals I have ever had! Not only is the food incredible, they are so welcoming! If you have not had a paddle around Porthleven then do it, this place is a firm favourite of Cornish spots! It has lots of history and is incredibly charming.
The Plichard Inn, Burgh Island, South Devon
Burgh Island is a tidal island on the coast of South Devon in England near the small seaside village of Bigbury-on-Sea. The Pilchard Inn is a little treasure, it’s a 14th century bar, it’s so small but so cute! I love this place in the winter – they do the best mulled wine and an amazing open fire. It’s cash only. Burgh Island is an amazing spot for a paddle, this is a must!
CBay: Crantock, Cornwall
Crantock beach is one of my favourite beaches in Cornwall, you can find out where to SUP in this fab location on my blog over here. CBay is on the cliff overlooking Crantock beach. The walk to CBay is beautiful and once you’re sat down you can take in the view all day! They also have a SPA if your paddle has a been a bit too much like hard work!
The Sea Shanty: Branscombe, Devon
I grew up in a little village called Salcombe Regis which is next to Branscombe, I spent a lot of time on the beach here so the Sea Shanty is a firm favourite. It’s right on the beach so great views! It’s the perfect place for a stop off if you’re paddling this part of the Jurassic Coast. You can read my blog here on paddling from Sidmouth to Branscombe.
Ducky’s Beach Cafe: Beer, Devon
Looking for breakfast on the beach? Look no further! On the beach in Beer, it has great food at reasonable prices. Friendly staff and excellent service. This place is a must when visiting Beer. The paddles around here are also great – you could have breakfast here then paddle around the corner to Branscombe and have lunch and The Sea Shanty!
Sidmouth Harbour Hotel: Sidmouth, Devon
‘A casual, all-day seafood bar & grill, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea. Dishes showcase regional flavours, employing local produce and seasonal ingredients’. Sidmouth Harbour Hotel looks over onto Sidmouth beach, it’s a great spot to unwind after a SUP, they have also teamed up with Jurassic Paddle Sports if you don’t have a SUP yet and want to hire one out.