In a small village in the South Hams, this pub offers a friendly welcome to both locals and visitors alike. The cosy interior is warmed by no less that four real fires during winter so you are assured of a toasty evening. There's also a beer garden and dogs are welcome in all areas.
Large, sheltered and unspoilt, this beach has lots of fine sand at low tide and safe areas to bathe in shallow waters. Open to the public on Wednesdays and weekends, Mothecombe Beach is situated at the mouth of the River Erme and has plenty of rocks to explore and climb. Parking is a 15 minute walk away.
This little island off the Devon coast has seen a lot of history. As well as being the inspiration for two Agatha Christie mysteries, the much-filmed Art Deco Burgh Island Hotel has played host to such notable guests as The Beatles, Noel Coward and, reputedly, Churchill and Eisenhower. The lesser known 13th Century Pilchard Inn is also still serving, but mind your heads! At low tide the island can be reached on foot, but that would be missing half the fun. At high tide the sea tractor, a strange contraption originally designed in the 1930s, makes for a quirky 'ferry' ride, without having to get your feet wet.
Thought it might be interesting to go over for dinner, but £60 per person... Pub has unwelcoming signs outside for non-residents. The island is very small and you can walk all the paths in about an hour. The views are not as worthwhile as walking the coast path.
We had a very nice afternoon stop at the beach. Fine sands, fantastic view, clear water.
A lovely place to visit, the views from the top of the island are beautiful. There is also a pub on the island for a well earned drink and the idea of the tide coming in and cutting you off is very unusual and a lot of fun.
Worth going across to Burgh Island for the view back to the Devon coastline alone. Go to the top of the hill where there is a ruined cottage and walk around it for the full 360. The hotel does look a bit posh if you are in walking gear, but we have promised that we will go back for Sunday lunch. Go to the pub for refuelling but beware, it can get busy in the holiday periods.
A Bygone Age
Well worth a visit just to enjoy the magnificent panorama that this unique view point affords - even better in the evening with a pint at the Pilchard to watch the sun go down!
If you're looking for something a bit different for a special occasion then treat yourself to a stay in the hotel and get the full flavour of this art deco retreat where guests still dress for dinner and enjoy a cocktail or two - the sunsets are even better then!
Huge expansive yellow sands, an enchanting island reached by foot at low tide and fat, juicy Bigbury Bay oysters – Bigbury-on-Sea has much to offer the visitor. Take a trip by sea tractor to Burgh Island, where Noel Coward and Agatha Christie attended elegant parties in the 1920s, hire a surfboard and catch some waves, walk the coast path or simply sit back and enjoy the stunning views - Bigbury is at the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Local post office stores is Tardis-like - we could find all we needed there, and friendly too
Bigbury on Sea Beach is a popular family destination, with easy access and good parking. Just across the water is Burgh Island, where Agatha Christie and Noel Coward once kicked up their heels. You can visit the island during the summer courtesy of a special ‘sea tractor’.
Help for Disabled
The Venus Cafe, just below the car park at Bigbury-on-Sea, has a beach wheelchair that can be borrowed free of charge. We were able to wheel my mother over to Burgh Island.
The slopes going down to the beach are quite steep. It's not so bad going down, but you need to be quite strong to push the wheelchair back up!
Large sandy beach when the tide is out. Interesting rock formations around towards the Avon estuary.
Lovely Sandy Beach
A large sandy beach and great for surfing. Children can play.You can either walk across to Burgh Island or take the sea tractor when the tide covers the causeway.
A large sandy beach with some surf. Walk to Burgh Island at low tide or take the sea tractor.
A wide stretch of sand by south coast standards, Bantham is backed by dunes. When conditions are right, surfing is possible here.
Privately owned beach open to the public. A truly beautiful beach. Wide sands, surfing and wind-surfing, rock pools and a delightfully gentle introduction to the South West Coast Path with views over Burgh Island. No dogs allowed during the summer months. Charge made for car parking.
Great family fun beach
Lovely beach with little coves to hide away in, rock pools and lovely clean sandcastle sand; wide enough for kite buggies, best surfing beach on the south coast along with Bigbury on Sea beach opposite. Burgh Island out to sea with its restored evocative 1930's hotel clinging to the edge was the inspiration for Enid Blyton's Kirrin Island as well as a number of Agatha Christie novels! Dogs allowed on the beach Oct- April and then along the far right hand side (west) during the remainder of the year. Beach balls and skimboards etc plus coffees and teas available from the post office cafe back in the village- great estuary view while sipping away on the deck out back. Lunch or supper in the Sloop pub- best to pre book in season
A 16th Century bar and restaurant, serving light bites in the bar and the finest local Devon produce in the restaurant.
Smart wine bar style restaurant. Award winning food. Own mini brewery. Great wines.
- Peter Reynolds
In a superb position right on the water, The Ship Inn is a peaceful, traditional pub without juke boxes or quiz machines, perfect for a relaxing lunch.
Had an excellent evening with great food with absolutely wonderful staff including the owner Lisa.
The Ship Inn
Great atmosphere and excellent food.
Fresh, local oysters from Bigbury Bay; if you are squeamish about eating them raw, there are a variety of baked and grilled options.
Very good sea food restaurant, lots of choice - not just Oysters! Good lively atmosphere - best to book, even at lunchtime.
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