Introducing the Salcombe Food and Drink Trail

Due to launch in early Spring 2020, the all-new self-guided Salcombe Food and Drink Trail is readying itself to welcome foodies from the world-over. Starting in the enchanting South Devon water-front town of Salcombe, visitors will be taken on a journey of culinary discovery around the beguilingly beautiful Salcombe Estuary and South Hams. Home to fine restaurants, sublime produce picked and reared in the surrounding fields, caught in local waters or distilled with skill in Salcombe, the trail is a celebration of local dishes, drink, delicacies and produce.

The trail, which will be available to download from Salcombe TIC’s website and can be picked up in fold-out map from participating providers, takes in, among others, Salcombe Gin School, where you can learn how to make your very own gin, pairing botanicals to make your tipple of choice. Having mastered your mix, you can sit back and relax tasting a multitude of marvellous gin concoctions from the comfort of the waterfront bar.

For lovers of hot stuff South Devon Chilli Farm, near Loddiswell, offers a chilli challenge, farm tours and a host of delicious chilli preserves, sauces and chocolates to sample, all made on-site.

Should you need to cool down Salcombe Dairy Ice Cream offers the perfect antidote with award-winning sorbets, ice creams and yoghurts to help you chill out. Alternatively, you can learn how to make your own Salcombe Dairy Chocolate Lolly Pops; a firm favourite with the kids.

For those with a love of lobster you can visit the Lobster Pod Bistro at nearby Hope Cove, overlooking the beach and sea. Dining indoors or in one of four heated outdoor pods, you can chow down on chowders, sharing platers, or lord it up with a lobster from the tank.

Love walks and wonderful sea views? The 2 AA Rosette Soar Mill Cove Hotel is offering a host of new food experiences from Easter 2020, including a brand-new water-front beach café and new al fresco seafood dining experience served from a converted vintage van at the hotel.

Walkers traversing the South West Coast Path between Salcombe and Hope Cove will be able to indulge in fine food and drink at the Soar Mill Cove beach café as they pass the golden sands of this secluded shore.

Fresh seafood dishes will also be available from a specially converted vintage van kitchen, which will serve guests on the hotel’s new decking and dining area, taking in stunning elevated views of the rugged coastline and coast path below.

If you like your celebrity chefs, why not pop in to Jane Baxter’s fantastic Wild Artichokes restaurant in Kingsbridge. A regular on Saturday Kitchen and a prolific writer for The Guardian’s Cook supplement, Jane welcomes guests to dine at Wild Artichoke HQ.

Having set up the Riverford Field Kitchen, Wild Artichokes has a similar vibe, where you dine alongside other guests. Whenever you visit, you can expect a locally sourced seasonal set menu with a variety of dishes generous in flavour, brought to your table to pass around, just like you would at home.

Jane also runs pop-up events around the South Hams, and is available to book for Private Dining in your very own house or holiday home. She even offers cookery demos where she creates a two-course meal before your very eyes while regaling stories of her foodie trips across the globe.

Back in Salcombe The Winking Prawn Beach Café, which wouldn’t look out of place on an Australian seafront overlooking North Sands beach, offers a host of fresh fish and seafood dishes, including fruits de mer, as well as a good old barbeque on the outside decked area.

And if you’re out to celebrate in style, the Harbour Hotel Jetty Restaurant has to be the place to be seen. It’s where the well-heeled and famous go for afternoon tea on the terrace or dinner in the uber upmarket restaurant.

For full details on the year-round Salcombe Food and Drink Trail, which celebrates local produce and dishes, foodie events and festivals, visit:

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