The original building was the Dartmouth railway station and was built in 1864 to serve the town; however it has never catered for trains – only the Dartmouth Passenger Ferry from the Kingswear railway station on the opposite bank of the River Dart. The station ceased its service to the railway in 1972 and is now a restaurant owned by the Holland family,
The restaurant is very popular so to avoid the crush go just before or after the lunch time rush, an alternative is to use the excellent takeaway service.
Favorite Dish: Fish pie, chips and salad
Nice little cafe, serves a variety of European dishes, including 3 or 4 vegetarian. Pleasant staff & nice Loos! I would definately eat here again.
Above the cafe they have accommodation, I have not seen the rooms myself, but they did look lovely in their brochure.
Favorite Dish: I had vegetarian Panini, Freya had a 4 cheese Breton Crepe, both were lovely!
A great cafe with attitude! Alf's is a Dartmouth institution you must not miss. Open from 7am - 2pm all year round, sometimes open in the evening in the summer months.
A mix of inside and covered outside eating with a mix of large tables that groups share with each other or smaller tables. Dogs are welcome and are provided with dog sausage if you ask for it when you place your order. The covered outside area has heaters in the winter and we have never sat inside even in the depths of winter.
You can't book/reserve tables for groups less than 10 people so in peak times be prepared to wait a while but it is worth it.
The service is always friendly and fast with good quality food, I would really recomend it for breakfasts we never go anywhere else when we are down, I think our dogs would go on strike without their morning sausage fix!
You never know who you will see there one day a couple of years ago a group of us where sat around deciding what to order, a friend got up to take a group photo. A customer coming in offered to take it for her so she was in it as well and joked about being on the other side of the camera normally. Our photographer... John Hannah! We were all so shocked all we could do was thank him and completely forgot to ask for a photo with him.
Favorite Dish: Bacon and egg sandwiches on the biggest bits of bread you have ever seen! The best cinamon toast anywhere with freshly squeezed orange juice or a Bucks Fizz as they are licenced. My husband swears by Alf's full breakfasts,
Lovely old pub with a big open fire in the winter, during the busy summer season booking for the resturant is a must. They often do steak deals for 2 steaks and a bottle of wine.
You can also eat in the bar area and during off peak season. Dog friendly in the bar area we often take our dogs there. The food is great with an emphasis on local produce and the steaks are highly recommended!
The Cherub is Dartmouth's oldest building (1380) and both Drake's and Raleigh's crews probably drank their porter their back in the day. It's low black oak ceiling beams, open fire and well stocked bar ooze character and charm. The upper two floors are the restaurant area and the whole building is as crooked and quaint as the set from a Dickensian movie. You will need to book in advance almost all year round as this is a popular eating spot but waiting for your table in the ground floor bar is certainly no hardship! This a grade 2 listed building, quite beautiful and an ideal place for a romantic meeting, with it's snugs and open fire.
There is a chalk board menu in the downstairs bar updated every other day or so with interesting dishes that almost always include freshly caught local seafood and duck dishes. The prices are very reasonable and although the tables are tiny in the upstairs restuarant, it is a great place for a family meal, the staff are both friendly and courteous and the service excellent.
Note. If you are a Guinness drinker as I am, IMO this pub sells the best Guinness in Dartmouth as well as a selection of excellent local ales such as Cherub Ale, Doombar, Proper Job, Winter Warmer, both clear & cloudy on-tap ciders and 20+ different Single Malt whiskies.
Currently (2007/8) the Scottish Licensee is the redoubtable Julie, the bar manager (big) Laurie and the barmen Tony, Christof and Dan. Tell them Ian sent you! I should add that this is my "local" so I may see you in the downstairs bar. I'm the old mariner with a shaved head and a Guinness!
Favorite Dish: Try their smoked mackerel and cheese starter which they call a "Smokie". It is worth eating there just for this dish and I am determined to discover the recipe as this pub is also my local! They do some excellent duck dishes and often serve fresh monkfish too.
Thai food is my favorite cuisine, so I have eaten it a lot in the UK and in many other countries too and accordingly am really critical, but the Khrua Thai in upper street Dartmouth, Devon, serves the best Thai food I have eaten outside the West End of London.
Owned and run by a Thai husband and wife team all the staff are Thai too and in some cases imported specially from Thailand. The food has an unmistakable "authentic" style and taste, the service is charming and courteous and in winter they often do special cut-price special meals to keep their kitchen ticking over. As you will see from the picture, this restaurant is housed in a grade 2 listed building cira 1400 'ish.
If you walk a further 100 yards past the Khrua Thai you come to The Cherub which is the best pub & oldest building (1380) in Dartmouth and perfect for a pre or post meal drink and the ideal spot to wait for your dinner guests to arrive before a meal. The Cherub does excellent food too but not Thai. (See separate review.)
Favorite Dish: Their Thai Green Curry is exceptionally tasty and highly recommended for its delicious sauce although everything I have eaten on their menu has been excellent. Naturally they serve chilled Tiger beer which suits Thai food perfectly. Highly recommended if you like Thai food.
Currently we don't know if the TV celebrity chef John Burton-Race will retain ownership but he has made this Michelin starred restaurant famous in the time he has been there since 2004. I can recommend the food as having been the best I have personally eaten anywhere in the UK outside London and was so impressed by my last meal there that I made a point of thanking John personally.
Inexplicably virtual tourist has no "Gourmet" category for a restaurant but that is what the New Angel most certainly is. The menu is exceptional, the wine list excellent and the kitchen all open and visible to the diners, so that you can watch your meal bing prepared. The customer to staff ratio is about 1 to 1 too, so as well as being courteous and fast the service is really excellent.
Finally the dining rooms both face the harbor over the open quayside, so the view is charming and exceptional. Highly recommended but very expensive. Expect to pay £100 for two including wine.
Favorite Dish: I have found everything I have eaten there exceptional.
Have anything on the menu - you won't be disappointed.
Situated just off one of the main streets in Dartmouth, this pub oozes character and old world charm - I've not eaten here, but the menu does look very tempting, however a little on the expensive side.
Taylors is a pleasant restaurant on the first floor. Try to get a window table for great views over the River Dart. Friendly service, not known anyone to have a bad meal here.
Children not allowed, Minimum age is 7
The restaurant in the blue building with the church behind in the middle of the photo
Alfresco's is a wonderful place for a breakfast or lunch snack. They mainly specialise in filled bagettes which are wonderful, all in a great atmosphere, when I went a couple of weeks ago they had 2 flamenco guitarists playing, This is no ordinary Bagette cafe!
Alfresco's is licenced, with tables both inside & out in their gorgeous little courtyard. They are usually closed by 3pm at the latest.
In the summer they also weekend evenings
The atmosphere & the food here are great. When I lived across the river at Kingswear, I visited the downstairs public bar quite often, its quite a lively & busy place.
They have a formal restaurant upstairs, with great views over the waterfront. My sister held her 18th birthday dinner here in the restaurant, we had a great evening, well recommended.
The Royal Castle is the larger white building in the middle of the photo