15 perfect pubs for a sundowner
Where can you soak up every last ray of sunshine while making like it's summer with a spritzer? Here's where to put on your hotlist.
The Ship Inn, Teignmouth
Hashtag no filter! Head for the seaside’s town’s back beach, where in-the-know locals flock for their post-work bevvies and stunning views of the sun setting on the boats of the River Teign.
NEW! The Club House, Plymouth
Coming soon – a brand spanking new eatery for Royal William Yard, opening in the Yard’s Grade 1 Listed Brewhouse building with a bar and restaurant, overlooking the marina. Opening on May 17, but you can book your table here now and they’re offering a walk-in service too.
The Ship Inn, Noss Mayo
The terrace is the place to catch the beautiful sunsets at this stunning riverside pub (reputedly newsreader Sophie Raworth’s favourite pub) -open every day until 11pm. And no need to book.
The Ferry Inn, Salcombe
Roll up, roll up for the best beer garden views in Salcombe, and possibly the whole of the South Hams. They’re not taking bookings, those estuary views are a first come, first served basis.
The Bell Inn, Chittlehampton
This family-run locals’ favourite has done a fabulous job kitting out their beer garden with faux grass and picnic tables, and there’s no need to book. Open for a sundowner on weekends until 8pm.
Billy Budds, Croyde
Post-beach pint, anyone? Billy Budds has got a big wooden terrace – the perfect setting to meet up with mates or after a day at the beach body-boarding with the fam.
The Anchor Inn, Cockwood
Love local-caught mussels and seafood? Here’s your place to eat it right by the water, or just to sit and catch the last rays of the sunshine with a snifter hanging your legs over the harbour wall. Chin chin!
The Anchor Inn, Beer
Grab a perch under a parasol for sea views, fish and chips or classic gastropub fare, then mosey down the slipway to the pebbly beach at Beer for an ice-cream and some insta-snaps of the working fishing boats.
The Passage House, Topsham
After a cycle-stop off or Sunday lunch destination? Snaffle a waterside table right next to the Exe estuary for traditional gastropub burgers, fish and chips, and a great children’s menu. And all Muddy quality-control tested, you can be sure! Call 01392 873653 to book your table (no online booking).
The Maltsters Arms, Tuckenhay
Love a lazy riverside sundowner? Head here for homemade pizza, burgers and home-cooked fish and chips by the water. No need to book, just turn up.
Order your Salcombe G&T and take a seat on WeSup’s Gin Terrace, overlooking the marina. Open till 11pm on weekends with options on stone-baked pizza, bar snacks and fresh bowls of feta and watermelon so you can pretend you’re in Kefalonia. Temporary booking required here until May 17.
The Boathouse, Instow
Sip your Sauvignon on the delightful upper deck of The Boathouse which overlooks the golden sands of Instow beach. Open till 10 every night, and 11pm on Sundays and you can bring the pooch.
The Terrace Cafe and Bar, Plymouth
Classic striped deckchairs, chilled drinks, simple food and a Café Mambo vibe and all alongside one of the most amazing views across Plymouth Sound.
The Cary Arms, Babbacombe
On a sunny day, with a glass in hand, sunnies on and the big blue of Lyme Bay below, it’s practically the Med (only with jumpers, obvs). And sometimes you see a seal.
The Pig on The Beach, Westward Ho!
This family friendly cafe-bar on the beach is now serving up evening tacos and drinks, and their music nights are back for summer. (The next one is May 22). Bar open daily 9pm, with their pub menu currently available Thursday to Saturday until 8pm with roasts on Sunday.