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The Bucket & Spade, Shaldon

Cafe by day, restaurant by night, a stunning sea view over Lyme Bay (and a swimming pool) this family-friendly eatery has something for everyone.

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Shaldon’s newest eatery is getting quite a name for itself, thanks to generous portions, a reasonably-priced menu and its stunning 180-degree views over Lyme Bay.

Open from 9am every day, it’s one of those cool places that effortlessly segues from brunching mums-with buggies, to low-lit date nights, to slap-up roasts on Sundays. It’s totally family friendly, with areas for owners with dogs and without.

The big sell is that view over Lyme Bay as far as Exmouth which every seat in the house enjoys. Take it all in with a cocktail under a parasol on the terrace or basking under an outdoor heater at sundown. Muddy has spotted dolphins in that bay so wildlife-watchers take your binoculars!

Food-wise quality is king, with everything made in-house, with local meat from an Exeter butcher and fresh caught fish from – where else? – the fishing boats at Brixham. Love pizza? Scoff it piping hot from their pizza oven on Wednesday Pizza Night; love your fishies? Hotfoot it there for Fish Fridays. Or if it’s a Yorkshire pud the size of your side-plate you’re after, then see you for Sunday lunch  – all available gluten-free. And if you’re watching the pennies, keep an eye on their Facebook page for their regular 2-for-1 offers.

The Bucket & Spade is based in a holiday park so also on site is a gym and pool, so bring your kids, or your cozzie, or both, then reward yourself with afternoon tea afterwards. Locals, get this one on your radar for rainy-days in half term, you could easily while away the best part of a day here.

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The Bucket & Spade, Coast View Holiday Park, Torquay Road, Shaldon, TQ14 0BG

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