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The Ship Inn, Teignmouth

Muddy says: If you love local ales, a choice of 10 West Country gins, including Teignmouth’s own Granny Garbutts, and insta-worthy sunsets down the Teign Estuary, here’s the place to be.

The Ship Inn is the Teignmouth locals pub for summer evenings, right on the back beach, complete with working fishermen’s boats and a ferry, where those in-the-know flock on balmy nights for a cheeky sundowner. The sunsets over the Teign Estuary are spectacular, with a view right up to Newton Abbot and Hay Tor in the distance. Of course, a view is nothing without a brew and if you love local ales, you won’t be disappointed, with a choice of 10 West Country gins, including Exeter Gin and Teignmouth’s own Granny Garbutts, and five chilled whites by the glass.

Owner Kim hosts two annual music festivals for the Bank Holidays, one in May and August, both showcasing local bands. It’s also one of the venues for Teignmouth’s Sea Shanty Festival in September, when the salty sea-dog singers take over the local pubs and bars for a shindig.

It’s classic pub grub fare, just what you want from a seaside spot – fish and chips, mussels, crab sandwiches and fish of the day with samphire, from a local catch delivered and served up daily, all freshly cooked on site. Bottoms up!

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