Even though we’ve seen a rise in the number of nautically inspired clothes shops, Salcombe has just about clung onto its independent food retailers. This is a very good thing because they each add to the experience of holidaying in Salcombe and for many provide a real highlight, for example, the morning croissant run!
A quick summary of food shops in Salcombe:
- The Bakehouse (try their daily baked croissants – mmm!)
- Cranch’s Pantry (for fresh vegetables, fruit, flowers etc.)
- Coleman Butchers (for excellent local meats and cheese. They also sell ice.)
- Yeowards (live or cooked Salcombe crab and lobster)
- The Salcombe Yawl (for delicious sandwiches and deli products)
- Bowers Wine and Spirits (off-licence)
- The Salcombe Delicatessen (fresh sandwiches and deli products)
- Casse Croute (freshly made sandwiches and deli products)
- Salcombe Fishmongers (a small selection of seafood)
- There is a Spar supermarket in Salcombe on Loring Road open daily until 10 pm which is a 20-minute walk up the hill.
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We have to mention The Bakehouse (previously The Upper Crust) which bakes the most delicious bread and pastries. A rite of passage for many is to queue up in the morning for their phenomenal fresh croissants – but get there quick as they do run out quickly! They are usually still warm from the oven and perfect with strawberry jam. Cheese straws are good to share whilst pottering up the estuary on a boat. Jammy doughnuts are a necessity for the beach (particularly for children keen for a post-swim treat).
Coleman Butchers is a family affair having traded for five generations! Currently, there is a father and son team at the helm selling high-quality local meats. Coleman’s is also famed for their homemade sausages which are perfect for barbeques. They also sell ice which is crucial for making perfect G&T’s on the beach!
For a small shop, you won’t believe the range of products available from Cranch’s! There is always a fabulous selection of fruit, veg and store cupboard items. Keep your eyes peeled for the ultimate Devon clotted cream (perfect on your scones with jam) and Mary Berry’s salad dressings (she has a house in Salcombe don’t you know?!) Next door to Cranch’s Pantry is the best sweetshop in the world where children’s dreams come true!
The Salcombe crab and lobster landed daily on Fish Quay is known to be the very best in the UK by top chefs – it has even graced the tables of Michel Roux’s Le Gavroche. In the restaurants and deli’s around Salcombe you can sample exceptional crab sandwiches, crab bisque, lobster thermidor, crab cakes, cracked crabs…you get the picture! But if you fancy tucking into these crustaceans at home, head to Yeoward’s where they sell live or cooked crab and lobster. It’s great fun to see them live in the tanks!
If you have the car, there is a Cooperative in Malborough (part of the petrol station) which has a decent range of basic products for a petrol station but don’t expect to do your weekly shop here or find more specialist products such as quinoa or chanterelle mushrooms. And in Kingsbridge, there are large supermarkets Morrisons and Tesco.