With no Starbucks or Costa in sight, it’s all about the independent, locally run cafes in Salcombe. There is a definite coffee culture in the UK and Salcombe is no exception to the rule.
With several cafes to choose from we list our 8 best places for coffee in Salcombe:
1. The Salcombe Coffee Company
Coffee and service with a smile.
Open daily from 9 am-4 pm, this is the local hub and the place to go if you want to immerse yourself in local gossip, fantastic coffee, a buzzy atmosphere and great homemade cakes. The coffee is consistent, the milk is always frothed to perfection and you’ll find consistent service with a smile. Be warned though, it is popular and can be packed in the Summer months.
Address: 73 Fore St, Salcombe TQ8 8BU
2. The Wardroom
Estuary views and comfy chairs.
If you manage to get one of the four tables outside this cafe come dining restaurant, then coffee in Salcombe with estuary views doesn’t get much better. The Wardroom is located at the back of Crew Clothing and is also accessible from Whitestrand car park. Perched right on the water, it is the perfect place to watch Salcombe boat life kick into action. With easy access from the car park and roomy seating, it is pushchair and wheelchair friendly. The canopy not only stops seagulls swooping in, but allows you to sit outside and keep dry on more drizzly days. Alternatively, you can nestle away inside in a comfy cushioned chair and enjoy a calm but vibrant atmosphere.
Address: 19 Fore St, Salcombe TQ8 8BU
3. Captain Morgans
Authentic as they come.
We chose this for its no-fuss, no-frills appeal! One of the more traditional cafes in town you often forget you can sit inside because the primary reason to go to Captain Morgans is for its exterior setting. When the sun is out it is the perfect place to soak in some authentic Salcombe life (and hear some local gossip!) Opening early doors from 7 am to cater for fishermen and workmen, it is a local tradesman hotspot. This no-fuss café means no-frills coffee; which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Address: 22 Fore St, Salcombe TQ8 8ET
4. Bo’s Beach Café
One of our new favourite coffee spots in Salcombe.
As the name suggests, this beachside cafe benefits from its location. Based in the old Salcombe Life Boat House, you can get there by walking along Cliff Road and up over the hill to South Sands or take the popular South Sands ferry from Whitestrand pontoon. The cafe and the ferry are both seasonal so check for opening times.
Despite being a café you still get coffee in a glass or mug rather than a paper cup. The cafe has friendly, smiley staff and is a great place to sit and chill. You can also enjoy yoga at 8am every Wednesday and have a coffee after. You can book the kids in to go kayaking and then relax with a flat white and absorb some vitamin sea.
Address: TQ8 8LL
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5. Gara Rock
Out of this world views.
This hotel offers coffee heated to perfection, not too hot and not lukewarm! The tucked-away location means you can enjoy a breathtaking, glorious coastal walk for a well deserved delicious coffee. Take in the stunning sea views whilst enjoying your coffee from the restaurant or lounge bar.
Address: East Portlemouth, Near Salcombe, TQ88FA
6. Dick and Wills
Soak up the sun in this palm tree adorned microclimate.
Situated just off the high street, this brasserie and bar may not the most obvious place to go for a coffee in Salcombe but it is definitely on the hit list. Dick and Wills is slightly tucked away, but is open from 11am and brings you the chance to enjoy a coffee on a secluded terrace next to Salcombe estuary.
Address: 36 Fore St, Salcombe TQ8 8JF
7. Sailor V
Cool & quirky seaside restaurant.
Situated at the top of the high street next to the steps down to the Ferry Inn. With its cool and quirky interior, this sea side restaurant is the perfect place to treat the kids to a milkshake, smoothie or hot chocolate while you sample a cup of Dartmoor roasted coffee. Sit on the high seats to the left to get a stunning view of the Salcombe estuary.
Address: 36 Fore Street TQ8 8JF
8. Salcombe Gin Bar
£1 coffee on Sundays!
And finally, our surprise contender for the best coffee places in Salcombe is the Salcombe Gin Bar! You can pay just £2 for an Americano and £1 on Sundays! A lovely building to be in to enjoy your caffeine fix, they also have a balcony providing waterside views and is also dog-friendly, giving you more reason to pop in on your morning dog walk!
Address: The Boathouse, 28 Island Street, TQ8 8DP