The Best of Brixham
Visiting Devon earlier this year opened my eyes to how scenic, charming and wonderfully relaxing my home turf can be. Forget worrying about where your passport is, simply jump in your car and within a few hours (depending on which part of the country you are of course), arrive at a place that is not only beautiful, but offers its own unique culture and way of living.
Taking a weekend break to the coast offers us a chance to get away from the busyness of day-to-day, and enjoy all of the glory that southwest England has to offer. The Devon county encompasses sandy beaches, national parks, picturesque cliffs and historic seaside towns, rich in culture and tradition.
There is nothing quite like the seaside air and breathtaking views of Brixham. If you're planning a trip to the coast, I recommend staying at The Melville Guest House - a delightful B&B, with fitting sea-side décor and a homely feel to it. The rooms are cosy and clean – and after a long drive, I really appreciated their comfy beds! The guest house sits only a five minute walk from Brixham Harbour, the historic fisherman's Harbour, which is surrounded by stunning pebbled beaches. For the best views, wonder along the breakwater and gaze at the unhindered sea view. For booking, you can find a link to the guest house website here.
This summer, make a weekend of it, and enjoy all that Devon’s most prized fishing town has to offer. Here are a few activities and places I’d recommend for your trip:
What to do
Take a walk around Berry Head National Nature Reserve and see the stunning headland and fortifications
Have a drink on the terrace at Berry Head Hotel
Stroll around Brixham Harbour and Marina or a little further to Fishcombe Cove or St Mary’s Bay
Take a ferry over to Torquay or Paignton
Ahead of your stay arrange a sailing trip on one of the restored fleet of heritage fishing boats that were built in Brixham between 1895 and 1926.
Relax at Shoalstone Open Air Pool
Play golf at Churston Golf Club or take the bus to Paignton and play crazy golf by the beach.
Go Going-Karting at Churston Go-Karts
Take a Round Robin trip on a steam engine to Dartmouth followed by a ferry back to Brixham
Visit Agatha Christie’s wonderful holiday home, Greenway, or visit the stunning Coleton Fishacre
Drive to Exeter and explore the cathedral, catacombs, lovely canal and riverside and shops
Visit Plymouth Hoe and visit the many attractions.
Where to eat
Brixham is a foodie paradise, especially with its fresh fish landed daily at the famous Brixham Fish Market. Also, Elberry mussels are farmed less than a mile from Brixham.
Poopdeck is a speciality fish restaurant which also offers an array of meat and vegetarian dishes for lunch or dinner. Others with a comprehensive menu comprising fresh local fish and other dishes include Beamers, Lusty Wench and The Old Market House. All these restaurants offer the opportunity of wonderful harbour views – ask for a window seat when booking.
For fish-only menus look at Rockfish and Simply Fish, both modern restaurants with great fish and chips.
Have cocktails at Liberty, which is also a tea parlour with a great selection of cakes. Another cocktail bar is opening in Brixham in 2017, so there will be cocktails galore!
Have lunch at the impressive Berry Head Hotel or go for a ‘dip and dine’ and enjoy a swim in the indoor pool before you eat. Also, the Guardhouse Café at Berry Head is a national award-winning cafe with fab food and a lovely inclusive atmosphere.
Brixham is heaven for live music lovers. You’ll find live music at the Blue Anchor, the Queen’s Arms and the Old Market House among many other establishments.
Choose the time you visit as there are amazing harbourside fireworks at BrixFest in late May and the Christmas light switch-on in November, hundreds of pirates at the Pirate Festival in May, Trawler races in June, Brixham Happ’ning in July and so much more. Brixham is happening and it’s a place where you’ll have an amazing stay.
Thanks for reading!