Brilliant Food in South Devon

There’s lots to see and do in Devon with plenty of fantastic entertainment and attractions to fill your time here with. But what about the food? You can’t take in all the area has to offer on an empty stomach! Luckily, Devon is home to some of the countries top restaurants, with offerings ranging from fresh seafood to juicy steaks. So grab your family and friends, find a table, relax and dig into some of the best food in South Devon!

Claws Indoors – Brixham

Opening for breakfast and lunch, Claws Indoors serves-up hearty seafood dishes ranging from smoked salmon and eggs to a king prawn lunch. With many of the ingredients sourced from the Brixham Fish Market a mere stone’s throw away, you’ll struggle to find a fresher meal outside of the water!

Fresh fish isn’t the only benefit of this harbour-side location, however. Thanks to its al fresco dining area you’ll be able to take in all the sights and sounds of the sea while enjoying a meal to remember.

Maido – Torquay

Fancy something a little different? This Japanese noodle bar has something for everyone to enjoy! With a mouth-watering menu, it’s difficult to say no to the tastebud delighting selection of fish, meat and vegetable noodle dishes on offer.

The best part? Despite offering delicious authentic recipes prepared by a specialist Japanese chef, a meal at Maido won’t break the bank. Coupled with a generous portion size, Maido is a must visit for those looking for great value as well as great flavour!

The Laughing Monk – Strete

A hidden gem in the picturesque village of Strete, The Laughing Monk rewards those travelling further afield with a delicious, locally sourced menu and a wide range of lovingly crafted beers and wines. And, with its own “off-licence” shop, you can take any of these locally produced drinks home with you. You’ll never be without your favourite Devonshire tipple again!

With a carefully designed interior, suiting its home in a 19th-century schoolhouse, The Laughing Monk offers an atmosphere as warm and welcoming as its food – a fantastic dining experience in the most unexpected of places.

Small World Restaurant and Tapas Bar

As Torquay’s favourite tapas restaurant, Small World has a reputation to uphold. Luckily, it’s a reputation that is well deserved! Their varied tapas menu is prepared by skilled chefs resulting in a meal you won’t forget in a hurry.

Despite the name, there’s nothing small about Small World’s portions – with dishes that are slightly larger than your average tapas bar. Meaning you get even more of the great food that has made Small World the best rated culinary experience in the area.

Can all those visitors be wrong? There’s only one way to find out!

While there is so much to see and do in South Devon – there are just as many great restaurants to sample! So why not embrace your inner foodie and book your next mouth-watering break at Galmpton Touring Park? There are more great places to eat and drink listed on our website!

Steam Trains in South Hams

Take to the rails in South Hams. With two fully functioning heritage steam train routes twisting their way through the stunning Devon landscape and alongside the River Dart, there are few places better on the South Coast for steam fanatics young and old.

First, let’s take a look at the South Devon Railway, which is the longest running tourist steam railway in the South West. Travelling between Buckfastleigh and Totnes (on a section of what was once the Ashburton branch which closed in 1971), the services offer a multi-mile steam train experience onboard one of many heritage locomotives.

As well as the many attractions available along the train’s route, with stations at Staverton and Nappers Halt between the two terminals, the South Devon Railway also has its own museum and model shop located in Buckfastleigh. The South Devon Railway Museum, which resides in the station’s former goods shed, aims to bring the history of the Ashburton branch to life through photographs and artefacts of the line’s past. The most striking of which being “Tiny” – the last broad gauge locomotive still in existence.

A visit to the South Devon Railway Gifts & Model shop, on the other hand, is the perfect way for any steam fanatic to end a day out on the line. With a range of new and second-hand models from brands including Bachmann, Hornby, Peco, Triang Railways, G & R Wrenn and more, there’s a lot to look through. Also be sure to check out the shop’s own model line featuring locomotives available in-store for a bit on inspiration!

2019 marks the South Devon Railway’s 50th anniversary as a volunteer-run preserved railway and so, with special events and visiting locomotives planned for the half-centenary, there’s never been a better time to hop onboard!

To learn more about the South Devon Railway and their 2019 event calendar, click here.

Running between Kingswear and Paignton, the Dartmouth Steam Railway is easily accessible from Dartmouth and offers guests spectacular views thanks to the line’s proximity to the banks of the River Dart. The line runs a variety of locomotives – many of which were built in the first half of the 20th century at the Swindon Works for the Great Western Railway – and so every journey has something new to offer. The Dartmouth Steam Railway is also in possession of a number of diesel locomotives, though these are mainly used for engineering and shunting work.

The route’s “Round Robin” deal combines a ride on one of the line’s many locomotives with a boat cruise along the River Dart, including opportunities to travel on a 1924 built paddle steamer and a short bus tour, making it the perfect way to experience the varied and tranquil South Hams countryside.

The Dartmouth Steam Railway also offers the chance to get down and dirty and become part of the driving team with their Footplate Experience package. Taking in the journey from within the train’s cabin, you’ll feel the heat of the fire while learning about all that needs to be done to keep these historical machines running on time.

To learn more about the Dartmouth Steam Railway and their tour deals, click here.

With its central South Hams location, Galmpton Touring Park is the perfect place to relax after exploring the rails, roads and waters of the area. With glorious views of the River Dart, Galmpton Touring Park offers a touring holiday experience like no other. To learn more about our site and to book for the 2019 season, visit our website today.