10 pretty places to dine al fresco in Devon

al fresco dining by the sea or with a view of the rolling hills in Devon

Nothing beats a spot of al fresco dining by the sea or with a view of the rolling hills in Devon - Credit: jisoo kim / Unsplash

Enjoy the beautiful vistas and rolling landscapes from some of Devon’s best eateries, we pick 11 of the best places to dine al fresco in Devon

TJ’s Restaurant, Paignton

44 Cliff Rd, Paignton TQ4 6DL

Situated in South Devon is TJ’s Restaurant by the Harbour; the perfect location to watch the sunset over Paignton Harbour. Enjoy tapas-style dishes or even try the ‘tapas banquet’ between friends if you fancy sharing a few different plates. The terrace is the perfect spot to relax after your meal; soak in the views over a refreshing beer or jug of sangria.

The Crab Shack, Teignmouth

3 Queen St, Teignmouth TQ14 8BY

For the perfect post-surf hangout, look no further than The Crab Shack. It prides itself on its hard-working team and a great variety of seafood. We recommend that you try something off of the ‘catch of the day’ menu, which can be enjoyed out on the terrace with a glass of wine overlooking the sea.

The Pier House, Westward Ho!

Merley Rd, Westward Ho!, Bideford EX39 1JU

Overlooking Bideford Bay and Lundy Island is The Pier House in Westward Ho!, a stylish, seafront bar and bistro ideal for a romantic evening out. While soaking in the sun on the terrace, try dishes such as the duck salad or roasted butternut risotto with a glass of wine in hand. Dogs are also welcome to join.

The Ness, Shaldon

Ness Dr, Shaldon, Teignmouth TQ14 0HP

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On the outskirts of Shaldon village is The Ness, a 19th-century Georgian restaurant overlooking the Teign Estuary. Bring your pooch along and enjoy some gorgeous beachside views while tucking into some tasty food! Why not start with a classic, prawn cocktail and then dig into a delicious slow-braised chicken with ham alongside a pint of Fursty Ferret. If you have the room treat yourself to a cherry pie with custard after.

Appleby’s, Torquay

The Heritage Hotel, Shedden Hill Rd, Torquay TQ2 5TY

Wake up early and admire the beautiful morning views over Torbay with a hearty breakfast at Appleby’s. Available from 7.30 am Monday to Saturday, and 8 am on a Sunday, perhaps try American pancakes or a Full English breakfast. Take a seat on the terrace and relax while you gaze at the picturesque view of Torre Abbey Sands.

Double Locks, Exeter

Double Locks, Canal Banks, Exeter EX2 6LT

Waterside views and a friendly atmosphere are what make the Double Locks a go-to pub for you and your four-legged friend. For those feeling hungry, dishes such as homemade olive spinach and tomato risotto or a tub of ice cream to satisfy a sweet tooth are perfect to sample in the beer garden. Always a fun-filled day, why not visit the Double Locks for their Cider and Sausage festival on the 25th-27th August for tasty food and live music.

The Boat House, Dawlish Warren

Beach Rd, Dawlish Warren, Dawlish EX7 0NF

After a cycle or walk along the coast, pop by The Boat House for delicious food and drink. On a sunny day, grab a table on the balcony upstairs or in the beer garden downstairs where you can enjoy tasty dishes including salmon and crab parcels or The Boat House’s twist on ham, egg and chips.

The Golden Lion Inn, Tipton St John

Beach Rd, Dawlish Warren, Dawlish EX7 0NF

This inn is the perfect countryside venue for a pint and food with friends. Retreat to the beer garden and soak in the sun while tucking into a Sunday roast in the sun and finish with the lemon brioche pudding in the cosy village of Tipton St John.

Nestled in the charming village of Tipton St John, The Golden Lion Inn is the perfect countryside venue for a relaxed day of eating and drinking with friends. Retreat to the beer garden and soak in the sun – we recommend a roaster dinner followed by a lemon brioche pudding if you’re there on Sunday!

The Miners Arms, Plympton

Hemerdon Ln, Hemerdon, Plymouth PL7 5BU

Located in the countryside village of Hemerdon is a 17th-century pub and restaurant of The Miners Arms. Order a pint of the Tungsten Tipple, the Miners Arms own exclusive ale brewed by Dartmoor Brewery, while enjoying the rolling landscapes that surround the pub.

The Five Bells Inn, Clyst Hydon

Clyst Hydon, Cullompton EX15 2NT

Winner of Best Gastro Pub of the Year at the Devon Life Food & Drink Awards 2016, the 16th century thatched inn boasts a beautiful beer garden. Take your dog along too and you can both enjoy mesmerising views of the countryside. The menu is extensive; we love the sound of the Dartmoor Dexter Cottage Pie followed by a delicious dark chocolate mousse al fresco.

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