We Love Salcombe; The best places to shop, eat and explore
If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram you’ll have seen us talking about our ‘We Love…Salcombe’ campaign. For those of you who haven’t, we’re spending the summer exploring Salcombe, a quintessential fishing village on the southern tip of the Devon coastline.
For us there’s many reasons to fall in love with Salcombe’s beautiful coastal landscape. From its friendly people and relaxed atmosphere to its stunning beaches, it’s easy to see why Salcombe has become the premier British holiday destination for families and young people.
Our founder Suzi Ellis has been visiting Salcombe with her family for the last 20 years so she knows exactly what makes it so special. Today on The English Cabinet Co blog we’re sharing Suzi’s favourite places to shop, eat, and explore if you’re heading to this beautiful British seaside village this summer.
Shopping in Salcombe
There’s a wealth of unique independent shops in Salcombe that are perfect for visitors who want to partake in a little bit of retail therapy. From small boutique stores and gift shops to delightful art galleries and beachy treasure troves, it’s jam-packed with exclusive pieces and one-off finds. Here we share Suzi’s favourite places to shop when she’s visiting Salcombe.
Bibi & Mac
You could lose hours in this extraordinary independent boutique on Fore Street. Founded by husband and wife partners Jane and Nigel 12 years ago, Bibi and Mac has built a reputation for curating an elegant collection of clothing, accessories and lifestyle items.
Jane and Nigel’s own impeccable taste for travel, culture and style shines through in the detail of the collections making the pieces timeless additions to any wardrobe.
Visit Bibi & Mac online here or in store at 51 Fore Street, Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8JE.
A little gem tucked away on Island Street, Salcombe Sailing is packed full of nautical items that you can’t find anywhere else. We delight in browsing through the mix of vintage maritime artefacts on sale which include old portholes, flags and even shark teeth. No matter what time of year you visit, you can guarantee you’ll come out with something truly unique for you or a loved one.
Visit Salcombe Sailing online here or in store at Island Street, Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8DP.
The surf-inspired city wear at Jam Industries is the brainchild of brothers Andy and Mark. Inspired by the people they met while working at Lyndon Wake surf club, their aim is to provide a lifestyle clothing brand “inspiring people to get out of the city and get wet at the coast”. In their shop on Island Street you’ll find timeless clothing that bridges the gap between city and beach life. What makes Jam Industries unique is its ability to create clothing that can travel in the same way its customers do. Due to the versatility of the collections, Jam Industries is quickly making a name for itself as a must-have brand in Salcombe.
Visit Jam Industries online here or in store at Island Street, Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8DP
Put quite simply, Amelia’a Attic is a treasure trove of beautiful things. Every piece in this stunning boutique has been sourced directly from the best suppliers not only in Devon and the UK, but across the world. We love that the ambience looks, feels and smells divine and the variety of girly treats that appeal to everyone. So whether it’s clothing, jewellery, candles, homewares or something else you’re looking for, in Amelia’s Attic, you’ll be guaranteed to treat yourself to something truly gorgeous.
Visit Amelia’s Attic online here or in store at 66a Fore Street, Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8BY.
The Devon Beach Company
We’ve been singing the praises of The Devon Beach Company over on our social media pages and for good reason. If you’re looking to experience interior coastal lifestyle without the clique, this is the store for you. Set up by husband and wife Marilu and Gordie, their homeware items are all inspired by the Devonshire coast. They are dedicated to sourcing sustainable products and handpick their stunning collection from local suppliers. We especially love their latest range of throws and accessories. The future looks bright for Marilu and Gordie too, with their first shop outside of Salcombe opening in Summer 2017.
Visit The Devon Beach Company online here.
Eating and Drinking
A trip to Salcombe isn’t complete unless you’ve tried some of the delicious local and independently owned restaurants. Offering some of the finest food and drink in the country including world famous seafood, Salcombe has everything from cosy pubs to fine dining. Here we showcase the foodie hot spots Suzi always visits when she’s in town.
The Salcombe Coffee Shop
A lovely coffee shop by day, The Salcombe Coffee Shop turns into an evening eatery that welcomes you with open arms at night. The yummy food and delicious speciality wines are popular with the locals so it’s best to book a table in advance if you want to experience a meal here. Suzi always tries to get to one of their themed food evenings which are very popular thanks to the relaxed atmosphere and fantastic food.
You can find The Salcombe Coffee Shop at 73 Fore Street, Salcombe, TQ8 8BU.
Dick and Wills
Set in a stunning waterside location this brasserie and bar is the perfect peaceful place to sit and watch the world go by. With an exquisite array of beautifully presented food on the menu, including delicious locally sourced seafood, it’s a special place to sample Salcombe’s finest food. Looking for something extra special? Suzi suggests booking a table on the deck so you can watch the sunset over the estuary while you dine.
Visit Dick and Wills online here or stop by at Fore Street, Salcombe, TQ8 8JG.
If you’d rather make the most of the sunshine and relax on the beach, there’s plenty of options in Salcombe. Pack a few bottles of fizz, or even buy some from the seafront prosecco seller, and take in the beautiful sounds of the waves. If it’s food you’re after then look no further than the wonderfully fresh scallops from Devil’s Choice. All its seafood is ethically sourced from the Devonshire coast so buying from them plays a small part in helping to protect our delicate environment. You can even cook them on an open fire while dipping your toes in the sand and following up with some toasted marshmallows. Doesn’t that sound like bliss?
If going out and getting lost in the culture of new areas is for you, Salcombe won’t leave you disappointed. Away from the buzz of the restaurants and shops there’s so much to do and see that you’ll be spoilt for choice. Here we discuss Suzi’s best-loved places to explore in Salcombe.
A close partner of The English Cabinet Co, the Tonic Gallery is an exciting art space located in the Salcombe Arts and Maritime Quarter. Featuring seasonal exhibitions and an array of stunning artwork, it’s a place not to be missed when visiting Salcombe. You can also find paintings from celebrated artist Greg Ramsden on sale along with a pop-up shop of our hand finished furniture. In fact, we love Greg’s work so much that you can also find it here on The English Cabinet Co website.
Like the Tonic Gallery on Facebook here or pop in and pay them a visit at 30 Island Street, Salcombe, TQ8 8DP.
For some of us, part of exploring somewhere new includes taking a casual stroll past the windows of the local estate agents. If you’re interested in Salcombe’s beautiful array of properties then you simply have to pass by Luscombe Maye. Situated in the heart of Island Street this waterside property specialist showcases the very best housing in the area.
Visit Luscombe May online here or pop by its shop at 2 Island Square, Island Street, Salcombe, TQ8 8 DP.
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