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Old 01 April 2007, 04:26   #1
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Dartmouth Crusing Idea's


I'm taking my RIB down to Dartmouth over Easter and plan do do some gentle cruising around the area.
I was thinking of cruising up the River Dart, a trip to Brixham and a trip over to Blackpool sands.
Hopefully if I can drop my Wife and Daughter off in Dartmouth for a few hours, will also squeeze in some fishing.

Can anyone reccommend any interesting places in the area mentioned worth visiting?
Pubs along the River, places of interest, fishing spots?

I've also seen from previous posts that there is a floating Cafe, Restuarant some where in the harbour area. Is it still around?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 01 April 2007, 05:32   #2
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I've never eaten there but the restaurant is called Res Nova I think.

The Cary Arms at Babbacombe is worth a visit - just past Torquay on the Exmouth side if its nice. Brixham harbour is quite big with lots of fishing boats, Paignton is smaller and drying and Torquay is quite posh with a marina.

If you turn right out of Dartmouth there are beaches all the way to Start Point including Blackpool sands (no relation!) - Start Point itself can get quite rough, but you have Salcombe about 15 miles from Dartmouth.

I would recommend the pub at Dittisham - it's the same landlord as the Ferry at Salcombe (Mike). Past Dittisham it is very tidal so go up on a rising tide if you can and get a local chart!

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Old 02 April 2007, 04:49   #3
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The Res Nova in the middle of the river is pretty good, good food and reasonably priced beer considering the overheads, my advice would be to go up to Tuckenhay on a flooding tide, there's a great pub called the Maltster's, they have a pontoon directly outside and do excellent BBQ's, the Anchorstone cafe at Ditsum's worth a visit too, Cookee... does'nt mike own the cafe not the pub?
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Old 02 April 2007, 09:20   #4
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Some excellent restaurants in Dartmouth are :

New Angel, The
Following his return from culinary adventures in French Leave, the ebullient John Burton Race decided it was the English Riviera for him, headed off in that direction and bought the ailing Carved Angel, then ripe for somebody of his disposition to bring it back to life.

Address: 2 South Embankment, Dartmouth, TQ6 9BH (Map)
Tel: +44 (0)1803 839425
Cuisine(s): British, French
Avg. Cost Per Head Lunch: £35.00, Dinner: £45.00 .

If you like a Curry then the Spice Bazaar is great.

Spice Bazaar - Dartmouth
Address: St Saviours Square, Church Close, Dartmouth, TQ6 9DH (Map)
Tel: +44 (0)1803 832224
Cuisine(s): Indian
Avg. Cost Per Head Lunch: N/A, Dinner: £30.00

I shall be back down there in June with BIBOA and looking forward to it, Also down by the Dart Marina there is a new bar called Fire which is very nice as well.


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Old 02 April 2007, 09:32   #5
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The Pizza restaurant next door to the New Angel is excellent and obviously no where near the price.

The large old Hotel fronting on to the small boat harbour is worth a visit, but can't remember its name.

By RIB The Cricket Inn at Beesands is worth a visit for lunch, but you'll need to anchor and wade up the beach.

The trip round to Salcombe by RIB is well worth it, but stop off at Hall Sands, the last beach before Start point to see the village that fell into the sea.

The coastline is interesting and I've even seen the odd seal this time of year.

Enjoy it, its one of my favorite places.

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Old 02 April 2007, 13:22   #6
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Thanks for all the replies.

I've been to Dartmouth before and remember the Indian Restaurant well along with the pizza place.
It's the first time I've been to Dartmouth with the RIB though and I've got some additional idea's on where to go now.

Just have to hope the weather stays fine - knowing my luck it will rain all week!

Next plan:

A nautical Easter egg hunt and where to find fuel


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