Best Bites with Penny Hopkins

Dartmouth

This month we head to Dartmouth to discover what tasty treats await. Dartmouth has quite a history producing Naval Officers since 1863, inventing the first steam pumping engine in 1712 and waving a tearful farewell to the Mayflower and Speedwell in 1612, as they left Bayard’s Cove to head to the New World. Now this desirable town, on the steeply ...

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Best beach cafes

In December we covered the stretch from East Sussex to Lyme Regis, concentrating on cafes open through the winter months. A couple of new ones have popped-up, so we will mention them before we continue heading west.   Quarterdeck at Chichester Harbour Quarterdeck is in the boatyard at Itchenor. Dog friendly, a cosy café in the yard, it is perfect ...

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Bristol

Bristling with history, museums and art, this city is buzzing with fast, creative street food and you can tie up smack bang in the centre of the historic Harbourside The former city-centre port is now a cultural hub, the Harbourside. The harbour’s 19th-century warehouses now contain restaurants, shops and cultural institutions such as contemporary gallery The Arnolfini. This city has ...

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Bryher

The friendly island of Bryher is a rugged yet beautiful island of vibrant contrasts located 28 miles off the Cornish coast. Just one and half miles long by half a mile wide its coast line is remarkably varied.   We left the island of Tresco after a memorable dinner at the Ruin Beach Café. Early morning at the New Inn ...

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Winter Beach Cafes

Dorset to West Sussex, taking in the Isle of Wight as we travel east. This month we do a round-up of some of the best beach cafes that are open during the winter months.  Hix Oyster & Fish House, Lyme Regis This relaxed restaurant overlooks Lyme Regis harbour. The simple dishes use locally sourced sustainable stuff. Obviously it is good ...

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Salcombe

Sunny, sparkling Salcombe. Darling estuary on the South Hams, favoured sailing holiday retreat of Mary Berry and birthplace of Jack Wills – what is not to like? I am so happy to be here in Salcombe on a sunny Friday morning. All smiles and good mornings as I walk along the high street heading for my first coffee. I duck ...

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Plymouth

Historic Plymouth is always a favourite amongst boaters and offers a terrific choice of places to have a meal or just stop off for a snack and a drink. Plymouth sits on the border between Devon and Cornwall and has played a key role in Britain’s Naval history; Devonport is the largest operational naval base in Western Europe. It is ...

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Brixham

Brixham makes a great stop off on your way west after leaving Portland with a sheltered wide bay, dramatic headlands at Berry Head and a choice of two marinas.   The South Coast’s most productive fishing port fills up the western corner of Tor Bay, sheltered by its long breakwater, nodding over to the resort town of Torquay, with its ...

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Cowes

As Portsmouth Harbour calms down with the departure of the dynamic America’s Cup teams to Gothenburg our rumbling tummies cry out for sustenance and carbs to survive the week that is Cowes. We followed the glorious Js into Cowes as they entered the Solent to dip their formidable masts to the Royal Yacht Squadron in its Bicentenary Year. I came ...

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