Meadfoot Beach is an iconic spot on South Devon’s English Riviera. It is a grand beach steeped in history with links to Charles Darwin, Agatha Christie and was most recently used as a filming location during the critically acclaimed Metronomy’s, The Bay. A catchy, synthetic music track. It also play’s host to Helen and Meadfoot Beach Cafe.

Meadfoot Beach Cafe is perfectly perched on the south side of this majestic, crescent shaped beach. Nearby you have access to brand new beach huts, car park, toilets, cold water shower and ramp access to the beach.

As you sit back, relax and enjoy your coffee or fresh home-cooked food its hard to believe you’re somewhere in the UK. But, of course you are, and why not stay for a few hours and enjoy it. In an elevated position, the Cafe enjoys sun all day and offers views over the bay, looking out towards Hopes Nose, Thatcher’s Rock and the Orestone to the East and Brixham to the West. Whilst you’re there it gives you time to take it all in - from divers to paddlers, from kayakers to power boats - everyone on the water likes to visit the grandeur of Meadfoot Beach and enjoy the crystal clear waters and the proximity to the majestic, Thatcher’s Rock.

Meadfoot Beach, South Devon, with a glass of prosecco

The team at Meadfoot Beach Cafe

The Cafe has recently changed hands. Helen, the new cafe owner, is now well into her second year and has been working hard to establish a great team to bring this little gem of a cafe to where she would like it to be.

A new Summer menu has recently been introduced, incorporating as much seasonal and fresh produce from a range of local suppliers. These lovely ingredients are always freshly prepared and cooked on site to order. The regular customers, as well as those visiting for the first time, are all making the right noises to let Helen know that the changes are working!

Helen believes that “working in this stunning location is fantastic, but receiving such positive feedback makes the whole team realise that the effort and hard work is all worth it!”

The whole team live locally in Torquay, South Devon, and make the most of ‘beach-life’ by swimming, kayaking and fishing as often as possible. Away from the beach the staff enjoy photography, crossfire, spinning, cycling and some of the girls are rather partial to the odd spa day, at the conveniently located Osborne Hotel!

Meadfoot Beach Cafe, Torquay, owner Helen

What can you expect on the Meadfoot Beach Cafe menu?

Don’t be fooled by its beach location… the cafe is open all year round. If you’re visiting during the summer, however then it will be open 9am - 4pm every day of the week.

On Wednesday night the cafe is open until 8pm and pizza is the order of the day - served with hand-stretched dough and delicious, fresh toppings all added to order.

On Friday nights it's fish and chips night and the cafe is again open until 8pm serving freshly cooked local fish in a homemade batter. Helen says “is there a better way to relax into the weekend than with a chilled glass of wine, watching the sunset whilst indulging in delicious fish & chips”. Booking for the evening nights is highly recommended.

As well as the regular evenings Helen and the team also put on special event evenings with live music and a great atmosphere. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for current events or send them a message if you'd like to enquire about private hire event and exclusive use hire.

So, whether it's a full English breakfast to ease you into your Sunday or a coffee and cake during your beach walk, or pizza after your stand-up paddle board adventure there is loads going on at Meadfoot Beach Cafe. If you’re travelling with your dog then there is even some special ice cream for them (as well as doggie treat biscuits and water available for your four legged family members)!

Friendly, approachable staff. Freshly made delicious food (the open sandwich with prawns in a lemon & dill mayo is AMAZING!). Views to die for and loads of fun to be had. What's not to love? Why not pop down, check out Meadfoot Beach Cafe and say hi to Helen and her lovely team!

Helen prides herself on the fresh and local ingredients they provide, here is a list of some of those great suppliers. Roots the Green Grocer, Palks the Butchers, Chunk pies & pasties, Burt's crisps, Marshfield ice cream, Luscombe drinks, Bays Brewery, Salcombe gin, The Country Kitchen, The Paddle Food Company, Owens Coffee, Hogs Bottom chutneys and dressings, South Devon Chilli Farm. There are also options on the menu to suit all tastes and dietary requirements, including vegan, vegetarian, gluten free.

Meadfoot Beach Cafe prawn sandwich

Meadfoot Beach chalets are for hire!

There is no surprise that the beach huts at Meadfoot have been given a makeover… they are in a fantastically sought after area, and the best thing is, they are for hire! That’s right, you and your family can hire out this picture perfect piece of real estate for a great day out on the beach.

There are a total of 135 chalets to hire on the beach, so plenty to go around, and can be hired on a daily basis from April - September. Rental for 1 day is from £35 to £40 depending on exactly what time of year you hire. If you realise that you love Meadfoot Beach so much and you never want to leave then you can hire a beach hut for the whole year for £1495! Pretty cheap for a view like that, hey!

What makes these ultra special is the view of the bay and the unique geological formation, Triangle Point, which is the most visible demonstration of the ancient tropical reef rock formation that is prevalent across the Bay. This feature contributed to the English Riviera becoming a UNESCO-recognised Global Geopark.

If you would like to hire a chalet then you will need to contact Torbay Council.

Meadfoot Beach chalets, Torquay

Hotels near Meadfoot Beach, South Devon

Can’t wait to come and experience Meadfoot Beach for yourself, we’re not surprised! Being such a beautiful part of South Devon, there is also no surprise that Meadfoot Beach has lots of hotels and accommodation options to choose from.

On Meadfoot Beach and the surrounding area, there a hotels, B&Bs, guest houses, all waiting to welcome you with open arms and all offer something different at a price point to suit everyone’s budget. So what are you waiting for, check them out and book your holiday now!

Right next to the beach is The Osborne Hotel and The Meadfoot Bay hotel. The former, also has self-catering apartments if you’d prefer, called the Osborne Club, another self catering holiday option is the Beulah Holiday Apartments. Slightly further up the hill is the Marstan Guest House, Haldon Priors and Lincombe Hall Hotel.

If you’re into your food then check out The Hotel Balmoral, an independent hotel offering 5-course cuisine to tickle all the taste buds! The 4-star Palm Grove is also just a short walk up the hill from the beach. For an elegant, 4-star experience check out the Haytor Hotel. Alternative options include The Tudors or Ashleigh House.

The Osborne Hotel, Torquay swimming pool

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