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


The Osborne Hotel Torquay
Osborne Hotel - cresent and pool

Located in a Regency crescent overlooking Torbay. Offers affordable elegance. Award-winning restaurant. Extensive grounds and facilities. Warm, friendly atmosphere.

Haytor Hotel
Exterior, Haytor Hotel, Torquay, Devon

Update May 2021 - Romance category on TripAdvisor - Haytor Hotel in Torquay celebrates second in the UK, third in Europe and seventh in the world. In the Small hotels category - Haytor Hotel in Torquay is the UK’s best-rated Small hotel, second in Europe and fourth in the world. The Haytor Hotel Torquay is an elegant detached Victorian Villa built in the 1830's and set in beautiful gardens, the Haytor Hotel offers an excellent bed & breakfast in Torquay. The Haytor Hotel has consistently received a range of awards the most recent include Trip Advisor's prestigious "Travellers' Choice 2017" award for "Best Service", the Herald Express English Riviera & South Devon Tourism and Hospitality Awards 2016 where we received Excellence in Custome

Ashleigh Guest House
Guest House
Ashleigh Guest House, Paignton, Devon

Ashleigh Guest House is a family-run guest house in Paignton, South Devon. We are ideally located in a quiet road overlooking Queens Park rugby and cricket ground. There are delightful views of the charming Dartmouth Steam Railway which starts in Paignton and journeys along the delightful English Riviera coastline through Goodrington (1.8 miles) and Broadsands (2.9 miles) towards Kingswear (7.5 miles) on the River Dart.

Palm Grove Apartments
Lounge area at Palm Grove Apartments, Torquay, Devon

Palm Grove Holiday Apartments offers you a relaxed atmosphere in the finest part of Torquay. Far enough away from the town centre and yet just a five-minute walk to a great selection of busy bars and fine restaurants. Set in the tranquil Meadfoot area we are betwixt Torquay’s main beach and picturesque harbour front and the quieter Meadfoot Beach, just a few minutes’ walk from the apartments. The interiors of our boutique apartments are furnis

Marstan Guest House
Guest House
Marstan Guest House and pool in Torquay, Devon

The Marstan is an elegant mid-Victorian Villa peacefully located along Meadfoot Sea Road in a conservation area within Torquay. The harbour and town are 10 minutes’ walk with the blue flag awarded Meadfoot Beach and its views less than 5 minutes on foot. An extensive refurbishment has helped us achieve a five-star guesthouse rating, AA gold award, Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame Award and a Michelin listing. The Marstan benefits from an outdoor pool, hot tub and a licensed bar. In keeping with the period of the building and with many of the original features intact, the hotel is traditionally furnished with antiques complemented with modern amenities such as contemporary bathrooms and flat-screen TVs.

Haldon Priors Torquay
Exterior and pool, Haldon Priors, Torquay, Devon

At Haldon Priors, you’ll be within an easy stroll of Torquay’s stunning coastline, with its beautiful beaches — including Meadfoot Beach, only 150 metres away — and atmospheric coves. If you feel like exploring further, you can take a walk along the famous South West Coast Path. Haldon Priors is just 10-15 minutes’ walk from Torquay’s bustling, picturesque harbour, where you can find a broad choice of eateries, as well as bars for all tastes. We’re well placed for Torquay events such as the Torbay Royal Regatta and the Red Arrows’ display, as well as attractions in nearby resorts such as a waterpark, a zoo famous from TV appearances and an unforgettable steam railway ride.

Lincombe Hall Hotel and Spa Torquay
Spa area at Lincombe Hall Hotel & Spa, Torquay, Devon

Lincombe Hall Hotel and Spa  is an exclusive, adult only, multi award-winning hotel, you’ll find comfy en suite rooms, pretty gardens, tasty food, and a dedicated luxury spa—with top facilities and tranquil treatments. You’ll also be right by the coast, a short walk from Torquay marina and pretty beaches.  The hotel is tastefully decorated throughout with recently refurbished guest bedrooms and a choice of Compact, Classic, Club and Signature Guest Rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi, LCD flat screen TVs with Freeview.

The Hotel Balmoral
Garden at Hotel Balmoral, Torquay, Devon

Enjoy a five course evening meal of fine dining quality served by our friendly small team of staff & freshly prepared by our experienced chefs., Beautiful rooms with terrace and gardens overlooking the sea and some of the best coastal scenery. Just 2 Min Walk to Meadfoot Beach.



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