Is there anything better than enjoying a delicious bite to eat with a view? From fish n chips on the harbour, to freshly made doughnuts on the beach, to cocktails overlooking the sea, the English Riviera is a smorgasbord of stunning views and tasty nibbles.

Fish n chips on Brixham Harbour

The English Riviera is known as England’s Seafood Coast for good reason! The bay is home to the UK’s finest seafood and the world-famous Brixham Fish Market, where some of the nation’s best chefs source their seafood.

The busy fleet of local day fishing boats delivers to the fish market and local restaurants, ensuring fish is no more than 24 hours out of the sea. So you can enjoy your fish at its very best.

And, there’s nothing like fish freshly landed a stone’s throw away from the restaurant. Why not pick up an English classic – Fish n Chips and settle down along Brixham Harbour to soak in the views. With many chippy’s to choose from – Rockfish, The Golden Fish, Simply Fish, Brixham Fish – you’re spoilt for choice!

Ice cream and doughnuts on Paignton Beach

Another traditional seaside classic is freshly made, warm doughnuts. They're like a big warm hug of sugar, and you can eat them while you're getting sand in your shoes and watching the waves crash. Best enjoyed with a sea view, so head down to Paignton Seafront where you’ll find plenty of options to choose from.

And if it’s a hot day, cool off with an ice cream! There's nothing quite like enjoying an ice cream on the beach and soaking in the sun with loved ones. Paignton seafront has an abundance of places to pick up a sweet treat for the family.

Cocktails on Torquay Seafront

When evening rolls around, head to Torquay to enjoy cocktails overlooking the sea: a great way to end a long day of sightseeing. Watch the lights come as the night falls, and soak in the sea air whilst enjoying a refreshing cocktail and some nibbles. There are lots of bars and restaurants along the waterfront, so it's easy to find somewhere to hang out if you're looking for somewhere quiet or someplace buzzing with people.

Picnics in the bay

The English Riviera has lots of great places to dine alfresco - there are restaurants and cafes everywhere along the coast with amazing views and outside seating. But there is something extra about throwing down a rug at your favourite spot, getting slightly closer to nature and even finding a secluded spot of your own to share a bottle of wine or some snacks! So, go for it, check out our list of our Top 10 Picnic Spots to help you plan your perfect afternoon!


Brixham Harbour and Marina
Canal / Waterway / Marina
Brixham Harbour

Brixham Harbour is located on the southern side of Tor Bay and boasts one of the largest fishing fleets in the UK, plus a thriving fish market to support it.

Paignton Sands
Paignton Beach

Paignton Beach offers the ultimate family day out at the seaside. With a sandy beach, safe swimming and a whole host of activities to enjoy, this promises to be a fun day out for all the family.

Torquay Harbour & Marina
Canal / Waterway / Marina
Torquay Harbour & Marina, Torquay, Devon

With almost 1,000 berths available, Torquay Harbour is a well-protected yacht haven with access to some of the best facilities in the Southwest. It’s the ideal base from which to explore the English Riviera’s coast. Torquay Harbour lies on the North shore of Tor Bay and whilst benefiting from an expanding marine leisure industry, Torquay remains a fully commercial and busy little Devonshire port. The Harbour’s also on the fringe of the Town centre giving easy access to shops, restaurants and bars. Haldon Pier to the South and Princess Pier to the West, form the main breakwaters and give shelter to the enclosed harbour facilities.



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