During the trip we ate in the following places…
Day 1 – the Start Bay Inn, Torcross
A seafood place (not surprisngly), we had a large cod and chips, a medium haddock and chips and a steak. As our table was right next to the dessert display, I topped off with lemon cream cake. Food good, pub was busy: it was fine. Prices about what you’d expect from a pub with decent food.
Day 2 – The Victoria, Salcombe
Apparently you need to book, but when we arrived they booked us in and we went straight to our table. Roast belly pork, ham egg and. Chips, and a chicken madras were ordered and I for one was well happy with my curry, which was hot enough for me. I also went for the interesting sounding dessert of pan seared pineapple with cracked black pepper and lime and chilli Ice cream. It wasn’t as good as it sounded. But happy with our choice of pub overall.
Day 3 – The Sloop, Bantham
Started well with a nice pint of Proper Job, and the Castle Creek Shiraz was good too – although it tasted really smokey after the beer. Ham egg and chips for me whilst the others had steak. Most of the menu is fish though, which none of us fancied. Apple and raspberry crumble for dessert was very nice. Prices above average, which is not surprising considering location and type of pub. Devon does this sort of place well.
Day 4 – Bistro 35, Modbury
What a weird place. Step inside and it’s a bit like an antique shop, but with a bar at the back and beyond that it’s like the inside of someone’s house. The dining area itself is basic with bare wooden tables and paper napkins – although one table had a rather fetching pvc tablecloth. And the toilets are something else, “tastefully” decorated with nudes and semi-nudes in a variety of “artistic” styles. And from what I saw the ladies is, let’s say “equivalent”. Food itself was ok, although Rob wasn’t that impressed with his gammon steak. My boeuf bourguignnon and Dad’s lamb shank were quite pleasant, and I think we all were happy with our organic tomato soup starter. Described by the landlady at our B&B as the best place to eat in Modbury, it is quite possibly true, but that is comparing it with a couple of average pubs, a chinese takeaway cum chip shop and an indian takeaway. Probably worth a visit to see how different it is and to pop in to use the pornaloo!
Days 5 and 6: Gog and Magog, Plymouth
A Wetherspoons establishment, which was certainly better than the one in Torquay as I got all of my meal and didn’t have to take any of it back to complain. Roast chicken on Sunday was probably a good choice, and my mixed grill the following night was ok too. We also went there for breakfast on day 6. I probably wouldn’t have gone there so much as I’m not that fanatical about getting max food for smallest price. But it was ok and one thing Wetherspoons is good for is ok drinkable wine at a sensible price.