On the early bank holiday me, my best friend and her three year old daughter set off to Devon for the weekend. We decided upon the town of Torquay as it has a lot to offer without having to travel anywhere. I thought I would pop up a little post on what we did, where we ate and any recommendations. I know this part of Devon really well so if you have any questions do let me know.
How we got there: We travelled by train from London Paddington. It took almost three hours but is a lovely journey and once you leave Exeter you hit the coast line which is just stunning. Booking in advance and reserving a seat is highly recommended to get cheapest fares and a guaranteed seat. I normally book on the GWR app you can also use trainline.com or other such websites.
Where we stayed: We chose an Air BnB apartment which was a ten minute walk from the harbour. It cost approximately £320 for three nights which for a bank holiday weekend and the location is pretty average for the area. Obviously the further away from the harbour you go, the cheaper it gets. Our flat was in a courtyard of other rented flats a cute little mews in a cul-de-sac. It had all the amenities we needed, TV, DVD, washing machine, towels, selection of drinks on arrival (teas, coffees etc) and there was a house manager available on hand if there were any issues. I know I am behind the times but this was my first Air Bnb experience I normally stay in hotels. But I would do it again.
Where we ate: On the promenade over looking the sea right next to the Princess Theatre is a restaurant called Pier Point. I have walked past it many times but never been in. We went there twice just for coffee and cake and the like but the staff were very friendly and attentive and the location was lovely. The food looked and smelt divine. The youngest of our party had a children’s meal of pasta which tasted good if slightly too large a portion for her. On our first night we ate at the Harvester on the harbour. We chose from a set menu they had and as they had ‘Fizz Friday’ promotion it would have been rude not take up an offer of a bottle of Prosecco for £10. We stayed there for a long time practically being the last to leave. Food was good, staff again friendly. We had fish and chips to take back to the flat one night from a takeaway called Saltwater Fish & Chips which is on the harbour side. We opted for cod bites and chips which were very nice. Final day we had to go for a cream tea and opted for Burridges Cafe Tea Rooms again on the harbourside. I have actually eaten there before and it is reasonably priced. For our final meal of the holiday we ate at an American themed restaurant which I do not believe has been there long called Jacks. It was empty but service was a little slow. The food was good though and portions definitely US sized! Lots of choice though in Torquay from the usual chains like Prezzo, Subway and Pizza Express to more usual seaside style eateries and pub food.
What we did: Made sandcastles on the beach which is a nice one not stony at all, good size. Living Coasts which is situated at the very end of the harbour is a lovely little sea life place. I have been a few times now and had an adopted penguin there once upon a time. The weather needs to be good to go as its all outdoors. If you are on holiday for a week your ticket can be used again which is a good idea if you find yourself stuck for something to do with the kids. The cafe is really nice which overlooks the harbour and serves hot food, snacks and drinks. Well worth a visit.
We also went to Dinosaur World which is an ideal place to go if its cold or raining as its indoors. You can leave buggies at the front door and go around with a quiz sheet and answer questions about all the different dinosaurs. I actually enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would and found out things I didn’t know like a starfish has been on this planet longer than dinosaurs! How amazing is that?! Would recommend for any kids that like this kind of thing but be aware some of the exhibits could be a bit scary for the younger ones.
We were really lucky with the weather when we went, sunny and dry for all the weekend. It got a bit cooler on the Sunday but for the time of year we were incredibly lucky.
Anyway hope you enjoyed my travel post. Write soon.
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