West Country town among Britain’s best seaside spots for fish and chips

With the summer holidays drawing closer and closer, many of us are considering planning a day trip or beach holiday. There’s nothing quite like a good old British holiday, with fish and chips on the beach, hopefully without a pesky seagull eyeing your food, and if we’re lucky, some sunshine too.

So if you’re already planning on finding somewhere to take the kids this summer, or fancy a romantic mini-break, the seaside town of Dartmouth in Devon has plenty to offer – and apparently excellent fish and crisps too. In a survey by Which?, the West County site is said to have won silver out of 100 UK seaside towns and villages, reports MyLondon.

The stunning coastal town sits on the banks of the River Dart, ideal for long walks on warm summer evenings and a great location from which to start exploring the South Devon countryside. So if fish and chips and picturesque views are what you’re looking for during your stay, Dartmouth might be the perfect getaway for you.

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Not only is the area brimming with history and culture, so there’s plenty to visit during your stay, it also has some lovely beaches. Castle Cove and Sugary Cove are close to town, but if you venture further out into the bay you’ll find Blackpool Sands, a private beach.

If you are bringing your dog, please note that there may be restrictions during the summer seasons, so always check in advance. But there are some great walks to explore, as the UK’s longest national footpath, the South West Coast Path, runs through the town. It’s a perfect way to see the scenic views, while keeping your four-legged friend happy.

If you love to immerse yourself in history, Dartmouth Castle is a recommended tourist spot to visit. He saw action during the Civil War and continued his service until World War II. There is also a museum in the town center which houses a wide range of exhibits. You can also take a guided tour of the city’s Royal Naval College, which has been the training ground for naval officers since 1863.

If you come with your children, there are also many family-friendly attractions, with water sports activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding. Pennywell Farm is only a 40 minute drive or why not visit Babbacombe Model Village.

Dartmouth Harbor is the perfect place for an evening stroll on those warmer nights and is home to 1,600 residential moorings. But if your holiday isn’t complete without traditional fish and chips, you’ll find the perfect spot right in the heart of the harbour.

Rockfish is a seafood restaurant but also offers take-out, and has received rave reviews on Tripadvisor, with many saying it’s a must if you’re staying in the area. If you choose to take out you can enjoy your food overlooking the estuary overlooking Kingswear.

Rockfish boss Mitch Tonks has previously served as a judge on the BBC’s Celebrity Masterchef. Contestants were tasked with recreating some of his classic seafood dishes.


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