Pack your bags and head to the coast – Sidmouth stalwart Dukes has relaunched with a fresh menu and a new look
It may be housed in one of Sidmouth’s most historic buildings, but the dining experience at Dukes Seaside Inn is bang-up-to-date. A refreshed menu – as well as a chic refurb combining beachy blues and modern finishes – makes it a go-to for Devon day-trippers on a seaside jaunt, while the stunning backdrop of the Jurassic Coast means it’s also a buzzy spot for tourists.
It’s still a family-run affair, with the Seward clan ushering the inn into a new age.
Operations manager Tom Seward’s tip? The South West Seafood specials on Thursdays, where ‘the freshest seafood is sourced direct from Brixham’, and based around what the fishermen hauled in that day.
We’d recommend dining on the patio, which has sweeping views of Lyme Bay, and clashing forks over the sharing seafood board and dipping wedges of sourdough into oozing camembert, with a G&T in close range. Those unwilling to share (and we don’t blame you) will delight in the abundance of piscatorial dishes or something smoky from the grill – all locally sourced from the south coast.
Head to the bar to discover South West spirits, a cracking selection of new world and local wines, and award winning ales and cider. Overdone it? Check into one of the refurbed bedrooms, where sore heads will be soothed by the sound of waves lapping at the shore.
With a prime spot overlooking Sidmouth’s pebbled beach and a menu brimming with fresh fish, Dukes certainly lives up its title of ‘the inn by the sea’
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