Dukes Seaside Inn

Sprawling in a pub garden is a summertime ritual – Rosanna Rothery discovers one a pebble’s skim from the ocean waves, which also serves decent food and cracking G&Ts

Drinking and swimming generally don’t mix, but sipping Tarquin’s Cornish gin and tucking into delicious seafood followed by a waft of sea air on Sidmouth’s esplanade is hard to beat on a lazy, heat-drenched evening.

Dukes’ fail-safe formula of good honest classics (with a great fish menu to reflect its setting) served in seaside-y surrounds means everyone can smugly bask in postprandial satisfaction at this well-positioned pub.

VISIT for a let-your-hair down, don’t-stand-on-ceremony vibe with food that appeals to everyone. Fish-and-chips- and pizza-loving kids will be as delighted as those seeking classics such as pan-seared chicken supreme and braised lamb shank. And everything is cooked with great care which guarantees the whole gang a comforting, flavoursome feed.

Inside, newly refurbished interiors offer several dining spaces (meaning you can enjoy a slightly different experience each time you visit), but the best seats are undoubtedly by the window.

Outside, the dining patio is festooned with beachy cheer: planters, bunting and parasols hint at the salty breakers only a short stroll away. It’s perfect for a summer’s night spent getting familiar with the eight-strong menu of local gins.

DON’T VISIT for posh nosh. This is the kind of expertly executed family-friendly food that everyone enjoys eating on holiday – the Branscombe Ale-breaded Brixham fish fillet with chips is a particular fave.

WE LIKED the effort taken by the chefs to flag up all the South West producers on the menu and to source ingredients within a 35-mile radius.

What we ate (dinner)

Starter Asparagus, feta, edamame beans, garden peas, mixed leaves, basil oil

Main Braised lamb shank, port reduction, root vegetables, dauphinoise potatoes

Pud Apple and rhubarb crumble, crème anglaise

3 courses from £22.50

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