Cary Arms

Charming boutique hotel by the sea

The Inn on the Beach combines the fun and values of a good English inn with the style and comfort of a boutique hotel.

Visit for great seaside gastropub dining complemented by chic rooms and cute cottages. It’s family friendly and dogs are welcome here too.

Sitting in the sheltered and sunny spot of Babbacombe Bay on the south Devon coast, the setting and views are breathtakingly beautiful all year round.

If relaxation’s your goal, you’re certainly in the right place. Unwind with a restorative massage or Yon-Ka spa treatment, a picnic down on the beach or take a table on the terrace for lunch.

You can linger over hearty breakfasts, long lunches and lazy suppers; here it’s all about delicious food made with fresh, local ingredients, simply and creatively cooked according to the season.

Head chef Ben Kingdon’s menus include his take on traditional pub fare, such as Dunterton Farm steak, Otter Ale and mushroom pie, dauphinoise potatoes and red wine jus, alongside more bistro-style dishes like slowly braised rabbit terrine, apricot chutney and toasted brioche.

If you’re in the area, it’s worth keeping an eye out for the regular themed gastro nights, such as Fish Friday and Moules Monday.

In the summer, you can dine at the Captain’s Table overlooking the waves and make the most of balmy evenings – be sure to book early though, because this spot is always in demand.

Insider’s tips

Look out for the resident seal called Sammy who swims by and plays off the Babbacombe Pier. He’s often seen swimming with divers, kayaks and waiting for fisherman to feed him up.

Babbacombe Beach, Babbacombe, Devon, TQ1 3LX

01803 327110

Opening hours

Food served from 12pm – 3pm and 6.30pm – 9pm everyday

Chef: Ben Kingdon

Owner: Lana de Savary

Bedrooms: 18 Cottages: 3

Bedroom rate: From £195

Sample menu

Starter

Home cured salmon gravadlax, lemon and dill crème fraîche, rocket salad, £7.95

Main

Roasted loin of lamb, Dijon mustard and herb crust, parmentier potatoes, mint and redcurrant jus, £18.95

Pudding

Vanilla and pear pannacotta, pistachio praline, £6.25

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