25 Feb My Hidden Gem: Hope Cove, Devon
The UK has so many fantastic spots to visit and although I spend much of my time traveling abroad, I do love a good ‘staycation’. We may not have year-round sunshine, but we do make up for it with beautiful countryside, rolling hills, quaint towns, stately homes and other attractions. Look Insurance Services have created an interactive map of Britain’s hidden gems, showing you where to find tucked-away attractions all over the UK. When I was asked for my contribution, I suggested Hope Cove- a place my Mum used to take me when I was a child. My grandparents lived in Devon, so instead of going abroad, we would spend the school holidays vacationing in the South West of England, visiting places such as Salcombe, Kingsbridge and Thurlestone. Hope Cove is a place that conjures up fond childhood memories for me and its charm will always keep me coming back.
What’s so special about Hope Cove?
Quite a lot really. This little fishing village is just a few minutes drive from Salcombe on the south coast of Devon, sometimes dubbed “The English Riviera”. In the summer it is very popular with holidaymakers from London, but I would still class it as a hidden gem in that most people I speak to haven’t heard of it.
The village is actually divided into two parts- Inner Hope and Outer Hope- and consists of two beaches, a handful of restaurants, plus a few small shops. The quaint, thatched cottages give Hope Cove that quintessential English feel and you can’t help but be impressed by the rugged scenery and jaw-dropping sunsets.
Hope Cove has two safe sandy beaches that are sheltered by the headland of Bolt Tail, so they are ideal for children and families. You can take your bucket and spades and spend the day building sandcastles or look for fish in the rock pools when the tide is out.
Where to Eat
Although fishing in Hope Cove isn’t what it was, the area is still known for its lobster and crab. There are a few restaurants including:
Harbour Lights– Harbour Lights is an intimate family run restaurant serving home-cooked food made with fresh, local ingredients. The menu features plenty of locally sourced seafood- the crab and lobsters are caught in Hope Cove; the lemon sole, monkfish, codling, mackerel are delivered daily; and the mussels, oysters and clams are from the local estuaries.
The Hope and Anchor– The Hope and Anchor Inn is the hub of the village and in the summer both tourists and locals gather here for some drinks or a bite to eat. The pub specialises in locally caught fish, but the creative menu also features a variety of other dishes such as a pasta, burgers and steaks.
The Sun Bay Hotel Restaurant– The Sun Bay Hotel is an informal, beautiful spot with a sun terrace offering breathtaking views of Hope Cove. After a day of coastal walking or sun tanning on the beach, it’s the perfect place to stop for a cream tea or an evening meal with friends. This restaurant is pretty popular, especially in the peak season, so booking ahead is recommended.