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The Cricket Inn

The Cricket Inn

Address: Beesands, Kingsbridge, South Devon  TQ7 2EN
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Telephone: 01548 580215
Region: South Devon - more
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Since Rachel and Nigel took over the helm in 2001 there have been many changes with a complete refit in 2003 and more recently (May 2010) an extension giving 4 extra letting rooms and a beautiful new restaurant changing the old village pub into what we have today. A bar area with dining for 40 which is dog friendly plus separate drinking only tables, a new restaurant which seats 46 which is ideal for private function as it can be closed off from the rest of the Inn for privacy if required. We boast 8 beautifully appointed letting rooms 5 having breath taking views of Start Bay comprising of 2 mini suites 3 kings and 3 family rooms all en-suite with flat screen multi channel TV’s, tea and coffee making facilities and of course Wi-Fi.
Dining
The Cricket was first awarded a Red Rosette by the AA for the quality of its food in 2008 and has continued to keep the quality to this level. Our chef’s have a passion for producing exciting dishes using fresh local produce, the Crab, Lobster and Scallops come straight out the Bay in front of the Inn, along with the many varieties of fish that you will find on our menu. Whether your taste is for Lobster, line caught Sea Bass, traditional fish and chips or Devonshire steaks there is always something for everybody including the kids. Reservations are strongly recommended.

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Rooms
We offer 8 beautifully appointed rooms decorated in a New England style five with unrivalled views of the crystal clear waters of Start Bay. Each room offers en-suite facilities fully tiled with 1200 x 900mm walk in showers and heritage white ware. King size beds with very comfortable pocket sprung mattresses and the single beds are full size, all linens are cotton with sumptuous feather and down quilts. Large flat screen TV’s are wall mounted with multi channels and most have built in DVD’s (Lords family room has two TV’s). Rooms have Tea and Coffee making facilities and come with complementary bottled water and biscuits. We offer a room make up service for those requiring it each morning plus fresh towels if required but let’s not forget that full Devonshire breakfast.

The Food
Head chef Scott Simon 23 has grown up watching food being prepare at The Cricket Inn since he was 14, helping different chefs over the years learning different styles of cooking plus a short period with Michael Caines the 2 Michelin star Chef at Gidleigh Park and the Bath Priory.
Today he has a brigade of three and sometimes up to five chefs in the summer using fresh local produce where ever possible specialising in fresh fish and shell fish, village fishermen bring lobster, crab and fresh fish straight into the kitchen plus one of the fishermen dives for Scallops all from the Bay in front of the Inn so when we say ‘Diver caught Scallops’ we mean it.

The Cricket is surrounded by lush Devonshire countryside giving us the best Beef, Lamb and Pork plus local vegetables from Artichokes to Asparagus when in season, free range eggs including duck which make the best Crčme Brulee. Pretty much everything that comes from our kitchen is made by the chefs in house, from the Crab soup to the Tartare Sauce, Chicken Liver Parfait to the Baked Alaska, each meal is prepared and cooked to order so when the customer ask can they have the Seafood Pancake without the Parmesan it’s not a problem, but be aware when we are busy there can be a wait.

The Area
Beesands is ideally situated to discover the South Hams of Devon located on the beach in Start Bay, with views toward Dartmouth Harbour entrance and Start Point Lighthouse (open throughout the year to visitors please check opening times). The village is actually on the South West Coastal Path which makes The Cricket Inn a Mecca for walkers, within the village is a large fresh water lake complete with bird hide ideal for bird watchers and only a short walk along the coastal path to the famous Slapton Ley Nature Reserve in Torcross. Torcross is also famous for ‘Operation Tiger’ where many American servicemen lost their lives during World War 2 practising for the D-Day landings there is a Sherman Tank and a memorial to commemorate this sad day.

The area is surrounded by National Trust land and properties to visit with The Dartmoor National Park only 20miles away, Buckfast Abbey a stunning example of a working Monastery and Castle Drogo an outstanding modern Castle, to name but a few.

Within a short drive of Beesands there is a multitude of activities if you so wish Golf, Fishing, Sailing, Adventure Parks for the kids, Sandy Beaches and of course ladies’ shopping, you will find individual shops at Kingsbridge, Dartmouth, Salcombe, Totnes and City Centre shopping at Plymouth with its new shopping mall ‘Drakes Circus’. Why not take a round robin trip from Dartmouth, river cruise on the Dart and then onto a vintage steam locomotive seeing sites like Dartmouth Castle, Agatha Christie’s house and many more.
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