Brixham has been undergoing somewhat of a foodie renaissance in recent years – and doing so somewhat under the radar!
This is by no means an exhaustive list – these are just some of our favourites
Rockfish – at end of harbour is probably top of the list at the moment, with fabulous fish and great views over the port. They also have a good take-away chippie, and (now) a fishmongers.
Curious Kitchen is brilliant for breakfast/lunch/brunch – on Middle Street (across the car park from the main high street – which is actually called Fore Street). They also do amazing donuts.
Simply Fish has (we think) the best take-away fish and chips in town, and a proper sit-down restaurant with a mostly fish-based menu. It’s our preferred takeaway , the restaurant just does walk-ups. As well as the usuals, their monkfish and prawn curry is great, and their curry sauce is our go-to ‘side’.
Shoals (which is a 15 minute walk along the coast by the lido) is tiny, but really high quality restaurant which also has tables outside for lunch or a drink. Amazing views across Torbay as you eat. You’ll definitely need to book http://www.shoalsbrixham.co.uk/
Breakwater Bistro (by the beach) Super place to have a cream tea with a view, and they do a good evening and lunch menu. https://www.brixham-restaurant.co.uk/ You can also get a drink and sit on the beach
Beamers – sit-in restaurant with good seafood menu right on the inner harbour. https://beamersrestaurant.co.uk/
JR’s – just along from Beamers is a small, family run restaurant that also specialises in fish.
On The Rocks – part of a small chain with a branch in Torquay as well. Not just seafood as they have decent steaks and do a great Sunday lunch
The Guardhouse at Berry Head – This is ‘the’ Sunday morning brunch cafe for us up on Berry Head in the old fort. When you take a walk up there make sure you have room for their bacon sandwiches and/or cakes!
Miguel’s Tapas – a new, “hole in the wall” proper Spanish tapas bar in the middle of Brixham.
The Prince William – the big “outside” pub by the Marina is great on a sunny day – owned by the same people who run Liberty.
The Market House – the large pub/gastro pub on the harbour opposite the pirate ship, with plenty of outside space. A solid choice, even though it’s got a hint of brewery-owned ‘chain’ pub about it – the other advantage is that you can see how busy it is from the front windows of the house!
Liberty – An eclectic mix of cocktail and drinks in the evening, speciality teas and cakes in the day – and eclectic interior decor to match! It has outside tables across the road under the market awning in the summer too
Port Expresso (on Middle Street) is an artisan coffee place that has branched out into brunches, home to our favourite bacon sandwiches in Brixham
The Manor just up from Middle Street is probably our top choice pub in Brixham, deceptively large and with both inside and outside space to sit and have a drink or two.
5 Doors Down Brixhams already-legendary (to locals) artisan bakery on Middle Street, which regularly sells out of its entire stock of bread and pastries by mid-morning. Not open every day, so check before you get up early to go!
Flour Flower next door to 5 Doors Down is another unusual fusion of cake bakery, coffee shop and mini garden centre – and is good at all three.
Ellas on Fore Street does some amazingly good cakes – and the baker is our next door neighbour!
The Wine Loft is both a great wine shop and a lovely bar for a lunchtime/afternoon drink and a plate of tapas-style food – they close around 6pm each day.
The Larder on Bolton Street (just past the Wethespoons) is also good for brunch, and there’s any number of tea & cake shops in Fore Street.
The Blue Anchor is a good proper Devon pub, one of the most pirate-ey places in the town and has live music on most nights of the week as well
The New Quay Inn is nice and cosy, and is the home of the Deckchair Gin – definitely a souvenir worth taking home as well as trying while you are here.