The Cricket Inn

Beesands, Devon

Fish and chips within sound of the waves, local crab and lobster, and the day’s catch cooked over charcoal are among the attractions at this expanded pub in a small village overlooking Start Bay. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Fish and chips within sound of the waves, local crab and lobster, and the day’s catch cooked over charcoal are among the attractions at this expanded pub in a small village overlooking Start Bay. The position is ‘absolutely beautiful’, between countryside and sea, and if the approach is slightly hairy, via ‘narrow lanes with some steep hills and sharp bends’, it is ‘worth it once you get there’. Inside it has a nautical feel slightly at odds with cricket theming. First opened in 1867, it was taken over 20 years ago by the Heaths, who added a dining space with rooms above. Rachel Heath runs the inn with son Scott, who previously worked as the chef but is now the owner, assisted by Jamie Smith in the kitchen. Blue-and-white bedrooms, three sleeping a family, have a New England lightness, a shower room, nothing fancy, though Botham and Trueman each have a modern king-size four-poster. ‘We stayed in Oval, with a seat in the large bay window, and very much liked the style of decoration.’ In the dining room there are children’s portions, steaks and burgers. Seafood Sundays are popular, so book ahead, don’t just bowl up.

Hotel details

Address

Beesands
Kingsbridge
Devon
TQ7 2EN
England

Telephone

01548 580215

Bedrooms

7. 4 in extension.

Open

closed Christmas Day (no rooms Christmas Eve).

Facilities

bar, restaurant (alfresco dining), private dining facilities, free (intermittent) Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), parking, restaurant and bar wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

all day.

Children

all ages welcomed, children's menu, family rooms.

Dogs

allowed in bar only.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B (double and family rooms) £110–£150, D,B&B (double) £150–£190 (up to £50 per couple for dinner). À la carte £30. Min. 2-night stay preferred at weekends in high season.