I grew up in Devon, and with pride, can say it has some vast stretches of coastline, swathes of greenery and acres of woodlands; the kind that Disney movies are made. You know, birds a tweeting and squirrels a jumping. Admittedly, it also has its downsides too – the weather can be pretty pants, and gourmet might be considered a Mr. Whippy or pie&pint combo.
However, something has happened recently; there’s been a shift from kiss-me-quick merchandise and sticks of rock. We were mightily impressed with a recent trip to Bantham Beach. Nestled at the mouth of the river Avon, with a shallow sandy bay and a view out towards Burgh Island, and the iconic Art Deco, Burgh Island Hotel, (second home of Agatha Christie and Noel Coward). Bantham also has the bonus of PROSECCO, wine, artisan beers, posh ice-cream, macaroons, a gastro bus, proper coffee and sells Orlebar Brown, clothing and pretty flowers and interior accessories by Weaver Green. The children loved paddling in the shallow bays and the little pools that form when the tide has gone out. The other half bought some nice new trunks and well, after a sweaty start of getting the kids to the beach (that’s a whole other post), I managed a little ‘me’ time with a glass of fizz. So cheers to beautiful Bantham, we will be sure to return.