The Last Drop
Realistically, there’s no good trip to the West Country without one of our perfect sunsets. Whether it’s the perfect cloudless drop, or scattered clouds painted in pink light, you simply cannot beat a seat on on the beach for the final drop. It seems fitting to release a blog on sunsets just as the Summer Solstice drifts past us… it’s time to make the most of what we have left.
In this weeks places blog, we want to share a few of our teams chosen hot spots for watching the drop, so if your visiting us any time soon and you need to fins us at last light, these are the places you’ll most likely find us;
Mark to start. Whilst a beach cook up on sunny cove generally floats his boat, his true favourite is a seat at South Milton’s infamous beach house. The unassuming hut on the beach might just churn out some of the finest cuisine in the county. It’s no secret that the beach house has been arguably Marks favourite restaurant in Devon since we first opened in Salcombe, because not only is South Milton a great cold water swimming beach, but it faces the sunset dead on, and besides, nothings better than “not having to do the cooking’” himself. He is also not the only one to go for South Milton - its also Anna’s favourite place in Devon, only she opts for an Aperol, and some moules frites!
Darcey likes to spend the drop on the move, opting for a coastal walk out of St. Ives and up to the Gurnards head, where she likes to relax into a gin and tonic in the beer garden. We also recommend hiring bikes and heading out here!
Izzy opts for her maternal home…. The Rum bar in Polzeath, with a seat out the front and some food at Surfside, as she puts it, “Polzeath is really the OG of sunset spots, especially after a cruisey long board session with her mum!
Lucy's heart lies in the dunes at Constantine or Treyarnon bay... if she's feeling a party she heads to the Treyarnon youth hostel for a few beds and the occasional acoustic set!
Back in Devon, Thea likes to sneak down to Bantham for an after work walk on the beach... she gets herself onto Burgh Island (yes the one Ben Howard named an entire EP after), she loves transporting herself into an almost fictional realm of Agatha Christie, before endulging at the Pilchard Inn. Thea actually prefers the winter sunsets here, which may explain why the Dartmouth shop can close early on a cold dark, January day.
Finally, myself… I have two spots, one in Devon and one in Cornwall… If I am at home in Polzeath then I quite often opt for a sunset dip off the rocks at Tristram cliff followed by a cold peroni at the Cracking crab (theres a natural pool that opens up inside the stack from mid - high tide, and should be avoided on big swells). In Devon, I have spent years slipping out of Salcombe and heading up to Bolberry down - the height of the cliffs is breathtaking and likely to be recognisable in many a jam photoshoot, but it really feels like sitting on the moon; a million miles away from the chaos of normal life, its the ultimate spot for switching off!
We hope you seek out our spots this summer, you can be sure come rain or shine, we will be in them!