The Cricket Inn

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The Cricket Inn

The Cricket Inn first opened its doors in 1867 and is within the small fishing village of Beesands nestled within the idyllic South Hams countryside only metres from the sloping beach and crystal clear waters of Start Bay. To the NE. of the bay we have Dartmouth Harbour Entrance and to the SE. the Start Point Lighthouse one of the most southerly points in mainland UK.

The Cricket is a welcome gathering place for both locals and visitors alike, offering real ales, great wines and fantastic food, the menu has an abundance of fresh seafood and local produce including locally reared beef & lamb plus locally grown vegetables but one thing we can guarantee is that the crab, lobster and scallops were caught in the bay in front of the Inn.

Award winning Restaurant

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.

Private Dining or Functions

The new Pavilion restaurant is ideal for private dining or many types of functions, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, etc with sitting for up to 46 or more for a buffet for larger parties up to 150 the whole Inn can be made available, so if you are looking for something special for a party of 6 or a buffet for 150 our chefs can cater for your every need.


Local Area

The famous South West Coastal Path runs through the heart of the village making Beesands and The Cricket Inn a Mecca for walker, plus the beautiful 1km beach with crystal clear waters make it ideal for bathers and anglers alike.


The Cricket has been sympathetically extended with completion in May 2010, giving space for a new restaurant and four new letting rooms (giving seven in total), which allows us to have the flexibility to cater for small to medium size parties for private dining, birthdays, informal weddings, anniversaries or that special weekend away with a group of friends or family.


The bar area is dog friendly for dining or just having a drink, with some tables reserved for drinkers only. The new restaurant is air conditioned with folding doors for those summer days giving an alfresco feel with an amazing sea view, the whole of the Inn is bright and airy decorated in pastel colours with the walls adorned with black and white photos of yesteryear.

Over the years The Cricket has survived storms, a bomb in 1942 which destroyed the adjacent cottages, costing the lives of 7 villagers, and a mud slide that passed through the Inn from back to front.

Since Rachel and Nigel took over the helm in 2001 there have been no catastrophes but 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 7 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

We now have full baby changing facilities and highchairs for all your little ones needs.



Nr Kingsbridge
Tel: 01548 580 215
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