Food and Drink in Noss Mayo and Newton Ferrers

Our 3 Local Pubs

Food and Drink in Noss Mayo & Newton Ferrers. There are 3 pubs within walking / paddling distance of Anchor Cottage. They all look out onto the river, they all serve food and they all have amazingly friendly and helpful staff. We are truly spoilt!

The Ship Inn

The Ship Inn is an award-winning waterside pub run by Lisa and Charlie Bullock. It has been completely renovated using reclaimed materials, English oak, local stone, and lots of love and affection. The style is strong yet simple, spacious yet cosy; it feels like a proper pub – unfussy, uncomplicated but pleasingly functional.

Enjoy good, fresh, homemade food, great beers and interesting wines, while surrounded by wooden floors, old furniture, log fires, bookcases and dozens of local pictures.

They love beer and their cellar is stocked with a good range of regional and local beers, many from brewers that know them well. Their regular beer comes from Noss Beer Works, just down the road, and they have guest beers from Princetown Breweries on Dartmoor, and other local brewers that share their passion and pleasure in beer!

When you know who brewed it, somehow it tastes better!

Food is served daily 12:00 to 21:30

Tel: 01752 872387

Directions: at low tide head towards The Swan Inn and take the steps down to the quay, you can cross the Voss Causeway, at high tide just follow the road round from the Swan.

The Swan Inn

Situated opposite Pope’s Quay in Noss Mayo, The Swan Inn reopened its doors in July 2018. This family-run pub with iconic waterside views offers homely food, friendly service and a classic choice of drinks and real ales.

The Swan Inn is a dog- and family-friendly pub, serving fresh food for lunch and dinner, specialising in fish dishes. It also offers all-day coffee and regular live music nights. You’ll find a charming beer garden at the front of the pub with stunning views overlooking the quay, Newton and Noss, and the River Yealm.

If you’re in Noss Mayo, do enjoy a drink or a bite to eat at The Swan, and relax in one of the most beautiful places in Devon.

Food is served Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 20:30

Tel: 01752 873115

Directions: As you come out of Malthouse head up the hill (Stoke Road) to Noss Mayo, when you get to Pillory Hill turn right and follow the hill until you reach the pub.

The Dolphin

Located on the riverside overlooking Newton Creek to Noss and the Pool, The Dolphin Inn is a family- and dog-friendly, traditional pub. And you can always expect a warm welcome by the staff, managed by Nicky and Jonathan.

The Dolphin Inn is open every day in the summer, with varying hours in the winter. It serves upmarket, traditional pub food daily, and breakfasts are offered during the summer months. The Sunday lunch is also not to be missed.

As a free house, you’ll find a wide range of ales, bitters, lagers and ciders which can be enjoyed indoors by the fire on a chilly day, or in the sunshine overlooking the estuary views in the outside seating area.

Food is served daily 12:00 to 21:00

Tel: 01752 872007

Directions: At low tide head to The Swan and take the steps down to the beach, head right along the beach and cross The Voss across the Creek. At high tide turn left out of the Malthouse and follow the road around Bridgend, head up Bridgend Hill towards Newton Ferrers, at the first turning Yealm View Road take a left and follow the road until you see the footpath down to the riverside, follow this past the Yealm Yacht Club until you get to the pub. Or you could kayak…

We ate lunch there a couple of weeks ago read more.

Yealm Yacht Club Bistro

Located on the first floor of the clubhouse, Yealm Yacht Club’s bistro restaurant commands fabulous scenic views of the beautiful Newton Creek, and across to the village of Noss Mayo.

Recently renovated throughout with a fresh, but aptly nautical theme, dishes vary from week to week, with fish specials and a healthy dollop of Sicilian flair thanks to Head Chef, John Provenzano. Available only for members and their guests, dinner in the bistro offers great value, with a three-course menu and a bottle of wine for two for around £30 a head.


Tuesday to Thursday: 18.30 to 20.30
Friday: 18.30 to 21.00
Saturday: 12.30 to 14.30 and then 18.30 to 21.00
Sunday: 12.30 to 15.00

Tel: 01752 872232

Food and drink a little further afield…

 The Journey’s End Inn (Ringmore, Nr Kingsbridge, TQ7 4HL)

The Journey’s End Inn is a 13th century free house in the village of Ringmore, which is on the South Devon coast in an area known as the South Hams. Having four fires to enjoy in the winter months and with a main Bar area, nelsons bar, dining room, the story room, conservatory and large beer garden, there’s plenty of room for everyone in the family.

Well supported by local residents, it manages to combine being a friendly village ‘local’, as well as a destination food pub. Surrounded by thriving market towns, stunning scenery and walks both coastal and inland The Journeys End Inn is a perfect place to stop and relax.

Tel: 01548 810205

Here are the top 32 pubs in Devon as ranked in the AA Pub Guide:

The Turtley Corn Mill, AVONWICK

The Turtley Corn Mill is set in six acres of grounds within the beautiful South Hams. Whether it’s a family meal, breakfast, Sunday lunch or a romantic dinner for two, they cater for any occasion.


Among the pub’s many awards, they have two AA Rosettes for Culinary Excellence and, in 2017, 2018 and 2019, and they were named as an ‘Estrella Damm’ Top 50 Gastropub. Last year they ranked 28th and received a special award as the highest climber in the list.

The Cricket Inn, BEESANDS

The Cricket Inn first opened its doors to the quaint fishing village of Beesands in 1867 and has since continued to strive for over 150 years. The Courtney family ran the Inn for over 75 years. Elias Courtney acquired the Cricket around 1920 and subsequently sold it to Heavitree Brewery in Exeter around 1930, but his son Archie and grandson Cyril carried on the Courtney name until Cyril and his wife Maggie retired in 1995.


Harriet & Mike Daly run The Lazy Toad. Dating back to the late 18th Century, with possibly an earlier core, it features oak beamed ceilings and slate floors, local real ales, local ciders and wines, a cobbled courtyard – where once the farrier and wheelwright plied his trade – and beautiful walled beer garden. Prior to 2007 the Inn was known as the Agricultural Inn.


The Red Lion hotel building is 18th century. Then simply a cider and beer house where Clovelly fishermen gathered to swap their tales of the one that got away. Few people know that Clovelly was the birth place of the sailor, Salvation Yeo. He is a character in Charles Kingsley’s classic West Country novel “Westward Ho!”.


Great Westcountry Food, Award Winning Cask Ales, a four star B&B near Exeter…. and a Parrot called ‘Captain’  In a picturesque, secluded Devon valley near Exeter between Dartmoor and Exmoor you will find the New Inn Coleford, a romantic  thatched West Country freehouse and restaurant.

Royal Castle Hotel, DARTMOUTH

With a Grill Room and a contemporary bar, The Royal Castle Hotel has something to suit the whole family.  The Grill Room with harbour views is their award-winning AA rosette restaurant serving lunch and dinner.


The team at The NoBody Inn have created an exciting and varied menu, which consistently delivers course after course of ever-changing range of meats, fish, pastas, risotto and vegetables are all served to suit all palates, using fresh ingredients, locally sourced where possible.

The Puffing Billy, EXTON

The Puffing Billy offers a wide range of drinks which include an interesting range of soft drinks, regularly changing real ales, an extensive wine list, over 100 spirits and a full coffee menu.  They change their menus regularly and have a daily changing specials board using local produce.


The Rock Inn received 1 AA Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence every year 1996-2015 and has now been awarded 2AA Rosettes since 2016.

All meals are prepared by their resident chefs who produce imaginative and varied dishes, utilising freshly caught fish, locally sourced meat and game, and locally grown produce.

Be warned it is a very traditional English pub and is quite formal, not one for the little kids!

Rising Sun, LYNMOUTH

Located in Umberleigh Bridge, The Rising Sun offers accommodations with free WiFi and flat-screen TV, as well as a bar. The bed and breakfast offers a Full English/Irish or vegetarian breakfast.


The team at The Holt take pride in producing uncomplicated dishes that reflect their passion for great tastes and flavours from all over the world. The seasonally changing menu is kept deliberately small so that the chef’s allow attention to detail to their cooking.

The Duke of York, IDDESLEIGH

The Duke of York was voted one of the top 10 country pubs in 2016 and is famous for their generous portions of home-cooked food which is sourced locally.  Set in the heart of Devon, near Dartmoor, the Duke is a favourite meeting place for friends and families celebrating Birthdays, Anniversaries etc.


From field to shore The Grove Inn menu features dishes that are unique to their kitchen and they’ve been listed in the Good Food Guide since 2011. Lunchtimes Tuesday to Saturday you could enjoy anything from a generous freshly cut sandwich, a starter as a light-lunch, a succulent steak from the grill menu or something from the specials board.


Located in an idyllic Devon valley, Bickley Mill is a wonderful place to stay, dine or celebrate.  Whether treating someone to an excellent meal out, a romantic escape or mini break in Devon, the pub offers excellent hospitality and a cosy, tranquil setting.

The Masons Arms, KNOWSTONE

Mark and Sarah Dodson proudly run the thatched 13th Century Inn and award winning restaurant situated in the village of Knowstone on the edge of Exmoor, Devon.  The one Michelin Star restaurant serves exceptional local cuisine using only the finest ingredients presented with taste and style.

The Arundell Arms, LIFTON

Whether you’re looking for fine dining, Brasserie style or hearty pub classics in a traditional pub – The Arundell Arms is a great place to eat in Devon and home to a variety of dining options, including an award-winning restaurant.

California Country Inn, MODBURY

With a ‘create your own’  A La Carte function menu, classic ‘British Pub’ menu, specials Board and Sunday Roast there is something for everyone and every occasion to enjoy at The Cali.

The Ship Inn, NOSS MAYO

Enjoy good, fresh, homemade food, great beers and interesting wines, whilst surrounded by wooden floors, old furniture, log fires, bookcases and dozens of local pictures at The Ship Inn.

The Tower Inn, SLAPTON

Whether you are hungry, thirsty or need a bed for the night, the Tower Inn always has the best to offer – roaring log fire and a wood burning stove, mulled wines and warming winter food, or a summer Pimms in their walled garden.

The Millbrook Inn, SOUTH POOL

Hidden away in the heart of the South Hams, is where you’ll find The Millbrook Inn.  They say they are a haven for foodies and those who enjoy a glass of fine wine, craft ale or a satisfying spirit or two.

The Tom Cobley Tavern, SPREYTON

The Tom Cobley Tavern is a family-run business who pride themselves in creating a warm and friendly atmosphere for both the locals and newcomers.  They have recently been awarded Exeter and East Devon CAMRA Pub of the Year 2017 and Cider Pub of the Year 2018.

The Golden Lion, TIPTON ST JOHN

Hosts Francois and Michelle Teissier welcome customers with their extensive menu comprising the highest quality British, Mediterranean and rustic French cooking.  With the Georgian seaside town of Sidmouth just three miles away, expect daily specials of the freshest fish and seafood with menu changes according to the season and what local produce is most readily available.

Bridge Inn, TOPSHAM

Great-grandfather William John Gibbings from Clyst St. George moved into the Inn in 1897, and the Gibbling’ family has been there ever since. The current licensee is Caroline Cheffers-Heard, his Great Grand-daughter. She is the fourth generation, her daughter Riannon will be the fifth, and Amelia, born in April 2008, will be the sixth generation.  The Bridge has a long history of promoting real ale. Ales from local breweries and particularly famous or select ales from the rest of the country are always available, although the actual list varies from week to week. There are usually around ten real ales available.

Cary Arms, TORQUAY

At Cary Arms & Spa, they serve gastro food cooked simply. The watchwords in the kitchen are fresh­ness and seasonality, underpinned by a deep-rooted respect for the sur­rounding waters and land. The specials board changes daily reflecting Devon coast and Devon country in equal measure. Expect superb Devon beef, Lyme Bay lobster and line caught seafood.

The Durant Arms, TOTNES

Good food is at the heart of what they do at The Durant Arms. Quality sourcing from local butchers, farms, growers and fishermen combined with simple, yet excellent, cooking skills from head chef Gavin Castle and his team.  The menus change daily to reflect changing produce as available throughout the seasons.

The White Hart Bar & Restaurant, TOTNES

The award-winning White Hart bar and restaurant caters for the entire family. As well as an extensive menu, they offer specials including Sunday roasts, seasonal teas and cream teas.

Cridford Inn, TRUSHAM

The Cridford Inn is one of the oldest pubs in Devon dating back to 825AD.  The free-house is family run by Paul and Ness with Sean heading up the kitchen. Their food is the best locally sourced ingredients prepared in the kitchen by a team of passionate, talented chefs.

The Rugglestone Inn, WIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

The Rugglestone Inn is a unique, unspoilt Dartmoor inn delightfully located in the village of Widecombe in the Moor.  Originally a cottage the grade II listed building was converted to an inn back in 1832 and named after a local logan stone. It is surrounded by peaceful moorland, adjacent to a pretty stream and just a few minutes walk from the centre of the village.

Their home cooked menu of locally sourced produce from suppliers such as Dartmoor Farmers Association, Gribbles Meat & Game and Hawkridge Dairy is extensive and offers a broad range for all tastes.


The Digger’s Rest is a traditional thatched village pub with a beer garden, in the middle of the pretty south Devon village of Woodbury Salterton, just 4 miles from junction 30 of the M5. Formerly a cider house, this 500 year old building with its massive walls, beams and a real log fire has a really cosy feel.

Rose & Crown, YEALMPTON

The dining experience is at the heart of the Rose & Crown, and is a main attraction for their customers. The chef’s mix traditional pub food with contemporary cuisine. The menu is accompanied by daily changing specials and a carefully selected wine list, perfect for a special meal or relaxing lunch.

Jack in the Green Inn, ROCKBEARE

The pub can be whatever you want it to be – somewhere for relaxed everyday dining or a venue for a special occasion. The menus vary from A La Carte to traditional pub food to light lunches.