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Salcombe Harbour Hotel on the beautiful South Devon Coast

PUBLISHED: 13:19 23 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:24 20 February 2013

Salcombe Harbour Hotel on the beautiful South Devon Coast

Salcombe Harbour Hotel on the beautiful South Devon Coast

Being in Salcombe is all about a good sea view, and Salcombe Harbour Hotel has the perfect Devon location overlooking the estuary

Salcombe Harbour Hotel



Being in Salcombe is all about a good sea view, and Salcombe Harbour Hotel has the perfect location overlooking the estuary, up South Pool Creek and all the way down to the Bar. As one of the friendly and attentive waiting staff put it, you cant ever complain about things with this ever-changing sea view, there is always something new to watch.


And the view provides a perfect backdrop for a menu full of fresh and locally sourced fish, lobster and crab.


Head Chef Daniel Dennis, who trained at Claridges in London, recommended the lobster starter, one of the menus Chefs Classics. Lobster is definitely a favourite, and its probably been the most popular dish since we opened three months ago.


As General Manager David Pover says: We have the sea right here so all the fish is catch of the day, caught by local fishermen, with scallops, crab and lobsters caught on our doorstep. And its always nice to meet our local suppliers and see exactly where our produce comes from.


The restaurant uses a variety of local suppliers, including Martin Britton from Kingsbridge for hand-picked Salcombe crab, Country Cheeses in Totnes, and the Salcombe Bakery supplies fresh bread, danish pastries and croissants each day.


To start, I chose the sautd wild mushrooms, with poached egg and delicate young asparagus, accompanied by herb sabayon. My husband, Chris, ate the Chefs Classic Salcombe lobster salad with chervil mayonnaise, which he described as having a succulent meaty texture, yet it was very light.


To follow, I ate the braised and roasted rump of Devon lamb with parsnip pure and rosemary jus. The meat was pink and perfectly cooked, the sweetness of the parsnip complemented the flavour of the lamb, and a glass of Syrah was the perfect match.


My husband had the pork plate belly, with tenderloin wrapped in Parma ham, braised shoulder, mash and a spiced apple pure pork and apple sauce with a twist!


For dessert, Chris ate the iced lemon meringue pie with raspberry coulis, which was artistically presented with spun sugar. Having started off with all good intentions, to avoid overindulgence, I just couldnt resist the chocolate Baileys fondue with strawberries, melt-in-the-mouth marshmallows and mini brownies. A divine chocolate overload which reflected the Harbour Hotels formal yet calm and relaxed atmosphere and a gentle sense of fun.


Anna Turns

Salcombe Harbour Hotel Ltd, Cliff Road, Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8JH



01548 844444




Proprietors: Harbour Hotel Group



General Manager: David Pover



Head Chef: Daniel Dennis



Food served: 7 days a week, 8am onwards, last orders 9pm. Non-residents always welcome. During the summer, BBQs from 12.30pm on the verandah throughout the day and Devon cream teas also available.



Prices: Starters from 5, main courses from 11, desserts 6.50.


Sample Menu




Starters



Sautd duck liver, Devon Blue cheese risotto, sherry vinegar dressing



Tricolore salad with balsamic dressing




Main courses



Slow-cooked bream with tomato and olive compte



Salcombe crab and lobster thermidor




Desserts



Assiette of strawberry parfait, jelly, ice cream, mousse



Vanilla crme brle with mango sorbet and co

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