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We asked a friend Kingsley Raffael for some words of wisdom regarding fab breakfast places in Dartmouth. He’s well qualified for the task, having owned a successful restaurant himself – he’s a fantastic chef – not to mention the tentative claim to fame he has of having an Uncle who’s a celebrity restaurant critic/writer.

To keep you up to date amendments and additions are updated regularly.

“Kingsley Breakfast Corner”  

April 2015

Sheila and Rob have successfully run the Captains House for over 16 years and I was lucky enough to stay here for the first time for the millennium celebrations where I was treated to fantastic B&B. Many years later I am lucky enough to call them my friends.

The Captains house has recently gone through a complete makeover and Sheila and Rob have invested a lot of time and money to ensure that the rooms have been modernised and are stylish, warm and welcoming. I think Simply b is a great concept, and as I enjoy a good breakfast, this is where I come in.

I am fortunate enough to now visit Dartmouth regularly and will only ever have good things to say about the Coastal Town and no more than the huge choice of café and restaurants that offer an array of culinary delights for breakfast. I would like to share with you my Top picks, and although I would not want to single one out for being better than the others my personal favourite is the Dart Café.


Dart Café

This would suit the more laid back stayers! Example of this is the opening times “10ish”. I think that says all you need to know! Owned by Scott (I learnt his name on my last visit) this very rustic café offers an excellent freshly cooked full English with good quality produce at a very reasonable cost. This is clearly one of the local favourites as you will often see Scott chatting with regulars and I will always pay a visit to the Dart Café when in Dartmouth. If you are looking for continental options or the slightly more healthy option then this is not for you and read on!!


 The Royal Castle

One of the most focal points and situated conveniently in the heart of the town they offer an excellent breakfast choice for all. The staff are very friendly and efficient and as you would expect from a successful hotel the food is good. I personally though very rarely visit for breakfast. This for me offers a better option for lunch and dinner where they have a good menu and well-kept beers and wines. The Grill room is a must try!


Café Al Fresco

This is a very popular and well established Café with a loyal following of both the locals and regular visitors to Dartmouth. Opening early at 7am they offer a very comprehensive menu to suit all dietary options from the “Big Alf”, not for the faint hearted!, to homemade granola and natural yoghurt. This is a unique café and the décor is both rustic and historic. It is a busy café and you will place your order at the counter and carry your drinks back to your table, so if you are looking to be waited on this is probably not for you! But I recommend you try it and they give extra toast for free! Alfs is also a hot spot for internet access and has free Wi-Fi and laptop for those anti-social amongst you!


Bayards Cove Café

This is just down from Café Al Fresco and is named after one of the most picturesque parts of Dartmouth. This well furbished café opens at 8am and offers a full breakfast and lunch menu. It is not the largest venue and the front is a more relaxed sofa area for coffee with a small restaurant out the back. The breakfasts are freshly cooked and there is a good offering including vegetarian full English that impressed a friend who ate it when I was last there.

 Dart Marina Hotel  Tel:- 01803 832580

I have often walked past the Dart Marina Hotel and gazed in the large glass windows, saying to myself, I must go and have a meal there. Little did I think that my first and only dining experience will have been to sample their very impressive breakfast, on a very wet and miserable February in 2016.  As it goes:- my partner and I were very kindly invited by Rob and Sheila after a very nice meal at Bushells the night before…. that is another story! The 5 minute walk from the Captains House will hopefully clear the cobwebs from the night before and you can walk along the quayside taking in the view.  When you arrive you are greeted by a large reception area with some very modern art. You will be shown to a large restaurant where the tables are spaciously set, laid with white crisp table cloths.  The very enthusiastic and friendly staff will show you to a table, and take your order, select from an array of teas and coffee, and grill menu. The menu caters for every possible diner including traditional and locally sourced full English, vegetarian options, smoked kippers and salmon. Serve yourself from a well-stocked cold buffet of, fruit juice, fresh fruit, and a good selection of cereal, yogurts, and Danish pastries.

The breakfast was lovely, freshly cooked, and was well received by all. We were well look after (as if we were resident at the Hotel). We had a relaxing morning in lovely surroundings.  In my opinion this is one breakfast you should try, and at £13.00, it is incredible value. I would suggest that during busy summer months, you may want to book!

Just to keep you informed – until Kingsleys next update/visit:

 The Anchorstone café in Coronation  park

Brownys in Coronation Park has changed hands, and is now the Anchorstone Café:- Fully renovated, and looking very smart. with the same owners as the excellent Anchorstone in Dittisham, expect an exceptional breakfast!  On a lovely sunny Dartmouth morning nothing is nicer than eating breakfast outside. The food is locally sourced, very well cooked, and tastes great. Only a stones throw from the Captain’s House, and reasonably priced, if you like alfresco, with a river view, we recommend The Anchorstone.

 The Ship and Dock.

The Ship in Dock B&B/pub on the corner of Clarence Street, is open for breakfast 8-9.30 Monday to Friday, 8-10.00 Saturday and Sunday. Tel 01803 839614 to reserve.