What makes the perfect night away from the kids? If you’re looking for a beautiful room, delicious food in an atmospheric Devon pub and close proximity to some of Devon’s beauty spots, read on.
Walk into a hotel room and 9 times out of 10 you’re going to be disappointed by the size. Why are they always so small?
Not at the Rose and Crown, Yealmpton. We opened the door to a beautiful big suite, with high black beamed ceilings and a striking church-style window.
The colour scheme is calm greys, white and black – it was stunning in its simplicity and felt luxurious – as did The White Company toiletries in the large, lavish bathroom with shower and freestanding bath.
The accommodation has been refurbished since St Austell Brewery took over the Rose and Crown. The result is a luxury boutique B&B experience.
Another thing to add is the accommodation is adjacent to the pub. It made it feel that bit more special and exclusive. And more to the point, being a parent of toddlers, it meant I didn’t need to worry about pub noise. Nothing worse than a noisy hotel when you have a night off from the sleep thieves.
Next door, the Rose and Crown has got it spot on: a friendly, welcoming pub atmosphere. Delicious food which is a world away from stodgy pub grub but isn’t at all pretentious. The pub has recently been taken over by St Austell Brewery and it is fast becoming known as one of the best places to eat out in the South Hams.
Brian feasted on slow cooked shin of beef, while I tucked into King Prawn & Monkfish Madras. Both went down very well.
Our desserts were delicious too. I had the Vanilla Buttermilk Panna Cotta. The mini rosewater meringues were gorgeous (see slideshow).
And, the next morning, our full English breakfast was one of the best.
The service was excellent – there was always someone available, the staff were friendly and, despite it being busy in the pub, you wouldn’t have known.
The Rose and Crown’s location is one of its key selling points. At a glance the village of Yealmpton is lovely (fyi the pub is on a fairly busy road by Devon village standards, so don’t come here if you want a secluded spot). But, more importantly, it makes a brilliant base for exploring one of the most beautiful parts of Devon. Nestled in the South Hams, it’s a short drive from some of Devon’s best beauty spots and attractions:
- 15 mins into Plymouth (you could tie in a trip to the theatre)
- 30 mins to some of Devon’s best beaches, including Bigbury-on-Sea and Bantham
- Even closer to Wembury and bathing spot Mothecombe
- Being a short drive from the Devon Expressway makes it easily accessible if you have a longer drive to make.
The River Yealm is a popular sailing destination. I’m no sailor, but Gypsy Soul blogger, Gina, who also writes about her adventures on the water at http://www.watergypsyblog.co.uk says its one of her favourite sailing destinations, ‘Cellar Bay is stunning.’
Unfortunately we only had a small window of freedom for our getaway and didn’t get to explore the area so I asked food blogger, Pippa – The Slimming Foodie – local to the area, for some insider tips:
“Bigbury beach is gorgeous. You can cross over at low tide and climb up to the top of Burgh Island, and get a pint at the Pilchard which has the best view. Bantham is lovely, but the parking is expensive so we go to South Milton Sands, which has free parking for National Trust members and an amazing beach cafe.
Mothecombe beach is also very popular – it’s an estuary beach. Wembury is not too far – the beach again is National Trust, so free parking if you are a member and it’s fab for rock-pooling. They often have guided rockpool walks in school hols and there’s a really cute beach cafe. Salcombe is a lovely place to visit too.”
If you’re looking for a couple of nights in a beautiful room (at a reasonable price) next door to a proper local Devon pub serving delicious food, close to some of Devon’s loveliest places, The Rose and Crown in Yealmpton ticks all the boxes.
The Rose and Crown, Yealmpton, has eight en-suite boutique hotel style bedrooms, all refurbished to a high standard, located adjacent to the popular pub. Prices start from £75.
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Disclaimer: St Austell Brewery kindly gave us a complimentary night at the Rose and Crown, with dinner thrown in. My views are very much my own.