Where to Eat
The Volunteer at Yealmpton is a traditional local pub offering good and simple pub food with a takeaway service if required. The Ship at Noss Mayo is right on the edge of Noss creek and at high tides access is only via the upper entrance. Food, drink and service is good and children are welcome. The Foxhound at Brixton is a traditional pub selling good food with an emphasis on locally sourced meat and fish; boking is advisable. The Rose and Crown at Yealmpton serves excellent food and there are special offers for early evening diners.
There ia a Fish & Chip at Brixton and a little further towards Pymouth, we also use the Springfield Chinese and Papa Raj Indian takeaways at Elburton which also offers a delivery service.
Supermarkets and Shops
Morrison's is the most convenient. Follow the A379 towards Plymouth and you will find it on the third roundabout after joining the dual carriageway. The nearest Tesco is at Lee Mill about four miles through the lanes from Yealmbury HIll in the centre of Yealmpton. Newton Ferrers has a village store and a CoOp superette which stays open late and has a no fee cash machine. Yealmpton has a village store with extended hours, post office and garage.
The Riverford Farm Shop - take the short cut to the A379 and turn right - is a nationally known organic outlet selling veg, bread, meat and much more.
From Collaton Cross at the top of the drive, turn left for Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo. Newton Ferrers is a dead end - there is no through route but parking and turning is not a problem. Straight across at the top of the drive takes you via a pretty short cut past the Queen Anne Puslinch Mansion and across the valley of the River Yealm (pronounced Yam in past times) to the A 379 where a left turn takes you to Plymouth and a right turn takes you to Yealmpton or Yampton!
You will notice cars parked at the bridge over the Yealm. Many people stop here to use the permissive footpath which follows the old railway track beside the estuary and which does not appear on official footpath maps.
The estuary beach at Mothecombe is sandy and uncrowded and at low tide you can paddle across to the opposite side. Dogs are allowed all year round. There is also a private beach which is opened up to the public on certain days of the week. Get to Mothecombe by going to Holbeton, then to Battisborough Cross and follow the signs.
Bigbury on Sea with Burgh Island lying off is another great sandy beach where dogs are allowed year round but with some seasonal restrictions to parts of the beach. Wembury on the other side of the Yealm has a popular beach with many rock pools and can be reached via the Yealm passenger ferry and the South West Coastal Footpath or by road. Take the Cawsand Ferry from Plymouth Barbican to Cornwall where you will find the twin traditional Cornish villages of KIngsand and Cawsand with good beaches and walks.
Many guests are surprised that dogs are welcome in the local pubs. This is generally the case in the Westcountry but as dog owners we find that a quiet word at the bar is appreciated if it is not obvious that dogs are welcome. Locally, the Swan at Noss Mayo is a good local waterside pub which serves food. The Pilchard on Burgh Island is in a spectacular position and is as good on a stormy winters day as it is in the summer season. The Dolphin in the Barbican, Plymouth is a genuine local pub once the haunt and source of subjects for the artist, the late Beryl Cook. Farther afield, the Royal Oak at Meavy near Yelverton, The Cherub at Dartmouth, Union Inn and White Horse at Moretonhampstead, The Devonport at Kingsand, Cornwall, The Ferryboat at Shaldon and The Cary Arms at Babbacombe are on our list of favourites.