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Review: Shearings Coach Trip to Exmouth

Escorted Tour - Coach

Exmouth , United Kingdom

Food and drink at Topsham & Budleigh Salterton

  • By SilverTraveller Riversiderouge

    62 reviews

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  • November 2017
  • Wife

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On the third day of our Shearings Coach Trip to Exmouth we chose not to join some of our fellow travelers on a trip to Dawlish and Exeter. Forgive my language, but our bums were rather numb after two days on the coach, and I can find better things to spend another £20 on.

My nephew and his family moved to these parts some years ago from North Oxfordshire and it was a perfect opportunity to meet up with him and his wife for lunch and some quality time with them both.

My nephew has made his mark on Dawlish in the short time he has lived here. He makes his living as a train driver between Bristol and Birmingham, but in his spare time he is a top class photographer with the RAF and the famous Red Arrows. He was an influential member of the committee that created the Dawlish Air Show which became a major event in the county for a number of years, but which reached its end in 2016 due to lack of sponsorship.

They took us for a drive along the coast to Budleigh Salterton, a tranquil and historic seaside town, and after a short walk along the front, we dropped into a charming little restaurant with the unusual name of “a slice of lyme”.

It was a cosy little place, with not a lot of room between tables, but they offered a varied lunch menu and nice little wine list. We all chose plaice and chips for our main course. The quality and service was good and the price was reasonable.

Following another scenic drive we fell upon a place that boasts that it is the best farm shop in the U.K.When you consider how many Farm Shops there are in the U.K. that is some boast.

Darts Farm has been winning local and national awards, consistently since 2005, including Large Farm Shop of the Year in 2016.
It began life as a hut selling local fruit and veg at the bottom of Ronald Darts field in the 1970’s.
From these very humble beginnings, Darts Farm has become a very popular hub for quality local produce.

I’m not what one would describe as a shopping enthusiast, but this place is a real shopping experience with a wide range of unusual goodies from white fluffy cauliflowers to champagne truffles and Willie’s Cacao Salted Caramel Pearls to plain ordinary Spuds.

I have never seen so many different and unusual brands of alcoholic and soft drinks in one place, and if I lived in Devon I might be tempted to sample them all.
The choice in this place is as close as you will get to Harrods, but at half the price.
After showing us the fantastic views from the high ground above Exmouth, we were returned safely back to the Grand Hotel, just in time to see our fellow travelers descending the steps of the Shearings Grand Tourer.

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