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The Crabshell Inn, Kingsbridge

The Crabshell Inn

Alex Green visits this family favourite in Kingsbridge where everyone receives a warm welcome

Eating out will never be taken for granted again after two years of uncertainty for our pubs and restaurants. It’s a real treat, and one that’s even better when you’re met with friendly smiles and excellent service, which is how we found service at The Crabshell Inn. 

It sits beside the quayside on the Kingsbridge estuary, with seating inside and out. Even on a grey day, the waterside location offers views along the river, where wildlife watchers and watersports lovers are in their element.

I arrived with my partner Andrew, two children and our puppy, and we couldn’t have been made to feel more at home. We sat beside a window in the restaurant where we were able to enjoy watching the outside world, while appreciating the warmth of this family-run business.

An extensive menu ensures there’s something for everyone. The kids found their favourites, which made ordering for the little ones as easy as pie. A pepperoni pizza for Charlotte, fish and chips for Toby.

For us adults, local seafood and world food favourites jostled for our attention. I went for the Panko coated squid rings, while Andrew opted for the wild mushroom and black truffle arancini for starters. The squid was perfectly crisp on the outside with tenderly cooked flesh, while the risotto balls packed an umami, moreish punch.

For the main course, I chose the bouillabaisse as I wanted to try the complete local seafood experience. Feel-good food doesn’t get better than this. Andrew had the tempura soft shell crab burger, for a twist on the classic crab sandwich, which he enjoyed for its texture and fuller flavour. To complement these fruits of the sea, the glass of Chablis served each dish well.

Dessert was a family affair. Sticky toffee pudding was devoured by the boys, while the girls shared a hot chocolate fondant with hazelnuts and salted caramel ice cream. Divine!

Sample Menu

(Changes regularly) 

  • Slow braised pig cheek
  • Crab Bisque
  • Moules Mariniere 
  • Braised beef short rib, roast garlic mash, roasted carrots, crispy shallots
  • Vegan hot dog, roll, crispy fried onions, vegan slaw, sweet potato fries 
  • Granny Gothard’s Ice Cream Selection
  • Hot chocolate fondant, salted caramel ice cream toasted hazelnuts, toffee sauce 


  • Starters from £7.95
  • Mains from £15.95
  • Desserts from £6.95
Alex loves: the welcoming atmosphere from friendly staff and customers, making the restaurant feel like one big, happy family
The Crabshell Inn
The Quay
Embankment Road
Devon TQ7 1JZ

01548 852345

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