Living in Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge, South Hams, is an enchanting little market town in Devon that can offer the slow and rich quality of life that is well sought-after. With its bustling centre and the stunning, surrounding natural elements, Kingsbridge has the best of everything for those who want a magical escape or something a little more permanent. 

If you are thinking of making a move to the area, Marchand Petit will be able to help you purchase or rent the home of your countryside dreams. Get in contact with our office, and we can show you the Kingsbridge ropes.

What is There to Do in Kingsbridge?

Kingsbridge offers the kind of classic and wholesome activities and events that warm the soul. Many are suitable for all ages and make for a lovely family trip out come rain or shine.
For those who love to be on or in the water, the estuary provides the opportunity to get stuck into a variety of fun water sports and pursuits such as paddleboarding at Waterborn.

Take a ferry cruise to the popular Salcombe with Kingsbridge Salcombe Ferry, which offers an authentic South Devon experience in a sweet, stylish vessel. And whilst you are there, you could also give kayaking in the sea a go with Salcombe Watersports for a magical experience.

There is a lively arts scene in Kingsbridge which is perfect for those who love to visit galleries. Tidal Gallery is a small independent gallery which is showcased in an enchanting Victorian building next to the waterside. It offers an impressive array of unique art in different mediums, created by local Devonian artists and those from further afield. 

For those who favour the world of fine art, a trip to the Mayne Gallery is a must, and the Harbour House is an ideal destination for those who love ever-changing, fresh art exhibitions along with yoga, therapy and other wellbeing workshops.

Cooksworthy Museum should also sport a place in your itinerary, as this fascinating space showcases much of the evolution and development of Kingsbridge, including Victorian kitchens, farming, and education. It makes a fun-filled family day out with plenty to learn and admire.

Food and Drink in Kingsbridge

The options in Kingsbridge for those interested in dining and drinking are sure to excite, especially if you place value on locally sourced and fresh food. 

The Valley View Café offers mouth-watering cooked breakfast, brunch, and lunch options with an outstanding view to match. And, if you fancy taking home the same nourishing goodies for dinner, you can have a long, leisurely browse in their inviting farm shop which includes both a luxurious delicatessen and the award-winning Valley View Café Bakery.

Mangetout is Kingsbridge’s go-to deli, a delectable pantry packed full of all the cheeses, pastries, local wines and tasty accompaniments your picnic basket could ever desire. Eat in and you’ll find rustic Mediterranean salads best enjoyed al fresco under the South Hams sun.

Seafood lovers can rejoice, as The Crab Shell Inn offers a superb assortment of the freshest fish, crab, scallops, and squid to name a few! The location is also to be desired, as it boasts a beautiful waterfront view to enjoy while you eat. Not to forget those who like entertainment with their meal - you can expect live bands, DJs, and other brilliant local community events during all seasons.

Shopping in Kingsbridge

The shopping experience in Kingsbridge is second to none if you are looking for one-off pieces, unique, handmade items, and other trinkets and treasures you rarely see elsewhere. 

Be sure to check out the quaint boutiques such as Cocoa, which showcases the best of luxury casual collections and the accessories to match, or Busby and Fox, which specialises in high-quality, luxurious fabrics and wardrobe staple pieces.

Kingsbridge also has a selection of antique stores, such as Kingsbridge Antiques Centre which is home to well preserved, vintage nostalgia, or Mark Davies Antiques and Interiors for some of the most opulent and distinctive pieces you can find for your home.

Whatever it is you are interested in, there is sure to be something that catches your eye while shopping in the thriving streets of Kingsbridge. Markets are also a significant part of Kingsbridge culture, and the vibrancy and community of these events are something that makes the town a special place. Browse local farmer's markets for the freshest food available, get involved with delicious food festivals, and also try out pop up supper clubs for something different.

An insider tip from Sarah, Sales Manager at Marchand Petit, Kingsbridge: Two Rooms on Lower Union Road is a little-known treasure trove of vintage and retro homewares, eclectic furniture and reclaimed interior pieces. Don’t miss it!