But Shaldon is becoming an organic foody heaven. Most places now offer locally sourced or home-grown ingredients, often wild or organic. The last time we went there it was to visit a tea shop which had just been voted the best teashop in England, or some such. This time we sought out a new cafe on the Ness which has been voted the most sustainable restaurant in Britain. And it has its own microbrewery. Here it is in its Halloween glory.
The tide was out while we were there, as you may be able to see along the beach. At this time, the distance between Teignmouth and Shaldon looks short enough to jump across. You can see the beach on the right and the famous backbeach on the left.
At low tide, you can almost walk across the Teign in fact at its widest point.
Shaldon is also the only place I have seen a milestone marked in miles, furlongs and poles.
On our way home we stopped as usual at the roadhouse just past Dorchester on the A35. Even here, they offer only locally sourced products, including local venison burgers and locally roasted coffee. But I'd watch out for the barleysugar.