We went off the motorway at Mere.....an historic village with several.pubs. We decided the St George was expensive so went to The Old Ship Inn .....a 15th century building that was somewhat run down, but must have many stories to tell!
We actually stayed in Babbacombe which is a popular holiday beach area of Torquay. We walked down to the waterfront and wandered around. It reminded me of an English version of Chania in Crete with the historic buildings on the sea front.
Shops filled with souvenirs, plenty of restaurants, shops for the locals. We decided to ride the Ferris wheel for some good views across the boat harbour and over the city, which was fun.
With a huge outdoor bird aviary where you can walk with penguins, boats and kayaks for hire etc there seems plenty to do. We had dinner at an Italian restaurant on the waterfront before wandering home.
Next day we enjoyed the really impressive cooked English breakfast at our B&B – “The Palms:. Bacon, black pudding, eggs any style, tomatoes, sausage, mushrooms, toast, coffee etc The lady is very nice and spent some time showing us where to go en route to Penzance. We can recommend The Palms....the palms being Cordylinus Australis which are our New Zealand cabbage trees. They seem to think they are Torquay palms originating there! They certainly grow well in the area.