An iconic building in the centre of this bustling sailing honeypot, the Royal Castle Hotel commands a prime site overlooking the Dart estuary. Indication of its rich history is outlined on a sign over the entrance, ‘This old coaching inn has been famous since Drake first sailed’. Originally four Tudor houses built on either side of a narrow lane, now forming the lofty hallway, this handsome old coaching inn offers plenty of original features in the shape of period fireplaces, spiral staircases, priest holes and oil paintings. The traditional Galleon Bar and the contemporary Harbour Bar, both dog friendly, always have log fires lit in the cooler months. Choose either for a light lunch or a main meal, with real ales from Devon breweries Dartmoor and Otter, and carefully selected wines served by the glass. In June, July and August the full bar menu is served upstairs in the Grill Room, with its hard-to-beat river views. In the evening, this is a great setting to enjoy well-prepared dishes, such as Brixham crab mayonnaise and avocado; pan-fried turbot fillet; saddle and roasted rack of lamb; and Mediterranean vegetable and ricotta cheese lasagne. All the well-appointed bedrooms come with a complimentary parking service.