Have you ever just sat on Bayards Cove and watched the world sail by?

Grab a takeaway coffee – always Voyager – and a slice of Truly Treats cake and admire the view while soaking up the history and atmosphere of this incredible place.

Bayards Cove has been intrinsically linked to Dartmouth’s history since it was a medieval port. Sitting on the benches, you can’t help but wonder whether a little bit of all the folk that lived and worked here remains, their spirits embedded in the fabric of the area, so many souls whose names are long forgotten.

It’s an intriguing thought when you consider just how much has happened in this little corner of Britain that bears so much significance on our history.

Imagine all the comings and goings. Bayards Cove served as the primary landing point for ships and boats visiting Dartmouth during the Middle Ages with the cove acting as a sheltered harbour for vessels, providing a safe anchorage and facilitating trade and maritime activities. 

It’s also linked to the famous Pilgrim Fathers, who sailed on the Mayflower and set off for the New World in 1620. Dartmouth was the last port they stopped at before departing for Plymouth, England, where they boarded the Mayflower. It is believed that some of the Pilgrims may have spent time in Bayards Cove, perhaps even in our old inn, before their historic journey.

Just a few pages away from the benches at Bayards Cove is Bayards Cove Fort, also known historically as Berescove or Bearscore Castle. It’s an English 16th-century artillery blockhouse, built to defend the harbour entrance at Dartmouth in Devon.

Have a good look round, and as you peer out of the port holes and imagine all the military personnel who would have lived here, guarding the precious town of Dartmouth.

It has a fascinating history, witnessing several historical events and playing a role during the English civil war in the 17th century when Dartmouth was under siege. It also had significance during the Napoleonic Wars when Dartmouth served as a strategic naval base.

In the 18th century, the fort was used for storage and fell into decline, until tourists began to come to Dartmouth in the second half of the 19th century and it was restored. During the Second World War, it was briefly used as a machine-gun post.

In the 21st century, it is managed by English Heritage and open to visitors, protected under UK law as a Grade I listed building.

Our coffee

Coffee at Bayards Cove Inn is a thing to be savoured, enjoyed, and never drunk in a rush.

Our’s is from Voyager, a specialty coffee roastery located in Buckfastleigh and known for their dedication to sourcing and roasting high-quality, ethically-sourced coffee beans.

Did you know Voyager Coffee offers training and education programs for baristas and coffee enthusiasts providing workshops and courses to enhance brewing skills and educate about the coffee industry? You can view their courses by clicking here.

Our cakes

Our cakes are made by Truly Treats at Kingsteignton, a well-known bakery and confectionery business specialising in creating a wide range of delicious treats, including cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and other baked goods.

They are known for their high-quality ingredients, attention to detail, and creative designs offering a variety of flavours, fillings, and decorations to suit different preferences and occasions. 

Their products are often made from scratch using traditional recipes and techniques.