Devon despatched: The Mercy places Teignmouth again on the vacationer map | Travel

A job in The Mercy – alongside Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz – has put the charming however light seaside city within the highlight

Teignmouth’s fairly seafront with Brunel’s well-known Riviera railway to the correct.
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Everybody admires Teignmouth (pronounced “Tin-muth”). The drawback is, most individuals don’t know they have been there, as inter-city trains whizz by with out stopping, and for those who blink you miss the station. But this small seaside city is on the well-known stretch of coast the place Brunel’s Riviera railway line follows the curves of Devon’s pink sandstone cliffs, and people who bag the seats on the east get views of the English Channel and the Exe and Teign (pronounced “tain”) estuaries.

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Teignmouth is the star of latest movie The Mercy, about novice sailor Donald Crowhurst’s try and win the Golden Globe, a single-handed, round-the-world yacht race, aboard a trimaran known as Teignmouth Electron. Crowhurst – performed by Colin Firth within the movie – bumped into issues quickly after departing from the city on 31 October 1968. He sailed on for 9 months, and not using a hope of successful, despatched ambivalent radio stories, faked the ship’s logs and, it’s alleged, in all probability went insane, earlier than leaping into the Atlantic Ocean to his demise. Teignmouth is each the backdrop to the preparations and the setting by which his household, particularly his spouse Clare (Rachel Weisz), wait anxiously for news.

Wait and sea … Clare Crowhurst (played by Rachel Weisz), and family wait anxiously for news in The Mercy

Wait and sea … Clare Crowhurst (performed by Rachel Weisz), and household wait anxiously for news in The Mercy

Locals have been invited to play extras when the movie was shot right here in 2015. With the movie’s release, they’re are thrilled to see their oft-overlooked hometown on the massive display screen – and hopeful the remainder of us will go to to admire it, too.

What to see and do

Teignmouth’s historic pier.

Teignmouth’s historic pier. Photograph: Ian Wool/Getty Images

Teignmouth has a historical past of shipbuilding and has been an essential port for greater than 300 years. Cod fishing – in faraway Newfoundland – was a key business for a time, as was smuggling. In 1846 the Great Western Railway arrived and the already established seaside city boomed: the Victorian pier, which weathered the 2014 storms, remains to be standing.

The seawall gives a flat, five-mile hike all the way in which to Dawlish Warren, a chook sanctuary with spectacular views. From there, it’s potential to come again on an area prepare – there’s no less than one an hour (£three.60 one-way off-peak). There are loads of locations to seize a espresso or pasty alongside the way in which. There are additionally shorter walks across the fringe of city, with views throughout the huge estuary, because it glints within the setting solar.

Teignmouth city is considerably light. Tired-looking shops and charity retailers dominate the centre however there are just a few delights. The opening in 2016 of the Pavilions theatre on the entrance introduced experimental theatre, native comedy and first rate cowl bands. In November Teignmouth hosts a jazz competition right here and at different native venues.

The Reuben Lenkiewicz Art Gallery, Teignmouth, Devon

The Reuben Lenkiewicz Art Gallery

The heritage centre (grownup £2,50, under-18s free) reopened for the 2018 season this week with an exhibition devoted to the Crowhurst story. The new Reuben Lenkiewicz Art Gallery on Northumberland Place showcases the work of Robert Oscar Lenkiewicz, father of Reuben and one of many south-west’s extra controversial artists. And restoration of the Riviera cinema is underneath means, together with the artwork deco 1930s restaurant.

If you need to do a little bit of novice crusing your self, SeaSports South West runs a variety of canoeing, crusing, windsurfing and SUP lessons and programs, and rents kayaks for paddling across the estuary and/or tideline. Quite a lot of the exercise picks up from April, when winds drop and temperatures rise. Jacqueline Ann Charters gives fishing journeys for seasoned and novice anglers on a 25-foot Arvor boat.

Where to eat and drink

ODE&Co, pizza, grill & bar in Shaldon

Ode … pizza, grill and bar in Shaldon. Photograph: Matt Austin

There’s good espresso from some much less apparent origins – together with Bolivia and Cuba – plus toasted sandwiches, crumpets and truffles, on the common Old Java Coffee House. The View bar and cafe (first-floor, finest views) on the Pavilions serves pizza, veggie curries, burgers and sharing plates – and good wines. Two can dine with a drink for £25.

There are pubs of each stripe. The Blue Anchor serves actual ales and hosts beer and cider festivals and stay music. Ye Old Jolly Sailor, which claims there has been an inn on this website since 1131, serves finances pub grub and a pirate’s menu for youths. It can be home to a little bit of film historical past, because it was used within the 1966 comedy movie Pressed for Time, by which Norman Wisdom may be seen operating out and in of the bar.

Also, try the Ode group of eateries, based mostly in Shaldon on the opposite facet of the Teign. Acclaimed as a advantageous eating restaurant – presently suspended whereas the menu is being deliberate – the crew additionally run a restaurant, pizzeria and brewery.

Where to remain

St. Johns Manor, Teignmouth

St. Johns Manor

St John’s Manor (doubles from £98 B&B) is a sensitively restored Georgian rectory in lovely gardens overlooking the Teign estuary. The Ness (doubles from £110 B&B), simply throughout the river in Shaldon, is one other good-looking Georgian manor home.

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