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Welcome

Platform 1 Champagne Bar & Restaurant offering Pol Roger Champagne by the glass a large selection draught beer – ales and ciders – Extensive wine and spirits menu.

In the only riverside location in Dartmouth specialising in local produce – Fantastic seafood – Crab – Lobster (When Available) Mussels and seasonal fish.

Working closely with local farmers specialising in traditional local Devon breeds we very much focus our menu on seasonal produce from Moor to Sea.

Platform 1 Takeaway offering quality Devon produce to enjoy along the beautiful River Dart watching the many river activities and children crabbing and beautiful sea life.

Takeaway

Offering quality Devon produce to enjoy along the beautiful river Dart watching the many river activities.

Specialising in traditional beer battered cod and chips - 100% Devon beef burgers - Stone baked pizzas and seafood salads and pots.

Award winning Devon ice cream - Wide selection of flavours.

Local Area

Dartmouth is the most popular town in the South Hams & has so much to offer.

Dartmouth Castle on the edge of the waterfront is truly spectacular or meander through the narrow streets of Dartmouth and browse in the many art galleries, Delis and shops.

Relax and enjoy one of the many superb restaurants in Dartmouth and our very own award-winning restaurants The Angel – Taste of Devon & Platform 1 Pol Roger Champagne bar

Surrounding Area & History

‘Operation Tiger’, or ‘Exercise Tiger’, was part of a series of landing exercises carried out on the beaches of south Devon prior to the D-Day landings in June 1944. However, ‘Operation Tiger’ is most famous for the disaster that occurred at Slapton Sands that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of men – some at sea and some on the beaches of Slapton Sands. Ten times more Americans died in Lyme Bay and on Slapton Sands than at Utah Beach on June 6th.

The beaches off south Devon had been selected for ‘Operation Tiger’ because of their similarity to the beach at ‘Utah’ where the Americans would be landing on June 6th. The population who lived near Slapton were moved out in late 1943 so that any manoeuvres and exercise that were carried out in the area were done so under the strictest of secrecy. The first of the training exercises was carried out in December 1943. The whole idea behind the series of exercises was to give the American forces training there as much of a likeness of what to expect as was possible. Therefore the exercises were tiered up as time progressed to make them as realistic as was possible. ‘Operation Tiger’ was to be one of the larger ones.

Dartmouth & The Royal Family

Dartmouth & The Royal family the year of the Diamond Jubilee, Dartmouth will be celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s 60th Year on the throne with the rest of the country.

But Dartmouth has a stronger connection than most with our long-lived monarch – a connection that started in 1939 when Princess Elizabeth first visited with her father George V, the Queen and her younger sister Margaret in that year .

The next day though, when her father and mother were busy inspecting the cadets as they passed out, the two princesses were escorted around the grounds by a cadet by the name of Philip Mountbatten – a member of the exiled Greek Royal Family. The 18-year-old cadet had met Elizabeth before, but at this meeting something clicked between them, and they started exchanging letters. This blossomed into a romance and In 1946 Philip asked Elizabeth’s father for her hand in marriage. The King said yes, as long as he waited to announce the engagement until after Elizabeth turned 21 in 1947. Prince Philip also gave up his Greek and other titles and even converted from Greek Orthodox to Anglicanism to ensure the match went ahead, which it did in 1947.

In 1952 it was Philip who delivered the news of the King’s death to his young wife – and that she had become Queen.

Crowned in 1953, an event which was said to have been the start of the television age in the UK as so many bought new sets to watch the ceremony, she would cement her connection to Dartmouth with regular visits.

In 1971 Prince Charles attended the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth & demonstrated his desire to fit in by arriving two days after other cadets in his Blue Aston Martin.

The Queen and Prince Philip visited again in 1972, once more for Lord High Admiral’s Divisions and really made the most of the visit – spending more than an hour walking and greeting the crowds with Princess Anne. The Queen herself requested the walkabout and was received with absolute adoration – as was her husband and the young Princess. Prince Philip had a whale of a time according to contemporary reports – although he admitted to being ‘baffled’ by a demonstration of Judo.

It would be 16 years before the Queen and her husband came again to Dartmouth.

Visiting again in April, the couple were bathed in sunshine as they toured the grounds of the BRNC spending five unhurried hours visiting the place they had first met.

Though when they did try to leave they were unexpectedly delayed – as a Townstal woman Lisa Chesswas’s ambulance halted the Royal Cavalcade as she was rushed to hospital to have her daughter Claire.

‘They had to stop the Queen to let us through,’ said Lisa. ‘I passed her at Norton Park and saw her from the ambulance.’

They visited again in 1997 and 2008.

It was during her 2008 visit that the Queen made a speech that contained perhaps her most heartfelt expression of affection for Dartmouth and the BRNC:

“It is here at the Royal Naval College, perhaps more than anywhere else, that I am reminded of how time flies by. My grandfather, father, husband and two sons have all undergone training here, and I have had many visits over the years. I find it hard to believe that it is very nearly seventy years ago that I first came here with my parents just before the last war.”

Dartmouth has welcomed every royal single visit and hopes for many more to come.

Dartmouth Royal Naval College

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Prince Phillip
Prince Charles
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