Dartmouth Historic Station Restaurant Roof repairs
Dartmouth’s historic Station Restaurant is undergoing major roof repairs and is expected to open again in the Spring. Its business has in the meantime transferred to the Angel restaurant opposite.
The unique building is the railway station that never received any trains as the Dartmouth and Torbay Railway was frustrated in its efforts to build a railway bridge across the River Dart and was forced to
terminate on the east side of the river. The station on the Dartmouth side was however built for important visitors to BRNC and was linked with the Kingswear terminus by ferry in 1864
The railway was leased to the South Devon Railway Company and then amalgamated with the Great Western Railway. But it finally closed in 1972 and was conveyed to the Dart Valley Railway company
as a heritage railway. The ferry to Dartmouth station was transferred to the Borough Council and then subsumed by South Hams District Council. This subsequently sold the service to Dart Pleasure Craft but retained the pontoon. In 1986 the Embankment was extended as part of a flood prevention scheme. The station became a restaurant owned by the Holland family, but railway and riverboat tickets remained available from adjacent kiosks. The station environs also remain Dartmouth’s bus terminus and taxi rank.