Our Restaurant & Pub

About Us

Check out our outdoor takeaway kiosks, open all year round! Click on their logos below to view their menus.

Location

During the summer season, our beaches and green spaces are subject to a regular programme of outdoor events. We are set in the midst of a 500 acre nature reserve, including the Exe Estuary, which attracts many unusual species of seabirds and waders, making it a site for special scientific interest.

Dawlish Warren is a popular stop for cyclists and walkers who take advantage of the fantastic cycle route from Dawlish through to Exeter and beyond. Also situated on Dawlish Warren green you will find the mini fun fair, go-karts, and amusements. It is easy to understand why Dawlish Warren is an extremely popular resort.

History

Dawlish Warren has a rich and interesting history, with strong ties to tourism stretching back to the construction of ‘Warren Halt’ train station in 1905. Prior to this however, the grasslands and reserves of the Warren belonged to the Earl of Devon, residing at Powderham Castle.

Since the Middle Ages, The Earl of Devon used his land to raise rabbits on a commercial basis, harvesting them for their meat and fur. This is where the name, The Warren, comes from. 

An increase in wealth and leisure time since the turn of the 20th century saw the number of ‘sun-and-sand-seekers’ travelling to the Devon coasts grow, and therefore the train station was extended in 1912 and renamed to ‘Dawlish Warren’, as we know it today. 

Our family have been on the Warren since the 1980’s, and over the years the site has seen many different ventures.

Originally a Beach BBQ and takeaway kiosk, we started off selling ice creams and donuts to the waves of holidaymakers that came to the Warren. 

In 1996, we built and opened the Candy store and Fish and Chip Shop, where our Fireplace and Sofas are in the pub nowadays. We built the new Takeaway Kiosk and a café on the second floor above the shops, trading as ‘Lenny’s Café’ with exceptional views over the estuary and out to Exmouth.

1998 saw an extension onto our building when we built the start of our two-story pub, when we built the two bars – where they still stand today. Originally trading at the Boathouse Tavern, you can still see the original logos around the pub today. Only a few years later is when our amazing General Manager Sally arrived on the scene.

In 1999, our family took on the Go Kart Track at the bottom of the lawn at Dawlish Warren, and we started big development projects to turn the track into the exciting racing circuit you know it to be today. A few years later, Jason joined our team and has been running the Grand Prix Go Karts division of our business ever since. 

At the end of the 2006 summer season, we decided to close the candy store and convert the space into additional seating for the pub; a few years on we did the same with the Fish and Chip shop. At this point however, our Takeaway kiosks outside were well established and able to handle the thousands of customers a day, wanting Ice Creams, donuts and Hot Food!

After some years perfecting our Dawlish Warren operation with our two-story pub/restaurant, takeaway units and Go Kart Track, we decided it was time for a new challenge. So in 2013 we built Monterey Jacks Beach Bar (MJ’s) which stands at the back of our beer garden today. MJ’s has seen many different styles of service, from a pizzeria to a cocktail bar. 

Every year, we continue to develop our site at Dawlish Warren, and have lots of plans for the future that we can’t wait to share with you. But we can all agree, it’s not the buildings that make Dawlish Warren what it is… it’s our beautiful environment and surroundings. The natural world around us is truly a spectacle to behold and the Boathouse family is forever grateful for where we’re lucky enough to live and work.