If you’re looking for a sweet place to visit in the popular tourist destination of Salcombe in the South Hams (home to popular fashion brand Jack Wills), then Cranch’s Sweet shop is probably the place for you. Traditional sweets and treats and quirky decor mix together, making for the perfect nostalgic holiday experience. I mean, is there a better kind of souvenir than a sweet one? (rhetorical question!)
Cranch’s Sweet Shop
Set in the idyllic fishing/ holiday village of Salcombe in South Devon, you can’t stroll down the high street without the flashy storefront at least catching your eye a little. It’s not often that you stumble upon sweet shops with architecture as sweet as the candy inside. But that’s exactly what you find when you visit Cranch’s Sweet shop in the heart of the Devonian seaside town of Salcombe in Devon. Old meets new in this unexpected surprise at the end of one of the prettiest high streets in the UK (official website). There’s no feeling of being quite like the sea, and the bright colours of the sweet shops’ exterior contrast perfectly with the azure blue sea.
Together with Cranch’s Pantry, the sweet shop and delicatessen occupy a pretty tasty corner of Fore Street in the picturesque Devonian village. Established in 1869, the business was family run by the Cranch’s themselves until 1970. The sweets were originally made in the back of the store itself, hard boiled candy in copper pans. Over time, the store has developed and while it still sells traditional boiled candies, it also now stocks a variety of modern treats as well.
There is now a secondary ‘Cranch’s Sweet Shop’ in the nearby quirky town of Totnes. The town is also definitely worth checking out if you ever find yourself with a few days free to explore the South West of England.