As per the latest Government advice, some of our non-essential shops opened their doors again from 15th June and were very happy to safely welcome some of you back. Restaurants, bars & visitor attractions should be able to open from 4th July with our local businesses working hard to make things as safe as possible. 

Totnes Town Council has been working tirelessly to try and make the town as safe as possible for your return and have had a modification of the current speed limit to 5mph on Fore St / High St and The Narrows allowed by DCC to ensure the possibility of shared space and safety of pedestrians while social distancing. 

There is also a road closure every Saturday from 9am – 1pm as a temporary measure so long as social distancing is required offering a good time for those who are more vulnerable to visit the town, however, bear in mind that the Saturday Market will be on this day as well which can get quite busy. There are no markets Mon – Thurs. 

Here are just some of the shops, eateries, galleries and attractions that have or will be reopened:


Conker Shoes – open

The Shops at Dartington – open

ME AND EAST – opening Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays with a one in one out (or one family group) at a time

Salago – opened ground floor only initially. Mon – Fri 12 – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm. You can still shop online with click & collect

China Blue – looking to reopen on 6th July. Products available online still

Holly Keeling Interiors – open

Apothespa : Organic & Natural Skincare – open 

Narnia Totnes – open

Out of the Blue – open 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday 

Miss Beaujangles – open Weds – Sat 

Eleven Clothing – open 10am – 4.30pm with appointments available. Call 01803 834006 or message. Offering refunds within 5 days to allow you to try at home

Fifty5a – open 11am – 3pm & from 10am Fridays. Sundays closed. Private appointment for 30 minutes available – email or DM Priority to customers from the vulnerable sector. Appointments scheduled from 9-11am or after 3pm

Firefly_Totnes – open

Fox & Company – open Thursday 10.30am – 4.30pm, Friday 10.30am – 5pm (limited fresh flowers on fridays), Sat 10.30am – 5pm

Fusion – open 

Pagoda Interiors – open Monday – Saturday 10am to 4pm. Allowing one person or two from a household at a time

All the Best – open Mon – Sat 10am – 4.30pm 

Moonstone Hare – open on Saturdays from 20th June from 10am – 4pm. Happy to arrange collection of orders outside these times wherever possible.

Dobles – open

Stone Fabrics & Sewing Surgery – call and collect service, check their website for all the fabrics online and a lot of haberdashery. Call 01803 868608 or drop a note in for free samples (can be collected or posted) 


Totnes Bookshop – open from Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm


White Space Art – open with reduced opening hours from 10.30am – 2.30pm. Please call to make appointments at other times.

Eastgate Gallery in Totnes – open

Creative Crafts and Needlework – open 10am-4pm Monday-Saturday. 3 customers into the shop at a time 

the bowie gallery Totnes Devon – gallery is open by appointment plus always Friday 10am – 4pm. Call 07956412278 or 01803 863054 for appointments

Yvonne Coomber Art Gallery – will open on Saturday 4th July & then Friday & Saturday 11-3pm during July. For appointments Monday – Thursday please call 01803 840161/07779058735 or email They’re offering 15% off prints, hand embellished canvases & original paintings to NHS/Key workers during July – email for information 


Footworks Podiatrist on Castle Street. Rosanne and her specialist team Alex and Polar are available by appointment / 01803 868888 

The Potting Shed Totnes – open Tues to Sat 10am till 4pm with people allowed inside from 15th (under social distancing rules)

The Potting Bench Totnes – open Thurs to Sat 10am – 4pm 

The Totnes barbers – will reopen from 4th July 

The Cobblers & Cleaners – open 

Totnes TV and Electrical – open 

Go Mobile – open 

Barnes the Cleaners – reopening from 29th June


The Hairy Barista – opening from 29th June

The Green Cafe – open for takeaway and will open for indoor and garden tables from July 4th

The Cellar Door at Sharpham Cheese – opening Wednesday – Saturday from 24th June 

Green Table at The Dartington Hall Trust – open 11am – 4pm (closed Mon & Tues)

Roly’s Fudge Totnes – open with a serving hatch at the door and you’ll be able to watch the fudge being made from the window 

Ben’s Farm Shops – open 

Sharpham Wine – wine and cheese shop open Mon – Fri 11am – 4pm or order online with 10% off using code SHARPHAM10

Earth.Food.Love – open 

The Kitchen Pantry by The Kitchen Table – new shop open Mon – Fri, 10am – 3pm selling home & locally made fresh & pantry food stuffs on the Industrial Estate 

Delphini’s Gelato Totnes – open 7 days a week 12 to 5pm, take away with card payment only

Eversfield Organic Farm Shops – open from 8.30am to 5.30pm. Monday to Saturday

The Curator Totnes – reopen for takeaways 

Totnes Little Asia – open for takeaway & home delivery service from Wednesday 24th June. 5-9-30pm. Call 01803 868803 or 01803 868866 after 5pm for order 

Silver Grill – The Totnes Chippy – open Tuesday – Thursday 4:45 – 8pm, Friday – Saturday 11:45 am – 2pm, 4:45 – 8pm. Order over phone, one entrance and one exit

Bull Inn, Totnes – will be reopening on 8th July to overnight guests and customers for food only at first from Wednesday to Sunday initially. Check their website for more information:

The Signal Box Cafe – (railway station) open for takeaway food, drinks, newspapers etc

Back for 2 Seconds – open

The Happy Apple – open 

Bridgetown Stores – open 6am – 9pm 7 days a week

Follaton stores – open 7am-8pm Mon to Sun 

A W Luscombe Butchers – delivering with a range of products from other local businesses including Annies Fruit Shop, New Lion Brewery, The Almond Thief, The Wild Fig Deli and more

Bridgetown Butchers – call 01803 866165/863323 to order where possible to help reduce waiting times. Minimum order for delivery £25 – free delivery within the Totnes area

McCabes and Halls Butchers are both also operating

Many businesses have been offering takeaway food, click & collect services or are selling online as well. Some of the restaurants / cafes / bars will be opening from 4th July (all being well) but in the meantime here is a list of those still operating online or with takeaways / click & collect until then: 


Love Frankie – buy online

Little Blue Budgie – buy online or phone 01803 847800 / message via facebook

Penelope Tom – buy online


Colony Life Store – online orders via their website with FREE delivery on orders over £20

SMALL-FOLK – check their online shop & free UK shipping (no end date). Use code POSITIVITY at checkout for the free postage


Blue Geranium Florist – continuing with online, phone and collect. Fresh flowers available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday every week


Bianca e Massimo – open for takeaways 

The Cott Inn – open 7 DAYS A WEEK Monday to Saturday 4 – 8 pm and Sunday 12 – 3pm for takeaway services, drive through collection in the car park.

Willow Vegetarian Restaurant – take-away

Waterside Bistro Totnes – their take-away menu is now available from Wed-Sat 5-8pm. Please order online

The Wild Fig Deli – order and collection service. Check their page for menu

Totnes Grill – kebab and pizza delivery, call 01803 863835

Cafe Mumbai – take away from 5.30pm Tuesday to Sunday call 01803 866171

Room 101 – pizza delivery Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm call 07727 278428

The Kitchen Table – order for delivery call/ text Sima on 07583400998 or email to collect from the Totnes Industrial Estate kitchen

Pie Street – take away & delivery Wednesday to Sunday 1pm-8.30pm. Call 01803 868674 to order

Lamaro Bakery – Italian food on Friday and Saturday 5-9pm, call 01803 862288

tamarindtree.totnes – on the Industrial Estate next to Kitchen Table with Indian food on Friday 1-8pm or Saturday 4-8pm. Order by DM, phone 07768964024 or email

Taguchi-ya Canteen – Japanese food on Friday and Saturday collect 5-9pm, order online by Wednesday 12pm

Good Food House – Delivery from 6-10pm every day (except Tuesday when closed), call 01803 864696

Pizzaside – Thursday to Sunday 5-8.30pm for collection or delivery.


Majestic Wine – email for delivery or call if over 70.

Annies Fruit Shop – online with delivery to Totnes & the wider area

The Refillery Totnes – daily deliveries to Totnes & Dartmouth areas, visit the website or call Tracy 07950 269955

Dartmouth Dairy – deliver to Totnes & surrounding villages on Monday & Thursday 🐄

Wine & Greene – delivering nationwide via courier and doing local drops every weekday (free over £20 to TQ9) –

Dartmouth Fine Foods – home delivery of frozen ready meals, alongside boxes of veg and essentials to Totnes and the surrounding areas –


Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company – reopening 6th July. You are not expected to wear a surgical style face mask, any face covering will be accepted. We have been working hard to ensure that we meet all the guidelines and will not put our customers and staff at risk. 

Pennywell Farm – planning a phased reopening from early July:…/were-planning-for-a-phas…/

Paignton Zoo – will reopen 6th July

Totnes Fashion & Textiles Museum – will not reopen this year but you can check out a virtual exhibition on their website:

Sea Kayak Devon – NOW OPEN for groups of up to 5 people. All bookings are completely amendable or refundable if they are unable to run due to COVID 19.

Totnes, Berry Pomeroy & Dartmouth Castles will be selling pre-bookable tickets online from July for an August opening:…/inspire-me/totnes-castle/

Totnes Rare Breeds Farm – open


Most pharmacies are open with reduced hours and social distancing – please check each page and site for more details.

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