Food & Drink
The North Devon coast can be whatever you want it to be – as long as it’s all about using the best of local produce. That means enjoying the harvest of the sea as much as possible. Whilst the fishing industry isn’t what it used to be it is still possible to get really great fish and seafood in North Devon – as you’d expect. In the summer you can buy fish fresh from the dock in Appledore as well as occasionally in Clovelly as well as at fishmongers in Bideford, Barnstaple and from our own colourful character and salty sea dog, the very chatty Dan the Fish Man. Clovelly celebrates its seafaring and gastronomic heritage each year with a festivals devoted to the famous Clovelly crab, lobster and the ‘silver darlings of the sea’ the herring, which are traditionally caught in the late summer and autumn.
You might also want to try a speciality of the foreshore, laver in Appledore. It’s our own version of Welsh laverbread and it’s great with bacon. Elsewhere you’ll get plenty of locally caught sea bass, mackerel, lobster, crab and even the occasional cockle or mussel. As with elsewhere in North Devon, local chefs love to use the best local stuff and some of our coastal restaurants are the best at serving it. The Red Lion in Clovelly is just a gasp away from the harbour, whilst you can smell the salt in the air when you eat at The Beaver Inn or The George in Appledore. They are both right on the water. For views the Pierhouse in Westward Ho! is hard to beat unless it’s The Instow Arms or The Boathouse in Instow, which also enjoy stunning vistas and good home cooked food. Northam’s tucked away secret, Memories, is worth the wait to get a table for the fresh fish caught and cooked by the owner. But hurry. It’s bookings only. For quirkiness with a decent bite, the only option is The Old Smithy in Welcombe.
Braunton has a few of the favourites in the form of Squires fish and chips (multi-award winners no less) whilst The George serves authentic Thai food. They recently opened another restaurant in Westward Ho!. Wild Thyme is another good bet in Braunton, as is, The Corner Bistro for more home cooked food cooked well.
Woolcombe has its fair share of great eateries, with nc@ex34 deservedly taking top prize for Devon restaurants in the Taste of Devon Awards. That’s some accolade. Hot on their heels comes the eccentric but highly recommended Mortehoe Shellfish with, well, great seafood. For a laid back, surfy atmosphere with hearty roasts and a range of classics try the popular Red Barn. The views aren’t too bad either.
If you love the feel of sand between your toes and the wind whistling by your ears, while watching amazing surfers riding the waves, then visit the North Devon Coast. We have a beautiful collection of cottages by the coast so you can enjoy a coastal holiday in the UK to the fullest! We want you to make the most out of your holiday so have ensured our cottages are of a good standard, to make your holiday the smoothest and most enjoyable holiday you'll ever take!Read more