Eating & shopping

Our tea-garden: time for a treat

Enjoy a traditional cream tea at Watersmeet House, a former fishing lodge

Enjoy a traditional cream tea at Watersmeet House, a former fishing lodge

Don’t feel like you have to come here just to walk. Watersmeet House has been serving teas since as far back as 1901. We’re happily continuing this fine tradition, as we know a visit to the West County isn’t quite complete without biting into a freshly cooked scone, thickly layered with clotted cream and strawberry jam (or whortleberry jam, an Exmoor speciality). Ours have quite a following with people coming back time and time again to sit on the riverbank and indulge.

Our shop

  • Outdoor clothing at the shop in Corfe Castle, Dorset © National Trust

    Outdoor kit

    Try on a fleece or how about a new rain jacket? We stock a range of Regatta outdoor clothing.

  • Available to purchase by post, or at various locations in North Devon © National Trust

    Find your way

    Make the most of our local maps and guides. Our walks leaflet features six of the best walks.

  • Domesticated livestock, a sheep door stop in our shop. © David Lewing

    Home comforts

    With lovely rugs in all colours, beautiful mugs and cookware, and a great range of books to enjoy...

  • Local and regional produce is the star of the show at our shops © National Trust / Melanie Jones

    Lovely local things

    With Exmoor jams, and Devon honey, juices, biscuits and fudge, you'll easily find a tempting trea...

Frothy coffee, or plain honest tea

A cappucino in the restaurant

After you've had a good walk, nothing beats a good hot drink. We use fairtrade suppliers and milk from a local dairy. We've also got a great range of herbal teas, and for a real treat, we do a luxurious hot chocolate.

A hearty lunch or a light snack

The soup is freshly made onsite, and is a great warming treat for lunch

Every day there is a great selection of freshly prepared food to choose from. Whether its a warming bowl of soup you fancy, a lovely piece of quiche with salad, or how about a toasted sandwich?

Special diets - gluten free

We stock a great range of gluten free food. Choose from lovely home-made soup and roll, a gluten free cream tea, savory tart, cakes and brownies. No need to miss out on a treat at Watersmeet.

Canvas of Watersmeet House presented by Exmoor Photography © National Trust

Canvas of Watersmeet House presented by Exmoor Photography

Photograph gifted to tea garden

Exmoor photography have been using the stunning backdrop of Watersmeet House for some of their photography courses. As a way of saying 'thank you', they have presented Julie, our enterprise manager, with a beautiful canvas photograph of the house, tea garden and surroundings.