Eating in North Devon
While you’re out and about exploring North Devon, there’s a dizzying amount of choice for places to eat. To help you decide, we’ve got five great choices in Exmoor and beyond, from pub lunches to coffee to the ultimate cream tea. Opening times vary throughout the year and most tearooms are open seasonally, so please check websites for up to date information when you plan to visit.
Watersmeet tea gardens, near Lynmouth
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.
After you've had a good walk, nothing beats a good hot drink, our tea and coffee are from Fairtrade suppliers. We've also got a great range of herbal teas.
Or why not pop in for lunch? Every day there is a great selection of freshly prepared food to choose from. Whether it’s a warming bowl of soup you fancy, a lovely piece of quiche with salad, or how about trying our ploughman’s with a delicious new local chutney, then buy a jar of it in our shop to take home?
We also stock a great range of gluten free food. Choose from lovely home-made soup and roll, a gluten free cream tea, savoury tart, cakes and brownies. No need to miss out on a treat at Watersmeet.
To find out more: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/watersmeet
Sandleigh Tearoom, Baggy Point, Croyde
Discover the delights that Sandleigh Tea Room has to offer. This pretty farmhouse tea-room is metres from the sea, with indoor and outdoor seating - the outdoor in a beautiful garden that is divided into allotments and filled with flowers in summer.
Some of the allotment plots are for vegetables to use in the menu and others are for community groups to use to allow them to grow their own veg. Sit amoungst them and feel inspired to create something in your own outdoors space.
The menu of this traditional country inn changes seasonally whilst retaining those old favourite pub classics. All dishes are home cooked to order using fresh local ingredients wherever possible. To compliment your meal, why not try one of our home brewed Heddon Valley Ales? They are unique to us and always a hit! The bar also stocks a range of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks for all the family. If you're just looking for a stop off and a spot of lunch, we have a range of light bites, bar snacks and tea and coffee available.
To find out more: www.thehuntersinnexmoor.co.uk/exmoor-restaurant/
And don't miss our tenant-run cafes...
Town Farmhouse tearoom, Mortehoe near Woolacombe
This late Georgian farmhouse is a tenant-run tearoom in charming Mortehoe, a village with a fascinating history of wreckers and smuggling. Town Farmhouse is a great stop off for coast path walkers, with a traditional menu and an excellent cream tea. Set in the heart of the village, it’s a great place to sit in the sunshine and watch the world go by.
To find out more: https://www.townfarmhouse.co.uk/
The Porthole, Woolacombe
The Porthole is a cafe selling delicious, locally-sourced food, hot and cold drinks, and ice cream from a fabulous location above the Woolacombe dunes, looking across the sea to Lundy Island. The Marine Drive toilet conversion project in early 2019 involved building works to create public toilets, showers and and a catering unit facility, which was partially funded by The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. It gave us the chance to turn an old toilet block into a bright, stylish cafe, run by the team behind award-winning Seadog Foods. The Porthole is well worth a visit next time you're in Woolacombe. Dog friendly.
To find out more, visit their Facebook page here.