Eight top spots to eat on Exmoor

Looking towards Watersmeet House tea garden, river in foreground autumn trees in background

While you’re out and about exploring Exmoor, there’s plenty of choice for places to eat. To help you decide, we’ve got 8 great choices across Exmoor, 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.

Lynton and Lynmouth

Walk to Watersmeet House and Tea Garden
Walking down to Watersmeet House and Tea Garden
Walk to Watersmeet House and Tea Garden

Watersmeet tea-garden, 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 westcountry 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). Cream teas at Watersmeet have quite a following, with people coming back time and time again to sit on the riverbank and indulge.
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.

Find out more here.

Heddon Valley

The exterior of Hunter's Inn, Heddon Valley, Devon
The exterior of Hunter's Inn, Heddon Valley, Devon
The exterior of Hunter's Inn, Heddon Valley, Devon

Hunter’s Inn, Heddon Valley

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.

Find out more here

 

Tea-rooms in partnership

 

Take your pick from six tea-rooms around Exmoor. Pop into the tea-room at Bossington for tea by the sea, or take in the view with a slice of cake at Periwinkle Cottage.

Selworthy

Sit back and relax with tea and a view
Periwinkle tea-room on Selworthy Green, Holnicote Estate, Somerset
Sit back and relax with tea and a view

Periwinkle Cottage (TA24 8TP)

A quintessential English tea-room and gardens overlooking the Holnicote vale. Indulge in a wide variety of cakes as well as light lunches and clotted cream teas. Dietary requirements catered for.
This is a tenanted tea-room, for more details please contact 01643 829111.

Bossington

A tempting slice of cake
A child about to eat a delicious slice of cake
A tempting slice of cake

Kitnors Tearooms (TA24 8HQ)

A tea-room in the heart of Bossington. It's a top spot to refuel after a walk along the South West Coast Path with lunch, cream teas and a tempting range of homemade cakes. This is a tenanted tea-room, for more details please contact 01643 862643.

Allerford Post Office tea-room
Allerford Post Office tea-room
Allerford Post Office tea-room

Allerford Post Office (Allerford, nr Bossington TA24 8HN)

A spot to get a stamp and a scone. Situated by the famous packhorse bridge, you can relax into village life with a light lunch.
This is a tenanted tea-room, for more details please contact 01643 862410.

 

Horner

Horner Water in Horner Wood
Horner Water in Horner Wood
Horner Water in Horner Wood

Horner Tea Gardens (TA24 8HY)

Horner Tea Gardens sit on the edge of Horner Wood National Nature Reserve. As well as tasty treats, there are also beautiful plants available to purchase for your own garden.
This is a tenanted tea-room, for more details please contact 01643 862132.

 

Take a break from your walk and indulge in tea and cake
A National Trust cream tea
Take a break from your walk and indulge in tea and cake

Horner Vale Tea-room (TA24 8HY)

At Horner Vale Tea-room you can indulge in a hearty ploughman's lunch, a homemade cake or cream tea. It's also a lovely location to hold a celebration.
This is a tenanted tea-room, for more details please contact 01643 862506.