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Home | News | The Best Pubs and Restaurants in North Devon

The Best Pubs and Restaurants in North Devon!

North Devon is experiencing a divine food renaissance and fast becoming an ultimate Foodie’s destination!

Relinquish traditional North Devon food ideas of soggy bottomed fish and chips and overpriced pasties coveted by nearby local seagulls. North Devon’s food scene is an exciting place to be. Fast becoming a foodie destination renowned for its choice of Michelin star establishments with a high standard restaurant culture that would delight even the hardest to please food connoisseurs amongst us

Our expert team at Byron Woolacombe Holidays’ are providing their unique guide on where to visit! Read below for our top recommendations of the best places to eat in North Devon, all to be enjoyed whilst staying in your luxury self-catering apartment in Woolacombe!

the Best Fine dining restaurants in North Devon

Looking for a gourmet guide to North Devon’s most prestigious restaurants, look no further!

Foodie breaks in Devon wouldn’t be complete without sampling the luxury cuisine it has to offer…

Perfect for a special occasion or a decadent night of indulgence we have rounded up a selection of the top fine dining establishments to delight all palettes.

1. Noel Corston, Woolacombe

Our first recommendation is this Michelin star restaurant, open for dinner reservations only. This hidden gem is a bucket list of a restaurant experience, Corston’ offers a single tasting menu only based largely around the local UNESCO biosphere reserve.

2. Number 8, Bideford

Set on a quiet backstreet of Bideford this tiny restaurant is a must-do for any keen foodie, managed by a couple with years of experience in the industry the food and service you experience here are sublime. Be sure to book way in advance though as the waiting list is expansive!

3. Mason Arms, Knowstone

Nestled on the edge of Exmoor this 13th century thatched pub has more than meets the eye. When you get past the roaring fires and leather stud chairs you will find the award-winning fine dining restaurant just beyond waiting for your appreciation. With a focus on local produce and some of the finest seasonal adjusted ingredients around the menu is divine and well worthy of the 15 consecutive Micheline awards it has gained!

4. The Seacliff Restaurant, Ilfracombe

Enjoying some truly magnificent views out onto the Bristol channel and some of the more dramatic North Devon headlands this restaurant has the wow factor. The Seacliff Restaurant provides a fine dining experience, along with a tasting menu and wine flight for those diners who looking for something that extra bit special.

5. Thomas Carr, The Olive Room Ilfracombe

Situated in the harbour town of Ilfracombe this Michelin restaurant is set within the old police station and makes quite a statement. The menu is locally sourced local fresh line-caught fish and seafood are the focus of many of the dishes. The taster menus are a joy to explore!

6. The Antidote, Ilfracombe

This restaurant offers great value wholesome food using fresh locally sourced seasonal ingredients. The menus are full of personality and flavour which makes this award-winning restaurant so popular!  

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7. The Coach House at Kentisbury Grange, Kentisbury

Set within the grounds of the beautiful Kentisbury Grange Hotel, The Coach House is a brasserie-style fine dining restaurant. Prepared using the highest quality of locally sourced ingredients, this restaurant’s dishes are a blend of refined classics.

8. Maiden Arch, Barnstaple

Found within the medieval market town of Barnstaple, Maiden Arch by Robert Bryant certainly presents restaurant standard dishes that you would expect to see within fine dining establishments of London. Coming back to his hometown Robert Bryant’s ethos that ‘the better the food, the less we have to do with it’ truly resonates throughout his menu.

9. The Swan in Bampton

This AA Four Star Gold classic English country inn is the oldest pub in Bampton, Devon. They offer the very best dishes using seasonal, regional ingredients, peppered with top-notch customer service.

10. New Coast Kitchen, Croyde

New Coast Kitchen is an ultra-stylish British restaurant in the heart of the well-loved coastal town of Croyde. With seasonal fresh menus and friendly staff, this is a great hit with locals and tourists alike.  

11. Acleaf, Dartmoor

A showcase of inventive British fare, using only the finest locally sourced ingredients, Àclèaf is a unique dining experience exclusive to Boringdon Hall

12. Gidleigh Park, Chagford

Offering fine dining within a refined old school Tudor hotel this romantic venue compliments the menu no end!

THE Best PUBS IN North Devon

When you think of Devon you may often think of cider around a roaring fire after a long and blustery coastal walk, what could be better hey! Alas, North Devon is also host to some multi-award winning gastro-pubs and off the beaten track gems that could compete with the inner city hustle! Discover the very best pubs awaiting you for your Devon foodie breaks…

1. The Rock Inn, Georgeham

Firstly, this 17th Century Inn offers all the aesthetics of everything a good gastro Devon country pub should be.  With cosy fireside bars and a bright airy conservatory, every weather forecast is covered and with five cask real ales, an extensive wine list and fantastic freshly cooked menus served by attentive staff the proof really is in the pudding! A must-try.

2. The Royal George Appledore

With stunning views across the estuary and a delicious menu offering refined twists of traditional sea-side favourites, the Royal George is a taste of nostalgia for the modern palette.

3. The Grampus Inn, Ilfracombe

The Grampus is set in the heart of the picturesque seaside village of Lee with parts of the building dating back to the 14th Century. Many a lucky hiker from the nearby SW coastal path will have stumbled across this little gem of a pub but dogs and children are also always welcomed. They offer a home-cooked menu and dishes are locally sourced and free-range. The pub serves real ales from their Brewery and Grampus Gin, which is distilled onsite, including locally sourced botanicals!

4. The Pyne Arms, East Down

This award-winning popular pub is a hit with both locals and gastro fans from further afield. With a menu showcasing locally sourced home-grown ingredients this is a great pub to soak in the foothills of the Exmoor National Park.

5. The Thatch, Croyde

You cannot visit North Devon without visiting the coastal town of Croyde and this iconic pub! Experience the traditional Thatch environment whilst enjoying local ales and freshly cooked local produce. Even better, the Thatch often has local musical talent playing on Friday nights too, well worth a visit.

6. The Blue Ball Inn, Lynmouth

Finally, the Blue Ball Inn is a traditional coaching Inn dating back to the 13th Century based in the stunning hamlet of Countisbury overlooking Lynmouth Bay. Expect good quality food in a relaxed atmosphere with traditional dishes such as locally sourced Lundy fish pie, Exmoor steaks and steak and ale pie. We can recommend the Sunday roast dinner.

The Best pubs & Restaurants in Woolacombe

Woolacombe itself is also a fantastic destination for foodie breaks! Whether it’s Michelin star, locally sourced or quality pub grub, here is a selection of the greatest establishments all within a 500-metre radius of your luxury North Devon apartment. No taxis required!

1. Noel Corston, Woolacombe

This hidden gem is a bucket list of a restaurant experience, Corston’ offers a single tasting menu only based largely around the local UNESCO biosphere reserve.

2. The Beach House, Woolacombe

The Beach House Restaurant and Bar offers lunch and dinner with a contemporary menu focusing on using local produce and seafood only from local suppliers. The restaurant is laid back, cosy, and a great place to catch the Woolacombe sunset!

3. The Jube, Woolacombe

The Jube is also a family-friendly pub and bar in the heart of Woolacombe with modern relaxed décor. A great post-beach pub to come and eat or drink and relax! In partnership with The Lush Food Company, the Jube offers an extensive menu of bar meals. From a classic burger to sharing platters – we recommend the fully loaded macaroni and cheese!

4. Brundle’s Woolacombe

Set in the heart of Woolacombe with stunning views over the beach and bay. Brundle’s family restaurant serves drinks, lunch and dinner and offers a takeaway menu. This is one of the best venues in Woolacombe to soak up the sunsets too!

5. The Tides Inn, Woolacombe

The Tides Inn serves freshly prepared bistro-style food in relaxed, family and dog-friendly surroundings. We recommend the roasts on their terrace!

6. Miss Fea’s Bistro, Morthoe

Finally, we have Miss Fea’s Bistro. They have taken the ethos from their café days with them and now aim to create a wonderful dining experience. They use fresh locally sourced food to really showcase Devon’s amazing produce coupled with a beautiful environment and professional friendly service. Although technically in neighbouring village Morthoe, this place definitely is worth a walk to for dinner!

Don’t forget the Best Restaurant in Woolacombe can be in your apartment!


Coastal cooks are a partner team providing restaurant class food in your home-from-home!

Coastal Cooks was founded in 2019 by three chefs who wanted to share their knowledge of the best local produce with those visiting North Devon all year round.

The team is headed by Graham Brundle, who has a distinguished international career in the UK and abroad as a personal chef to Richard Branson and HRH King of Jordan but also has local roots and experience working with the best local produce available.

All menus can be tailored to your tastes and dietary requirements to ensure a unique culinary experience. Due to their experience in the pinnacle of the restaurant and hotel industry, they are focussed on going above and beyond to meet your needs and make your experience as special as possible.    

To view their sample menus and book please visit their website here

A fantastic option for celebrating special events within the privacy of stunning, luxury self-catering apartments in North Devon!

the best luxury self-catering apartments in North Devon!

Byron Woolacombe Holidays, launched in July 2019, is an independent holiday letting agency designed specifically for Byron Woolacombe Holiday Apartments.

We aim to provide the highest standard of luxury self-catering accommodation and facilities in Woolacombe.

The apartments all have access to exclusive communal leisure facilities, such as indoor pool, sauna and games room.

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