local food, lovingly prepared
In Woolacombe we are blessed to be part of a passionate community of foodies. Whether it’s hand-stretched pizzas, sizzling garlic prawns, locally-landed fish, or seasonal goodness... some places seem to have good food woven into their DNA. Woolacombe is one of them.
These are our top picks, all are within walking distance of the hotel...
Doyle’s is an enchanting dining room, with views of the waves. Home to delicious morning and afternoon dining, this high-ceilinged, glittering space is where you can enjoy a leisurely Afternoon Tea. Served in three-tiers featuring sweet delicacies, warm scones, and delicate savouries, this is a relaxing ritual, best complemented by a flute of fizz and a cup of loose-leaf tea. As the afternoon light floods in through the sweeping windows, you’ll be able to linger, ponder, and watch the waves crash.AFTERNOON TEA
"Miss Fea's Cafe underneath the Smuggler's Rest B&B in Mortehoe, is appealing whatever the weather; the terrace and garden are ideal on sunny summer days and it's the perfect place to drink hot chocolate by the wood-burner if you want to shelter from stormy weather. Open April - October."
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This little gem is a short coastal walk away. 30 minutes by foot and you'll see some lovely coastal views, while working up an appetite.FIND OUT MORE
For hand-stretched pizzas, this should be your dining den of choice. Head Chef Eddie Grecu prepares a seasonal selection of favourite combinations - some you'd expect, and some lesser-known recommendations.
They can be enjoyed in the gardens, in Bay Brasserie, or in the comfort of your bedroom.
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Full of beans and the centre of a bustling foodie scene, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the North Devon café scene is growing in acclaim. Looking for the best coffee shops in North Devon? Here’s where to start.
North Devon – home to jaw-dropping coastline, some of Devon’s coolest things to do, surf-perfect waves and… coffee shops. Check out these cool North Devon cafés for your daily fix.
After a full day at the beach, a tiring walk or even just to stay in, why not try our own Bay Brasserie afternoon tea? Served daily from 12pm to 5pm, you can enjoy three tiers of delicate treats.
From sunny days, relaxing outside on the lawn while enjoying the beach view, to rainy days where you can enjoy the stunning views from the cozy comfort of the Bay Brasserie. Our white hot chocolate with marshmallows, cream, and chocolate beans is to die for.
Where? Right here in the hotel!FIND OUT MORE
A short distance from the sea, this gem is tucked away in South Street by Woolacombe Beach - practically next door to Woolacombe Bay Hotel. Coffee is their speciality and each Barista has the skills and expertise to give coffee lovers the best home-made brew, making this a place worth a (daily) visit.
Where: 12 South St, Woolacombe EX34 7BBFIND OUT MORE
This quirky outpost that offers high quality coffee with a smile. It's eco-friendly cafe and is very popular with locals and visitors... this could have something to do with the doughnuts. With new specials each weekend you'll find some of the most creative fillings you've ever come across!
Where: Visit the gorgeous cafe in Braunton. They also have a little mobile box that can usually be found on the headland overlooking Woolacombe (on good weather days).FIND OUT MORE
for romantic trysts
Lingering over a leisurely meal far away from the distractions of our busy lives is one of the best ways to reconnect. We've seafood restaurants serving only the freshest locally landed fish; fine dining establishments serving dishes that are as pleasing to the eye as to the palate; or the perfect spot for sundowners on the beach.
These are our top picks for a romantic night out...
If you like the sound of a good gastro pub, you'll love Pyne Arms. It's a short 25-minute drive from the hotel drive, but well worth the effort. Family-run, the menus are beautifully executed with a modern twist on some well-known favourites, as well as some creative seasonal dishes to challenge your tastebuds. Menus change weekly, and the desserts are to die for...!
Where: Pyne Arms, East Down, Barnstaple, EX31 4LXFIND OUT MORE
This place may not sound or look like much, and you'll have to pack your own candles, but if you want frontrow seats for the sunset, this is the place to dine. The cafe cooks up a mean Sri Lankan curry on fine weather evenings and you can join the locals for an unforgettable evening. Small firepits permitted, but please be responsible, mindful of others and take away whatever you bring with you.
Where: From Woolacombe beach simply head north along the Esplanade and the cove is on the left after 300 metres.FIND OUT MORE
The Beach House specialises in seafood and is located just down the street from the hotel. Cosy, intimate and friendly, this is a lovely spot. They cook super fresh, just-caught seafood, taking special care with the provenance of the ingredients - keeping simplicity and attention to detail in their dishes.
We highly recommend the sizzling prawns!
Where: Granville Terrace, 3 West Road, Woolacombe EX34 7BWFIND OUT MORE