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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…


in 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.

Miss Fea’s Cafe

a coastal stroll away

“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.”

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.


in the hotel

For vibrant brasserie fare, this should be your dining den of choice. Head Chef Eddie Grecu prepares a seasonal menu that showcases the region’s finest produce. Expect seafood fresh off the dayboats, vegan-friendly dishes, and beautifully presented tapas-style platters.

By day, choose a table in the light, bright inside courtyard. By night, dine by candlelight, then climb the stairs to bed.


rise & shine!

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… great beans. Check out these cool North Devon cafés for your daily fix.


in the hotel

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!


2 minute stroll

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 7BB

Heartbreak Hotel Coffee


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).


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 4LX


5 minute stroll

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.


2 minute stroll

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 7BW

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