Restaurants, Taverns, Fast-food, Cream teas
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About the Barnstaple Country area of North Devon

- this is the name we give to the countryside and villages that encircle Barnstaple, from two to five miles from the town's central stone.

To the north and east are the lower foothills of Exmoor, cut by fast flowing streams coursing their way down 'V'-shaped valleys, mostly clad with broadleafed woodland: to the north is Muddiford with its excellent inn beside the Bradiford Water; to the north-east Shirwell, high on a hill, where Sir Francis Chichester was raised; and to the east, Goodleigh with its popular New Inn, on another hill above the River Yeo. To the south of Goodleigh are some romantic knobbly hills, fashioned by ancient quarrying and many small streams, here are the villages of Landkey and Swimbridge. Landkey has two rival good food pubs, The Castle and The Ring o' Bells. Swimbridge's tavern is named after its illustrious, if somewhat eccentric, hunting parson Jack Russell, who originated the popular breed of terriers. To the south, the great River Taw, tidal for its last four miles to Barnstaple, meanders through the salt marshes between the villages of Tawstock and Bishops Tawton. To the west of Barnstaple, the Taw steadily broadens on its eight mile tidal course to Barnstaple Bay: the larger villages of Bickington and Fremington sprawl across the southern bank.


Restaurants

terra madre restaurant at broomhill

Broomhill Art Hotel

Muddiford, Barnstaple, EX31 4EX. Tel: 01271 850262.
Website: www.broomhillart.co.uk/restaurant

Experience the finest of North Devon’s produce at Broomhill’s Terra Madre restaurant near Barnstaple. Give your taste buds a serious treat with delicious home-made Mediterranean inspired cuisine.
Open: Lunch: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday - All year
Bar Meals: Wednesday to Sunday - All year
Evenings: by appointment.

moules chez le quay

The Quay Cafe

Fremington Quay, Bickington, near Barnstaple, tel: 01271 378783.
Website: www.fremingtonquaycafe.co.uk

An innovative menu which responds to the availability of fresh local vegetables, fish and game, accompanied by West Country wines, beers and ciders. A consistent winner of 'Taste of the West' Food and Drink Awards, including one bronze, two silvers and last year, the gold award. The visitors’ book says "Wonderful food, friendly staff, great music and fantastic views".
Open every day (except Mondays during school term): February to October, 10.30am - 5.00pm; October to February, 10.30am - 4.30pm
Lunches served daily 12.00noon - 3.00pm.

Han Court oriental restaurant

Han Court

Milton House, Fremington, Barnstaple, EX31 2NX. Tel: 01271 373865.
Website: www.hancourt.co.uk

The finest Cantonese and Peking cuisine served and enjoyed in the elegant surroundings of this long established restaurant. The restaurant, which has ample parking, is in the centre of Fremington, beside the B3233 and opposite the Fox and Hounds tavern.
Open: Tuesday to Saturday, 12noon - 2pm and 5.30 - 11pm; Sunday and Monday, 6pm - 11pm.

Taverns

restaurant area of muddiford inn

The Muddiford Inn

Muddiford, Barnstaple, EX31 4EY. Tel: 01271 850 243.
Website: www.muddifordinn.com

One of the best good food taverns in North Devon. Excellent menu. Top quality local produce sourced wherever possible.
Restaurant open fro midday onwards.

the thatched chichester arms tavern

The Chichester Arms

East Street, Bishops Tawton, Barnstaple, EX32 0DQ. Tel: 01271 343945.

Excellent fare at a lovely old thatched tavern in a village just two miles south of Barnstaple.

Hunters Inn

Newton Tracey, Barnstaple, EX31 3PL. Tel: 01271 858339.

Great country tavern: beamed ceilings, blazing fire, good conversation and excellent food - but usually fully booked at weekends. Five miles south of Barnstaple, beside B3232 (Torrington road). Large carpark. Childrens room.

Cream teas

cream tea at marwood hill gardens

The Garden Tea Room

Marwood Hill Gardens, Marwood, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX31 4EB. Tel: 01271 342528.
Website: www.marwoodhillgarden.co.uk

Free access to the tea room, but please note there is an admission charge to the garden.
From the Garden Tea Room the views of the garden are wonderful. There are also outside eating areas for sunny days. The menu offers visitors a selection of teas, coffees, light snacks and lunches, home baked cakes and pies and of course Devon cream teas.
Open every day from March until the end of October.

quality devon sheeses

The Quay Cafe

Fremington Quay, Bickington, near Barnstaple, tel: 01271 378783.
Website: www.fremingtonquaycafe.co.uk

In March 2006 this cafe was 17th in the Independent Newspaper’s "50 Best Cafes in the UK". The cream teas are excellent and comprise freshly made scones, organic cream and home-made jam. The visitors’ book says "Wonderful food, friendly staff, great music and fantastic views".
Open every day (except Mondays during school term): February to October, 10.30am - 5.00pm; October to February, 10.30am - 4.30pm
Lunches served daily 12.00noon - 3.00pm.