Work up an appetite by making a splash in the surf, cobbling together sandcastles or wandering the esplanade in search of Combesgate beach. Lining the bustling streets of this seaside village are delicious eateries where you can savour fresh local food, traditional treats and hearty meals to whet beached out appetites. A handful of vibrant surf-inspired bars and pubs welcome you inside for a warming mug of hot chocolate or sip a tipple outside and lap up the fresh sea air and last rays of sun.
Immerse yourself in a fabulous fine dining experience at critically acclaimed restaurant, Noel Corston, in the heart of Woolacombe. Join Noel and his wife Nora for a taste sensation shaped by the season and cooked to perfection right in front of your eyes. Sitting superbly in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Noel harnesses the surrounding environment and brings his dishes to life by sourcing ingredients fresh from local farms, grounds and water at every given opportunity. Prepared with exquisite attention to detail, savour delicious mouthfuls and treat yourself to the impeccably matched wine flight served by Nora; this comes at an extra cost but is well worth it for the beautiful pairings. The fixed tasting menu is served at the counter which seats eight for an intimate experience. The rustic wooden counter boldly complements the sleek contemporary kitchen with its trendy exposed lightbulbs, creating a welcoming ambience bursting with character and charisma.
South Street, Woolacombe, Devon, EX34 7BB Tel: 01271 87118 www.noelcorston.com
Open seasonally, April to November
The perfect pitstop for a post-walk bite to eat, treat your taste buds and head to Miss Fea’s Bistro at The Smuggler’s Rest, Mortehoe. With a trio of spots in which to enjoy your food, cosy up by the wood burner, bask in the suntrap garden or relax on the decking. All produce at Miss Fea’s is locally sourced where possible and the fish of the day is fresh from the morning’s catch. Wash your food down with an aromatic coffee, refreshing smoothie or hot tea; should you fancy something a little stronger, a range of wines, spirits and craft beers are also available. Miss Fea’s is open in the evenings on Tuesday's to Saturday 5pm to 8pm so you can relax over dinner and fill the air with laughter and chatter. Sundays 12pm to6pm
Miss Fea's Bistro, The Smugglers Rest, North Morte Road, Mortehoe, EX34 7DR Tel: 01271 870891 thesmugglersrest.co.uk/miss-feas-bistro
Open seasonally, March to September. Evening curry opening times are dependent on weather.
Venture along the Esplanade to marvellous Barricane. A secluded cove abundant in shells, park up on the picnic benches, settle down in front of undulating waves or sit beneath ‘Monkey Island’, a rugged rocky formation which sits majestically above a maze of rockpools. Waiting to fill hungry tummies the Beach Café serves up a wholesome array of food with its locally famed Sri Lankan curry highly sought after in summer months. Fully loaded baguettes, baps and jacket potatoes are on offer throughout the day to keep you energised as you enjoy rock pooling, sea swimming and surfing. Traditional cream teas, cakes and refreshing ice creams provide a welcome snack in the sun whilst decadent hot chocolates piled high with cream and marshmallows will keep you toasty if there is a chill in the air. Homemade meat or vegetarian Sri Lankan curries with all the accompaniments are served between 5pm and 7pm when the evenings are dry. Arrive early and set down your picnic blanket as these delicious plates have been known to sell out.
To find out opening times, please visit www.facebook.com/Barricane-Beach-Woolacombe
Sink into splendid sofas in this spacious yet snug family-run pub where delectable dishes dot the menu. From burgers to tapas, curries to mezze boards and pub classics with a twist each plate is served with style and will leave you with just enough room for a delicious dessert. Welcoming children too, order a selection of yummy bites to share or choose from the ‘Lushlings’ kids’ menu and they can enjoy a free ice cream pot. If a chill lingers, eat inside where exposed bricks, old timbers and the trendy bar create a warm inviting atmosphere which you can soak up for hours. Should summer have well and truly arrived, step outside, dine alfresco and say ‘cheers’ to good food and good company on the smart terrace where you can chase the sun. The Jube’s fantastic location means you can hop off the South West Coast Path complete with four-legged friend in tow and enjoy a well-deserved rest with a mug of coffee. If you are heading off the beach and out of the surf, pop in for a cold beer and toast to good waves and salty air. Food is locally sourced where possible so you can enjoy a taste of Devon.
South Street, Woolacombe, EX34 7BB Tel: 01271 870487 https://thejube.co.uk/
If the spectacular sea views can’t tempt you inside then the fabulous array of dishes on offer will have you running to grab a table. Relish the catch of the day fresh from the water, spoil yourself with a sundae heaped with goodies or choose from the extensive sandwich menu. If you’ve spent the morning slowly waking up and taking in the breath taking scenery, tuck into an all-day breakfast or a cream tea the Devon way, cream first, and ease yourself into the day. Plates from the grill, ocean and garden are sure to fill you up nicely but little ones wanting a smaller portion can browse the kids’ menu for something which takes their fancy. The Captain’s doors are open from breakfast to bedtime so you can pop in throughout the day for snacks, a glass of something cold or sit down and relish a three-course feast. With a handful of ‘top shelf’ beverages waiting to be sipped, toast to waterside dining and enjoy a sundowner tipple.
7 Woolacombe Rise, Woolacombe, EX34 7BW Tel: 01271 870618 https://thecaptainstable