For a small resort, Westward Ho! Is surprisingly packed with an excellent choice of places to eat and drink. Whether you are looking to start the day with a hearty breakfast, grab a quick bite to eat for lunch, a coffee with a slice of cakes, an afternoon tea or dinner out, you won’t be disappointed. Choose from great English classics, traditional seaside fayre, a taste of Thai, pasta and pizza, in relaxed surroundings and often boasting a fabulous view.
Here are just a few of our favourites (and if you feel we’ve definitely missed one, please send us an message and let us know).
A hearty start to the day is recommended at the Rock Pool Cafe. They serve an excellent build your own breakfast, starting with four items, then you can add as many extra items as you wish depending on your appetite. Other breakfast favourites include large breakfast baps, smoked haddock, eggs benedict, as well as a Rock Pool rarebit. Open daily for breakfast , lunch and early dinner. They also have an extensive menu serving a variety of sandwiches, hot baguettes, wraps, jacket potatoes, pizza and hot meals. Highly rated on Tripadvisor too.
Sitting at the end of the beach on the cliff edge, this seafront bar and bistro is in quite an enviable position to relax after an enjoyable day exploring. A spacious decked sun terrace offers plenty of outside seating for dining on a warm day or for a drink whilst the sun sets over the ocean, but you can still enjoy a stunning sea view from the tables inside. The menu includes light bites, nachos, burgers, traditional favourites, fish and seafood, vegetarian and vegan options as well as a great choice for children. On a Sunday, the carvery is incredibly popular (but the queue does move quickly if you can get a table).
A cosy pizzeria at the entrance of the beach (also have various mobile locations throughout North Devon too. They serve delicious wood-fired thin crust pizzas, using a slow rising sourdough, and locally sourced toppings. You are welcome to bring your own alcohol in the evenings. Takeaways available too.
A quirky family run tea room situated in the centre of Westward Ho! This little place with its retro decor, traditional chinaware and a lovely relaxed atmosphere makes a great spot to grab a quick cuppa, tasty lunch or an afternoon tea. The walls are adorned with posters of iconic movie stars from bygone eras, and of course the main focus is the very impressive cake display. Tuck into jacket potatoes, salads, paninis, doorstep sandwiches or their renowned cheese and ham grills. Don’t forget to leave space for a slice of cake though! Cake specials include Cookie Dough Overload, Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake, Triple Chocolate Brownies, Banana and Passion Fruit Loaf, plus so much more to list. An afternoon tea in Devon is always a must, and again you won’t be disappointed with the Cream Teas, all named after a famous movie star, and served with fresh, homemade scones. If you book in advance, you can also indulge in a High Tea. As you can imagine, it does get very busy so probably best to book, especially in the summer months.
Set in the heart of the village, this family run restaurant holds an excellent reputation for serving an interesting menu of Thai cuisine with a few traditional English dishes. Close to the beach, you can enjoy sumptuous cuisine with a view! Notable dishes to start include Appledore Mussels in a Thai broth, a Whole Wild Caught Crab with a spicy seafood sauce, and pan seared Scallops with peppers, basil & red curry sauce. Whilst for the main event, choose from having a traditional Sirloin steak or perhaps a Weeping Tiger (slices of sirloin steak tossed with garlic, black pepper and coriander). There are the usual stir-fried dishes and Thai curries, but you will also discover an incredible selection of unusual seafood variations including red mullet and scallops, or monkfish. Kids are also very welcome, with a Mini Moran's menu available too. And if you don’t fancy dining in, there is a takeaway menu. It comes highly recommended, so booking is advisable.
As the name suggests, this pub sits on a hill, surrounded by countryside and found outside the resort of Westward Ho!. It also has a story about a pig too, but if you are keen to find out why, read more here). It prides itself on providing a great family friendly venue offering local ales, ciders, exclusive wines, great coffees and is well-stocked with non-alcoholic beverages too. All food is cooked to order, and prides itself on using the freshest of ingredients. Menus include lighter bites for lunch, where you can choose from a hearty soup, open sandwich, sharing boards to burgers or fish and chips. For dinner, the restaurant menu includes tasty vegetarian options, local seafood, to farm favourites such as burgers, steak, lamb shanks and, of course, belly of pork.
The Golden Fry Fish and Chips, Hong Kong Diner, Pig on the Pebbles and finally The Glorious Oyster, a converted horsebox trailer serves local seafood and beach inspired dishes (and voted 1 out of 3 finalists for the ‘Best Street Food/Takeaway on BBC1’s The One Show) are all excellent choices for a takeaway in Westward Ho!