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Where to eat in South Molton

If you fancy a meal out whilst staying at one of our self-catering holiday cottages, there are tea rooms, pubs and restaurants in town where you can savour delicious meals and treats. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, find somewhere for all the family or for a romantic date night for two. Several delicious eateries are a short drive away so you can hop in the car or book a taxi for a night out of town.

The Corn Dolly

Sitting in the heart of town, tuck into doorstop sandwiches, tantalising sweet treats and traditional cream teas piled with clotted cream and jam at The Corn Dolly Tea Shop. Boasting a friendly, rustic feel, this family-run tearoom is a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike and has vegetarian and gluten-free options so everyone can enjoy a meal out. If all you fancy is a hot drink, pop in and try the own blend coffee, loose leaf teas and luxury hot chocolates with all the toppings. Bring your four-pawed pal along too.

Address: 115a East Street, South Molton, EX36 3DB        Tel: 01769 610994


Step inside and tuck into breakfast, lunch or dinner at this Mediterranean-inspired restaurant with cool interior and plant-lined windows. Breakfast is a tasty affair with vegetarian and vegan options; enjoy savoury toasts, devour a full English or order an omelette for a tasty start to your day. Pop in for a lunchtime panini or a sandwich or simply sit with a homemade cake and a hot mug of tea or coffee to while away a rainy afternoon. The delicious dinner menu is inspired by Mediterranean cuisine and has a range of tapas style dishes as well as pizzas and main meals which you don’t have to share! The children’s menu has yummy treats for smaller tummies and you can also order pizza to takeaway if you want to eat out.

Address: 135 East Street, South Molton, EX36 3BU       Tel: 01769 574225

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The Courtyard Bistro

The perfect place to enjoy alfresco dining in South Molton, The Courtyard Bistro has a beautiful courtyard which wonderfully complements the selection of tapas dishes. Sit down and share a number of small dishes which include traditional favourites and plates with exciting flavours or choose a hearty steak or a salad. The Bistro Fusion menu has an array of quirky and flavoursome plates which are perfect for tantalising your taste buds.

Address: 131 East Street, South Molton, EX36 3BU      Tel: 01769 574145

South Street Kitchen

If you’re out exploring the town, enjoy a pitstop at South Street Kitchen coffee shop where you can order delicious lunchtime goodies. Choose from sandwiches on locally baked bread, award-winning pasties and homemade sweet treats or go for a hot lunch or a traditional cream tea. The café also serves up a hearty breakfast and you can eat in the sheltered garden or grab a takeaway.

Address: 67 South Street, South Molton, EX36 4AG     Tel: 01769 572560

The Welcome Fryer

After a day by the coast you simply must order a traditional portion of fish and chips! Head back to town and visit The Welcome Fryer who serve up burgers, chip shop favourites and of course, delicious fish and chips. Browse the gluten free menu which has an extensive array of meals and why not treat yourself to a dessert too? Eat in in the heart of town or takeaway and dine back at your self-catering holiday cottage.

Griffin’s Yard

A great lunch pitstop, Griffin’s Yard has an array of homemade goodies on offer. From soups of the day to exciting salads and fully filled quiches, treat your taste buds and savour the delicious local produce. Before you leave, pick up a cake to take away or stock up on picnic treats for your next adventure.

Address: North Road, South Molton, EX36 3AZ      Tel: 01769 572 372

The Coaching Inn

If you’re after a traditional pub in the heart of town, The Coaching Inn has a selection of real ales and serves up hearty food in a bustling, friendly atmosphere. Visit with all the family and enjoy a meal inside or out or pop in with friends and sip a cold drink. With a great Sunday Roast, The Coaching Inn is well-worth a visit towards the end of the weekend or after a Sunday walk.

Address: Queen Street, South Molton, EX36 3BJ     Tel: 01769 572526

The Stags Head Inn

Enjoy waterside dining at this 16th-century thatched inn which offers an array of hearty meals for all to enjoy. Whether you’re a vegetarian or you’re visiting with little ones, the menu caters for everyone and if there’s nothing which takes your fancy, the kitchen will do their very best to accommodate your taste buds. The Stags Head Inn is a cosy place to dine during chilly winter months and in the summer is a lovely place to sit by the trout lake in the pergola. The Stags Head Inn is just 5 minutes from the edge of town so you can drive or book a taxi with ease.

Address: Filleigh, Barnstaple, EX32 0RN     Tel: 01598 760250

The Bell at Chittlehampton

If you’re planning a meal out and don’t mind the 15-minute drive, The Bell at Chittlehampton serves mouth-watering pub food and has a fantastic, welcoming atmosphere. Dine inside or sit outside and lap up the ambience at this family-friendly inn with quirky décor and a brilliantly stocked bar. The menu has something for everyone and you can build your own burger or enjoy a selection of small plates. The Bell caters for vegetarians, vegans, has gluten free options and a menu for little ones. There is parking opposite so you don’t need to worry about finding a space.

Address: Chittlehampton, Umberleigh, EX37 9QL      Tel: 01769 540368

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