When visiting Combe Martin, one thing is for sure, you certainly won’t go hungry! A handful of delicious beachside pubs, historic inns, and tasty fish and chips shops mean you can eat your way around the village and find something for everyone! Enjoy what this pretty seaside village has to offer, or head slightly further afield to the nearby town of Ilfracombe if you feel like tucking into a Michelin star meal.
When holidaying by the sea, it goes without saying that you should tuck into a portion of fish and chips or two. Top Chippy sits on the high street and serves up delicious fish and chips as well as a variety of fully loaded pizzas, burgers, and kebabs to takeaway. Pick up your order and plate up at one of our cosy holiday cottages or unroll your picnic blanket and dine alfresco on the beach.
Boasting gorgeous views over the bay, The Dolphin Inn is located just over the road from Combe Martin Beach on the aptly named ‘Seaside Hill’. With a fabulous menu serving up fish fresh from the morning’s catch, delicious stone baked flatbreads, and local game, wash down your favourite dish with a tipple and raise a toast! The Dolphin’s cocktail menu is a real hit and the bar has a wide range of gins and draught beers to keep everyone happy. Drop in on a Sunday for a carvery by the log fire, or if you’re feeling competitive, a game of pool. Sunny evenings call for a cold drink in the beer garden, perfect if you have brought little ones and four-legged friends along.
Steeped in history after being built by George Ley in 1690 to celebrate a big win in a game of cards, the Pack O’ Cards is a fantastically quirky place to grab a bite to eat. Its four floors, thirteen doors on every floor, fifty-two windows (before the window tax came into play) and fifty-two stairs were built upon a plot measuring fifty-two metres square (do you recognise lots of card-related numbers?!). The inns interesting history and construction have drawn quite a lot of attention over the years and it even appears in a Paul Daniels Magic Show!
Besides its quirks, the Pack O’ Cards has a delicious menu. Locally supplied fish, vegetarian dishes, and hearty meals are among the many choices and there is a separate range of kid’s meals. The Pack O’ Cards also offer a carvery on Sundays if you fancy a good old-fashioned roast dinner which you can top off with a decadent dessert if you have any room left! Spend sunny days in the riverside garden where little ones can enjoy the play area, or warm up inside with a game of pool, darts, or skittles if there is a chill in the air.
This quaint, welcoming tearoom near the seafront is the perfect pitstop for an all-day breakfast or a traditional cream tea. Grab a spot on the terrace and enjoy watching the world go by whilst soaking up some sun and sea air. An array of light bites, warming dishes, and sweet treats will certainly revive you after a morning spent on the beach or the water, and is perfect for all members of the family, both young and old.
A firm favourite with holiday makers and locals alike, stop by the harbour deli for some tasty bites to eat and great coffee. Known for its yummy breakfasts and cakes, friendly staff welcome you and your canine companion inside and serve up great portions so you will leave feeling refuelled and ready for the adventures ahead. Sandwiches, pastries, and pies are all on the menu and if you don’t have enough room left for a sweet treat, we recommend that you take one or two away with you to enjoy a little later on!
With panoramic views of the local bay, you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but the Focsle Inn on a warm summer’s day. Its seemingly strange name originates from a maritime term used for the raised deck at the front of a ship, the ‘forecastle’ or ‘focsle’. Take a seat on the beachside terrace and cool down with a cold tipple whilst admiring the far-reaching views. Or step inside to the sea view lounge which also boasts unrivalled views so you can dine inside without missing out. The extensive menu offers an array of hearty dishes and light snacks and the bar is well stocked so you can sample some local beers. Canine companions are welcome to join you at the Focsle.
Address: Seaside, Combe Martin, EX34 0DJ Tel: 01271 883354
A stone’s throw from the beach, The Black and White is a fantastically located fish and chip shop, perfect for post-beach dinners. Grab a portion of fresh fish and chips, a hearty pie, or a pizza and dine alfresco by the sea. In addition to fish and chips, The Black and Whites serves all your chip shop favourites including burgers, chicken curry, battered sausage, and pickled eggs.
Address: Borough Road, Combe Martin, EX34 0DQ Tel: 01271 883548
Its beachside location makes this café a hotspot for holiday makers, especially those with four-legged friends as they serve up doggy-friendly ice cream! Choose a light lunch bite, a warming pot of tea, or a cooling icy treat, and whet your appetite come rain or shine.
Address: Seaside, Combe Martin, EX34 0DJ Tel: 01271 888407
Located on the high street with its own car park, The Castle Inn is a welcoming pub brimming with traditional charm. It proudly serves a wide range of real ales, guest beers and ciders which you can enjoy inside by the roaring log fire, or outside in the suntrap beer garden, both of which welcome dogs. The Castle Inn is the place to be if you want to catch a game on Sky Sports, Sky Sports Racing, or BT Sports, however, if there is nothing on you can entertain yourself by choosing a tune on the jukebox. A small but hearty bar snack menu offers a range of plates including jacket potatoes and burgers to keep you from going hungry.
Address: High Street, Combe Martin, EX34 0HS Tel: 01271 883706
Visit this sports bar and restaurant and enjoy its bustling atmosphere. Serving great food with everything from curries to carveries, head on down for an evening meal, a pint of real ale, or a game of pool or darts. Relax in the lounge bar or take a seat in the restaurant for a more formal experience.
Address: Castle Street, Combe Martin, EX34 0HX Tel: 01271 882282
All aboard the Storm in a Teacup boat café which promises to propel you into a land full of only the tastiest treats! Perched on the water’s edge at Watermouth Harbour, this family-run business serves up a delightful range of fresh food including crab sandwiches and homemade scones. Great for a pre-coast path walk, or a post-adventure pick me up, order a hearty breakfast or a warming jacket potato. Make yourself comfy at one of the colourful picnic benches with panoramic views across the harbour and beyond, and don’t forget to request some doggy treats for your canine chum.
Address: Harbour, Watermouth, Ilfracombe, EX34 9SJ Tel: 07846 496069