Places to Eat - The New Inn Goodleigh

Discover this charming village pub at the heart of the popular North Devon village of Goodleigh for good food and ales...

The New Inn Goodleigh can be found on the foothills of Exmoor National Park and 3 miles from the historic regional centre of Barnstaple. Goodleigh is a pretty North Devon village dating back to the 16th Century, with a charming church, village school and at the centre of the village in every sense is the New Inn.

The village pub is a popular centre for village and is frequented by locals and visitors alike, making it a lively and welcoming place to enjoy a good pint or glass of wine. If anyone is searching for places to eat in North Devon the New Inn always comes out top and has rave reviews on Trip Advisor. This is of no surprise to anyone that has had a quiet drink, which is rare, as anyone who frequents the pub knows, The New Inn is rarely quiet and Justin and Julia and the regulars usually make for a lively evening no matter how long you stay.

The pub has a charming bar at the centre of the pub with bar stools for guests to sit at the bar and enjoy a pint and a good chat. There are tables and chairs around the bar and a smaller section below the bar where guest can enjoy the excellent food.

For years The New Inn has been famous for good beer and a great atmosphere for years but since Justin and Julia arrived the pub has gained an excellent reputation for top quality food. Using only the best produce from locally grown or caught suppliers Julia can rustle up wonderful traditional dishes as well as some exotic favourites all served with large bowles of vegetables. The main problem is choosing from the selection of starters, mains and puddings all created with a touch of flare and imagination. The baked baby camembert is stunning, the lamb chops are not only huge but delicious and the choux bun with caramel cream with dark chocolate sauce is “to die for”. Not only is the food created with flare the presentation of the menu by Julia theatrical to say the least, her the pheasant, ribeye steak and spinach and ricotta cannelloni was described as “a cuddle in a bowl”!

Justin manages to know when you are in need of a re-fill before you do so the wine and the evening continues to flow to its glorious end.

Apart from the warm welcome and amazing food there is often something going on in the pub, with Morris Dancers often making an appearance and performing outside the pub and the ancient theatrical group The Mummers make a regular appearance at Christmas, plus the occasional “open-mic night”.