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Restaurants in North Devon With Amazing Views

If you’re heading to North Devon on holiday in the coming months, it’s likely you’ll want to make the most of the outstanding landscape in the area. Whether that’s the captivating coastline, the wild and untamed moor or the historic fishing villages. Here are some of my favourite restaurants in North Devon with amazing views!


Instow Arms

Set alongside the estuary of the River Torridge, the idyllic and postcard-perfect village of Instow lines the waterway. With a golden and soft sanded beach and views across to the equally as charming village of Appledore, the location offers fantastic views. The beach is easily accessed from both Barnstaple and Bideford, making it a hot destination amongst visitors and locals alike, looking to enjoy the scenery and a bite to eat.

Previously a period house, the Instow Arms is now an inviting and relaxing space to enjoy a meal. With an extensive menu, featuring classic dishes, as well as the more adventurous meals, there is something for everyone, vegetarians included!

Instow, North Devon
Image credit: Andrew Bennet

Seagate, Appledore

Just across the River Torridge, in Appledore, the Seagate, a traditional West Country Inn, welcomes guests in with the deliciously fragrant smells from the kitchen. The menu is continually changing, so it’s likely that if you visit a couple of times in a month, you’ll have something new to try. The dishes reflect the changing seasons, but it also heavily depends on the fresh, locally landed catch. The food is not only why guests return time after time, as the selection of real ales, ciders and wine can often make the hardest part of your day choosing what to drink!

Appledore, North Devon

Image credit: Paul

The Tarr Farm Inn

Famed locally, Tarr Steps is somewhat a Devonshire treasure. The Grade I listed bridge crosses the River Barle, and some claim that people have been passing this part of the waterway using the steps since the Bronze Age. The clapper bridge is not only steeped in history, but it is a charming site to visit. Surrounded by an ancient woodland, embarking on the historic crossing is one that rewards visitors with incredible views, of which, have only developed and improved over the years.

The Tarr Farm Inn is set amongst this breath-taking setting, and the food to be served is equally as outstanding as the view. Embracing the high-quality and locally sourced foods, with Exmoor reared lamb and Devon Red Ruby beef, fresh Cornish seafood and game, it is a meat, and seafood lovers haven! Vegetarians are more than cared for here too, and each dish is exquisite!

Tarr Steps, Exmoor

Image credit: Michael Clarke Stuff

The Rising Sun, Lynmouth

Lynton and Lynmouth is a place that truly has my heart. The landscape surrounding the historic villages, for me, never gets old. With a dramatic coastline which includes the stunning Valley of the Rocks, as well as the surrounding valley woodlands, scenically, it is my dream location.

Situated harbourside in Lynmouth is the Rising Sun. Try and grab yourself a window seat and you can enjoy the views of the nearby beach, boats bobbing in the harbour, as well as the River Lyn while having your meals.

I’ve read a lot of reviews saying the food is a little pricey, but you really do get what you pay for here, the quality of the food and the skill taken in producing the outstanding dishes, the presentation, service and atmosphere make it more than worth the money.

The Rising Sun, Lynmouth

Image credit: Ian Rob

Blue Ball Inn, Countisbury

Venturing up the hill and out of Lynmouth rewards you with outstanding views. During the descent, the landscape becomes more and more rugged, with the exposed headland and moorland ever increasing in its charm. The raw and untouched surroundings compliment the historic inn, with interesting fascinations hinting at the inn’s past, while adding to the tastefully decorated interior.

The food served at the Blue Ball Inn is equally as warming and hearty as the pub itself, with generous portions, full flavour and quality ingredients, a refuel after a hike on the moors will be one of the highlights of your day!

The Blue Ball Inn, Countisbury, Exmoor

Image credit: Ruth Sharville

Have I missed any of your favourite restaurants in North Devon that boast incredible views and surroundings? Let me know via my social media channels!

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