Month: <span>August 2020</span>


Dining Out Whilst Staying At Hartpiece

Life is returning to normal in North Devon. Restaurants and home delivery services are back on the scene. Catering services too are offering their services – H&A Catering are doing “drop-off dinnerparties”. The government have also launched the Eat Out to Help Out scheme throughout August. Many restaurants in Barnstaple and the surrounding area are taking part in this.

Local supermarkets Sainsbury’s and Tesco provide full-service deliveries to Hartpiece although we prefer to pop into The Good Food Stores located at Ashford’s and St John’s Garden Centres which are well-stocked with the freshest of local ingredients.

It is best to do a bit of homework before venturing out. Not all restaurants have reopened yet, and those that have now require advance booking. Expect tables to be limited to six per party.

Personal favourites among North Devon’s many good eateries are Clayton’s the Glass House, Latitude 48 and The Silver Tree in Barnstaple. Towards the coast we like the Pack O’ Cards and The Sawmills for lunch. Another favourite is S&P Fish on the harbour in Ilfracombe where a lobster sandwich costs £10.50. We love Sunday walks in Lee Bay followed by a meal at Grampas Inn.

We are hoping for great things from the newly-reopened Muddiford Inn, two miles away, where we meet friends for a pint and al fresco lunch in their big garden. And no list would be complete without a mention of the now-famous Barricane Beach Café in Woolacombe which serves Sri Lankan-style curries nightly 5 to 7pm (guests take their food to their chosen spot on the beach).

barricane beach near barnstaple. Sandy cove
Barricane Beach

On a day trip to Exmoor, I’d plan to cap everything off at the Michelin-starred Mason’s Arms in Knowstone, or for something more casual, stop by the Hunter’s Inn. For a really indulgent treat, it would definitely have to be tea at Tarr Farm Inn after a walk across the Tarr Steps.

A good list of take-aways in the Barnstaple is available on the website although we would specially recommend Clayton’s The Glasshouse or The Silver Tree take-away service.

Many local restaurants are participating in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

We have put together a list of them, but you can check if a restaurant is participating on the following website Eat Out to Help Out.


  • Subway
  • Custom House
  • Barnstaple Wimpy
  • Lush Bar and Restaurant
  • The Royal and Fortescue Hotel (Bank)
  • Queen Anne’s Café
  • Banburys
  • Upstairs at the Queens Theatre
  • Boston Tea Party
  • Silver Cod (chippie)
  • The Imperial Hotel
  • Green Lanes Café
  • Barnstaple Coffee Shop
  • Bull and Bear
  • The Rolle Quay Inn
  • The Park Hotel
  • Station Master’s Café
  • McDonald’s
  • The Barnstaple Hotel
  • St Johns Garden Centre
  • The Whiddon Valley Fryer
  • Air Extreme
  • Han Court, Fremington
  • St Johns Garden Centre, Ashford
  • Hunters Inn, Newton Tracey
  • The Chichester Arms, Bishops Tawton
  • The Muddiford Inn, Muddiford


  • The Royal Hotel
  • Riverside Bistro
  • Pannier Pantry at The Custom House
  • Secret Garden Café
  • The Chocolate Teapot
  • Cafe Collective
  • Frasier’s Foods
  • Tarka Diner
  • McDonald’s
  • Starbucks Bideford
  • The Westleigh Inn, Westleigh
  • The Thatched Inn, Abbotsham
  • The Bell Inn, Monkleigh
  • The Farmers Arms, Woolsery
  • Merry Harriers Garden Centre, Woolsery
  • The Milky Way Adventure Park
  • Coffee on the Square, Hartland
  • The Old Kitchen Tearoom, Hartland Abbey
  • Feather and Hide, Buckland Brewer

Westward Ho!

  • Pig on the Beach
  • Beach Coffee
  • The Pier House
  • The Waterfront Inn
  • Country Cousins
  • A Slice of Life
  • Pig and Olive
  • Appledore
  • Appledore Flame Factory
  • Sailors Rest
  • The Beaver Inn


  • Instow Arms
  • The Quay Inn
  • Johns of Instow
  • The Commodore Hotel


  • l’Incontro Italian Coffee Shop
  • Lions Coffee House
  • Puffing Billy Trading Co
  • Fairways Catering, Great Torrington Golf Club
  • The Union Inn, Stibb Cross


  • White Hart Hotel
  • The Rydon Inn
  • Molesworth Arms, Pyworthy


  • The Quay Café
  • Squires Fish Restaurant
  • SQ Bar and Restaurant
  • The George Inn
  • At One Dining
  • The Siam Bistro
  • Wild Thyme Juice Café
  • The Agricultural Inn
  • The Black Horse
  • Saunton Sands Hotel


  • The Thatch Barn Inn
  • Billy Budds
  • Blue Groove
  • Croyde Bay Holiday Resort


  • Funder Island
  • The Captain’s Table
  • The Jube
  • The Smugglers Rest
  • Golden Coast Sporting Villas
  • Twitchen Park
  • The Old Mill, Ossaborough


  • Nelly May’s Parlour
  • Dice and a Slice
  • Blue Lotus
  • Grassroots Café
  • Swiss Cottage Café
  • The Brasserie at The Carlton
  • Coffee Break
  • The Quarterdeck
  • The Ilfracombe Pizza
  • The Ilfracombe Fryer
  • George and Dragon
  • The Hele Bay Pub
  • Ilfracombe Golf Club
  • GFD Depot
  • Trimstone Manor House Country House Hotel, West Down
  • The Sawmills
  • Sandy Cove Hotel, Berrynarbor
  • Park Life Resorts Watermouth Lodges
  • Mill Park

Combe Martin

  • Focsle Inn
  • Pack O Cards
  • Lion House
  • The Old Station House Inn, Blackmoor Gate

Lynton and Lynmouth

  • Cracker Barrel
  • The Old Coach House
  • The Rising Sun Hotel
  • The Bakehouse Café
  • The Village Inn
  • The Rock House Hotel
  • The Cottage Inn/Nartnapa Thai Kitchen
  • The Exmoor Manor Hotel and Beggars Roost Inn
  • Caffyns Farm
  • The Blue Ball Inn

South Molton

  • The Welcome Fryer
  • Zest
  • The South Street Kitchen
  • The North Gate Inn
  • The Poltimore Inn, North Molton
  • The Old Court House, Chulmleigh
  • Fox and Hounds Country Hotel, Eggesford
  • Libbaton Golf Club, High Bickington
  • The Bell Inn, Chittlehampton