The countryside and coast of North Devon have been renowned for delicious seafood, meat, fruit and vegetables for centuries. A mild climate and fertile land have helped this beautiful region to develop a reputation for producing some of the UK’s very best produce. North Devon’s culinary traditions are still going strong, too, and can be experienced at farmers’ markets, family-run butchers, fishmongers, tearooms and village pubs.
Here’s some of the food and drink you won’t want to miss in North Devon.
A holiday in North Devon would be incomplete without a classic Devonshire cream tea, with scones warm from the oven, locally produced clotted cream and strawberry or raspberry jam. What’s more, you won’t have to go far to enjoy this decadent tradition. Tea on the Green is a lovely tearoom in the heart of Westward Ho!, a stroll from our bespoke holiday cottages and luxury seafront apartments. Be sure to book in advance and don’t forget to spread your scone with cream before jam (rather than the other way around, which is the tradition in Cornwall).
Farms across North Devon use traditional techniques to produce a variety of tasty cheeses. John’s of Instow is a lovely café and deli overlooking the River Torridge, a few miles east of Westward Ho!. As well as a fine selection of local cheeses, John’s sells freshly baked bread, quiches, pies and smoked fish. It’s also a great spot to enjoy a coffee and watch the world by in this pretty village.
The Westcountry is famous for cider and North Devon is home to many of its best-loved producers. Local, traditionally made varieties are easy to find in the region’s pubs and shops. At Indicknowle Farm, cider is produced with Victorian equipment and apples from the farm’s own orchards, using methods which have been passed down through the generations since the 1800s. After a quick tasting session, choose your favourite and watch it being bottled for you to take home.
Dan Garnett, also known as Dan the Fishman, has been selling the freshest fish at markets across North Devon for years. You’ll find him at the market on Mill Street in Bideford from 9am to 1pm, and at Hartland Farmers’ Market on the 1st Sunday of the month.
North Devon’s pubs are a must if you want to get to know the locals over a pint. Many also have a reputation for excellent food, from fresh seafood and fish and chips to locally sourced steaks and Sunday roasts. There are two local traditional pubs close to our luxury self catering holiday cottages serving a wide selection of local ciders and ales, and a range of cooked-to-order daily specials, prepared with the best seasonal ingredients.
At Westward Living, our chef creates a variety of delicious dishes, prepared with fresh, local produce and inspired by North Devon’s rich culinary traditions. It would be hard to imagine a more idyllic place to enjoy an evening meal than our Sunset Rooms, with breathtaking views of the Atlantic.