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Guidebook for North Devon

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Guidebook for North Devon

Food Scene
In this section you will find places to eat and food shops (some establishments may have limited opening hours due to Covid-19).
They sell prize-winning pasties including Big Bertha which would feed a family of 6! Opens 5am till 2pm every day except Sunday. Limited opening at the moment www.devonpasty.com
Blackwell's Pasties Ltd
7-9 Meddon St
They sell prize-winning pasties including Big Bertha which would feed a family of 6! Opens 5am till 2pm every day except Sunday. Limited opening at the moment www.devonpasty.com
Local bakery selling lovely bread, cakes and quiche. Gluten-free products available.
Country Cottage Bakery
22 Mill St
Local bakery selling lovely bread, cakes and quiche. Gluten-free products available.
Really good Sunday carvery.
Country Cousins
3 Westbourne Terrace
Really good Sunday carvery.
Homemade cakes, lunches (sometimes roasts on Sunday), tapas etc.
Velvet & Vanilla
12 Cooper St
Homemade cakes, lunches (sometimes roasts on Sunday), tapas etc.
Situated on the quay at Appledore and featured in the national press. Lovely fresh crab sandwiches.
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The Coffee Cabin
22 The Quay
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Situated on the quay at Appledore and featured in the national press. Lovely fresh crab sandwiches.
Friendly and obliging local butcher. A good place to buy free-range chicken, homemade sausages and Frank Heard's hogs pudding (a local favourite).
Mill Street Butchers
6 Mill St
Friendly and obliging local butcher. A good place to buy free-range chicken, homemade sausages and Frank Heard's hogs pudding (a local favourite).
Just around the corner from Baker's Cottage is this popular Italian Restaurant. Pizza, Pasta and Risotto of course butJust around the corner from Baker's Cottage is this popular Italian Restaurant. Pizza, Pasta and Risotto of course but also more adventurous dishes: I recommend their fish dishes. Booking advised.
Belluno Bideford
37 Silver St
Just around the corner from Baker's Cottage is this popular Italian Restaurant. Pizza, Pasta and Risotto of course butJust around the corner from Baker's Cottage is this popular Italian Restaurant. Pizza, Pasta and Risotto of course but also more adventurous dishes: I recommend their fish dishes. Booking advised.
Very good Indian restaurant within easy walking distance. Delivery service available. Buffet nights Sunday, Monday and Wednesday.
Taj Mahal
4 Allhalland St
Very good Indian restaurant within easy walking distance. Delivery service available. Buffet nights Sunday, Monday and Wednesday.
Gourmet restaurant within easy walking distance. Excellent reviews.
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Number Eight
8A Allhalland St
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Gourmet restaurant within easy walking distance. Excellent reviews.
American-style diner close to the Tarka Trail. Great chicken wings!
Tarka Diner
American-style diner close to the Tarka Trail. Great chicken wings!
Chinese Restaurant -eat in or have your food delivered. Well-established family business.
Paramount Chinese
22 Bridgeland St
Chinese Restaurant -eat in or have your food delivered. Well-established family business.
Very friendly. Run by local couple. Great Sunday Roast.
First In Last Out
27-28 Clovelly Rd
Very friendly. Run by local couple. Great Sunday Roast.
Great food - deliveries available.
Prince Of India
19 Bridgeland Street
Great food - deliveries available.
Great Sunday lunch. Tables outside with views and play area.
Westleigh Inn
Great Sunday lunch. Tables outside with views and play area.
Totally organic produce, some of it grown on-site. Currently operating a click-and-collect service on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons or delivering to Bideford on Fridays.
Marshford Organic Foods
Totally organic produce, some of it grown on-site. Currently operating a click-and-collect service on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons or delivering to Bideford on Fridays.
Simply the best!
Hockings Dairy Cream Ices
Simply the best!
Arts & Culture
Exhibition programme; gift shop; tourist information centre (buy your Tourist Parking Permit here); small museum upstairs and cafe.
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The Burton Art Gallery and Museum
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Exhibition programme; gift shop; tourist information centre (buy your Tourist Parking Permit here); small museum upstairs and cafe.
Very interesting collection relating to the maritime history of the area; located in nearby Appledore.
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North Devon Maritime Museum
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Very interesting collection relating to the maritime history of the area; located in nearby Appledore.
The Cabin at Bucks Mills is run by the National Trust who hold occasional open days throughout the year. Well worth a visit, it was the summer holiday home and studio of the artists Judith Ackland and Mary Stella Edwards.
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Buck's Mills
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The Cabin at Bucks Mills is run by the National Trust who hold occasional open days throughout the year. Well worth a visit, it was the summer holiday home and studio of the artists Judith Ackland and Mary Stella Edwards.
The gardens at Broomhill host one of the largest permanent displays of contemporary sculpture in the south west of England. Well worth a visit. Lovely food served in hotel.
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Broomhill Art Gallery & Sculpture Garden
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The gardens at Broomhill host one of the largest permanent displays of contemporary sculpture in the south west of England. Well worth a visit. Lovely food served in hotel.
Theatre, Art Gallery and cafe.
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The Plough Arts Centre
9-11 Fore St
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Theatre, Art Gallery and cafe.
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Hartland Abbey
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Parks & Nature
Pretty park with childrens play areas and paddling pool (summer only). Use your Tourist Parking Permit in the adjacent car park and let the children wear themselves out while you have coffee and cake in Cafe du Parc which is part of Burton Art Gallery. Home of Victoria Bowling Club and right by the Rugby Club. Visit Mr Hocking's van at the park entrance for delicious, locally-made, dairy ice-cream.
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Victoria Park
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Pretty park with childrens play areas and paddling pool (summer only). Use your Tourist Parking Permit in the adjacent car park and let the children wear themselves out while you have coffee and cake in Cafe du Parc which is part of Burton Art Gallery. Home of Victoria Bowling Club and right by the Rugby Club. Visit Mr Hocking's van at the park entrance for delicious, locally-made, dairy ice-cream.
Near the beach in Westward Ho! and home of the ancient Royal North Devon Golf Club. Common land used by local people for their horses and sheep which roam freely, but now a designated country park and protected salt marsh.
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Northam Burrows Country Park
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Near the beach in Westward Ho! and home of the ancient Royal North Devon Golf Club. Common land used by local people for their horses and sheep which roam freely, but now a designated country park and protected salt marsh.
About 7 miles from Bideford. RHS gardens to walk around; frequent events; restaurant; garden centre.
Rosemoor RHS Gardens
About 7 miles from Bideford. RHS gardens to walk around; frequent events; restaurant; garden centre.
Lovely grounds to explore with views across to Appledore. Home of Hector Christie (you may have seen him on TV) a dedicated campaigner for sustainable living and proponent of permaculture gardening. Italian garden, lake, woods and cafe (or take a picnic).
Tapeley Park and Gardens
Lovely grounds to explore with views across to Appledore. Home of Hector Christie (you may have seen him on TV) a dedicated campaigner for sustainable living and proponent of permaculture gardening. Italian garden, lake, woods and cafe (or take a picnic).
Travel to Lundy from Bideford or Ilfracombe on the Oldenburg. If you're lucky you may see dolphins on the way and Puffins on the cliffs near the lighthouse on the island. Cared for by the Landmark Trust. Book at Lundy Office on the Quay.
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Lundy
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Travel to Lundy from Bideford or Ilfracombe on the Oldenburg. If you're lucky you may see dolphins on the way and Puffins on the cliffs near the lighthouse on the island. Cared for by the Landmark Trust. Book at Lundy Office on the Quay.
Wild bit of coastline with parking and pub. Great for cliff walks.
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Hartland Quay
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Wild bit of coastline with parking and pub. Great for cliff walks.
Hartland Point Lighthouse
A wonderful trail on the route of the old railway line. Walk or cycle from Braunton to Meeth. Part of the trail follows the South West Coast Path.
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Tarka Trail
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A wonderful trail on the route of the old railway line. Walk or cycle from Braunton to Meeth. Part of the trail follows the South West Coast Path.
Shopping
Lovely clothes!
Chocolate
3 Mill St
Lovely clothes!
Market days are Tuesdays and Saturdays but both butchers' row and the main hall are open during the week. There are many craft workshops as well as an old-fashioned sweet shop and a cafe.
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Bideford Pannier Market
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Market days are Tuesdays and Saturdays but both butchers' row and the main hall are open during the week. There are many craft workshops as well as an old-fashioned sweet shop and a cafe.
Quirky and stylish interior furnishing shop. Online shopping available.
Josie's Interiors
10 Cooper St
Quirky and stylish interior furnishing shop. Online shopping available.
Bookstore run by local family. Good selection of books on the local area.
Walter Henry's Bookshop
12 High St
Bookstore run by local family. Good selection of books on the local area.
Homemade chocolate and special sweets.
Fancy Something Sweet
60 Mill St
Homemade chocolate and special sweets.
Factory outlet (now called Affinity). New shops added all the time.
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Affinity Devon Outlet Shopping
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Factory outlet (now called Affinity). New shops added all the time.
Old-fashioned sweet shop in butchers row at the pannier market.
Minxy's Sweets
Old-fashioned sweet shop in butchers row at the pannier market.
Entertainment & Activities
Ideas for things to do. Check individual websites or facebook pages for opening times during the Covid-19 epidemic. Some establishments may be closed.
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North Devon Wake Park
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Great for families; short drive away.
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The BIG Sheep
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Great for families; short drive away.
Fun for children and interesting for adults; well worth a visit.
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The Milky Way Adventure Park
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Fun for children and interesting for adults; well worth a visit.
Kayaking in the river, surfing and other water sports. Book in advance.
Skern Lodge Outdoor Activity Centre
Kayaking in the river, surfing and other water sports. Book in advance.
Battle for Valandor and escape! Outdoor escape game also available. Great fun! Cafe on-site. Booking essential for games.
Escape Down The Rabbit Hole
1 market street
Battle for Valandor and escape! Outdoor escape game also available. Great fun! Cafe on-site. Booking essential for games.
Community cinema in Westward Ho!
The Hodeon
17 Atlantic Way
Community cinema in Westward Ho!
Sightseeing
Learn about the history of Bideford Bridge in the Burton Art Gallery museum then see the real thing. Just down the road from Baker's Cottage.
Bideford Long Bridge
Learn about the history of Bideford Bridge in the Burton Art Gallery museum then see the real thing. Just down the road from Baker's Cottage.
This is the closest car park to Baker's Cottage but is worth a visit just for the magnificent view of the river and the high-rise Torridge Bridge which carries the A39 to Cornwall.
Honestone Street Long Stay Car Park
This is the closest car park to Baker's Cottage but is worth a visit just for the magnificent view of the river and the high-rise Torridge Bridge which carries the A39 to Cornwall.
Nearby fishing village. Home to many artists and creative people. Pretty streets to walk around with cafes and pubs. Visit the lifeboat station and Maritime Museum.
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Appledore
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Nearby fishing village. Home to many artists and creative people. Pretty streets to walk around with cafes and pubs. Visit the lifeboat station and Maritime Museum.
Drinks & Nightlife
More of a venue than a nightclub; small and cosy, in the town centre and with a busy programme of live music.
The Palladium Club
More of a venue than a nightclub; small and cosy, in the town centre and with a busy programme of live music.
Local pub with live music at times; home of the local Folk Club.
Joiners Arms
6 Market Pl
Local pub with live music at times; home of the local Folk Club.
Lovely pub serving good food and real ale. Beer garden with views of estuary. Car park (drive carefully in village). Great for Sunday roast.
Westleigh Inn
Lovely pub serving good food and real ale. Beer garden with views of estuary. Car park (drive carefully in village). Great for Sunday roast.