Choice Cottages’s guidebook

Choice Cottages
Choice Cottages
Choice Cottages’s guidebook

Sightseeing

Croyde beach is set in a wide sandy bay between Woolacombe and Saunton Sands beaches. Despite being a little tricky to find and in a rural setting Croyde is one of North Devon’s most popular beaches - and with good reason. Not only is this one of the prettiest spots along the coast it also has the best surf. Croyde bay sits between two headlands, which offer some protection from the wind. To the rear are sand dunes, and beyond, the rolling green hills of the Devon countryside. Despite being just on the other side of Baggy Point from Woolacombe beach Croyde has a much less developed laid back feel to it. The sand at Croyde is fine and golden. Towards the shoreline this becomes firm and compacted, which is great for sandcastles but even better news for surfers. When the sand banks are right Croyde produces steep, powerful waves which attract surfers from far and wide. With a seasonal lifeguard service and a fair range of facilities on the beach Croyde appeals to all types, from families to hardcore surfer types.
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Croyde Beach
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Croyde beach is set in a wide sandy bay between Woolacombe and Saunton Sands beaches. Despite being a little tricky to find and in a rural setting Croyde is one of North Devon’s most popular beaches - and with good reason. Not only is this one of the prettiest spots along the coast it also has the best surf. Croyde bay sits between two headlands, which offer some protection from the wind. To the rear are sand dunes, and beyond, the rolling green hills of the Devon countryside. Despite being just on the other side of Baggy Point from Woolacombe beach Croyde has a much less developed laid back feel to it. The sand at Croyde is fine and golden. Towards the shoreline this becomes firm and compacted, which is great for sandcastles but even better news for surfers. When the sand banks are right Croyde produces steep, powerful waves which attract surfers from far and wide. With a seasonal lifeguard service and a fair range of facilities on the beach Croyde appeals to all types, from families to hardcore surfer types.

Food scene

There’s something quite beautiful about the unpredictability of ‘The Thatch’. A little like the ocean that laps up against our shores, you never know what type of atmosphere you might find yourself amongst. Some days are peaceful and melancholic, others take on a whole life of their own as they mix a cocktail of interesting personalities. For years The Thatch has drawn characters of all types to its doors and with them they bring a touch of individuality and a freshness that keeps the unique Thatch atmosphere alive. So if you’re looking for somewhere with character, call in, we’ve got characters by the bucket load.
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The Thatch
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There’s something quite beautiful about the unpredictability of ‘The Thatch’. A little like the ocean that laps up against our shores, you never know what type of atmosphere you might find yourself amongst. Some days are peaceful and melancholic, others take on a whole life of their own as they mix a cocktail of interesting personalities. For years The Thatch has drawn characters of all types to its doors and with them they bring a touch of individuality and a freshness that keeps the unique Thatch atmosphere alive. So if you’re looking for somewhere with character, call in, we’ve got characters by the bucket load.
A quaint little restaurant situated in the heart of Croyde, one of Britain’s best known villages offering a variety of dishes. We offer leisurely evening meals with an extensive wine list. New for this year is our relaxing garden, situated at the rear of the restaurant.
Hobb's Bistro
6 Hobb's Hill
A quaint little restaurant situated in the heart of Croyde, one of Britain’s best known villages offering a variety of dishes. We offer leisurely evening meals with an extensive wine list. New for this year is our relaxing garden, situated at the rear of the restaurant.
If you don’t know us already, we are a laid-back cafe/bar/restaurant in the heart of Croyde serving up an eclectic menu with a great variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Favourites include our locally-landed fish specials, homemade curries, sharing platters, mussels, steaks, burgers, hearty breakfasts and array of nutrient-dense healthy dishes. We also pride ourselves on superb barista coffee, smoothies and milkshakes, and of course, a perfect Devon cream tea with fluffy homemade scones, lashings of proper West Country clotted cream and jam. Our bar is well-stocked with local ales, ciders and beers on tap, a sweet selection of spirits and shots as well as menu of classic cocktails.
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Blue Groove
2 Hobb's Hill
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If you don’t know us already, we are a laid-back cafe/bar/restaurant in the heart of Croyde serving up an eclectic menu with a great variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Favourites include our locally-landed fish specials, homemade curries, sharing platters, mussels, steaks, burgers, hearty breakfasts and array of nutrient-dense healthy dishes. We also pride ourselves on superb barista coffee, smoothies and milkshakes, and of course, a perfect Devon cream tea with fluffy homemade scones, lashings of proper West Country clotted cream and jam. Our bar is well-stocked with local ales, ciders and beers on tap, a sweet selection of spirits and shots as well as menu of classic cocktails.
In the heart of the picture postcard village of Georgeham, you will find The Kings Arms. A traditional pub that is bursting with character, and has been run by Liz & Paul since 2017. We work alongside the finest suppliers the West Country has to offer, and strive to create a menu that feels at home in a pub, but is also that little bit special. You will find classic pub dishes that have been lovingly re-imagined, alongside dishes that feel more at home in a restaurant. All of this can be enjoyed in a relaxed and welcoming environment where the whole family is welcome. More recently, we were awarded a Silver award in the Food & Drink Devon Awards 2021. We invite you to join us, and sample the best of North Devon.
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The Kings Arms
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In the heart of the picture postcard village of Georgeham, you will find The Kings Arms. A traditional pub that is bursting with character, and has been run by Liz & Paul since 2017. We work alongside the finest suppliers the West Country has to offer, and strive to create a menu that feels at home in a pub, but is also that little bit special. You will find classic pub dishes that have been lovingly re-imagined, alongside dishes that feel more at home in a restaurant. All of this can be enjoyed in a relaxed and welcoming environment where the whole family is welcome. More recently, we were awarded a Silver award in the Food & Drink Devon Awards 2021. We invite you to join us, and sample the best of North Devon.
Sandeligh tea-room serves take away hot and cold drinks, traybakes, light lunches and ice creams. For up to date opening times please visit the main website Baggy Point.
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Sandleigh Tea Room & Garden
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Sandeligh tea-room serves take away hot and cold drinks, traybakes, light lunches and ice creams. For up to date opening times please visit the main website Baggy Point.
If you’re looking for a warm welcome and a cold pint in a traditional west country pub then you’ve found it at The Manor House Inn. TRADITIONAL PUB A short stroll from the hustle and bustle of village life, The Manor House Inn dates back to the 16th Century. Alongside its period features, it offers delicious food and fine wine in a casual relaxed setting. Take advantage of our sheltered and sunny pub garden, and when the winter weather rolls in, pull up a seat in a cosy nook and enjoy a good catch up over a glass of wine. FAMILY FIRST It’s family first here and our playpark is sure to keep kids entertained. Your happy hound is welcome to rest his paws in our bar and outside areas; make sure he checks out our dog station for fresh water and biscuits. ​
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The Manor House Inn
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If you’re looking for a warm welcome and a cold pint in a traditional west country pub then you’ve found it at The Manor House Inn. TRADITIONAL PUB A short stroll from the hustle and bustle of village life, The Manor House Inn dates back to the 16th Century. Alongside its period features, it offers delicious food and fine wine in a casual relaxed setting. Take advantage of our sheltered and sunny pub garden, and when the winter weather rolls in, pull up a seat in a cosy nook and enjoy a good catch up over a glass of wine. FAMILY FIRST It’s family first here and our playpark is sure to keep kids entertained. Your happy hound is welcome to rest his paws in our bar and outside areas; make sure he checks out our dog station for fresh water and biscuits. ​
Overlooking North Devon’s famous Saunton Sands beach, Beachside Grill offers a unique blend of quality sourced ingredients, grilled to perfection and served in a chilled indoor/outdoor space or to takeaway* with you. Our menu has tempting dishes to please everyone’s tastebuds and a brilliant selection of options suitable for vegans, vegetarians and coeliacs. We’re open for meals or simply a coffee or beer by the beach. Our balcony is open to dogs, so you can enjoy a well-earned break after you’ve walked them on North Devon’s only all-year-round dog-friendly beach.
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Beachside Grill
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Overlooking North Devon’s famous Saunton Sands beach, Beachside Grill offers a unique blend of quality sourced ingredients, grilled to perfection and served in a chilled indoor/outdoor space or to takeaway* with you. Our menu has tempting dishes to please everyone’s tastebuds and a brilliant selection of options suitable for vegans, vegetarians and coeliacs. We’re open for meals or simply a coffee or beer by the beach. Our balcony is open to dogs, so you can enjoy a well-earned break after you’ve walked them on North Devon’s only all-year-round dog-friendly beach.
The Rock Inn is a friendly 17th Century Inn in Georgeham, and boasts five cask marque real ales, and an extensive wine list. Our fantastically fresh food is cooked with passion and flair, and is served either beside our cosy fireside bars or in our bright and airy conservatory. But don’t just take our word for it, come and see for yourself.
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The Rock Inn
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The Rock Inn is a friendly 17th Century Inn in Georgeham, and boasts five cask marque real ales, and an extensive wine list. Our fantastically fresh food is cooked with passion and flair, and is served either beside our cosy fireside bars or in our bright and airy conservatory. But don’t just take our word for it, come and see for yourself.
The Beach House Restaurant & Bar offers lunch and dinner with a menu focusing on using local produce and seafood only from the best quality suppliers and freshest ingredients available for each and every dish, all served in a cosy and laid back environment. The bar area and terrace is a great space to relax and enjoy a beer or glass of wine while watching the spectacular Woolacombe sunset. Our head chef Scott is classically trained and is an expert in putting his contemporary spin on all our dishes so you can taste his experience right across the perfectly balanced menu and daily specials board.
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The Beach House Restaurant
3 West Rd
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The Beach House Restaurant & Bar offers lunch and dinner with a menu focusing on using local produce and seafood only from the best quality suppliers and freshest ingredients available for each and every dish, all served in a cosy and laid back environment. The bar area and terrace is a great space to relax and enjoy a beer or glass of wine while watching the spectacular Woolacombe sunset. Our head chef Scott is classically trained and is an expert in putting his contemporary spin on all our dishes so you can taste his experience right across the perfectly balanced menu and daily specials board.
A warm welcome awaits you from our lovely knowledgeable staff. The Jube is a family owned pub that has been in the family for several generations, it really is one of Woolacombe’s hidden Gems. Recently renovated you will feel right at home at The Jube’s comfortable relax atmosphere where we welcome families and children in the day (as well as dogs), and in the evening we provide a contemporary upmarket pre club bar atmosphere. We provide entertainment all year round – look at our events page for more details. Walkers are very welcome and if you are passing while on the South West Coastal Path, pop in for a Hot Chocolate or Cup of Tea. We have a spacious bar serving a wide selection of beer and hearty bar food. We serve Lush Food and Burgers – Click here for our menu. Our eclectic collection of spirits is nothing to scoff. We love Gin as much as you do. We take pride in what we do and take our time to educate ourselves on the products we carry so that we can best help you find the next bottle on your spirits journey. Good food, real ale, great staff in a warm and welcoming space; we have everything you would want in your favourite local pub
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The Jube
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A warm welcome awaits you from our lovely knowledgeable staff. The Jube is a family owned pub that has been in the family for several generations, it really is one of Woolacombe’s hidden Gems. Recently renovated you will feel right at home at The Jube’s comfortable relax atmosphere where we welcome families and children in the day (as well as dogs), and in the evening we provide a contemporary upmarket pre club bar atmosphere. We provide entertainment all year round – look at our events page for more details. Walkers are very welcome and if you are passing while on the South West Coastal Path, pop in for a Hot Chocolate or Cup of Tea. We have a spacious bar serving a wide selection of beer and hearty bar food. We serve Lush Food and Burgers – Click here for our menu. Our eclectic collection of spirits is nothing to scoff. We love Gin as much as you do. We take pride in what we do and take our time to educate ourselves on the products we carry so that we can best help you find the next bottle on your spirits journey. Good food, real ale, great staff in a warm and welcoming space; we have everything you would want in your favourite local pub
Modern European dining using locally sourced produce & offering breakfast, lunch, & evening dining. This along side our delicious freshly made desserts, cakes, scones & fantastic coffee. We have a well stocked bar with a diverse wine list and many locally produced soft drinks.
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At One
3 Caen St
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Modern European dining using locally sourced produce & offering breakfast, lunch, & evening dining. This along side our delicious freshly made desserts, cakes, scones & fantastic coffee. We have a well stocked bar with a diverse wine list and many locally produced soft drinks.
The Red Barn is a popular beach side family pub offering freshly prepared food all day every day. Come and dine in our restaurant, at the bar or out on the patio whilst enjoying the magnificent views across Woolacombe Bay.
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The Red Barn
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The Red Barn is a popular beach side family pub offering freshly prepared food all day every day. Come and dine in our restaurant, at the bar or out on the patio whilst enjoying the magnificent views across Woolacombe Bay.
We are a small bistro serving Authentic Asian food for eat in or take away. In the evening we mellow the mood and offer an extensive traditional and modern Thai menu to enjoy in our newly refurbished restaurant or as takeaway to indulge yourself in your own home….
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The Siam Bistro
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We are a small bistro serving Authentic Asian food for eat in or take away. In the evening we mellow the mood and offer an extensive traditional and modern Thai menu to enjoy in our newly refurbished restaurant or as takeaway to indulge yourself in your own home….
A small Cafe on Barricane Beach in Woolacombe, famous for it's Sri Lankan Curries! Open from about 10 am everyday. Lunch menu served until 4pm; including baguettes, ciabattas and wraps along with drinks, ice creams and snacks. Sri Lankan Curries are on every evening from 5-7 pm as long as it isn’t heavy rain! No bookings so just turn up ... bring a blanket or beach chair and a bottle of your favourite tipple and watch the sunset.
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Barricane Beach Cafe
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A small Cafe on Barricane Beach in Woolacombe, famous for it's Sri Lankan Curries! Open from about 10 am everyday. Lunch menu served until 4pm; including baguettes, ciabattas and wraps along with drinks, ice creams and snacks. Sri Lankan Curries are on every evening from 5-7 pm as long as it isn’t heavy rain! No bookings so just turn up ... bring a blanket or beach chair and a bottle of your favourite tipple and watch the sunset.
The Squire’s family welcome you to their picturesque 16th century thatched inn. Modernised throughout whilst maintaining its historic charm and ancient oak beams, The Williams Arms is the perfect place to eat, drink, catch up with friends or celebrate a special occasion. Situated close to the North Devon village of Braunton and on the edge of a UNESCO biosphere, The Williams Arms offers ample parking and accessibility. With a lounge bar, restaurant and outside seating, you can choose where you would like to enjoy our freshly cooked food or relax and have a drink with us. Well behaved dogs are welcome in our bar area where tables are available on a first come, first served basis.
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Williams Arms
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The Squire’s family welcome you to their picturesque 16th century thatched inn. Modernised throughout whilst maintaining its historic charm and ancient oak beams, The Williams Arms is the perfect place to eat, drink, catch up with friends or celebrate a special occasion. Situated close to the North Devon village of Braunton and on the edge of a UNESCO biosphere, The Williams Arms offers ample parking and accessibility. With a lounge bar, restaurant and outside seating, you can choose where you would like to enjoy our freshly cooked food or relax and have a drink with us. Well behaved dogs are welcome in our bar area where tables are available on a first come, first served basis.