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Our good food guide

After a day full of fresh air adventures, no doubt you'll have an appetite. The kitchen in your Beach Retreat is equipped with everything you need to cook up a storm but for those days where you just don't feel like it, you won't go hungry: there's a crop of amazing dining dens within easy reach.


Whether you seek something you can grip in your mitts, a hearty home-cooked affair, or a real showstopper for your stay. From fresh fish, authentic Spanish tapas, great wine bars and more, Woolacombe is the perfect destination to satisfy your foodie cravings. In our opinion, these are the best places to eat near Woolacombe; each is within walking distance of the Beach Retreats. Dig in...


Vibrant brasserie fare

The Bay Brasserie is a beachside hub for foodies. You'll find hearty brunches, lunches, gourmet sandwiches, cream teas and fresh cakes, frothy coffees, and gorgeous gastronomic dinners.

Both family and dog-friendly, there's so much to love here. From the hand-stretched pizzas, stonebaked in the restaurant's pizza oven, to the locally sourced gourmet burgers, freshly-landed seafood, and delicate Mediterranean pasta dishes...there is something for all appetites.

Located within our sister property the Woolacombe Bay Hotel, the Bay Brasserie is just a short stroll from your Beach Retreat. On sunny days, we have a small terrace area to enjoy a fine cocktail or local ale, whilst you soak up the coastal views. Or, when the winds whip the coast, you can snuggle up in the warmth of the indoor courtyard, it's a dog-friendly restaurant - your four-legged friends will adore the heated floor!



served in Doyle's

Join us for three tiers of treats - savoury and sweet - served in the beautifully-refurbished Doyle's Restaurant at our sister property - the Woolacombe Bay Hotel. A whimisical dining room with views of the waves, you can drink in the seascapes while you tuck in. Would any visit to Devon really be complete without freshly baked scones, lashings of West Country clotted cream and jam? For this irresistible Devon tradition, and more, there's afternoon tea!

Serving hours:
1:30pm - 3:30pm, daily

Please call 01271 870388 to book, or book online

*To ensure freshness, the utmost quality, and to provide the best possible experience, 24 hours notice is required when booking afternoon tea*



Let your appetite guide you...

Your Beach Retreat kitchen is well-equipped and supermarket deliveries can be arranged, but sometimes there are just those days where you have all the best intentions - taking a homemade picnic, dining in, cooking a classic English at home etc - but when it comes to it you just don't fancy it. These are some great places where bookings may not be required. All are within strolling distance of your beachside accommodation...

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Beachcomber Cafe


Home to divine feasts and beach views to boot, Beachcomber overlooks Woolacombe Beach. Open from breakfast onwards, there is a varied menu, including veggie and gluten-free options.

Miss Fea's Cafe


This little gem is a short coastal walk away. 30 minutes by foot and you'll see some lovely coastal views, while working up an appetite. There's a lovely sunny terrace or, for stormy days, a wood burner and a warm welcome.

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Barricane Beach Cafe

Right on the beach, the cafe cooks up a mean Sri Lankan curry on fine weather evenings and you can join the locals for an unforgettable evening, dining alfresco on the sands. From Woolacombe beach simply head north along the Esplanade and the cove is on the left after 300 metres


A touch of take-away indulgence..

Whether you want to indulge with take-out in the comfort of your Beach Retreat coastal home, or you're satisfying your sense of wanderlust and you want to pack a gourmet picnic to enjoy on the beach, we've curated some of our favourite on-the-go foodie offerings that Woolacombe has to offer. They are perfect for al-fresco adventures whilst you enjoy front row seats to one of Woolacombe's epic sundowns.

Thin-crust pizza at Bay Brasserie
For the pizza lovers


For delicious pizza indulgence, there's no place better. Located along South Street, it's just a short stroll from your Beach Retreat.

Pickled gherkins and homemade slaw

Also located on South Street, Gobblebox is home to handmade slaws and fermented pickles along with the best vegan burgers in town (all served with skin-on fries, yum!)

For the vegans

Also located on South Street, Gobblebox is home to handmade slaws and fermented pickles along with the best vegan burgers in town (all served with skin-on fries, yum!)

Fish and chips
For seaside nosalgia

Fish, chips and mushy peas - nothing quite compares to this quintessentially British delicacy when visiting the coast. Even on the most wintery of days... 


Local foodie delights

These are some of our favourite North Devon restaurants for evenings out. With menus filled with only the freshest locally landed fish or fine dining delights, these lovely eateries serve dishes that are as pleasing to the eye as to the palate. Perfect for a romantic night out or a special holiday celebration...



A proper country pub with award winning food, The Pyne Arms is approx. 25 mins drive from your accommodation. There's everything from a Sunday roast to speciality fish on the menu. It's well worth a visit!

The Pyne Arms
The Beach House


Right in Woolacombe, The Beach House specialises in seafood. Intimate and friendly, it's a lovely spot. They cook super fresh, just-caught seafood, taking special care with the provenance of the ingredients.

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Number Eight

A couple run, small, intimate and relaxed fine dining restaurant, situated down a quiet backstreet just off the quay in Bideford. A seven-course tasting menu is served Sun-Thurs.

“Pull up a chair, take a taste. Life is so endlessly delicious.” 

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