Lynton & Lynmouth Food & Drink
Staying in Lynton and Lynmouth means you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to eating and drinking. Both Lynton and Lynmouth are packed with tea rooms, cafes and restaurants to leave you salivating for ever more. Of course no trip to Devon would be complete without a taste of the Devonian Cream Tea. There are several cafes like the Coffee Mill which sit along the quayside and offer outside seating, so you can soak up the sun whilst enjoying your cream tea. But our preferred choice is The Pavilion Dining Room, above the Exmoor Visitor centre, it serves a warm welcome with its traditional afternoon teas and by being next to the famous cliff railway, it offers breath taking views across the harbour and sea.
After a day spent crabbing and rock pooling on Lynmouth's pretty shingle cove, it makes sense to head for fish & chips at the Esplanade Fish Bar, which sits at the base of the cliff railway. Expect a queue in the summer but the wait is worth it. You’ll come away with crispy chips, white flaky fish clad in crunchy batter, mushy peas and a wedge of lemon. On wet or cooler days, sit inside and enjoy the moody black and white photos of the local landscape and coast hanging on the walls.
If you’re in the West Country, the chances are that, sooner or later, you’ll have a pasty. What you might not be expecting is the fillings that The Bake House in Lynmouth cram theirs with. Along with the classics like steak or ‘Cornish’, you can also buy beef and stilton, and beef madras. The perfect way to spice up your beach picnic!
With its exterior festooned with hanging baskets of bright flowers, The Village Inn advertises itself in advance as a cheery and welcoming place. It’s a good indication of what to expect inside. The pub is the kind of place where locals rub shoulders happily with visitors and an unpretentious menu serves up British classics like lamb shank, bubble & squeak or, for a real treat, a plate of Lynmouth lobster. There’s a good selection of local ales, a top shelf crammed with malt whiskies, and renowned local cider, Thatcher’s Cheddar Valley, on tap. Children and dogs are very welcome.
Also, the village of Parracombe offering miles of glorious rolling green fields amidst peaceful Exmoor countryside and its character village inn serving delicious meals and tempting bar snacks is just a few minutes’ drive away.
Exmoor is for adventurers! A wild landscape that encompasses moorland, woodland, farmland and valleys, where cliffs drop dramatically into the Bristol Channel. It’s a place for people who love to be active. Whether it’s walking, riding, fishing or cycling, Exmoor offers those who enjoy the great outdoors the most stunning of playgrounds.
And when it’s time to put your feet up, Exmoor is also home to some lovely tucked-away pubs, the perfect spots to enjoy delicious food and locally sourced ales.