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The Red Barn

This restaurant and bar in the middle of Woolacombe is built squarely on four pillars: food, beer, surfing and music – not necessarily in that order. Most importantly, though, it is a venue which welcomes people with dogs and is happy for the hounds to hang 10 with their posse in the large bar and the first part of the restaurant (the top section is reserved for people without pets).

With big wide windows gazing out over one of the best beaches in Britain, and with so much of Woolacombe devoted to wave-riding, it is no surprise to find a place with a surf theme, but the Barn does take this to a new level. The ceiling is lined with 40 odd boards of varying lengths, there's virtually life-sized wall art depicting surfing, and they wear their close association with the Woolacombe Surf Lifesaving Club with pride (they're the unofficial clubhouse).

Close your ears and block out the West Country accents, and you could be in Bondi Beach. The food is good, with a decent selection to suit most pockets, and the service is friendly. There's a decent selection of beers on tap, and they regularly host live bands playing an eclectic range of music, from acoustic folk to reggae and rockabilly.

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