Despite its remote rural location, north Devon is home to some fabulous dining experiences that are well worth seeking out. From hyper-local farm feasting to multi-award-winning global fusion food, here’s our pick of the best restaurants in north Devon
The Farmers Arms, Woolsery
Part of The Collective at Woolsery, a group of groundbreaking hospitality venues from tech entrepreneurs Michael and Xochi Birch, The Farmers Arms is what many consider to be the dream dining pub. Sublime dishes crafted from homegrown, reared and foraged produce are matched by an innovative drinks line-up utilising homemade cordials and own-infused spirits.
Choose from three rustic dining rooms or, if weather permits, feast alfresco in the garden courtyard. Make a weekend of it by booking one of the beautiful guestrooms, suites or cottages.
Number Eight, Bideford
Crowned Best Restaurant in the Trencherman’s Awards 2021 and the Food Reader Awards 2020, Number Eight has earned a rightful reputation as one of north Devon’s most exciting places to eat. Chef-owner Joshua Jones’ tasting menus, centred around global fusion dishes such as Indian-style Cornish hake, have developed a foodie fanbase that’s willing to travel miles to sample them. Find the restaurant in its freshly renovated quayside venue in Bideford.
The Mole Resort, Chittlehamholt
The former Highbullen Hotel has been respectfully refurbished, rebranded and relaunched as The Mole Resort, a contemporary destination for family breaks and active escapes – from archery to axe throwing.
The Arts and Crafts-era house is joined by 58 luxury lodges, each with a hot tub and private balcony. Dine at the Cellar’s Bar and Restaurant or the more casual Bistro – both of which use seasonal local produce – or kick back with a cocktail in The Library.