Category Archives: Food and pubs

A walk at Fingle Bridge

Fingle Bridge woods makes a lovely walk with a great pub for lunch or a snack. It’s about 19 miles from the eco lodges and combines well with Castle Drogo. In fact, the National Trust’s Castle Drogo land goes all the way to Fingle Bridge, and meets up with Woodland Trust land. It’s now under

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The Grove at Kings Nympton

Lunch at the Grove at Kings Nympton! Yay, we reached escape velocity and got out for a lovely Devon pub lunch. True, we did combine it with a shopping trip for the garden at Otter Cottage, but even that was fun. The Grove has a very traditional feel and lovely atmosphere. And just look at

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Big bike out: To North Tawton for cake at Kirsty’s Kitchen

Here’s a lovely and moderately strenuous ride that takes you to one of the best chocolate brownie cafes in Devon, and gives you the chance to work it off again afterwards. This ride is 26km, according to George’s bike computer (16 miles). There’s only about 200m on a main road and the rest is back

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Real Devon icecream!

Even on a grey day you can’t beat a Hocking’s Ice Cream! Made in Appledore, they are an integral part of a Devon holiday. There are almost always vans on the Torrington Commons, on Bideford Quay (car park end) and at Northam Burrows Country Park, among many other places.

Yarde Orchard Cafe, 15-miles from the eco lodges and on the Tarka Trail

NOTE: CLOSED UNTIL EASTER 2017 We didn’t ask, but I imagine that’s either bread or pizza dough Simeon is making. He’s one of the owners of Yarde Orchard Cafe, the fairly hippy tea cake and lunch stop on the Tarka Trail between Petrockstowe and Watergate. Our favourite route is to start at Puffing Billy, just

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Eggesford Gardens Restaurant, open on a Monday when many pubs are shut

Eggesford Garden Centre makes a colourful place to visit at any time of year and is well placed for good walks on nearby forestry land. Its lovely restaurant has seating inside and out (where dogs are welcome on leads) and offers a menu to rival any other local venue. What’s more, it’s open on a

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The New Inn at Roborough, another lovely pub serving good food

Here’s a local pub whose sign outside actively welcomes muddy boots and paws. It’s the New Inn in Roborough, about 7 miles from the eco lodges. It makes a fun expedition down the back lanes on the electric bikes (that’s how we found it), or you can drive the slightly more direct route and miss

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Cakes and Coffee at Kirsty’s Kitchen, North Tawton

Kirsty’s Kitchen in North Tawton: a lovely place for a reviving coffee. The lunches looked pretty good too. This cafe, where Kirsty also offers cake baking and decorating courses, is in the middle of the town. Footpaths on the Tarka Trail pass close by North Tawton and Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes once lived around

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Cycle to the New Inn, Sampford Courtney, for lunch

Here’s another of our ‘big bike out’ videos. Actually, this one is not all that big: it’s the first half of the Wheatland Farm to Belstone route that we did last year on our push bikes. This time we’ve done it on the electric bikes, which made it more of a ‘pub run’ and less

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