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 the beams in the bar – someone’s been collecting book marks!
This is a Devon pub where you get good service and the food is made by people who care. There’s much more choice than you’d get in a pub grub pub and there’s lots of local ingredients used. My favourite pub lunch is usually a salad or fish followed by a very chocolatey thing. And the Grove didn’t disappoint. Bear in mind though that the hot chocolate pub (pictured) takes 20 mins to prepare. Still – what’s the rush?
Kings Nympton is about 8 miles from the eco lodges and Otter Cottage. If you’re feeling energetic you could cycle it. (You need the energetic bit for the hills – this is Devon after all!)
Other pubs we love for lunch include the New Inn at Roborough, also about 8 miles from the accommodation; the Lymington Arms in Wembworthy (2 miles from Wheatland Farm and also bikeable if you can stand the odd hill); and the New Inn at Sampford Courtney (now that is a nice ride… still hilly in places though). Of course, you can always drive (we have to say, most people do, and we did this time), but then you don’t get to enjoy the Devon beers do you?!