15 Jul 2021
For superlative seaside dining on your West Country staycation, sail into The Boathouse on the Torridge Estuary at Instow, Devon. This gorgeous beach bar and restaurant boasts a stunning outdoor top deck with uninterrupted views of the sea. Expect freshlocal fish, top notch seafood, golden sand between your toes and sunsets that last for hours.
A favourite for foodies, The Boathouse menu specialises in the freshest of seafood delivered daily from Devon ports in Appledore, Ilfracombe, Salcombe and Brixham. Modern dishes include Devon crab salad, brown crab mayo, cucumber and chicory; beetroot cured salmon gravlax; king prawn and Devon crab linguine; and a fearsome looking whole soft-shell crab burger in spiced tempura. There’s also popular classics: real ale battered cod with chips; West Country mussels in cider, smoked bacon and cream; and heritage tomato and mozzarella salad.
Carnivores can enjoy a locally sourced Exmoor ribeye with triple cooked chips or The Boathouse beef burger with ale onions and cheddar cheese. Vegan and vegetarian dishes also feature on the small menu of fresh dishes cooked in-house daily
Coffee is 100% Arabica, Rainforest Alliance certified, ground to order and prepared by trained baristas each morning from 9.30am onwards, and is served alongside cakes, bacon butties and more. Brunches and sandwiches provide a lighter lunchtime bite after a walk on the beach.
Sunday roasts from midday are of titanic proportions, with locally sourced prime joints of meat, delicious veggie options and a totally overboard selection of trimmings – what’s not to love?
In need of a tipple? Well, with 40 wines by the glass from the old and new worlds you will be spoilt for choice alongside local ciders, craft brews and cask ales.
So bring your deck shoes and drop anchor at The Boathouse where you can admire the sunsets from the ‘top deck’ overlooking the Torridge Estuary. And if you want to hunker down for the night, jump on the Appledore Instow Ferry to The Seagate Hotel, a stylish 17-room boutique property in the pretty fishing village of Appledore. Bring your sea dogs too, four-legged friends are most welcome.
The Boathouse – coasting into the staycation season.
Marine Parade, Instow, North Devon