Five Excellent Exmoor Restaurants

Tucked away in the rugged expanse of Exmoor are a smorgasbord of eateries, each with their own unique style and charm.

Championing local produce and home grown chefs, these establishments make up the gastronomic fabric of the region with a treasure trove of major food awards amongst them.

If you’re thinking of making a trip to Exmoor and fancy splashing out on an expensive meal then just make sure you book well ahead of time as these restaurants are much in demand!

Masons Arms

Run by experienced Head Chef Mark Dodson and his wife Sarah, The Masons Arms was awarded a Michelin Star within six months of opening and has retained it ever since. Perched on the edge of Exmoor in the village of Knowstone, this is truly a one of a kind pub. Whilst a portion of the 13th century inn is still dedicated to serving the village as a traditional pub, Dodson has transformed the rest of the building into an outstanding restaurant that exemplifies the best of what Exmoor has to offer.

Cross Lane House

You could easily drive straight by Cross Lane House, assuming that it was simply another pretty country home but by doing so you would be missing out on one of the true gastronomical gems of the area. The team at Cross Lane have perfected their craft, serving a classy dinner menu that even caters to al fresco dining during the balmy summer months. The presentation is modern, the cooking is immaculate – but the prices are reasonable at just £37.00 for three courses.

The Royal Oak

To say that The Royal Oak in Winsford is picturesque would be an understatement, this 12th century farmhouse has been lovingly cared for by its local owners Mark and Sally Bradley for years, winning numerous awards in the process. Head Chef David Sylvester has worked at The Royal Oak for the best part of 30 years, creating innovative food that boasts the very best of Exmoor produce.

Woods Bar & Restaurant

Although Dulverton has been at the centre of some unwarranted negative attention in recent years, Woods Bar & Restaurant is a perfect example of why you should never take the press at face value. Head Chef Ed Heard is in charge of the food output at Woods and his menu of classic British dishes are crowd-pleasers: pure and simple. Take your pick of carefully arranged Beef Bresaola to start or Creedy Carver Confit Duck with Foie Gras Terrine, before diving into a Roast Loin of Northcombe Lamb or Fillet of Brill with Tiger Prawns.

Tarr Farm Inn

No trip to Exmoor is complete without a trip to Tarr Steps. During the summer months this 55-metre long clapper bridge is a magnet for tourists, all of whom are looking to tentatively make their way over the bridge without slipping into cold river water. Watch the frolicking from a comfortable seat on an outside bench whilst tucking into fresh Cornish seafood, Ruby Red Beef from Devon and locally produced Exmoor Lamb. Lunchtimes are informal affairs, whilst the dinner menu is much more refined whilst still remaining relaxed.

6 Diverse Accommodations Options To Experience

Planning a trip to Exmoor? You’re going to need a place to stay…

Visitors are spoiled for choice when looking for places to stay in Exmoor. There really is something to suit every taste, budget and style.

Looking to relax in the historic surroundings of a country house hotel? We’ve got you covered. Perhaps you’d prefer to rough it in the midst of a real-life working farm? Or maybe you like the idea of a traditional B&B experience with a 5-star twist?

To help you make up your mind we’ve cherry picked our top accommodation options: they’re all different and they’re all in fantastic locations to make your trip that much easier to organise.

The Pig near Bath

Once a 19th Century country home, the historic Hunstrete House has now become the third Pig Hotel, a hotel chain like no other. The owners behind the Pig Hotels have created a hospitality experience like no other. It’s certainly a 5-star experience, but it’s served without the awkward formality eschewed by its starchier rivals although the prices are something that they’ve not made any adjustments to…

The Shepherd’s Hut at Westland Farm

There are a few interesting options open to visitors to the peaceful Westland Farm, but the Shepherd’s Hut is far and away the most romantic. Not for the claustrophobic, this tiny little space has just enough room for a king-size bed, a child’s cot, wood burning stove and small kitchen area. A breakfast room is provided for you to eat in, but if you stay during the summer you’ll most likely be spending all your time outside – there’s even a firepit and dutch oven to cook with!

Glamping in Lynton

For those who can’t quite stomach the thought of putting up their own tent  – rest easy. The era of glamping has arrived which takes all the awkwardness and mess out of the camping experience. The glamping tents available at the Lynton Camping and Caravanning Club sleep 6. In each tent there’s a kitchenette to make your meals, a sofa to relax on and even a dining table to eat at. Spend your evening watching the sunrise from your own veranda and under the protection of a canvas cover.

Halse Farm Campsite

Enjoy spectacular views and a glimpse into the life of a working farm when you camp at Halse Farm. You’ll need to bring your own tent (or caravan) to pitch up, but everything else is taken car of.

There’s WiFi on site as well as a well kept heated toilet block, free hot showers, electric hook ups and even a launderette with tumble drying facilities. A childrens play area will give parents a much appreciated bit of respite and if you visit at the start of Spring you might get to see some lambs!

The Old Rectory Hotel

There are some holiday makers who would much rather remove themselves from civilisation. Dozens of lodges in Perthshire with hot tubs provide that kind of rustic experience, but we do things a little differently in Exmoor. The Old Rectory Hotel is one of the most respected establishments in the area and offers an unparalleled 5-star boutique experience in a delightful country home. Relax in a expansive suites during the day, then retire to the dining rooms for a sumptuous meal.

Luxury Self-Catered Experiences

Relax in your very own (rented) slice of Exmoor.

Treat yourself to a holiday in one of these luxury self-catered accommodations.

Sometimes a 5-star hotel isn’t necessarily the best choice for a truly relaxing break. The polished floors and starched formality of a 5-star hotel can often have the opposite effect guests. After all, you’re paying hundreds of pounds for the privilege of sharing a public spaces with other people. You might have your own room to retreat to, but there’s always the knowledge that so many others have slept there already and then there’s the waiting staff and cleaners to contend with – put simply, it’s can often be more trouble than it’s worth.

For a while now there has been another option for holidaymakers looking to find a new kind of peace and quiet. In Europe (usually a step behind the rest of the world in fashion terms at least) the concept of hiring an entire property for the weekend has been well established. But, whilst staying in a holiday villa in France might well be a pleasant idea, you can now find similar offerings much closer to home, in Exmoor for example!

These luxury accommodations provide you with the privacy and peace to truly enjoy your stay:

Sunflower Lodge

What’s better than staying in your own private lodge? How about a private lodge that’s within walking of an award-winning pub? The Sunflower Lodge sleeps four people and makes for the perfect base to explore the surrounding area of Combe Martin.

Its within a short drive of the coast and with such an excellent pub so close by, you’re guaranteed to feel like a local by the end of your trip.

Glen Lodge Country House

This self-catering lodge carries with it some real British historical heritage. Built in the early 20th Century, throughout the years it has been occupied by all sorts of people – including: members of the British Equestrian Team for the Olympics and even a rabble of evacuees during World War II who are rumoured to have wrecked the place whilst the owners were overseas in Canada. Today it’s a well kept home, perfect for a weekend break.

Coulscott House

Stay in one of a handful of cottage at Coulscott House, farm complex offering self-catering accommodation for groups from 2-10. There’s everything you’d expect from a luxury cottage experience including amenities such as high-speed internet and widescreen TVs, but you’ll also find farmyard animals that will keep younger ones entertained. You can buy food from the onsite farm shop so once you’re there you’ll never have to leave!

Riscombe Farm

Leone and Brian Martin are the owners of Riscombe Farm, offering self-catering accommodation to visitors looking to get truly lost in the heart of Exmoor.

Certified as a 4-star self-catering accommodation by the AA, this idyllic spot comes complete with farmyard animals, horses and is even fronted by a river. Riscombe’s central location is ideal for visitors looking to see as much of the area as possible.

Produce of Exmoor: Take Us Home With You!

Why not take a bottle or jar of Exmoor back home with you?

We’re proud of the fantastic food and drink that the people of Exmoor produce – they use local ingredients and blend them in a way that you simply can’t find anywhere else in the world.

Even though you might be able to sample this cracking stuff during your stay, you’re sure to miss the grub when it’s gone. Before you head on your merry way, why not pick up a little something for the drive home or get a gift for a friend?

You’ll be able to find these products for sale at any good Farmers Market in Exmoor, alternatively you can always order ahead and pick up your produce on the way home.

Dunkery Vineyard

Run by Derek and Val Pritchard, the Dunkery Vineyard is nestled in a particularly fertile region of the Exmoor just a stone’s throw away from the village of Wootton Courtenay. Their vineyards produce a wide range of grapes that are used to make their distinctly aromatic wines. Their Madeleine Angevine is a particularly high seller and we’d be remiss not to mention their excellent Exmoor Brut: a sparkling bottle that has been hailed as England’s answer to Champagne.

Exmoor Ales

Perhaps one of the most successful brands to have come from the region, since Exmoor Ales set up shop in Wiveliscombe (back in 1980) their beers have been drank all around the world. Whilst you might be lucky enough to spot the iconic Exmoor Gold in pubs around the country, their seasonal ales can often be harder to pick up outside of the South West. You can order beers by the case from their website, or pick up a case from the brewery itself to get the best deals (and save on delivery).

The Exmoor Blue Cheese Company

Originally a sheeps’ milk cheese, Exmoor Blue is now a geographically protected product that is made exclusively with Jersey cows’ milk from the local area.

Since setting up shop over 20 years ago Ian and Ruby Arnett have prided themselves on creating the finest blue cheeses that Exmoor has to offer, continually innovating with new products. Their best-selling Exmoor Blue has been followed by a variety of other cheeses made using goat, sheep and Buffalo milk including their Somerset Blue and Partridge’s Blue.

Brendon Hill Crafts

The sheer variety of products that the Jessups have created is enough to stump any foodie, the good thing is that you can buy as much as you’d like because their award-winning preserved goods will keep for years.

Choose from a dizzying selection of jellies, jams, chutneys, fruit cheeses, marmalades and fruit sauces – all of which have been made from recipes that have been carefully refined over the last 30 years.

Hidden Valley Pigs

The story of how Simon Dawson upped sticks and set up his own smallholding in Exmoor is an interesting one, so interesting in fact that he’s based three books on his journey to self-sufficiency! The pigs bred on Hidden Valley Farm are given the best lives they they could hope for. The free-range, rare breed Berkshire pigs are fed natural food and drink water that has been collected from the farm’s own spring. You can buy the meat directly from them or even book in for a day’s course in butchery!