The Five Essential Exmoor Pubs

Whet your whistle at one of these excellent boozers.

If you’re planning on visiting Exmoor at any point of the year then you should certainly consider dropping in at one of the region’s traditional pubs. Whereas urban centres are filled with modern drinking establishments that are more geared to towards ‘high volume vertical drinkers’, pubs in Exmoor are moulded in a much more traditional vein. So, whilst you’re unlikely to find a 2 for 1 Jaegerbomb at a good price in this county, you can guarantee that you’ll find plenty of choices in terms of traditional ales, comforting home-cooked meals and peasant company.

Many of these pubs are situated close to fantastic circular hikes, giving you a perfect opportunity to park up, hit the hills and then drink a much deserved pint: 

The Bottom Ship, Porlock Weir

Porlock Weir is amongst one of the most attractive seaside villages in Exmoor and the Bottom Ship fits in perfectly.

Home of an annual festival and many regular events, this pub is a focal point for the local community and also happens to serve some of the best food in the village. Book a couple of nights at this classy establishment so that you can properly take in the ambience that this lovely place has to offer.

The Rockford Inn, Lynton

Tucked away in the Brendon Valley, The Rockford Inn is a pub that has not changed for decades and offers one of the most traditional B&B options for visitors to the area. Tucked away to one side of a secluded back road¬† next to the East Lyn River, this is a picturesque spot that is perfect for fishermen who are looking to get a peaceful night stay, a solid breakfast and an early start. Seafood is a speciality here, so don’t leave before ordering something from the menu!

The Hunters Inn, Heddon Valley

The imposing Hunters Inn is amongst the grandest on this list and makes a pretty penny as a wedding venue. When bouquets aren’t being tossed though, it’s a quintessential country pub which also happens to offer luxury accommodation and a show-stopping menu. Regularly featured in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide, this pub is a great place to stop off for a night, especially if you have a taste for excellently kept traditional ales.

Pebbles Tavern, Watchet

You’d be forgiven for missing Pebbles Tavern when walking through Watchet, but any local will happily point you in the right direction should you miss it the first time round. Winner of CAMRA Somerset Branch Cider Pub of the Year five years in a row, this pub might be a short drive outside of Exmoor but it’s certainly not to be missed for those looking to get a real taste of the locals’ life. There are also plenty of ales and beers for those who don’t fancy a cider…

The Royal Oak, Minehead

Lastly, the Royal Oak is very traditional 12th century Farmhouse-turned-pub which now serves as one of the finest places to drink in Exmoor. 4-star accommodation is on offer here, including award-winning dining options 7 days a week and an excellent ambience. Winsford is amongst one of the most attractive villages in Exmoor and has remained virtually unchanged now for decades.