We all need a bit of comfort food sometimes. Whether it’s the result of a seemingly endless week of work, a lingering illness or hangover, or if you’re just feeling a little bit down; there’s nothing like settling down somewhere cosy for your favourite meal to cheer you up.
Fortunately, North Devon is full of all sorts of different eateries in order for you to find your perfect pick-me-up. Whether your go-to comfort food is something sweet, a massive burger or a plateful of classic British pub grub, there’s something for you. Here are our recommendations for the best comfort food around.
Custom House, Barnstaple
With a menu that includes steak, Mac n Cheese and tacos - as well as specialising in mega nacho portions and burgers - you’re bound to find something mouthwatering.
The clue to their specialty is in the name, with build-your-own burgers offering an insane amount of different toppings, cheeses, salads and allowing for a vast number of combinations. That’s not to mention a whopping sides menu, with choices ranging between classic house cut chips to BBQ bacon beans.
The Thatch, Croyde
If proper pub grub is what calls to you when you’re not feeling your best, then the Thatch in Croyde offers some delicious British classics, such as ham and eggs, fish or steak and ale pies and deep fried scampi.
If that’s not your cup of tea, you’re still bound to find something delicious on their diverse menu. With a selection of burgers, nacho platters, steaks and house specials which feature a range of dishes from around the globe, there’s something to satisfy every palate.
The Pelican, Barnstaple
You can’t get much better than a traditional fish and chips combo, and some of the best in the area can be picked up from the Pelican. Having won a multitude of awards, the restaurant were even named as the fish and chip restaurant of the year by the Fish and Chip Awards.
There’s no bad mood this comforting meal can’t cure. As well as offering your usual seafood variety such as cod, haddock or plaice, the Pelican’s menu also features burgers, curry, salad, sausage and egg and steak for that little bit more variety.
Tea on the Green, Westward Ho!
Sometimes your comfort food call doesn’t involve any of the above though, and that’s fine - there are North Devon establishments that can cater for any craving.
Tea on the Green in Westward Ho! is as cosy as they come. Especially suited to those with a sweet tooth, there’s always a wide selection of homemade cakes on offer, as well as a traditional Devonshire cream tea and other sweet treats like waffles with ice cream.
Let’s not forget Tea on the Green’s delicious savoury options though, with homely jacket potatoes and gigantic ‘doorstep’ sandwiches ideal for cheering up anyone’s lunchtime.
The Williams Arms, Braunton
There’s no comfort food quite like a good, hearty carvery, and while North Devon is brimming with locations to enjoy a quality Sunday roast, the Williams Arms in Braunton does us all a service by offering up its carvery every day of the week.
Priding itself on using locally sourced meats, as well as fresh, seasonal veg from surrounding farms, the pub is one of the finest places to get your fix. There’s also plenty on the menu if you’re not quite in the mood for a carvery; with Mexican bean chilli, lamb shank, and the choice of a beef or trio of mushroom stroganoff available.
62 The Bank, Barnstaple
Situated on Boutport Street, 62 the Bank is a bistro offering such a varied menu that you’re sure to find the perfect pick-me-up dish.
With venison meatballs, Thai green chicken curry and local mussels on offer, as well as a dedicated vegetarian and vegan menu which showcases combinations such as yaki udon and wild mushroom and truffle risotto, there’s a delicious dish for everyone!
Alternatively, build your own burger, enjoy a grilled steak or take a look at their originals menu, packed out with fajitas, ribs and homemade pancakes accompanied by your choice of savoury filling.
The Red Barn, Woolacombe
Just a stone’s throw from Woolacombe’s beautiful beach, the Red Barn prides itself on being one of North Devon’s best and most bustling surf bars. What could be more comforting than such a close ocean view?
Perhaps their main menu, which provides a great variety. With sandwiches and ciabattas, salads and steaks, burgers, fish and lasagne; there’s no shortage of delicious homemade recipes to choose from.
Plus, if you visit on a Saturday or Sunday morning, you can enjoy Breakfast at the Beach - and everyone knows that breakfast is the ultimate comfort food.
Remember, from tiny cafes to busy pubs and fine dining restaurants, there are plenty more eateries to discover using the North Devon Food Trail app. Alternatively, follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to let us - and your fellow foodies - know all about your own recommendations!