Al Fresco Eateries
The Pig at Combe, Gittisham
For superb countryside views and utter serenity, head to the intimate, derelict-chic Folly with its stripped back walls, reclaimed furniture and decorations, and floor to ceiling windows that look out over Combe Woods. Tucked away in the rustic kitchen garden behind the main hotel (exploring here is a must), there is the ability to sit inside and out, enjoying their famous wood-fired flatbreads and other light bites. Don’t miss their live music nights for a chilled acoustic accompaniment. It’s dog-friendly too!
The Fisherman’s Cot
Perch under a parasol right beside the picturesque Bickleigh Bridge Weir on the River Exe for relaxing, riverside eating. The historic charm of the building with its thatched roof and wooden beams pairs with the lovingly maintained gardens to add further to the scenery. Expect authentic, comforting pub food – traditional favourites, decadent sharing dishes and plenty of quick bites. It’s accessible too and dogs are very welcome.
Otter Valley Ice Cream & Field Kitchen
Sit, rest and play while enjoying marvellous views of the stunning Otter Valley. The proud farming family at Otter Valley Dairy started selling their homemade gelato ice cream here in 2010 – with plenty of awards to back this being some of the best ice cream in the South West (the family even travelling to Italy to learn from the best)! More recently, the unique oak-beamed Field Kitchen that stands today was created after popular demand, and now offers a more permanent setting to serve delicious breakfasts, fresh sourdough pizzas, and a range of light bites and sweet treats.
The Anchor Inn
Fore Street, Beer
It’s all about the location, location, location. Grab a table in this cosy beer garden perched on the side of the cliff above Beer beach and enjoy hearty, classic gastropub fare accompanied with a beautiful sea view. The pebbles are just 100 yards away where you can enjoy a dip or just relax soaking up the sun.
River Exe Café
Exe Estuary, Exmouth
Escape to the estuary with lunch or dinner on a floating restaurant! Open from 1st April – 30th September, the award-winning River Exe Café boasts the offering of a unique experience as you enjoy fine food on a floating barge in the Exe Estuary. Accessed by water taxi from Exmouth’s Marina, this is your chance to enjoy amazing views all around – especially so from the new upper deck! Expect locally caught fish from local fishermen to fill the menu, with accompanying ingredients from suppliers just a few miles down the road.
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This manageable there and back route offers easy walking and wheeling along the eastern side of the reservoir and to the dams, plus additional access to the wildlife trail in the Burrator Arboretum