Food is hugely important to us and is seen very much as part of the whole experience. Breakfast is taken with other guests, stories exchanged, knowledge shared over what we hope is an interesting and varied menu. We believe when you go away it's worth taking time over it - it's a great way to start the day.
|On the table|
Each day, there is a variety of fresh fruits in season to enjoy with creamy greek yoghurt, overnight oats or crunchy granola. Muffins are baked each day and may include, blueberry and lemon, raspberry and white chocolate, apple and raisin - or anything else we concoct that morning!
|'Cooked' or something different|
We offer a really good cooked breakfast (with a little twist) and have taken time to source our ingredients from committed local producers. Always on offer is a veggie cooked breakfast including halloumi and homemade baked beans. If that's not your bag, we also like to tempt you with a few specials that change each day. Eggs HM, avocado on toast with rocket, a stack of pancakes and mushrooms on toast are a few of the current options. You can even spice it up with our popular homemade brown sauce. In addition we are very happy to make arrangements to creatively cater for vegan or other dietary requirements, just let us know in advance of your visit.
We are very fortunate to have delicious fresh eggs delivered from Stoke Leigh Farm just up the road. Sausages and bacon come from free-range, slow grown saddleback (happy) pigs from the award-winning Pipers Farm in Cullompton. Our tea and coffee is supplied by DJMiles in Porlock - we use loose-leaf tea in the dining room and bean to cup coffee (currently serving Sumatra beans). When possible we like to source regionally produced ingredients and make our own bread daily. Our jam and marmalade is homemade too!
Let them eat cake.....
On arrival we are happy to serve you tea and 'a little bit of something' as Pooh Bear would say. You can take this out in the garden if weather permits in summer or tucked up in front of the wood burner in the guest sitting room in the winter. We bake every day so there's always a morsel of something yummy to fill that gap. Fresh milk is available and delivered to your bedroom door each morning.
Guests have full use of the sitting room on the ground floor where there is an extensive range of maps and leaflets about the area. We can also light the fire on chillier days while you rest aching feet after a long walk. The dining room leads off the sitting room and is where all breakfast and evening meals are served. Guests are most welcome to have tea in the garden – just let us know! This is our home, we want you to enjoy it as much as we do, so please don’t hesitate to ask if there’s anything you need.
We are happy to offer evening meals if not too busy, especially if you are walking the South West Coastal Path. We offer a winter or summer menu and include options such as prawn curry and dahl, chicken and leek pie or chunky chilli, each served with suitable accompaniments and dessert. All our food is homemade and we are happy to discuss any dietary requirements - vegetarian, vegan, gluten or dairy free. Please note that these must be discussed when you book.
Places to eat
Now that it is summer, we recommend you book a table, definitely at the first 4 places on this list and you might as well for all to be honest - saves disappointment.
Pattard Kitchen – Farm to fork, up market, really exciting food (24 hrs notice of reservation needed, open Weds - Sat).
Hartland Quay – stunning scenery, pint, prosecco and sunset. No frills pub food.
The Kings Arms, Hartland - beer garden, pub food.
The Hart Inn - coming soon! Reopened in May and on Weds 20 June they will start serving food. Hooray.
The Old Smithy Inn – Welcombe. New owners, pub grub with good veggie options. Live music - Irish and folk.
The Old Bakery on the Square – light lunch, coffee, cake.
Bude – The Beach Hotel, Life’s a Beach (fish restaurant in the evenings, very special setting), Rosie’s (both beachside), The Bank at Bude (tapas bar), fish and chips, curry etc.
The Pig on the Hill near Westward Ho! – fabulous Sunday lunch
The Old Rectory Tea Room - fab cream tea and light lunch