There’s a pleasing informality to Sascha and Garth’s re-invention of the Royal George. Fresh food, skilfully cooked is at the heart of the affair – inventive dishes sit alongside some classics – but you don’t have to dress up, there are good options for your children and it’s fine to bring the dog.
Stay a few days to try excellent fish, Exmoor lamb, local pheasant, a great burger; good wines and a range of beers with a different local guest ale every week. Take one of the bedrooms, with sea-faring touches and, of course, those watery views, and you’re treated to a great breakfast; could be classic, could come with chilli and avocado. If you love the sourdough you can order a loaf to take home.
Walkers have the coast path, cyclists the Tarka Trail; surfers nearby Westward Ho! and Saunton; fisher-people can book a trip from the quay. Sandy Instow is across the estuary, so is Tapeley Park; Rosemoor Garden is half an hour’s drive.