Appledore and Instow
This trail takes in the best seafood Instow and Appledore have to offer. Situated on opposite sides of the confluence of the Taw and Torridge rivers, Instow and Appledore have a strong maritime heritage. Watch the world go by and spot the boats journeying along the estuary as you tuck in to fine local seafood and - if you’re lucky - locally sourced samphire.
Look out for the small passenger ferry between Instow and Appledore. This small boat only runs at high tide between April and October and is run by a group of volunteers. For traditional takeaway fish and chips check out Sylvesters. The takeaway is just up from the Quay in Appledore. Look out for the vintage van advertising the takeaway on the quay.
The Beaver Inn is a traditional pub with panoramic views across to Saunton sands, Braunton, Barnstaple and Instow. Go there for fresh local fish and their catch of the day.
Craving a crab sandwich? Both the Coffee Cabin and Market Street Kitchen in Appledore use locally sourced crab for their sandwiches and are a great place to stop off for a quick coffee or lunch.
On a hot day, pop into Johns of Instow (or Appledore) to pick up a picnic hamper or source your own local produce, so you can dine al fresco on the beach.
Appledore is a great place for a spot of crabbing, so much so that Appledore is home of the World Championship Crabbing Contest. You can pick up everything you need from the shops along the quay.
The Glorious Oyster pop-up in the Sandhills Car Park behind the sand dunes on Instow serves, not surprisingly, fresh oysters, along with a range of other seafood delicacies. The oysters are amazingly fresh and tasty and served with a delicious range of sauces to slather them in.
Although not solely focussed on seafood, the Instow Arms always have a selection of seafood dishes on offer. With panoramic views across to Appledore, it’s well worth a visit.