Five Exmoor pubs to stop at for a winter warmer
With the end of winter upon us and spring on the horizon the time for long walks on Exmoor from holiday cottages Somerset is here.
But long walks on Exmoor just aren’t the same if they don’t end at a pub with a roaring fire where a tired walker can grab a pint of real ale, hot cup of tea or a hearty meal. So we thought it was about time we bought you a list of some of our favourite Exmoor pubs and restaurants for the hungry walker to stop in at.
The Masons Arms, Knowstone
The Masons Arms is the only restaurant on Exmoor with a Michelin Star but don’t let that put you off popping in.
It’s the village pub and the front bar is frequented by local tradesmen and farmers so you should feel perfectly at home in your walking boots.
Even though the dining room is more refined, there’s no reason not to feel comfortable there.
If you do visit the Masons Arms after a walk across the moorland surrounding the village then you should definitely sample the food –it’s delicious.
The Blue Ball Inn, Countisbury
The Blue Ball Inn sits right on top of Countisbury Hill and it’s well worth the walk up.
Visit on a Sunday and you’re guaranteed an excellent carvery in a charming atmosphere – enhanced by the slightly over smoky open fire.
The views out of the pub’s windows are excellent, with vistas of the Bristol Channel right the way to the Welsh coast.
The Rising Sun, Lynmouth
The perfect place to finish a walk from Watersmeet down to Lynmouth is the Rising Sun.
If you just fancy a drink then the front bar provides the atmosphere of a classic maritime inn and offers excellent bar meals.
It’s worth popping back to the Rising Sun of an evening too, as the food served in its classic oak panelled dining room is to die for.
The Café, Porlock Weir
While it may be known as the café this restaurant doesn’t just serve up big breakfast fry-
With head chef Andrew Dixon having trained at Michelin starred restaurants the food is great, and the setting isn’t bad either.
Sitting on the Exmoor coast the restaurant’s windows offer panoramic views of the Bristol Channel and the hills of Exmoor sweeping down towards it.
The Poltimore Arms, near Brayford
The Poltimore Arms is Exmoor’s most isolated pub and doesn’t even have mains electricity.
That adds to its charms and makes it the perfect place to go if you want to get away from it all and finish off a quiet walk in quiet surroundings, unbothered by modern technology.
Naturally there’s no mobile phone signal there, so you can enjoy a pint of Betty Stoggs in peace.