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The Best Croyde Pubs and Georgeham Pubs

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Pubs in the Parrish of Croyde and Georgham

Croyde and Georgeham have some of the best pubs in the area. Whether you’re looking for a great beer garden, local ales or quality food; here’s a guide to Croyde and Georgeham pubs to help you choose. All of the below are family and dog friendly pubs (most allow dogs only in the bar area).

THE THATCH – CROYDE’S FAMOUS FREEHOUSE

A North Devon institution. The Thatch is the busiest and liveliest pub in the area and known for their eclectic mix of surf loving locals and large number of regular visitors to the area.

By appearance, The Thatch is one of the most traditional you can find with it’s low ceilings as well as it’s wooden beams and bar. There is also a fireplace for those winter days and traditional hand pumped ales. Contrasting this, you’ll find surf videos playing in the background on wall-mounted TV’s plus daily sea conditions chalked on to a surf board.

the thatch croyde freehouse

The bar features plenty of local ales on tap as well as international lagers on draft. The ales usually feature one from North Devon and then more from the south west. They also have a large gin selection, pair with quality tonic and served in nice glasses.

The menu features your regular pub classic including juicy Exmoor beef burgers and their famous nachos to go along with regular locally caught fish specials. The Sri Lankan fish curry is particularly good, though at the pricier end of the menu. In the winter months, they do a midweek ‘2 meals for £16’ deal.

THE MANOR

The Manor is a great country pub in Croyde which has the best sports coverage in the village, whether it’s rugby or football, and has an outdoor play area to keep the kids entertained.

The 17th Century Inn has a wide ranging menu where your more than likely to find a dish to suit everyone in the group. They’re well known for their Sunday roast which is served all day.

The Manor has both indoor and outdoor seating as well as a good selection of beer and wine.

The Manor Croyde

THE KINGS ARMS

A warming pub with an eclectic wooden interior, leather chairs and cosy feel. You’ll find a mixture of friendly locals and relaxed visitors alike, all enjoying award winning food and great beers. Definitely a pub for the foodies in the family.

At the front of the The Kings Arms there is a small beer patio, from which you can look down the country lane and hear the birds in the bushes and trees nearby; a great spot for relaxing.

the kings arms georgeham

The Kings Arms feels more like a welcoming local pub compared the busy tourist focused pubs in Croyde, well worth a stop in at any time but especially so after a long walk and on those cosier evenings.

The menu incorporates the best of British and uses a lot of local ingredients. The homemade pies are a particular favourite and they do a fantastic Sunday roast too. 

THE ROCK INN

The Rock Inn offers a slightly higher end pub dining menu, with some incredibly tasty dishes focused around local meats such as Exmoor Ribeyes and venison burgers too.

Behind the bar they have classic ales and bitters on tap as well as a strong combination of regular and premium lagers.

The Rock Inn has indoor and outdoor seating as well as a roaring fireplace in the winter. There’s a few parking places outside the front of the pub but if that is full you can park in Georgeham village car park and make the short walk up.

BILLY BUDDS

A family friendly pub in the centre of Croyde Village with a casual menu featuring a large variety of items from pizza to tapas.

In Billy Budd’s you’ll find a mix of families as well as some of the younger locals and surf instructors too. They show sports inside and have a playground for the children and a car park out the back of the pub.

The have a pool table in the main bar at certain times of year.

Pubs in North Devon

There’s lots of other great pubs slightly further afield in North Devon, here’s a few of them to try;

CHICHESTER ARMS – Located in Bishop’s Tawton, just outside of Barnstaple, this is one of North Devon’s best pubs. They have traditional menu items and hearty portions as well a thatched roof.

Barnstaple Croyde Bay Resort

HUNTERS INN – A lovely country pub in Newton Tracey on the way to Torrington. The menu features local pheasant and Exmoor beef.

THE PIG ON THE HILL – This Westward Ho! pub is a great spot for a family day out, with large outdoor area and comforting pub food.

Remember Croyde Bay Resort also has our own restaurant and bar with a versatile menu to keep all of the family happy. The menu includes your regular items such as burgers and pizza as well as high quality Exmoor steaks from the local butcher.

It’s conveniently located in the main building of the resort and offers take away too.

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