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Historic inn with literary connections

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Overlooking Lynmouth's tiny harbour and bay is this 14th-century thatched smugglers' inn. In turn, overlooking them all, are Countisbury Cliffs, the highest in England. The building's long history is evident from the uneven oak floors, crooked ceilings and thick walls. Literary associations are plentiful: R D Blackmore wrote some of his wild Exmoor romance, Lorna Doone, here; the poet Shelley is believed to have honeymooned in the garden cottage, and Coleridge stayed here too. Immediately behind rises Exmoor Forest and National Park, home to red deer, wild ponies and birds of prey. With moor and sea so close, game and seafood are in plentiful supply; appearing in dishes such as braised pheasant with pancetta, quince and Braunton greens; and roast shellfish – crab, mussels, clams and scallops in garlic, ginger and coriander. At night the oak-panelled, candlelit dining room is an example of romantic British inn-keeping at its best.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 December
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 11am–midnight
  • Lunch: all week 12–2.30
  • Dinner: all week 6–9

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  • Restaurant menu available

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  • Credit cards accepted


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Coach parties welcome


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • High chairs


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar

Getting here

M5 junction 25 follow Minehead signs. A39 to Lynmouth.

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