Entertainment within a 30 minute drive
Places to stay
Eggesford Barton, Eggesford (about 7 miles north of the village off the A377) (tel: 01769 58125) offers self catering accommodation in four parts of an enormous old farmhouse. It sits just above the Taw with fishing rights and easy access to walks in Eggesford Forest.
Bealy Court, West Worlington also offers self-catering accommodation in a secluded location between Chulmleigh and Witheridge.
Places for food and drink
Places to eat and drink near Crediton this lists several restaurants in the area.
The Malt Shovel in Lapford (about 3 miles) has two bars, one a cosy old room with a huge log fire and a larger family room with pool table. There are often barrels of beer behind the bar and the occasional rough cider.
The Yeo Vale Inn at Lapford Cross on the A377 (about 2 miles) may have seen better days as a pub, but uniquely features Thai food cooked by its native hostess. The menu is what you find on the day and is also available for takeaways.
The Cross Inn in Copplestone (about 2 miles) is the only pub serving this growing village and is located right in the centre.
The Waie Inn in Zeal Monachorum (about 5 miles) (tel: 01363 82348), is a family run pub with a vast array of facilities – virtually a rural leisure centre. It has a huge children’s play area and adventure playground, swimming pool, 3 skittle alleys, squash courts, a snooker table, table tennis and fishing. Best of all, it is open all day every day and children are welcome. It has a large functions suite and accommodation.
The White Hart (Bow, about 6 miles), 01363 82966 has a beer festival at Easter.
The Lymington Arms (Wembworthy, nr. Winkleigh, about 8 miles, tel: 01837 83572, was voted North Devon pub/restaurant of the year 2002/3. It may be hard to find, but is worth it when you get there. It features an award-winning chef who came here from a top West Indian hotel with both a la Carte and blackboard menus.
The Kings Arms in Winkleigh (about 10 miles) is ancient thatched battleship sitting foursquare at the eastern end of the village square. It is both a traditional local pub and a fine eatery, combining the two in perfect harmony. Dining tables are scattered throughout the numerous nooks and crannies. Also in Winkleigh, the Seven Stars.
The Winkleigh Cider Company (just outside Winkleigh on the Hatherleigh road, tel 01837 83560 ) is strictly speaking, not a pub but rather a shop outlet for the cider factory, but free tastings can be lingering affair and do not seem to be just for the passers-by. This was once the site of the great Inches cider, but the brand was subsumed by Bulmers and the factory left for dead until revived by the original cider-maker. It is doing a roaring local trade and can be found in many of the listed pubs as well as available for purchase and drinking in the safety of one’s own home.
Also in Winkleigh is the legendary Pophams (tel: 01837 83767) , with 3 tables and only open for lunch on Thursday and Friday. It takes no credit cards and you take you own wine. The food is reputedly superb and you need to book, though it is not possible to do so more than a month in advance. There is a rumour that they want to cut back to one day a week soon.
The Fox and Hounds at Eggesford has a setting right on the River Taw amongst the scenic landscape of the Tarka Trail. It offers a retreat to nature where you can enjoy the outdoor life with a walk in the surrounding forest or join in with some of the best country sports in the UK right on our doorstep.
Kick off your wellies, relax and enjoy our excellent food featuring Devon’s finest ingredients from our award winning bar and restaurant. Then let the sound of the owls lull you into a deep sleep in our comfortable bedrooms under a sky where you can actually see the stars!
Children and well behaved dogs are welcome.
The New Inn at Coleford (about 5 miles), is another centuries-old thatched pub with very good food, but much less of a pub atmosphere. There is talkative parrot at the bar and restful seats outside by the stream.
The Thelbridge Cross Inn (Thelbridge about 5 miles) has good food and accommodation in a relatively isolated location.
Head Mill Trout Farm is just off the A377 on the A3226 South Molton Road and features the eponymous fish in various guises.
Mid-Devon is not spoiled for choice for those with a more global palatte but there are three Indian restaurants within a 15 mile radius that do not require a trip into either Exeter or Barnstaple .
The Crediton Tandoori on the High Street (tel: 01363 775548) is small but friendly and has a solid menu with no surprises. The all-you-can-eat Sunday buffet is worth trying.
In Tiverton, try the Gate Of India, (tel: 01884 252380) in an unprepossessing upstairs room on the corner of Fore Street . The food, however, is good and the service fast and friendly. It has consistently won awards as the best Indian restaurant in Devon . This may not be up to Birmingham , Southall or Bradford standards, but the dishes do not seem to be the standard meat in prepares sauce and the dal is delicious.
Most surprising is the Chulmleigh Tandoori, (tel: 01769 580797) situated in the tiny hilltop town just 10 miles north of Morchard Bishop. Small, old-fashioned and very plain, this is the genuine article with superb, tender shashliks being especially good. This is splendid isolation, but an oasis nonetheless.