Woolacombe , Devon
Tel: 44 1271 870 877
Concierge.com's insider take:
See funky young Devon in progress at this restaurant and bar that opened in 2003, largely to cater to the surfers who virtually own this beach. The interior reflects the restaurant's seaside setting, with beach scenes by local artists on the walls and salvaged driftwood tables and chairs. The food is hearty Euro-Brit-Asian: mussels marinière or with lemongrass and coconut; spicy beef salad with Thai dressing; linguine with clams, mussels, chili, and cherry tomatoes; grilled sea bass with fennel, orange, black olives, and basil. Then there are classic plateaux de fruits de mer and proper puddings like a summer fruit charlotte with clotted cream. On a fine day, after catching a wave (or after driving here), the bar and beachside terrace are as chill as Ocho Rios. Upstairs, there are even "surf shack"-style apartments you can stay in (Westbeach Studios; 44-1271-871-224; www.surfersworld.co.uk/hotela.htm).
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