More on North Devon A page of useful information with Links to help guests plan their stay at Muddlebridge House and Holiday Cottages, North Devon


Eating Out    :  a selection of the many pubs, restaurants, cafes and takeaways within 3 miles of Muddlebridge.  If you would like to book somewhere for a special occasion prior to arrival, we suggest you contact us to discuss your requirements and preferences.

Fremington Quay Cafe      :     Open all day serving varied selection of snacks, light meals, teas/coffees and cakes, ice creams.  On the Tarka Trail and overlooking the Taw estuary

Graylings Fish and Chip takeaway :   Award winning, with varied menu and fish specials. In Fremington, just half a mile from Muddlebridge, orders can be placed by phone

The New Inn, Fremington   :    Open for food lunchtimes and evenings, serving mainly traditional pub meals and Sunday roasts

Han Court Restaurant, Fremington:  Chinese restaurant and takeaway, specialising in Cantonese and Peking cuisine.

The Boathouse Restaurant :    On Instow sea-front; comprehensive menu including vegetarian dishes, plus blackboard of monthly/weekly specials especially fish dishes.  Guest beers.    

The Instow Arms               :    Offering a varied selection of regular and daily/weekly specials, served on two floors overlooking Instow beach and across the estuary to Appledore. Beer garden

 Giovanni's Italian Restaurant : Locally owned, opposite the Queens Theatre in Barnstaple, offering a comprehensive range of traditional and speciality dishes


Theme and Farm Parks

The Big Sheep                      Sheep racing and duck trials, demonstrations of sheep shearing, with an indoor pets corner and playarea, micro-brewery, shop and cafe

   (near Bideford)                    Approx. 10mins drive from Muddlebridge. 

The Milky Way                      Adventure park with indoor and outdoor attractions, including indoor assault course, mega-slides, laser shooting and archery, tractor collection, outdoor playarea,

   (near Bideford)                    bird of prey displays, roller coaster, dodgems, maze, mini golf.   Approx. 20mins drive from Muddlebridge  

Wildlife and Dinosaur Park      Large hillside park with varied selection of rides, animal enclosures (lions, several monkey species, sea-lions, meerkats), animatronic dinosaurs,

     (Combe Martin)                 indoor shows and playarea.   Approx 12 miles from Muddlebridge. 

Watermouth Castle                Family theme park set inside and in the grounds of a large Victorian castle, offering an extensive selection of rides, displays, animations and playareas 

   (near Combe Martin)            Between Ilfracombe and Combe Martin, approx, 30 mins drive from Muddlebridge



 Marwood Hill Gardens           20-acre garden around three linked lakes, with many rare shrubs and trees, noted for its large collections of

                                            camellias, magnolias, astilbes and rhododenrons.  Plant sales and tearoom.  4 miles outside Barnstaple.

 RHS Rosemoor                     65 acres of formal and informal gardens, including two rose gardens with 200+ varieties, and a selection of themed gardens: colours, Cottage, Herb, Potager, Foliage,

    (Great Torrington)               Winter, Stream, and model gardens to inspire visitors.  Visitor centre includes restaurant and gift/plants shop.   Approx 25 mins drive from Muddlebridge  

 Docton Mill                           A valley location just 1km from the coast and Spekes Mill Mouth waterfall, extensively renovated from 1980, creating unique Bog, Magnolia and Woodland Gardens, with

   (nr. Hartland)                       extensive herbaceous borders and woodland walks.  Tearoom and light lunches.   Approx. 30min drive south from Muddlebridge

Tapeley Park                         60 acres of grounds including themed areas of Italian terraced borders below the house, a walled kitchen garden, and a new Organic Permaculture garden

    (Instow)                             featuring vegetables, fruits and herbs.  Woodland walks and lake.  Gift and plant shop, tearooms.  Less than 10min drive (or bus) from Muddlebridge.                             

Sports and Leisure

North Devon Theatres :  Queens Theatre  (Barnstaple) and The Landmark Theatre (Ilfracombe), offering extensive programmes of touring plays, musicals, concerts, comedy and Christmas pantomime

Central Cinema (Barnstaple) :  Six screen cinema in central Barnstaple, showing latest releases 

The Plough Arts Centre :  In Great Torrington, offering a varied programme of film, theatre, music, exhibitions and workshops


Alternative Accommodation and Guides

 Devon Holiday                Information on accommodation, attractions, restaurants and things to do

List your holiday cottage with Last Minute Cottages                A selection of delightful accommodation throughout the South West 


The West Country Guide              More information on holidaying in the South West