Instow

Instow is a very pretty seaside village on the Taw/Torridge estuary overlooking Appledore on the other side of the river.  Although small, it has everything you will need for your holiday, whether shopping at Johns' supermarket, playing on the sandy beach or enjoying a drink or meal in one of the many bars and restaurants.  You will not really need to leave Instow for the duration of your stay!

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Instow - things to do

Instow is a pretty, unspoilt seaside village with large stretches of sandy beaches and dunes. Fishermen’s cottages view to appledorenestle against shops and a good selection of pubs and restaurants. The local village store and delicatessen is superb. All this is within walking distance of Redland House.

Instow is on estuary where the rivers Taw and Torridge meet, between the villages of Westleigh and Yelland and on the opposite bank of Appledore.

The Tarka Trail passes through Instow, providing an easy means for people to arrive by foot or on bike. This section of the Trail is also part of the South West Coast Path  offering longer walks along the coast.
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Shopping in Instow

We always try to encourage our guests to shop locally and although Instow is only a small seaside village, there is still plenty for you.

John's Supermarket of Instow selling great local produceJohn's of Instow   this famous local store is
stocked with a fabulous deli counter serving a lovely range of pates, cold meats and cheeses.  They carry a good selection of wines and beers and fresh bread is baked every day.  Also in stock is a good range of local food. This really is the perfect corner shop!







Hockings Ice cream van Instow




Hockings Ice Cream
  Once you have tried this local ice-cream (made across the river in Appledore) you will know why everybody raves about it.  It really is the best local ice cream I have tasted.  The van is parked on Instow seafront everday from morning till the sun goes down.


Waterside Gallery Instow

Waterside Gallery
  This small gallery is an important outlet for some of the talented artists, potters and craftsmen of North Devon whose work is often inspired by the beauty of the area. 





Local Farm Box
– local food delivered to your door.  A great scheme based just a few miles away from Instow. 
Local Farm Box mission is to act as a sales window for the district's farmers, growers and producers, and offer the general public the best quality and best value for money fresh produce available in the area. Purchasing your fresh vegetables, fruits, salads, meats, and dairy products from Local Farm Box means that you will be directly contributing to the local economy - helping to put the £ back into local producers' pockets.  Free delivery is available within the North Devon catchment area and there is a next day option for orders that do not include meat.
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Eating and drinking in Instow

Although only a small coastal village, Instow is well provided for when eating out.

The Bar - good pub food in tastefully decorated surroundings where you can put your feet up, sip a pint and watch the yachts go out from Instow yacht club.




Interior of the Boathouse in InstowThe Boat House – a bustling, busy restaurant/bar.  You can drop in and get a table on the bar side and the food is great.  Or, if you fancy something a little more special you can book the restaurant.  Locally caught seafood is a speciality.


The Commodore Hotel - fantastic location right on the seafront at Instow with amazing view of the estuary.  Great spot for a Devon Cream Tea in the afternoon or gin and tonic and enjoy the sunset.



Instow Arms– another pub overlooking the beach with  beautifully cooked local food. 







Hockings Ice Cream - once you have tried this local ice-cream (made across the river in Appledore) you will know why everybody raves about it.  It really is the best local ice cream I have tasted.  The van is parked on Instow seafront everday from morning till the sun goes down.


The Wayfarer -
a good local pub serving a wide menu of good pub grub.  Lively pub with good atmosphere.  Small beer garden to the rear of the pub.

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Instow web cams

Click below to see what is happening on the beach at Instow

 

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