Bideford Travel Guide

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Bideford Things to Do

  • Enjoy A "Hockings" Ice-cream

    Hocking's is a small family business, dating back to 1936, with a little factory in nearby Appledore. They sell their products from March until October through their own little fleet of modern ice-cream vans at various locations around North Devon. Here in Bideford the van is parked up at the far end of The Quay, in front of the main gate to...

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  • For an Afternoon/Evening Beer - The...

    Bideford has a pleasant mix of pubs, something for everyone. My favourite is The White Hart. This, slightly off the main drag, little boozer is everything a proper pub should be. Good beer, friendly staff and always convivial company. If you want to hang at the bar you'll always be invited into conversation.However, since the smoking ban I no...

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  • The Burton Art Gallery and Museum

    Arriving Bideford around noon on a stunningly beautiful November Thursday, having cycled down The Tarka Trail the 9 miles from Barnstaple, I decided to postpone that first beer of the day and just have a wander around the town itself and look at it thro' my "VT Eyes" (and my camera lens too).I know Bideford reasonably well but in the past my visits...

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Bideford Restaurants

  • All The Tastier Since It Cost Me...

    Its not often I eat in hotels where I'm staying, unless I'm staying there specifically because I want to eat there. This time round though I'd initially booked my room here at The Royal through booking.com but about a week before I was due to arrive I got an email from the hotel group, Brend, which I subscribe to offering me a late-availability...

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  • Best Singapore Noodles In North Devon!

    The much-missed Pete McCarthy, in what I rate as the best travel book ever written - McCarthy's Bar ("Never pass a pub with your name on it"), uses the price of Singapore Noodles as his yardstick as to the economic development of a place.Me I use the quality of the Singapore Noodles as the benchmark of a Chinese restaurant's culinary...

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  • Bright, airy, fresh

    A French cafe/restaurant in the heart of a Devon town, located in Burton Art Gallery in Victoria Park close to the town centre.A large, bright casual cafe/restaurant, very popular with locals, serving excellent food and as it's licensed you can enjoy a glass of wine too.Offerings range from cakes and baguettes with very good coffee to soup and...

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  • Good food, good surroundings.

    The Thatched Inn has lovely homemade food. Good portions, and friendly staff.The Thatched Inn is a genuine 14th Century Thatched Village Inn where families and pets are always welcome.Extensive menu including local and homemade dishes, good selection of real ales, beers and spirits, relaxed and friendly atmosphere, Beer garden.Buffets and private...

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  • Best Fish'n Chips in Devon!

    Bideford has a couple of Fish'n Chip shops but to my mind this is the best, not just in town but in the whole County. From the time it opens (I think 5 pm) until late there's a constant stream of people coming and going.There's usually a bit of a queue but service is swift and friendly and the food well worth the short wait. You can eat-in at the...

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  • OK The menu is huge and the name is naff...

    Bideford, as with most small towns here in Devon, has its sprinkling of Oriental offerings. I haven't had a chance to sample them all here but I can sortof recommend Honey Moon.This is a smart-looking sit-down and take-away restaurant at the start of Bridgeland Street, just off the quay. I haven't had a proper sit-down meal here so far, just a...

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Bideford Nightlife

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    by johngayton Written Mar 8, 2014

    Although the Kingsley Inn is in Northam, rather than Bideford itself, it's worth a mention here if you're staying at the Durrant House Hotel which is just down the hill.

    As pubs go the Kingsley is a very traditional-style village local which in the evenings becomes very much a regulars' haunt. This is a largish one-room pub with the bar on one side and the pool table the other. On my only visit, so far, I found the atmosphere friendly and laid-back with cheery staff and chatty regulars. The smoking area out the back is well-appointed and has an almost public bar atmosphere of its own. If I remember correctly they serve the local-ish Otter beers and at very reasonable prices.

    Definitely a good alternative to the hotel bar!

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Bideford Transportation

  • Where To Catch The Boat To Lundy

    Lundy's supply ship and passenger ferry, the MS Oldenburg, is based here in Bideford, although it more often sails from Ilfracombe because the harbour there isn't as dependent on the tides. The boat has a maximum capacity of 267 passengers and sails up to four times a week (plus occasional special journeys) from the end of March until the end of...

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  • Go For A Few Beers Then Get Driven Home!

    Not being a car driver myself this is something that I won't have the opportunity to use but it sounds like an enterprising idea.Basically if you're going out for a drink then you can book a driver to pick you and your car up at a specified time and place (from midday until late). The chauffeur arrrives on a collapsible motorbike which is then...

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Bideford Shopping

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    by johngayton Updated Sep 23, 2008

    Mill Street here in Bideford runs for a couple of hundred yards off the lower end of the High Street and is packed with little independent shops (45 at the last count). The shops range from traditional butchers and bakers to quite upmarket jewellers with pretty much everything in between - even a funeral directors!

    My favourite little shop is "Bookends" which is a remainder booksellers. Even though it sells these "surplus to requirements" books it still manages to have a good selection of popular fiction paperbacks which sell for less than half the normal price. This is ideal for those times when I've run out of books that I definitely wanted to read and just fancy browsing and seeing what I can I find.

    What to buy: Recent purchases have included a couple of Ian Rankin's older books as well as works by Peter James, an author who was recently recommended to me.

    What to pay: You'll find all sorts of books here: fiction and non-fiction; paperback and hardback and all at greatly reduced prices and so what you spend is up to you but always will be a bargain!

    Bookends, Bideford
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Bideford Local Customs

  • Bideford Post Office

    Whilst most shops which sell postcards also sell stamps for postage to other UK addresses if you want to post them further afield then you'll need to go to the Post Office. This is located at the far end of The Quay, heading towards Victoria Park.This is a main Post Offices and so provides a variety of services including currency exchange and...

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  • Bideford Tourist Information Centre

    Bideford's TIC is located in the Burton Art Gallery just up from the main entrance to Victoria Park (on Kingsley Road). Here you can get all the usual tourist advice for Bideford and the area in general, assistance with accommodation, public transport timetables and all the usual freebie leaflets, along with a local map. The TIC also acts as agents...

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Bideford Warnings and Dangers

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    by johngayton Written Nov 17, 2007

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    North Devon was fortunately rarely targetted by the German bombers during the 2nd World War although South Devon, and in particular Plymouth, suffered regular raids - Bob Lock (cf www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/12/a4208212.shtml), an evacuee, does recall one particular night when Exeter was bombed and standing on Bideford Bridge gazing "in awe at the glow in the sky when this city, some 40 miles away, was blitzed."

    Given Bideford's status as a working port, and its Long Bridge being an essential transport link, then obviously air raid precautions were sensible - and I assume that there IS a concrete bunker underneath the hut!

    Air Raid Shelter At Bideford Station
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