The Wrecker's Retreat: Decent Pub Food and Open All Day
The Wrecker's Retreat is the bar at the Hartland Quay Hotel and makes for an excellent pitstop if walking in this neck of the woods (or should I say this backbone of the coast!). This is a proper pub and serves substantial and relatively inexpensive pub food with the odd gastronomic offering.
This is a great location to stop off for a bite to eat and when the weather's good you can enjoy the views from what must be one of the World's best-located beer gardens.
During the summer this place can get very busy and service can be a little shambolic - but then the place as a whole is best avoided at these times. At the tail ends of the main season this is well worth a visit and has the advantage of serving food all day with a snacky type bar menu available in the afternoons.
Favorite Dish: I haven't actually eaten here for a while and the last time I did I had what was described as "The Fisherman's Lunch" which had nothing to with fish at all! This was a bowl of soup, of indeterminate pedigree, along with a lump of cheese and a bread roll. This was pretty naff and the soup had been made from a packet mix but I believe the cooking has improved since.
It always has and still does an excellent pint of beer though - try the local(ish)ly-brewed HSB ;))
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- Hiking and Walking
The Hut at Hartland Point: Excellent Food for Fuel and Nice People
Well, this isn't really a "restaurant" as such, and perhaps not even a "cafe". On the website it is simply referred to as a "Refreshment Kiosk". Whatever it is it, and however you wish to describe it, this little hut with its outdoor seating is a perfect place to stop off on your wanders around this neck of the woods to refuel.
Yep, even for me, there are some times during the early part of the day when a beer isn't the first thing on the agenda. Forget about your grande cafe in Krakow, overlooking the old town square with its mediaeval charm and its beautiful people. Forget about your intimate little restaurant in Sozopol overlooking the Cherno More and the golden sun reddening as it heads towards its nightly grave in its aptly-named sea. These are but touristy things - this is what we call here in Devon "a praaper job".
The menu is simple, the service friendly, the prices more than reasonable (in fact I would proffer - too cheap) and the views are just stunning. You'll have to travel a long distance to get a better location than this, sitting on the promontory of the Hartland Penisula with the crashing waves on the rugged shore for company.
Favorite Dish: It has to be the locally-made pastie - good enough as fuel for the miners in days gone by and certainly good enough for us wanderers, a decent coffee to wash it down and a bill of less than 3 quid. And the view is priceless.
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