Harbour Inn, Axmouth, Devon
This lovely thatched inn sits on the main street through the tiny village of Axmouth in East Devon, just before you reach the estuary as it runs into the sea near Seaton. The atmos is chilled and relaxed, the food pub classics; of course you’ll find Wholetail Scampi and Chunky Chips, Ham Egg and Chips and the like, but you’ll also find Lamb Chops with Lentils and Wild Garlic served with Sautéed Potatoes and Baby Gem Lettuce, Shepherd’s Pie topped with Herbed Mash Potato served with Fresh Seasonal Greens, and Moules Mariniere with Fries and Crusty Bread. The emphasis is on good home cooked fare, with the freshest, locally sourced produce used wherever possible.
There’s a peaceful beer garden where you can dine alfresco when the weather is good enough, and dogs are welcome. So welcome in fact, that they have bowls of water and a jar of treats for them.
Every Christmas Eve they hold the centuries old tradition of burning the ashen faggot, when the open fire is fed with a faggot wrapped in a hazel twig bundle, six feet long and three feet wide. Go and see it if you can; mirth and merriment abounds and the pub is filled with the happy sound of carol singing.
Open during the summer 11.00-11.00pm Mon-Sat and 12.00-10.30pm Sun; opening times vary in the winter. They’ll happily cater for big groups but booking is essential T: 01297 20371
All information correct at the time of writing