Muddy reviews: New Coast Kitchen, Croyde
Bao buns, ahoy! A breath of fresh air on the North Devon food scene, Croyde's New Coast Kitchen is fast gathering a cult following. Here's why.
Locals may already be familiar with New Coast as before becoming bricks and mortar, it was an events company, serving food and drink out of a double decker bus (you may have seen them at Oceanfest or a local wedding).
Matt and his team grew New Coast to be one of the most popular event companies in Devon, yet, with events being cancelled due to the pandemic, New Coast Kitchen was born in response. He took everything he learnt in the past five years of running the events and turned those experiences into his own restaurant.
Located right in the heart of Croyde (one of Muddy’s Top 200 Best Places to Live), in what was the old village stores NCK is a brand new restaurant giving this chocolate-box village an upmarket hotspot for both locals and tourists alike. Only one mile from the beach and opposite the iconic and Muddy-approved Thatch, this restaurant needs to be on your radar.
Think exposed brick, lots of greenery and moody lighting. NCK offers a city-vibe restaurant in the middle of North Devon. When restrictions are lifted, NCK will offer a fantastic place to go for a relaxed brunch and, come evening time, a sophisticated spot for à la carte dining or a cocktail or two.
Scoff & quaff
Due to current restrictions, NCK is currently able to only offer take-away service on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights 4-8:30pm. This isn’t your usual take-away though, with head chef Martin (above) wanting to showcase the high quality hand-made food that NCK will be able to offer when restrictions are lifted and the restaurant can open fully.
Take-away options include Pork Belly Bao Bun, Chicken Shawarma and their best selling Korean Fried Chicken Burger. Veggies are well catered for too, with a delicious Soy Mushroom Bao Bun, Falafel Shawarma and home-made Vegan Burger.
Currently available on their take-away I had their mushroom bao bun (above), a steamed fluffy bao bun filled with soy shiitake mushrooms, pickled carrots, peanuts, coriander and a sriracha sauce. It was a hearty portion, with the soy mushrooms flavoured beautifully. Rich and sticky which balanced well with the pickled carrots and fresh coriander. It’s completely vegan and at only £6, excellent value.
When they can, NCK promises they will be offering an ever changing menu based on seasonality and what they enjoy to make and eat.
From 9am – 2pm they will be offering coffee and brunch (think American Style Pancakes and Ham Hock Hash) and come evening, NCK will be a sophisticated a La carte dining experience, with cocktails and plenty of great wines on offer.
Everything is handmade, with locally grown produce used where possible and their ethos is based on what they, themselves, want to consume. Foodies through and through, they claim nothing on the menu will stay safe, with the plan to keep the dishes new and innovative.
So, if you like it, let us know in the comments below and tell them! They are very active on Instagram and enjoy hearing customer feedback. That way, they know what their customers’ favourite dishes are, which may influence them to bring it back again!
Out & about
Based in Croyde, North Devon’s surfer paradise, NCK is close to a variety of beaches including Croyde Bay, Saunton Sands, Putsborough Beach and Woolacombe.
For those of you who like to get your steps in, Baggy Point (above) is a wonderful circular coastal walk near-by, so while they are offering take-away, visit NCK for a take-away coffee on your way back.
The Muddy Verdict
NCK is a breath of fresh air for the North Devon food scene. Opening in the midst of the pandemic isn’t easy, but they’ve managed to combat all the challenges that these few months have put in their way.
Only being able to offer three weeks of table service before being shut down, they adapted quickly, offering high-quality, bijou take-away dishes which have their own cult following. Just see their tag on Instagram and you will appreciate the love locals have for these guys.
Good for: Foodies! Matt and his team are basing NCK on what they love to eat and what they feel is missing from North Devon. If you appreciate high quality, unique dishes within a fresh and young setting, NCK is for you.
Not for: Families with fussy eaters. NKC is more than happy to accommodate families, but don’t expect to see chicken nuggets or fish fingers on the menu. They don’t have a dedicated kids’ menu, so do bear this in mind if you are wanting to take little ones.
The damage: Take-away dishes start from £6 for a Bao Bun, with their best selling Korean Fried Chicken Burger £9.
New Coast Kitchen, 1. St Mary’s Rd, Croyde, England EX33 1LF. Takeaway coffee & brunch Thurs – Sun 9am -1pm. Takeaway dinner Thurs – Sat 4-8.30pm.
Words by Lynsey Taylor.