On the road in North Devon? Say hey y’all to an all-day American-style pitstop with quality, locally sourced crowd-pleasers and a whole lotta Easy Rider style. Fill her up, baby!
A newly refurbed American-style roadside diner (formerly called Cook Island), conveniently located on the Mullacott Cross roundabout between Braunton and Ilfracombe, Depot is a total crowd-pleaser, if you’re after fast food and pub classics but don’t want to compromise on quality – or style, for that matter.
What it lacks in kerb appeal (it’s an extended garage and services), it makes up for a zillion-fold inside. Head through the foyer under a James motorbike over the door and into a spacious open-plan restaurant come cafe/bar with a variety of comfy bench seating and perches to suit your tribe, whether you come with the gals and a gaggle of buggies, the family or are here for morning coffee with a colleague. It’s owned by the same family who own The Thatch at Croyde, so an excellent pedigree, with the same friendly service, attention to detail and care when it comes to local provenance.
Expect a good range of options depending on what time you go – brunch is on the menu till 4pm with trendy squashed avocado and shaksouka available, along with wood-fired pizza, burgers made with 100% Exmoor beef, pub faves like local-caught fish and chips, lasagne, pies, mac & cheese. Some days only pizza will do, and on those days you should head to The Depot – it’s also the world’s best hangover hoover *I imagine*.