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The Thatch at Croyde

Muddy says: Croyde’s iconic thatched pub, famed for nachos, live music and a big bear-hug of a welcome is your year-round coastal go-to, for summer surfing, winter walks and cosy atmos by the fire.

For the last 30 years, this cool family-run pub has been the locals’ hub – an open all-day, all-year-round, all-welcome kinda place with low beams and an olde-worlde feel. Walk in after a day boarding at Croyde Bay in summer and it’s always buzzing with surfers, walkers and families; or huddle in from a freezy winter day to tuck into a hot brekkie, a warming cuppa Joe or Sunday roast by the fire. Whether you’re a tourist or local – you get that same friendly feel.

Food is BIG here. With a natural location as good as this, it’s got to be local, top-quality and a low carbon footprint: 100% Exmoor beef, sustainable fish landed fresh in Appledore, Ilfracombe and South Devon, top-notch cream teas, and their famous nachos, smothered in cheese, with chill beef or veggi. Just don’t eat for a day or two beforehand, the portions are generous to say the least.

The Thatch has its finger on the pulse of the south-west music scene, with weekend live music and monthly open mic nights. Their New Year’s eve bash is legendary – get planning your costume early!

Don’t want to leave? Make a night of it, either in a £90 double room right over the pub or, if you want a bit of peace and quiet, £10 extra gets you across the road at Crosscombe Cottage, with its dog-friendly and interconnecting family rooms. For longer beach breaks, their detached family house, Chapel Knoll just up the lane, sleeps up to 10, with the beach just a 10-minute schlep away, and the delights of Braunton Burrows, Saunton Sands and the stunning North Devon coast on your doorstep.

It’s totally hip here – GO. You’ll love it.

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