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The Seahorse – Ilfracombe pub listing

The Seahorse pub, Ilfracombe

Wilder Road,
EX34 9AJ



Seahorse-2The Seahorse is arguably the most child and family friendly pub anywhere, there is an area set aside specifically for young children with a TV tuned permanently to cbeebies or similar, and dotted with all sorts of books and toys and small seating.


Seahorse-3They also welcome bookings for kids birthday parties, in fact my kids have been to them there and had a great time.

The pub hosts Karaoke every week. It is a large pub with helpful staff and the only drawback from my point of view is there are no real ales.


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The Lamb Hotel, Ilfracombe – listing

The Lamb Hotel, Ilfracombe

The_Lamb_Hotel59 High Street,
EX34 9QB

01271 863708


The Lamb Hotel has been closed twice in the last two years, but has recently been sold by Enterprise breweries and reopened under new ownership. Update It has been closed again for the last couple of weeks for “a refit and change of management” and is scheduled to re-open today (Friday 13th September) Therefore the following information may no longer be accurate, pending a further visit.

The_Lamb_Hotel_barThe decor is modern with some quite bold wallpaper but it is not too overpowering in this large open space. There is a large upstairs room which can be used for functions as well as providing extra restaurant space during busy times, like Sunday lunch time.

The food served is good and reasonably priced. I had a very nice pint of Otter for £3 there is usually a choice of two local real ales. I was there while they had a live band playing. The venue intends to host regular music on Friday nights.

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Buddy’s, Ilfracombe – Pub listing

Buddy’s bar Ilfracombe


106 High St,

EX34 9ET

01271 879777


Buddy’s in the High Street is one of the largest pubs in town. The downstairs bar is trendy and aimed at younger customers, and “career” drinkers; with cheap lager, no real ale, and a noisy ambiance; dance music, and laser lighting.

Buddys_barThere are bottled beers, but the pub thrives on its reputation for selling cheap lager.
There is no beer garden and nowhere, except the narrow High Street, for smokers.
It has attracted criticism from some locals because of smokers and drinkers outside from quite early in the day.

There are large TV screens for showing major sports events, and seating on several levels. There is no parking but it stands in the centre of town.

Upstairs is a separate venue called Buddy’s Live Lounge which plays host to irregular live music, as well as other functions. It has two stages and a quite large capacity of about 150 people.  (Only the Pavilion and Landmark are larger for live music.)

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Boat House pub, Ilfracombe – listing

The Boat House, Ilfracombe

The_Boat_House_IlfracombeThe Boat House,
1-4 The Promenade,
EX34 9BD

01271 862545


Boat_House_barThe boat house was formerly known as The Wheelhouse and is an integral part of the promenade of shops on the sea front on Wilder Road which is designed to represent a paddle steamer. It is currently run by local landlord “H” and features live music, mainly during the tourist season. With a seating area outside this is a great place to sit and enjoy the sea views on warm days.

There is usually a choice of two local ales but, on this occasion, I was limited to Yelland, at a very reasonable £3. Service is warm and friendly. Decor is mainly traditional with nautical leanings.

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George and Dragon pub, Ilfracombe – listing

George and Dragon, Ilfracombe

I picked a bad time to take this as it was raining.

I picked a bad time to take this as it was raining.

George and Dragon,
4 Fore Street,
EX34 9ED

01271 863851


The George and Dragon is officially Ilfracombe’s oldest pub having been one since it was built in 1360. The Prince of Wales next door is the older building but has not been a pub for as long.

It is a small and cosy place with plenty of beams and old features. Outside on sunny days there is space to sit and almost no traffic as the road is close except for access.

George_and_Dragon_barApart from a small selection of decent real ales (I had an Exmoor at £3) the pub also serves excellent food.

There is a notice on the bar that requests customer snot to use mobile phones and this is enforced fairly strictly. Although I was allowed to use mine as a camera and notebook, actually taking a call would have had me asked to leave. As this is the only pub in town that I know of which has such a rule it means that if you do want a quiet pint this is where to go.*

Dogs are welcome as are children; the kids menu is good as well.

*Mobile reception in this part of town is dreadful anyway. A woman asked me (in a welsh accent) where she could find a mobile signal, I told her Cardiff. 

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Britannia Hotel, Ilfracombe – listing

The Britannia Hotel

Britannia_Hotel_IlfracombeBritannia Hotel,
Broad Street,
EX34 9EE

01271 862939


The Britannia Hotel sits overlooking the harbour with superb views of the boats and Verity from the beer garden.

Britannia_Hotel_barThe Britannia is a full hotel with about twenty rooms, but it is included here because of the two bars. The classic pub set up of lounge bar with tables and chairs,and public bar with bar stools and pool table. There is a fireplace with wood burning stove that sits between the two in an archway.

There is also a restaurant room which can be hired out for wedding parties and such like, and the pub runs a carvery at the weekend.

I had a pint of beer (£3.25) and totally forgot to write down what it was. So now I have to go back there and check. Service is warm and welcoming, dogs are permitted.

The hotel itself is family friendly with several suites and likewise well behaved children are allowed in the bar.

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Chill Bar, Ilfracombe – pub listing

The Chill Bar, Ilfracombe

155 High Street,
EX34 9EZ


The Chill bar is an intimate bar and music venue at the junction of High Street, Fore Street, and Portland Road. It is downstairs from the Rock Cafe which is owned by the same couple, Lawrence and Isabel.

Chill_Bar_barThe venue has had a number of names including “One-Fy-Five” (a reference to the street number) and “Cravings”. Some years ago it had a reputation as a bit of a chav pub but Lawrence’s introduction of rock bands most Saturday nights and open mic most weekdays has changed that.

At the time of writing there are open mic nights on Tuesday and Wednesday (acoustic) and on Thursday (full band)

No draught ales, sadly, although there are usually one or two reasonable bottled beers. A tad more expensive than average for the town but not ridiculous, and you rarely have to pay to see a band.

Decor is classy-chic, and music orientated, with pressure sensitive leather stools and a “stage” area with star cloth and in house PA.

This bar runs a strict over 21 policy and no dogs. Service is very friendly and warm with Lawrence a stylish larger-than-life presence.

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Ship and Pilot Ilfracombe pub listing

The Ship and Pilot, Ilfracombe

Ship_and_Pilot_IlfracombeThe Ship and Pilot,
10 Broad Street,
EX34 9EE
01271 863562

The Ship and Pilot is a very substantial building from the outside although the bar is quite cosy and intimate inside, with friendly service.

The most outstanding thing about this pub is its excellent selection of real ales and ciders. Ship_and_pilot_barThe local brewery, Wizard Ales, is represented as well as several others from the region. They have won numerous accolades for their ales.

The Ship hosts occasional beer and cider festivals during the high season, and has live music from time to time.

There are also large TV screens to show major sporting events. Dogs are allowed, and there is an outdoor seating area in front of the pub which is lucky enough to be located in a partly pedestrianised street. Parking is limited although at the time of writing there is an unofficial free car park close by, this will hopefully be redeveloped in the near future.

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Sandpiper Inn pub listing

The Sandpiper Inn Ilfracombe

Sandpiper Inn Ilfracombe

Sandpiper Inn Ilfracombe

Sandpiper Inn,
The Quay,
EX34 9EQ
01271 865260

Hosts Kevin and Karen Prideaux


The Sandpiper Inn stands close to the harbour. The main bar features a bowling lane, pool and darts, and there is also a function room upstairs which hosts a regular open mic night on Thursdays, and occasional live bands.

There is a small selection of proper beers, I had a pint of Doombar for a pretty standard £3.20. Service is friendly and welcoming.

The pub also enjoys a small patio area upstairs which can be accessed from the street and from the function room.

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Pier Tavern, Ilfracombe pub

The Pier Tavern, Ilfracombe

The Pier Tavern Ilfracombe, with Lantern hill in the background

The Pier Tavern Ilfracombe, with Lantern hill in the background

Pier Tavern
The Quay,
EX34 9EQ
01271 866225

Update – The Pier closed down for a refit recently. I spoke to builders on Thursday 12th Sept who told me that it was scheduled to reopen on Friday 13th September (the date of this entry)
Some of the information here may not be 100% accurate now until I can check it out)

The Pier Tavern is a large pub standing, as its name suggests right by the pier. It enjoys some fabulous views from the front out over the harbour and across to Lantern Hill shown in the picture. At the rear there is a substantial patio area with, up some steps, views across the sea.

Pier_tavern_barThere is no customer car park but it is close to the pier car park which is public pay and display. It is within easy stagger of all the harbour accommodation.

The pub has live music during the holiday season most often acoustic acts during weekend afternoons. There is a stage area where they have full bands in the evening from time to time.

Dogs are allowed

There is a reasonable selection of proper beer for example Doombar at £3.20 a pint when I went in recently. Prices are typical for the town. Service is friendly and welcoming.

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