The Quay

The Quay

The Quay at Marine Parade in Instow, Bideford is a beautiful small harbour village situated along the windswept North Devon Coastline

With its white washed cottages and sweeping views out to the Bristol Channel, it is a popular destination for holidaymakers looking to relax in rural beauty

The ancient pier is home to Bideford’s historic net-making industry; visitors can try their hand at this local craft or take a boat trip out on the water

When the tide is in, the sea reveals an array of rock pools which provide hours of exploration and discovery

After a day exploring the shore, visitors to The Quay can sample a range of dishes at the various cafes and restaurants dotted along the beachfront

Whether visitors are looking for rest, relaxation or exhilaration, The Quay at Instow has something for everyone – just don’t forget your camera!


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Opening Hours:
Monday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Phone: 01271 860624
Address: Marine Parade, Instow, Bideford EX39 4HY, UK

Delivery: No
Dine In: Yes
Price Level: 2
Reservable: Yes
Serves Beer: Yes
Serves Breakfast: Yes
Serves Brunch: Yes
Serves Dinner: Yes
Serves Lunch: Yes
Serves Wine: Yes
Takeout: Yes

Maxine Wilkins avatarMaxine Wilkins
4 months ago
Fab little place, food was really nice and staff all lovely. Lots of dogs so no good if youre not a dog lover. (Also quite a few 'considerably richer/better than you' kind of people)
patricia ward avatarpatricia ward
9 months ago
We loved this place, the atmosphere was relaxing and the staff were truly great, friendly and accommodating 👍. It isn't a huge place, so we phoned the night before and booked. The food we had was fresh and generous portions. We had deep-fried whitebait between us as a starter, my hubby had the mussels which l think was on the specials board, the sauce was delicious! The mussels were accompanied by a french stick and a portion of french fries. You needed this to mop up the gorgeous sauce. I had the scampi with chips, peas, and tartar sauce. There is parking that belongs to the pub just 100 yards up the road, we managed to get a place so for once this holiday we managed to avoid the dreadful parking charges. The view from the pub is lovely overlooking the estuary and boats, but you'll need a window table or simply enjoy a drink outside or look at the view whilst walking. Very dog friendly 👍, thank you
Julie Sansome avatarJulie Sansome
2 weeks ago
Great Sunday lunch to break our returning to Bideford via cycle path Tarka Trail.
Lovely pub, good location. I found the prices ridiculously high though. I had a pie and it was extremely salty but the meat was cooked well and fell apart which was lovely but the salt ruined it. Good drinks selection and staff were friendly. Very local in the sense that everyone knows everyone so you feel stared at when you come in from your bike ride. Pub definitely relies on its location to price things as high as they like. My desert was £8 and pretty small. I wouldn’t come back again purely because it was so expensive.
Claire Pascoe avatarClaire Pascoe
2 months ago
Myself, husband and father in law had a lovely lunch today. Amazing service, fab food and great value. And wet dog friendly. Highly recommend
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