The Wayfarer Inn

The Wayfarer Inn

The Wayfarer Inn is a beautiful 17th century inn situated on the banks of the Taw estuary in Instow, near Bideford in North Devon

A popular destination for tourists and locals alike, it offers four-star accommodation as well as excellent dining options to suit all tastes

From traditional pub favourites to locally caught seafood dishes, all meals are freshly prepared using the finest locally sourced ingredients

There are five beautifully furnished guestrooms, ideal for families or groups of friends, whilst the welcoming bar lounge and courtyard provide a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy a drink or two in

With its stunning waterfront location, glorious views across the estuary and friendly staff, the Wayfarer Inn succeeds in combining traditional hospitality with modern comforts – a warm and inviting experience that will stay with visitors long after they leave


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The Wayfarer Inn

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Modest rooms with Wi-Fi, plus complimentary breakfast, a bar, pub meals and a beer garden.

Below are the latest reviews of The Wayfarer Inn.

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Opening Hours:
Monday: 11:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Tuesday: 11:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Thursday: 11:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Friday: 11:30 AM – 12:00 AM
Saturday: 11:30 AM – 12:00 AM
Sunday: 11:30 AM – 10:30 PM
Phone: 01271 860342
Address: Lane End Rd, Instow, Bideford EX39 4LB, UK

Delivery: No

Ade Munden avatarAde Munden
in the last week
My wife and visited the wayfarers today for my birthday. The food was exceptional and high quality. The staff were brilliant, friendly, happy and smiling. They took time to talk with us and make our visit relaxed and enjoyable. They are a credit to themselves and the pub.
Sam Sibthorpe avatarSam Sibthorpe
a week ago
Friendly. Bit scruffy. The food was awful. Tasteless cheap frozen fishcakes. Salad. Half the leaves were slimy. No dressing. Steak that's was chewy. Just bad. Why can't Instow get a quality chef. It's not rocket science.
John Edward avatarJohn Edward
in the last week
Very, very nice dinner and a higher than average standard of open mic night on a Sunday. Recommended.
Matt Dennis avatarMatt Dennis
2 months ago
One of North Devons hidden Gems . Make sure you visit The Wayfarer . Chris , Tara and the team certainly know how to make you feel welcome . I've been here for a drink a few times now and had a fantastic time with there great selection of beers , spirits and wine . This is the first time I've had an evening meal and this time treated the whole family for mothers day . I left in a proper food coma . Good portions , good service and a great pub . If you are near Instow definitely hunt this place out for good food and drinks and a good time .
Sandy Boyce-Sharpe avatarSandy Boyce-Sharpe
2 months ago
Well don't hold your breath if you are looking for the management to care for your safety. We stayed there, fire alarm went off at 4am. Temperature outside minus 3 degrees. Cold, very cold. We were given a room at the top of the very old building. We discovered there was NO ONE ELSE STAYING THERE AND NO WAY OF CONTACTING THE MANAGMENT. We were alone in an old building potentially on fire.There was no answer from any of the rooms, the entrance to the bar was locked. There was only the door to the street. No one came out from any of the cottages in the road. Presumably all empty, holiday lets. No one to respond to the alarm but us.Owner had told us he lived just a few cottages away but NO ONE, NO ONE came to see why the fire alarm was sounding.We called the Brigade naturally. Made our way outside. 4am Minus 3 degrees. The Brigade took over half an hour to arrive from Barnstable. They did a thorough search while we stood outside for what seemed like an hour but wasn't quite that long. No one but no one else was there. The notice about fire said 'assemble at bus stop'. What bus stop? We had just arrived in the village, by car, not by bus. It was dark, 4am, freezing cold, what bus stop? There was no mobile number to call. No one to ask. There was no member of management or staff on the premises, in fact there was no one.Next morning staff had no idea there had been a problem. It was not till 2 days later that the owner appeared (after a written request that he do so as had made no attempt to contact us till then) nonchalantly with a cup of coffee saying 'sorry about the problem the other evening, never happened before'.The street could have burnt down with no one being the wiser. Never going near the place again.
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