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

John Green avatarJohn Green
4 weeks ago
Superb atmosphere. Brilliant service. Great food. Proper pub. People, chat, atmosphere, happy staff, large but fresh local selection of meals. Our server Liberty could not have been more helpful. Other servers also superb and cheerful smiles and eye contact. Great job front and back of house. Chef's, well done.
J J avatarJ J
a week ago
We came for food one evening. It is a bit cramped when the locals have come in for a drink and you are seated for food. They also brought their dogs which is nice, but when there are quite a few it can be a bit much especially when they are close from the bar and you are eating your dinner. Bit loud but that's expected from the pub. Food was a little basic for Instow as there are so many nice places to eat there. The service was satisfactory and we were attended to if anything was needed. Overall, it was alright. Unfortunately we won't be returning.
Imelda Yates avatarImelda Yates
a month ago
Great little pub near the beach, hidden away up a side street but definitely check it out. Great service, tasty well presented, well cooked food, reasonably priced fir the area. Nice beer garden, dog friendly
Our group of five motorcyclists recently stayed at The Wayfarer Inn and here's our straightforward assessment.Located directly on the beachfront, The Wayfarer Inn is housed in an older building and benefits from the charm of its scenic setting. The facility offers parking nearby which was convenient for our group and our motorcycles.At around £50 per night, the pricing seemed fair for basic accommodations. The breakfast, though simple, was freshly prepared each day. We also found the in-house pub and restaurant to be quite lively, hosting many locals and creating a vibrant atmosphere.Unfortunately, the condition of the Inn significantly detracted from our overall experience. The interiors were not just basic but felt neglected. Issues such as mould and broken furniture were more than minor inconveniences, posing potential health and safety concerns. These aspects significantly impacted our comfort and the overall quality of our stay.Despite these shortcomings, one positive aspect of our experience was the Inn's operator. He was extremely friendly, putting in genuine effort to assist us throughout our stay, which did not go unnoticed.However, given the current state of the accommodations, we can only provide The Wayfarer Inn with a two-star rating. While it has a few positives, such as the friendly operator, convenient parking, and beachfront location, the neglect and maintenance issues are substantial and need to be addressed immediately. With some serious attention to these matters, The Wayfarer Inn could significantly improve and provide a far more pleasant experience for its guests.
Lauren Tolley avatarLauren Tolley
3 months ago
First time coming here and we're glad we did. The food was AMAZING! 3 adults and 1 child, we all had different things and all said how delicious it was. Big selection of drinks too and all reasonably priced. Will definitely be returning.
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