Minehead is where Exmoor meets the sea and sits on the edge of the Exmoor National Park. Ideal for lovers of the coast and countryside, the town offers traditional seaside fun with its promenade and mile-long sand and pebble beach, and wonderful views of the Bristol Channel.
The South West Coast Path begins in Minehead, on the quayside, before winding its way around 630 miles of glorious coastline. North Hill, where Exmoor National Park begins, dominates the town and its green slopes can be seen for miles around. It is just a short walk from the centre of town so without venturing far you can enjoy the countryside and even spot red deer and Exmoor ponies.
Popular local activities include fishing trips, boat trips from the harbour to the unspoilt Lundy Island, a visit to the nearby medieval village of Dunster for its ancient castle, stunning gardens and traditional tea rooms, and day trips to the pretty coastal harbour towns of Lynton and Lynmouth. Meanwhile,a day pass for nearby Butlins will keep the kids entertained on days when the beach doesn’t appeal.
A holiday cottage in Minehead is the perfect base for those looking for a coastal holiday with a healthy dose of moorland life just a stone's throw away.
A friendly family run café serving well-presented light lunches, Sunday Roasts, indulgent cream teas and an array of delicious home-made cakes. Eat in the immaculate restaurant or outside in the quirky garden. Vegetarian and gluten free diets catered for.
Cobblestones 24 High St, Dunster, Minehead TA24 6SG (T: 01643 821595)
Whether you choose to dine in the beamed restaurant or outside in the pretty walled garden, you’re in for a treat at this fine dining restaurant in the heart of the medieval village of Dunster. From the warm welcome you receive front of house, to the fine ingredients used and attention to detail in the kitchen, Reeves is worthy of its glowing newspaper reviews.
Reeves 20-22 High St, Dunster, Minehead TA24 6SG (T: 01643 821414)
A pretty thatched 13th century coaching inn with roaring log fires in winter and a large outdoor seating area and children’s play area for the summer months. Homemade, unpretentious food making use of the excellent local Exmoor produce is served daily in the restaurant and bar. Dog friendly with plenty of parking.
The Ship Inn Porlock, Minehead TA24 8QD (T: 01643 862507)
Serving over 30 draught ciders and winner of Camra Cider Pub of the Year for the last three years along with a collection of other awards, Pebbles Tavern is a cider drinker’s idea of heaven. Regular music nights including Acoustic and Sea Shanty nights add to the West Country charm.
Pebbles Tavern 24 Market St, Watchet TA23 0AN (T: 01984 634737)
Just 100 yards from Watchet’s pretty marina, The Bell Inn is a friendly pub full of interesting historical features and today serves a good collection of local ales and ciders along with an extensive menu of freshly prepared pub classics.
The Bell Inn 3 Market St, Watchet TA23 0AN (T: 01984 631279)