Ah, Exmoor pubs. The traditional watering holes of British country-dwellers. Here at Exmoor Distillery, we love a good pub just as much as the next person and we have visited a fair few pubs in Exmoor!
While there are loads of amazing things to do in Exmoor, relaxing back in a beer garden with an ice-cold glass of gin is probably up there as our favourite.
That’s why we want to share some of our favourite Exmoor pubs with you! While there are many superb pubs in Exmoor that supply Northmoor Gin, these are some of the best pubs local to Exmoor Distillery. We know you’ll love them just as much as we do, and each one houses our very own Northmoor Gin, so you can get the true taste of Exmoor while visiting!
#1 Woods Bar and Restaurant
If award-winning wine bars and amazing, locally sourced food is your thing (obviously!) then Woods Bar and Restaurant is the perfect place for a tipple. The pub was crafted by owner Paddy Groves and his brother. Its timber frame, hand-crafted bar and low-lighting make this local one of the best pubs in Exmoor.
Plus, they’ve won “Wine Pub of The Year” from the Good Pub Guides eleven times in the past fourteen years. This really is a pub worth visiting!
But it’s not just wine that they do well, its all manner of other drinks too. Their bar is lined with real ales, bottles of gin and wonderful malts. You’ll be spoiled for choice!
It even has the royal seal of approval. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Katherine, have dinned in the award-winning pub. 0n more than one occasion too!
#2 The Swan
Filling up on great food after a day spent exploring Exmoor is a must. The Swan is a great place to get the very best dishes. They use seasonal and regional ingredients. And they even stock our Northmoor Gin!
Based in Bampton this AA Four Star Gold classic English country Inn offers an atmosphere like no other. Among their many awards, they have two AA Rosettes for Culinary Excellence. Furthermore, they have just won the AA’s nations ‘Inn of the Year’ for 2019-20.
Husband and wife team Paul and Donna are known for creating some of Exmoor’s tastiest dishes. They also serve up a warm welcome to anyone who walks through their door.
#3 The London Inn Molland
If walking in rolling fields around Exmoor is on your bucket list then head on down to The London Inn Molland. This homely and welcoming establishment is the perfect stomping-ground for those of you looking for a walking retreat. There’s nothing better than taking a long stroll in the countryside followed by a local ale and traditional English food in one of the best pubs on the edge of Exmoor!
#4 Royal Oak Withypool
An 18th-century pub right in the heart of Exmoor. For 300 years the Royal Oak in Withypool has been renowned for its comfortable rooms and delicious food. This quaint village named Withypool, through which the river Barle flows, makes the perfect pit stop on your Exmoor pub adventure.
You will be welcomed by beamed ceilings, roaring wood burners and a smile from the welcoming staff. The bar is stocked with craft ales, lovely wines and the finest gin that Exmoor has to offer. In addition to this, the staff will always go out of their way to create a warm welcome for your visit.
#5 Tarr Farm Inn
An award-winning Inn, hotel and restaurant situated right next to the iconic and ancient Tarr Steps. Tarr Farm Inn is located in a beautiful valley by the River Barle.
It has a vast pub garden where you can enjoy a drink whilst listening to the sound of the river trickle past – this makes it the perfect stop on your Exmoor pubs bucket list.
#6 The Bridge Inn Dulverton
A traditional country pub located between Exmoor and Devon, The Bridge Inn in Dulverton offers a quintessentially British feel. Its friendly and hospitable character makes it a great place to relax back with a glass of Exmoor gin and watch the world go by. They are dog-friendly, boast beautiful views across the countryside and feature lots of locally sourced produce on their menu! It really is one of the best Exmoor pubs around!
#7 The Royal Oak Inn Winsford
Once a traditional 12th-century farmhouse, The Royal Oak Exmoor is now an inn that provides accommodation, great food and a tasty selection of drinks! Whether you are looking for a nice place to rest your head during your visit to Exmoor, or whether you are looking for some fresh food and a tipple, The Royal Oak Exmoor is a great place to stop!
#8 Visit us at Exmoor Distillery
If you are thinking of heading to Exmoor soon, then a glass of gin and a distillery tour is a wonderful way to get to know the local area (while having a tipple, of course!) We are open for walk in customers Monday to Friday from 10:00 until 17:00. Further more, if we are not out delivering then often at the weekends too. Simply pop in if passing or give us a call to arrange a visit or distilery tour!