You can’t spell Barnstaple without bars and ale, so you’d better believe there are some excellent pubs and drinking dens for you to choose from. We’ve gathered some top tips for the town centre, as well as our pick of the excellent countryside gastropubs that are hidden away in the villages that surround Barnstaple.
Nightlife in Barnstaple
When it comes to pubs in Barnstaple town centre, there are heaps of excellent options for you to choose from. Boutport Street is a good place to start. It’s where you’ll find our first three recommendations. Corner House is a local favourite ale house with a solid drinks selection and great craic. It shouldn’t take you long to find it, with a bright green exterior that stands out on the corner of Joy Street and Boutport Street. The Panniers, Barnstaple’s local Wetherspoons, is just a few doors down on the opposite side of the street and offers everything you come to expect from the popular chain – cheap drinks, a lively atmosphere and fast pub grub. Marshals is a little further down. It’s a good ale pub with regular live music on Sundays when it’s at its busiest and best.
It’s a ten-minute drive away from our Barnstaple hotel, but it’s worth making the trip to The New Inn as it’s one of the best pubs in the region. It’s a family-run free house, hidden away in the village of Goodleigh, and serves some of the best pub grub you’ll ever eat. Plus, it graces the pages of the Good Beer Guide, so you know you’ll have a perfectly-pulled pint to wash it all down with.
The Castle Inn at Landkey is another one that’s a little way away from town, but it’s worth hunting down if you like rustic interiors, really good homemade food and a free house with a friendly atmosphere. It’s a particularly popular pit stop for trekkers of the Tarka Trail. The Chichester Arms in the nearby riverside-village of Bishop’s Tawton is another top pick. The food’s good, the ales are well-kept and it has bags of character. By character, we mean a thatched roof and a sign that probably needed replacing decades ago but, equally, should never be replaced.
Pubs in Barnstaple
Bars in Barnstaple
Making our way back to bustling Boutport Street, here you’ll find Bar 62 housed in the town’s popular 62 The Bank bistro. This lively bar sits beneath lofty Tudor ceilings and offers a stylish setting for some evening drinks. If you get peckish, the food is good. The cocktail menu is up there with the best in Barnstaple.
Claytons & The Glasshouse on Cross Street is another popular shout. It’s a stylish cocktail bar and lounge with a beautiful glass-panelled roof that provides the perfect place for a beverage after a busy day exploring Barnstaple.
Last but not least is Lilico’s. First and foremost it’s a tasty tapas bar. If you’re feeling peckish it’s an ideal choice. But you can also just pop in for a drink. Although, good luck resisting the temptation of ordering something to snack on. The wine list is good, and the choice of beers is decent, too.
If you’ve decided you want some dancing and dastardly drinks deals, there are actually a handful of clubs for you to choose from in Kidderminster. A couple of our favourites are Nubu on Dixon Street and The Vault on Oxford Street. Open until the birds start to sing, with an array of floor filling music, both these venues will satisfy your clubbing cravings.