If you’ve ever been to the stunning beaches of Saunton Sands, Croyde or Woolacoombe then you would have passed through the ‘village’ of Braunton. But Braunton is not just a place to pass through, it’s a destination in its own right.
Crowned ‘the biggest village in the UK’ there’s plenty to do. It’s a bustling hub due to its prime location right in-between the market town of Barnstaple and the breathtaking North Devon coastline.
Here’s my insiders guide to the best places to visit in Braunton:
Braunton is renowned for its cafe culture with a great selection to choose from. Try Wild Thyme Cafe for amazing healthy meals and shakes (great vegan offering!). Visit The Worx Braunton for people spotting in the centre of the village. Or head to Heartbreak Hotel for the best coffee in the area and doughnuts to die for (chamomile, chocolate orange, biscotti, vanilla custard to name just a few!).
With an all year round clientelle (Braunton isn’t just a tourist mecca), the village has attracted a number of great restaurants. The Riverside is a popular staple with excellent food and a constantly changing seasonal menu. For authentic delicious Thai food try The Siam Bistro. Squires Fish & Chip Restaurant, Braunton, North Devon is also infamous for its delicious fish and chips!
A recent addition is AYKA Rum Bar. With over 80 rums on the menu, and plenty of non-rum choices too, it’s a popular newcomer to the village. @sqbarandrestaurant is at the heart of the village. With cocktails, local beers and a very reasonably priced good food menu it’s a firm favourite with everyone.
The opening of the Wanderlust Life Jewellery shop in 2018 put me constantly in my overdraft. To say I love it would be the understatement of the year. A stunning selection of minimalistic jewellery inspired by a love of travel and nature. Just go and see for yourself. Throw into the mix the grade-A funky health food shop Nourish Stores, a super cute deli full of local produce Fine Foods of Braunton, homewares store @purehomeshop and gift/home store Kittiwakes, sweet shop Benny’s of Braunton and you’ll easily while away an afternoon.
Oh and I nearly forgot – if you need ANYTHING relating to surfing then you are in THE place. Tiki Surf Shop is excellent, along with Board Barnand Surfed Out. If you’re looking for a bargain (who’s not?) then head to the Tiki and SaltrockSoul outlet at Velator for some brilliant buys.
Braunton isn’t directly on the coast, however just a short walk and you can explore the wonders of Braunton Burrows, one of the largest sand dune areas in the country. Crow Point is the real locals secret (shh!). Hidden away down a narrow toll road is where Braunton meets the sea. A great estuary beach that joins up with Saunton Sands at the tip.
Can you tell I love Braunton? Oh and if you want to wear out the little ones whilst enjoying some brilliant food, then The Quay Indoor Soft Play and cafe is a must visit!
So i’ll see you there!