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  • Marine Parade, 
  • Instow, 
  • North Devon, 
  • EX39 4JJ
01271 861292
Opening Hours:
9am -11pm
Food Service Times:
9-11.30am // -3pm // 5-9.30pm
Welcome to The Boathouse, Instow

Overlooking the Torridge Estuary, our beach bar and restaurant boasts stunning sea views from our 'Top Deck' with a menu celebrating fresh local fish and seafood. We’re the perfect spot to kick back and enjoy all that North Devon has to offer.

When the boat comes in

Feast your eyes on our delicious seasonally curated menu plus, as you’d expect from a beach bar and restaurant so close to the water, a bounty of day boat fresh fish.

Our 'Top Deck'

Experience the epitome of alfresco dining on our Top Deck. Over looking the golden sands of Instow Beach, offering panoramic views of the Torridge Estuary and beyond, it's a slice of Devonian paradise not to be missed.

Welcome to The Boathouse

Overlooking golden sands and the confluence of the Taw and Torridge rivers, The Boathouse in Instow is a beach bar and restaurant with a serious passion for great food, fresh fish, fine wines and good times.

Start your day with a fresh ground coffee prepared to barista standards by our friendly team.

Or come in for lunch or an evening meal and enjoy our seasonally evolving menu, reflecting the fabulous produce available from both local day boats and our extensive network of suppliers. And if you’d like to bring your four legged friend, please note we’re dog friendly, with your canine companion welcome to join you at tables booked in our beach bar or in on our famous ‘Top Deck’.

Food & Drink

Specialising in the best that North Devon has to offer, from fresh, sustainable fish straight off the boat, locally reared and matured steaks, and a range of regional brews, our food and drinks menu can accommodate all appetites and tastes.

Spritz Season

We’re excited to introduce our vibrant new Spritz menu ready for those long and lazy lunches on our Top Deck. Think: fruity & floral, fresh & light or herbaceous & citrus, which ever your taste preference, we’ve got you covered. A few in your party? Not a problem, we have a selection of group serves of 6 available, such as our Provence Rose Spritz with raspberry and orange blossom soda over ice.

Gift Vouchers

Give the gift of the Boathouse. Why not treat someone special to a round of cocktails, a dinner for two or even one of our popular Sunday Roasts. All our gift vouchers are valid for 12 months.

Looking for a place to stay?

We highly recommend our friends over at The Seagate in Appledore. Just a 10 minute drive away. Expect a buzzing community pub offering a fine selection of bedrooms, with 10 above the pub and 7 located on The Quay in the charming converted sail loft just moment away. Perfect for family stays as well as being dog friendly. All of the uniquely loveable rooms are kitted out with everything you need, from uber-comfy beds with crisp soft linen, to over-flowing snacks basket, full to the brim with your favourite treats, and some rooms boasting stunning sea views.

Expect a warm welcome from the Landlord and Lady, Tony and Sian.


Bar Opening Times

Monday – Saturday




Food Service Times

Breakfast Baps & Pastries: 9-11.30 everyday


Dinner: 5–9pm (9.30pm Friday & Saturday)

Food available all-day Saturday & Sunday

Dogs welcome in the bar & on our first floor ‘Top Deck’