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  • Marine Parade, 
  • Instow, 
  • North Devon, 
  • EX39 4JJ
01271 861292
Opening Hours:
9am -11pm
Food Service Times:
9-11.30am // 12-3pm // 5-9pm
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.

Christmas Parties in Instow

Feast your eyes on our soul-warming, 3-course Christmas menu with all the trimmings. Why not add some sparkle with a bottle of bubbles or really get the party started and upgrade to a magnum (it really is the only answer!)

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.

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’.

Christmas Celebrations

It’s that cork-popping time of year again! Come and create festive memories with friends and family here at The Boathouse in Instow. Our Christmas Crew mates party nights are perfect for your work Christmas get-togethers or gatherings with family and friends. Captain Brendan and his merry crew are ready and raring to welcome you with open arms this festive season. 

Crew Mates Christmas Parties

If you’d like to have a ‘Christmas Get Together’ but don’t work in a big office, why not join a ‘Crew Mates Christmas Party’ at The Boathouse?

We’ll be offering a fabulous three course menu, in a wonderfully decorated space, served by our very own team of Christmas Fairies (in our Christmas Clobber of course!)

The whole restaurant will be reserved for Christmas revellers, so if you’re a four, six, eight or ten, we’re sure to have a table where you can party alongside like-minded Christmassy- Crew Mates. But don’t wait to long or you’ll miss the Boat(house)!

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.

Gift Vouchers

Give the gift of the Boathouse this Christmas. Why 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.

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’