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  • Marine Parade, 
  • Instow, 
  • North Devon, 
  • EX39 4JJ
01271 861292
Opening Hours:
9.30am -10pm
Food Service Times:
9.30-11am // 12-4pm // 5-9pm
Welcome to The Boathouse, Instow, North Devon

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 seasonal 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.

Gather your crew...

Get your friends and family together and set sail for a cracking celebration at The Boathouse. With a range of great spaces both in our beach bar and on our amazing first floor terrace available for hire, we’ll help you navigate the best party in town!

Dog Friendly

We are so lucky to be situated moments away from the sandy shores of Instow beach. It's a dog walkers heaven! We welcome your four legged friends, please be sure to book in our bar area or outside on our 'Top Deck' safe in the knowledge that you'll receive full table service and the same fabulous menu as served in our restaurant!

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 bar or on our famous ‘Top Deck’.

Alfresco Dining in Instow

In the summer months there really is no better place to spend a sunny day than on our ‘Top Deck’, with your favourite tipple in hand. Our decking has outside tables for those who want to dine al fresco as well as a partly covered area which means the unpredictable English weather can’t spoil the fun!


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.


Seaside Sundays

Roasted joints for you to dive into, with piles of crispy roast potatoes, bright and seasonal vegetables, and boatloads of chef’s secret recipe gravy. Bring on the weekend!

Sundowners paradise

Visit our spectacular first floor roof terrace and gaze across the glittering Torridge Estuary towards Appledore. G&T in hand, it’s the perfect spot to watch the sun go down.


With an array of flavours, our new Fever-Tree G&T and Gin Spritz menus are sure to serve you a slice of summer.