North Devon has long been one our favourite places in the South West, surrounded by childhood memories of building sandcastles on Putsbourgh sands, summer beach side BBQs and camping trips with friends. It will always be know as our ‘happy place’ which is why we are now super lucky to have a beach hideaway of our own tucked behind the sand dunes of Croyde bay, North Devon. This is where we like to escape too when the London busyness gets a little bit too much, for that much needed sea air, coastal strolls and endless cream teas!
Croyde itself is nestled in-between two giant stretches of sand, one being Saunton Sands beach and the other Putsborough which leads into Woolacombe. All three bays are know for great surf, cute country pubs and delicious homemade pasties.
The thatched roof village of Croyde has a great selection of cafes and restaurants, our favourite being Croyde Stores which sells delicious homemade sausage rolls along tasty deli bits perfect for that beach picnic. They also have a great brunch menu with eggs and avocado being one of our favourite whilst sat outside watching village life go by. On a Sunday there is a local farmers market in the field opposite selling a selection of local produce and homemade crafts.
As we are in Devon there are many cute options to go to for a cream tea. Our favourites being May Cottage tea room, a picturesque thatched country cottage that serves homemade scones, jams and delicious cakes out of their front room and in their beautiful English garden. We once went for Olives birthday and had a lovely afternoon tea complete with finger sandwiches and one of my favourites; cheese scones and homemade chutney!
Sandleigh Tea Room is ran by the National trust and is the starting point to the famous baggy point coastal path. Situated in a sweet courtyard overlooking the locals veggie plots, the cafe serves homemade scones with fresh strawberries and clotted cream as well as the best crab sandwich ever! Next to the cafe you will find a really lovely local interiors store called The Oyster Catcher selling a selective range of handmade cards, beautiful jewellery and artisan homewear.
Once you have eaten your entire body weight in scones and jam take a stroll along the coastal path to Croydes famous Baggy Point a rock formation situated away from the impressive headland. The views are pretty spectacular looking out over Croyde Bay and on to Saunton Sands.
After spending the rest of the day on the beach, head back into the village for a wood fired pizza from Stoned Pizzas. Located just outside Croyde Stores the Stoned Pizza guys set up a wood fired oven in the summer selling there delicious pizzas well in to the evening. There is nothing better than grabbing a couple of beers, fresh homemade pizza and heading to the Sanddunes to watch the sun go down.
Finish off your day with a couple of pints of the local cider in the ledgendary pub; The Thatch. A charming country cottage turned Inn full of bags of character, homemade food and an extensive gin list!