The Culbone Porlock Minehead TA24 8JW
Perched high up on the moors between Lynmouth and Porlock in West Somerset and with soothing views over the Lorna Doone Valley, The Culbone is Exmoor National Park’s highest restaurant, a friendly place with five bedrooms for those who want to linger over their food and explore the local area. Executive Chef Jack Scarterfield, a Somerset boy, is passionate about sourcing the best quality local ingredients - there are steaks and burgers from local Ruby Red Devon cattle, and decent fish dishes from home made fish fingers to grilled whites sourced from Jacqui of El Pescadero at Brixham Market. Book yourself in to a lunchtime or evening cookery course, or a 3-day ‘Food Safari’ holiday which includes a morning visit to the local dairy farm, a butchery and meat master class and a trip out with local fly fishing experts before learning how to cook a fish supper. Bedrooms are pretty standard, with comfy beds and simple showers - ask for room one or three so you can watch birds of prey swoop over the valley as you dress. Cots and dog beds are available.