9 August 2008

Castles and cream teas - at Dunster in Devon

As I'm having a break in August from the world of work, I decided to take a couple of days to visit a friend in north Devon and together we played at being tourists, visiting some of the local sites. This part of Devon is marked by the wild landscapes of the Exmoor National park, but around the edges of the moor the landscape is green and rolling with steep sided lanes and picturesque thatched cottages built from the local stone or painted in shades of Devon cream.

We called in at the village of Dulverton on the southern edge of Exmoor which is a good place to while away an hour or two, with interesting shops selling farm produce, antiquarian books and stylish gifts and jewellery. We tried lunch at a local gastropub called Woods which has received rave reviews and manages to combine an old Devon charm of wooden beams and deer antlers, with a bustling modern approach and delicious food. We both had salad dishes, mine of scallops and prawns and my friend's of steak, although mine was a little light to keep me going so I topped up with a bowl of chips.

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Nomadic Matt said...

That house makes me feel like I am in the brothers grimm...

excellent photos. Glad you are enjoying your month off.

Jenny said...

What is that pink beverage?

Is that rose tea??

Mark H said...

Aaaahhhh, Devonshire Tea from it real home. You can almost taste the cream and scones from your photos.