• Big breakfast

    Breakfast at the Beach, served every weekday from 10 am and 9 am at weekends.

  • Aunt Kellys traditional cream tea

    Still using Aunt Kellys cream tea recipe, now with free wifi

  • We welcome families and have a great kids' menu

  • A warm and friendly welcome

  • Yummy cakes and delicious coffee

Opening times

Monday - Thursday 10am to 11pm
Friday 10am to Midnight
Saturday 9am to Midnight
Sunday 9am to 11pm
Last orders for food is 9.30pm Friday to Sunday and 9pm Monday to Thursday.
Breakfast at the Beach served Saturday & Sunday from 9am to 11.30am.

Menus

Weekend Breakfast at the Beach PDF Menu
All Day, Every Day PDF Menu

Part of the local history

The Red Barn, Woolacombe
The Red Barn has proudly been serving Great British pub food to visiting tourists and our local community for many years, refreshing and developing our menu as we go, to ensure that you get the best we can offer. Our professionally equipped kitchen, staffed by a brigade of trained chefs, means that we can keep our food coming all day long, every day, to feed our hungry customers.

The Red Barn, Woolacombe

But it wasn’t always this way…over 100 years ago ‘Southcombes of Ilfracombe’ built a ‘tea rooms’ next to Woolacombe Beach, serving the burgeoning trade in Victorian summer seaside visitors.  As ‘The Bungalow’ it operated as a seasonal tea room and restaurant each summer until, during WWll, it became the ‘American Red Cross Service Club’ providing food and recreation to the US troops that were based at Woolacombe whilst training for the Normandy landings. It is thought that it was the American soldiers who nick-named the building The Red Barn, a name that came to stick!

The Red Barn, Woolacombe

Post-war Woolacombe saw the village growing as a popular tourist resort, and with the swinging 60’s came the modernisation of The Red Barn – more indoor space and a café-style quick-service to cope with the ever increasing numbers of visitors flocking to the beach – a car park even had to be built out the back to accommodate the day-trippers arriving to sample Aunt Kelly’s ‘Clotted Cream Teas’ (still being served today to her original recipe).

The Red Barn, Woolacombe

The Red Barn remained a popular café for the next 30 years, a family favourite which has spanned several generations, but as a new century approached it became time to change again, and so in 1997 it became a pub – opening its doors all year ‘round for the first time.

The Red Barn, Woolacombe

During this past 16 years we’ve listened to your comments and worked tirelessly at honing our menu and service to suit all our customers’ needs; whether you’re coming in from a cold winter walk on the beach, a hectic summer’s day building sand-castles, or looking to relax on a family occasion we can promise you that you will be well fed.

The Red Barn, Woolacombe

The professional team at The Red Barn ensures that you get freshly-prepared food served promptly from our own kitchen. Because we cook all our own food on the premises it means we have all the dishes featured on the menu, as-well as adding daily-changing ‘Chefs Specials’. Local butchers provide us with West Country beef for steaks, chilli and homemade burgers (the buns are made for us by a bakery in Ilfracombe), potatoes are hand chipped and cooked to order every day, we shred and mix our own coleslaw and the batter for the cod is made with local ale. There’s always something to keep the kitchen crew busy; as far as we know The Red Barn is the only place in town that pickles its own onions and beetroot and makes its own Victorian chutney!

Angus Ashord at The Red Barn, Woolacombe

Angus Ashford

Today's specials

Whole Grilled Mackerel £9.95
with a Greek salad
Mixed Grill £19.95
Rump Steak, Gammon, Lamb Chop, Pork Steak & Black Pudding
Hunter’s Chicken £12.45
topped with BBQ sauce, bacon & cheese, served with chips, coleslaw & salad.
Smoked Salmon & Crayfish Tagliatelle £10.95
white wine & cream sauce
Nut Loaf £7.95
salad, coleslaw & new potatoes
West Country Faggots £9.45
mash, onion gravy and peas
BBQ Ribs £10.95
Devon Crab Sandwich £6.25
with garnish and coleslaw
This is a selection of today’s specials. If these are making you hungry get here quickly as they can sell out fast. Our main menu is available all day.

Local surf roots

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The Red Barn has been home to Woolacombe’s surfers since the sport washed up on North Devon’s shores. Back at the start of the sixties the Surf Life Saving Club formed on Woolacombe Beach, shortly followed by the professional lifeguard service, and with The Red Barn’s proximity to the beach we became an unofficial club house and meeting point for those involved.

The local and visiting surf scene found a welcome home in The Red Barn that carries on to this day. Check out the collection of classic surfboards we have on display in the rafters, most were either made or surfed by local surfing ‘legends’ here at Woolacombe!

The Red Barn is a sponsor of the Museum of British Surfing.

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