Nestled in the heart of the South West, Devon is not just a picturesque haven of rolling hills and stunning coastlines; it’s a culinary treasure trove waiting to be explored.
From tantalising aromas wafting through the streets to innovative and unique dishes, Croyde emerges as the go-to hub for exciting street food.
Devon’s food spots promise an experience that’s as unforgettable as its scenic beauty, but where to start? While I’ve called Croyde home during my exciting culinary journey, so to have I been able to experience the wondrous food that my neighbours in street food have to offer.
In this post, I’ll dive into Devon’s top 7 street food spots so you know their specialities, the general vibes, and where to sink your teeth into on your visit.
The Glorious Oyster
Perched on the shores of Sandhills in Instow, The Glorious Oyster is a testament to the rich heritage of Devon. When you think of seafood, you think of The Glorious Oyster.
Oysters may take centre stage, but the menu doesn’t stop there. With a range of seafood options, there’s bound to be something that stands out for you. Personally, I love their crab rolls – flaky crab meat seasoned to perfection and packed into a soft roll.
Sitting directly on the beach, the cafe offers a stunning ocean view. While I’m not sure if there’s something to be said about enjoying seafood in front of its natural habitat, I do know that it’s a relaxing atmosphere amidst the waves.
If you want to connect with them and see more of their menu, you can do so through their Facebook and Instagram.
Down End Cafe
This cafe has something for everyone, from the early risers seeking an ideal start to the day or the evening wanders looking for a delightful end. Situated next to Croyde Bay in the Downend car park, the cafe sits in the perfect spot for a coastal culinary experience.
The cafe is renowned for its breakfast options, with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee promising a day full of energy and a hearty breakfast setting your right. Evenings are just as exciting, with plenty of options on the menu to satisfy whatever you’re feeling.
I particularly like their Sri Lankan curry – rich and aromatic. Plus, it makes for a great pairing with Croyde Bay’s beautiful scenery. Don’t forget that Bodhi’s cocktail bar sits right next door so that you can pair your meal with a refreshing drink.
Whether you’re a local or a visitor, you won’t regret checking them out.
Pig & Olive
In the heart of Devon sits the perfect place for Pizza aficionados: Pig & Olive. They craft their pizzas with locally sourced products and top them with precision. So much so that you can’t help but give a chef’s kiss each time you see one.
From Ham and pineapple – a controversial choice for many, but delicious all the same – to “All The Meat” – a meat lover’s dream, their menu offers the perfect variety to find your perfect pizza.
What absolutely sets them apart for me is their commitment to authenticity. They cook their pizzas in a wood-fired oven to ensure a perfect crust and finish, and you can 100% tell.
If you’re in Devon and aching for some top-notch pizza, Pig & Olive definitely needs to be at the top of your list.
Tucked away in the centre of Croyde, Freshwell’s and Cluck Street Food is a haven for fried chicken enthusiasts, with their innovative street food making them a must-visit spot.
Their Buffalo Chicken Burger isn’t one to miss. Think tender chicken doused in a tangy buffalo packed into a soft, fresh bun. I still find myself speechless every time I visit; you’d be crazy not to try this at least once on your trip.
If burgers aren’t your thing, I’d suggest their Sri Lankan, which pays homage to the rich flavours of Sri Lanka with an irresistible blend of spices, curry leaves and herbs. Trust me when I say it’s delicious.
If you find yourself near Freshwell camping in Croyde and have a desire for chicken, make sure to stop by between 6 – 9 p.m.
Candy’s Cuisine is one of those hidden gems you find yourself accidentally stumbling upon, which is precisely how I found them. Tucked away in the bustling streets of Devon, Candy’s Cuisine offers traditional Asian flavours with a modern twist.
I adore their Bao Buns, often referred to as ‘steamed buns’, which are soft, fluffy and packed with flavour. They make the perfect vessel for various fillings, and I’m all for it. You can find something to enjoy from Cha Shao BBQ Pork, Tofu & Vegetables or completely vegan options.
They also have a variety of rice boxes and other options – plus, Candy (the owner) is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.
If you find yourself around the area, make sure to stop in. Your stomach will thank you for it!
Braunton’s Lobb Shack isn’t just a place to pitch your tent but a place to fill your stomach while doing so. Offering more than the typical campsite fare, Lobb Shack has set itself apart with a diverse menu and commitment to quality.
Offering both breakfast and evening street food options, you can sink your teeth into great-tasting food whenever you fancy. I’m a big fan of their mouth-watering pulled pork hot dogs and have been told that their vegan dogs are great, too.
Their evening street food options make it a great place to grab a quick bite if you live in or visit Braunton. They’re also champions of local produce and suppliers, ensuring that when you dine with them, you’re also supporting the broader Devon Community.
Definitely a place to swing by if you’re in the area.
Finally, it wouldn’t be a list if I didn’t include myself, would it?
But in all seriousness, I love supporting our community and showcasing some of the great food options available in and around Croyde and Devon. For me, it’s not just about serving food; it’s about sharing my passion, travels and stories with every dish.
You can find Biffens Kitchen in North Devon, where we combine every chapter of our travels into a beautiful dish. From the vibrant fusions of the Dominican Republic to the rich and aromatic Japanese Katsu nights, I’ve brought a piece of the world Croyde.
Indulge in a delicious Katsu Curry inspired by the bustling streets of Japan. Crispy, breaded cutlet paired with a rich, aromatic curry sauce – a dish that truly warms the soul.
Or, if morning food is your jam, step into Breakfast at Biffany’s and grab yourself one of our innovative breakfast barrel wraps, a nod to the diverse cultures and flavours we love.
Open to all, you can find us at the Ocean Pitch Campsite when your stomach starts rumbling.
A Culinary Tour de Force in Devon
From the innovative bao buns of Candy’s Cuisine and the top-quality pizza of Pig & Olive to the surf-inspired dishes of my very own Biffen’s Kitchen, each spot has showcased Devon’s rich tapestry of flavours.
The next time you find yourself in Devon, make it a point to embark on this culinary adventure. Explore, savour, and celebrate the diverse and delectable dishes this beautiful area offers.
And if you stop by Biffens Kitchen, say hi; we’d love to have a chat.