Newest Review: ... wash over us with a rather nice Chenin Blanc in the Seagate a 17th century inn. So inspired by my first visit that later on we ... more
I so adore Appledore
Appledore in General
Member Name: katyc
Appledore in General
Advantages: A true Gem
Disadvantages: not enough time to see everything
Unable to have a holiday this year, some very good friends invited us to holiday in North Devon. Whilst a extremely kind offer I was not as enthusiastic as I could have been as to me a holiday is only a holiday if you take a passport I was to be proved very wrong and all because of Appledore.
Appledore is a little fishing village located on the west bank of the River Torridge about 4 miles downstream from Bideford. We visited on a Monday evening to listen to the Brass Band on the Quay and truly a perfect summer evening happy families listening to the band we sat and let the atmosphere wash over us with a rather nice Chenin Blanc in the Seagate a 17th century inn.
So inspired by my first visit that later on we meandered the 1.5 miles from where we were staying and spent a lovely day exploring and that day has sealed my love affair and I am signed up to visit next year for me as a history buff the Elizabethan and Georgian properties were a delight as were the cobbled streets one house to look out for is the Dolls house a tiny little house set back between two cottages all houses painted in lovely seaside colours and Red phone boxes , I truly loved the timeless quality and the tranquillity of Appledore.
On our Adventure exploring Appledore we visited the Maritime Museum which both my 5 and 7 year old girls really enjoyed the youngest loved ringing the bell and the oldest thought the Victorian loo and school were awesome I was impressed with everything in the museum but found the part this area played in WW11 was very interesting.
Following a long trek and having walked about 8 miles we headed back along the Quay to The Quay Bistro& Cafe for some lunch what followed was a feast homemade fish finger sandwiches with fresh caught fish a true delight and Appledore mussels with fresh fennel bread and for the youngest butchers ham and chips whilst no children's portions they did a small portion which was massive and very cheap at £3.85! This set us up for the walk back via the local Hockings Ice cream truly lovely ice cream.
We meandered back via the play park and along the coastal path a truly magnificent day only marred by my inability to paint or take good photos!
We visited Appledore on two more occasions once to go crabbing and our final visit was to have Dinner at the Seagate and listen to the Band again and I can heartedly recommend the Seagate.
Appledore is a wonderful place to visit with so much more to do than we managed see website for more information such as parking opening times for muesum and directions www.appledore.org
Summary: a wonderful village with so much to see and a superb well preserved history