The last few weeks have been wonderful weather, giving me time to enjoy the summer while it lasts! And where better it spend it than the beaches in Devon? First, we went to Ilfracombe – a small town that has plenty of shops, cafes, entertainment and sand.
We had lunch at The Ilfracombe Fryer, a fish and chip takeaway and restaurant. The restaurant was very busy – we managed to get the last table. We had to wait a while to order, before we caught the attention of one of the waitresses at the counter. The food was tasty and well priced. I had the scampi and chips.
There are magnificent views of the sea and cliffs in Ilfracombe. Visitors often walk up the big hill to enjoy the sea breeze and see the whole of the town from the top.
There is also an Hockings ice cream van, famous ice cream in Devon. For those who like plays and shows, there is the Landmark theatre. During the day, there is also a cafe to take a break.
Iflramcombe has also transformed its public gardens since my last visit, and it looks so pretty!
Around the seaside, there are a number of art shops and galleries. I like this ice lolly piece.
Plus another thing Ilfracombe is famous for is Verity – the pregnant woman with a sword, courtesy of Damien Hirst. It first arrived a few years ago upon mixed reaction. Some say it is an eyesore for the town, some say it is expression of art, but no one can deny it is something that everyone is talking about. Many visitors take photos of the sculpture.
There is also St Nicholas’ Chapel which is situated on a hill next to the sea. Admission is free for the chapel, which was used as a place of worship since 1321. Nowadays, it is mainly used as a musuem with displays of ships and historic use of the chapel.
Another place we went to was the Ilfracombe Aquarium (£4.50 for adult, £3.50 for child). It was very busy and quite small, but there is some great sealife to see – nurse sharks, rays, starfishes and spider crabs to name but a few.
After all that walking, I needed to time to relax. Dolly’s cafe is a spacious unit with indoor and outdoor seating. I had a cream tea for £6.75 with a homemade scone, jam, Rodda’s clotted cream and Miles’ English tea – an indulgent treat! I was also given a loyalty card giving me 10% off everytime I visit.
There are many gift shops – I left with some shortbread and homemade caramel fudge from Fudgies.