Instow and Westward Ho!

I’m so excited that Poldark’s back.  As if I didn’t need yet another historical drama to obsess over.  It drives Sunny mad; especially when I start spewing out random historical facts while we’re watching (I’m the WORST – but can’t seem to help myself).  Anyway, the weekend that Poldark came back, we just happened to be in the West Country for a wedding, and while I’m well aware that North Devon is miles away from Poldark’s Truro, the scenery me think of it anyway.

Before the wedding we had a bit of time to explore Instow and Westward Ho!  Instow is a quiet little town that looks out across the estuary to the pretty painted houses of Appledore.  While Westward Ho! (exclamation mark included!) is a small seaside-ish town on the other side of Appledore.  🙂

All the houses on the front in Instow have the same painted shutters.



Everyone at the wedding told us that we had to get a Hockings ice cream, but we only saw the van twice; once in Westward Ho! and then outside the church on the very rainy day of the wedding.  Typically we never saw one again so we didn’t get to try an ice cream with clotted cream.  Wah wah.  But apparently they’re a bit of a legend in North Devon – kind of like Joe’s is in South Wales.

We stopped for dinner in Cafe Italia in Westward Ho! which it has to be said does the best Cheesy Garlic Foccacia I’ve ever had.  The pizzas were good too – all handmade and cooked in a wood burner.

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