Tourist Information Offices
For help and information on all aspects of a visit to the West Country the tourist information centres and websites listed below are a good starting point. The major TICs, closest to the climbing, are listed.
- Bristol - Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB Tel: 0906 711 2191
- Bideford – The Quay, Bideford, Devon, EX39 Tel: 01237 477676
- Bodmin - Mount Folly Square, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2DQ Tel: 01208 76616
- Bude - The Crescent, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 8LE Tel: 01288 354240
- Camelford - The Clease, Camelford, Cornwall, PL32 9PL Tel: 01840 212954
- Penzance - Station Road, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 2NF Tel: 01736 362207
- Torquay - Vaughan Parade, Torquay Devon, TQ2 5JG Tel: 01803 211211
- St. Ives - St. Ives Visitor Information Centre, The Guildhall, Street-An-Pol, St. Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2DS. Tel: 0905 252 225, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Swanage - Shore Road, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1LB Tel: 01929 422885
Below is a list of some of the West Country’s best pubs that are within a quick stroll or drive of the cliffs. Some have good beer and cider, some have great food, most have both.
- The Coronation Tap - Handy for the Avon Gorge, just above the suspension bridge.
- Coxes Mill - Big bar at the entrance to Cheddar Gorge.
- The Thatch Inn - Lively pub in Croyde close to Baggy Point.
- The Old Smithy - Nice old pub at Welcombe village, handy for the Culm Coast.
- The Bush Inn - Good spot at Morwenstow, close to Sharpnose Point.
- The Port Garvene Inn - A pub in a quiet fishing cove. Good for Doyden Point and Pentire.
- The Tinner’s Arms - An atmospheric pub in Zennor close to Bosigran and Gurnard’s Head.
- The Logan Rock Inn - Good for south coast granite in the village of Treen.
- The Cadgwith Cove Inn - Lovely pub close to The Lizard and its beaches.
- The Meavy Inn - On Meavy village green close to the Dewerstone and Sheeps Tor.
- The Rugglestone - Great Dartmoor pub with a fine beer garden.
- The Berry Head Hotel - Great views across Torbay, close to The Old Redoubt.
- The Carey Arms - Close to Anstey’s Cove at Babbacombe Beach.
- The Cove House - Good spot to watch the sun go down after climbing on Portland.
- The Square and Compass - Popular haunt and convenient for the Swanage cliffs.
It is impossible to provide a guide for all the cafes and tearooms in the West Country since that would be a guidebook as thick as this one in itself. Suffice to say that a decent cafe or tearoom selling diet-busting cream teas or pasties is never more than a brief drive.