Top things to do

Top Choice Harbour in Porlock

Porlock Weir

Porlock Weir's stout granite quay curves around a shingly beach, which is backed by pubs, fisherfolks' storehouses and a scattering of seasonal shops. The weir has been around for almost a thousand years (it's named…
Italian in Porlock

Locanda On The Weir

The chef-proprietor hails from Italy so the dishes here are a happy fusion of Exmoor produce and flavours of the Med. Your pizza could come with gorgonzola and pear, the pasta with local beef and Tuscan tomatoes, wh…
Pub Food in Porlock

Ship Inn

The floors of this historic inn are flagstone and there's a big wood burner but in the summer you're hard-pressed to see them – so crammed does it get with hikers and holidaymakers. Bag a patio table and join them t…
Architecture in Porlock

Holnicote Estate

The 50-sq-km Holnicote Estate sweeps southeast out of Porlock, taking in a string of impossibly pretty villages. Picturesque Bossington leads to charming Allerford and its 15th-century packhorse bridge. The biggest …
Pub Food in Porlock

Ship Inn

Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and pal Robert Southey both downed pints in this 13th-century thatched Porlock inn – you can even sit in a snug still dubbed 'Southey's Corner'. Substantial pub food – mainly st…
Cafe in Porlock


A quintessential thatched tearoom 1 mile east of Porlock dishing up toasties, soups and afternoon teas featuring homemade scones, proper clotted cream and local jams.
Cafe in Porlock


The tangy whortleberries that grow on Exmoor's gorse-clad hills not only give this traditional tearoom its name, they're also in the jam that goes on the home-baked scones of their filling cream teas.
Wildlife Reserve in Porlock

Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre

Catch the owl and bird-of-prey flying show (2pm), book your own hour-long private flying session (from £45), or have the kids hitch a half-hour ride on the farm’s Shetland ponies (£15; bookings essential).