Ilfracombe may be home to Damien Hirst’s extremely chic restaurant 11 The Quay, but its popular farmers’ market shows that you can’t beat browsing for local ingredients and cooking up a storm yourself.
Ilfracombe Farmers’ Market takes place in The Lantern Centre (on the High Street) on the first Saturday and the third Sunday of every month between 10am and 12.30pm. Make a note of the dates before a holiday in north Devon and stock up in style during your stay, it’ll mean that even when you dine in you’ll be enjoying the local cuisine.
Ilfracombe Farmers’ Market keeps locals and visitors to the area stocked up with local produce and all the flavours of the season, and stalls include fresh breads, tempting cakes and locally grown vegetables. It’s not only the produce on offer that makes the market popular, it’s also refreshing to be able to chat to the guys who grew, made and caught it – and they’ll often even help out with some recipe ideas if you need some inspiration.
Add to that the live music that often adds to the atmosphere and the market remains one of Ilfracombe’s friendliest events. If you’ve promised those back home souvenirs hold fire until you visit, as you’ll find crafts and treats that make the perfect gifts from Devon.