About us

If you are seeking the authentic flavour of the West Country then look no further. This picture-book thatched-roof inn is nestled in one of England's most unspoiled landscapes.

This lovingly cared for Grade 2 historical registry-listed Heritage Hotel combines character, charm, courtesy and cuisine with the warmest of welcomes and generous hospitality.

Set on the Atlantic Highway (A39), this romantic oasis is easy to find and the perfect base for both relaxation and recreation. The picturesque village of Clovelly, the jewel of the West Country, is a short drive or a delightful coastal walk from the inn, while Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks are within easy reach.

The Hoops Inn & Country Hotel is proud of its extensive range and high quality food provided. The menu is varied to accommodate seasonal specialties and is freshly prepared in our own kitchens using the best of garden and local produce. Guests can choose to dine in the candlelit restaurant, in the relaxed bars or, on balmy summer days, outdoors on the covered courtyard.

There are a vast array of activities on the inn's doorstep which can be enjoyed throughout the year such as golf, fishing, sailing, hiking, surfing and biking. In addition to the many historic houses, beautiful garden, quaint coves and villages, The Hoops Inn has more than 8 acres of landscaped grounds for your enjoyment. More energetic walkers and birdwatchers can follow the steps of Henry Williamsons Otter on the Tarka Trail, take a trip to Lundy Island or ramble along the North Devon Coastal Path.

This 13th century inn is one of England's most famous, being notorious as the haunt of smugglers and a meeting place for seafarers such as Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Richard Grenville. In winter, relax by one of the inglenook fireplaces, warming yourself next to a blazing log fire, where you can imagine being transported back in time to a less complicated age.

Today The Hoops welcomes travellers from around the world and seeks to provide an enchanting experience for guests and warm memories when they leave.


"We were staying for a weekend at a caravan park 3 miles away and decided to try hoops inn for for our first nights evening meal. We opted for the "early bird" menu (2 courses for £10). We all had the prawn cocktail to start. very generous portions. Then my husband and I had the scampi and my daughter the lasagne. All very nice. The staff were very friendly and attentive. we enjoyed it so much that we went back for our 2nd night and chose from the bar menu this time. I had the mussels which were absolutely gorgeous. No desserts as main courses were filling. We were going to try somewhere else for our last night but there was a couple of desserts we wanted to try so we went back to Hoops instead. This time my husband and i shared the fish platter for our main course and for our dessert he had a knickerbocker glory and i had the star anise brulee. Very nice. There was plenty of choices on the children's menu for my daughter. All in all we really enjoyed our 3 evening meals there. The staff each night were very friendly. We will return next time we are in North Devon." Oct 2012

- via Tripadvisor