We love visiting North Devon and stay in Croyde Bay every year. I’d heard lots of excellent reports about the Curry on Barricane beach but hadn’t quite managed to get there. However, on our latest visit we managed to squeeze in a visit to try it out.
You can find Barricane Beach as you head out of Woolacombe towards Mortehoe.
Woolacombe is just around the corner from Croyde bay and lies between Morte Point and Baggy Point (Croyde Bay). It has been voted Number One Beach in the UK on TripAdvisor twice in recent years. Woolacombe also holds the ‘England for Excellence Gold Award’ for best family resort. The long sandy beach stretches for 3 miles and is renowned for its cleanliness and water quality. Like Croyde Bay it’s great for Surfers and there are Life guards on duty during the summer months, making it excellent for swimming.
Barricane Beach (also known as Combesgate beach) can be found as you head out of Woolacombe towards Mortehoe. It is tucked in between the rocks in a pretty setting and is famous for exotic sea shells including cowries. These shells have travelled off the shore of a Caribbean island thousands of miles across the Atlantic.
The beach name ‘Barricane’ has Caribbean origins because of the sea shells found on it and is also designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Set in a bay half a mile from the main Woolacombe beach Barricane Bay is great for rock pooling and popular among surfers but note there aren’t any Lifeguards on the beach.
Enjoy a Curry on Barricane Beach
The tiny Beach Café turns into a Sri Lankan restaurant at 5pm every evening, weather dependant, to serve up homemade Sri-Laken curries on the beach. There are a few tables and benches just outside the café where you can eat. However, most people bring a picnic blanket and chairs and sit on the beach to eat.
The Café serves Rice and curry – meat or a veg curry, served with 2 veg curries, rice, poppadums’ and sambal for £9.95 a plate. There are also jacket potatoes available for kids if they don’t want curry. The Café doesn’t have a drinks licence so take your own bottle of wine or beer to enjoy with the tasty food.
Food is served up on china plates and you just pop them back to the hut when you’re finished, which is great for the environment with no disposable plastics.
On a warm sunny evening it’s a wonderful place to go with friends and family to enjoy a tasty curry in a stunning location and if you stay long enough you may even get to enjoy a spectacular sunset. Now that we’ve managed to try it out we’ll be going back for more on our next trip to North Devon.
Top Tips for Curry on Barricane Beach
Here are a few tips before you go:
To check if curry is being served on any particular night just check out their Facebook Page Barricane-Beach-Woolacombe
- They only take cash as they don’t have a phone line or reliable internet
- Curries are gluten and dairy free and they don’t use any nuts, but they can’t guarantee that ingredients haven’t been made in the same place as nuts.
- The veggie curry is suitable for vegans.
- Children- child’s size plates of the curry (all the curries are mild to medium) are available.
- Drinks – they don’t have a license so take your own wine or beer and glasses. You’ll need to take home any of your cans/bottles to recycle. They sell soft drinks and water in the cafe.
- All curries are served on plates to eat at the beach, so they don’t do takeaways.