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Royal & Fortescue Hotel


The Royal & Fortescue is an utterly charming hotel situated at the head of Barnstaple's historic High Street.

Steeped in history, this elegant Georgian fronted hotel offers stylish accommodation and a vibrant convivial atmosphere. With no less than three restaurants as well as a gorgeous lounge bar, there's nowhere better to unwind and linger over a meal or a cappuccino.

At the Royal and Fortescue, you really are right in the heart of Barnstaple. Surrounded by tempting shops and close to the ancient pannier market and the theatre, you're only a short stroll from everything Barnstaple has to offer. Head out of town and a short drive takes you to the golden beaches of North Devon or the dramatic beauty of Exmoor.

With its choice of conference rooms and banquet suites, this luxury hotel is also ideal for a business event, a wedding reception or a special celebration.

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The Royal & Fortescue Hotel
Boutport Street
EX31 1HG

Royal & Fortescue Hotel

About the Hotel

Right in the centre of Barnstaple, the Royal & Fortescue Hotel is a gem of a hotel, ideally located for exploring Barnstaple and the surrounding North Devon area.

Once an ancient coaching inn, this hotel retains its historic charm whilst offering all the comforts of a stylish modern hotel.

Right in the heart of Barnstaple, the Royal & Fortescue is ideal for those who want to make the most of the town centre with its shops, cafés, pannier market and theatre just a few steps away. Originally called 'The Fortescue Arms', the hotel earned the right to include 'Royal' in its name after a visit by the Prince of Wales (later Edward 7th) who enjoyed apple pie and cream at the hotel in 1856.

The prince would surely have enjoyed the wide choice of dining experiences on offer today, with the hotel's flagship Lord Fortescue Restaurant, tempting coffee house and right next door, 62 The Bank - Brend's own brasserie and café bar, with its incredible Tudor ceiling.

The Royal & Fortescue is a delightful hotel. The welcoming public areas are buzzing with atmosphere, whilst the accommodation offers the highest levels of comfort.

Most of the rooms at the Royal & Fortescue Hotel have been recently refurbished with a fresh contemporary style, quality furnishings and all the little touches that make a difference.

The Percival Suite is truly outstanding and must be one of the most beautiful luxury hotel rooms in North Devon.

As well as the main hotel, the Royal & Fortescue Hotel offers accommodation in the Courtyard - attractive and charming rooms with bow windows reminiscent of Dickensian sweet shops.


The Royal & Fortescue has 49 attractive hotel rooms.

All rooms are fitted with high quality furnishings and attractive decor throughout the hotel. Many rooms have been recently refurbished.

Luxury extras including freshly cut flowers and fresh fruit can be ordered in advance to make your stay at the Royal & Fortescue even more special.

Sheer luxury for single travellers

If you are staying in Barnstaple on business, The Royal & Fortescue Hotel is perfect.

Right in the centre of town, you are close to everything Barnstaple has to offer, including the Queen's Theatre, which is just a few steps from the hotel. And our hotel also fits the bill if you are travelling solo to enjoy some shopping in North Devon's premier shopping destination.

Our single rooms include a LCD TV, free WiFi and tea and coffee making facilities.

Or of course if you would like a little more space to spread out, why not opt for one of our double rooms, for a supplementary charge.

And after your day's work, take your pick from the choice of dining options. You will find that the restaurants and the bar make a great place to relax over a drink with colleagues or friends.

Escape to your comfortable double room 

At the Royal & Fortescue Hotel, we have a wonderful selection of  double and twin rooms.

Some of our double rooms are in the Courtyard, just behind the hotel and there are also spacious Superior rooms available. Or why not push the boat out and opt for the spectacular Percival Suite, which must be one of the most impressive rooms in North Devon.

Stay in style for your family holiday in North Devon

The Royal & Fortescue Hotel is a good choice as your base for a family holiday in North Devon.

All our Superior luxury rooms are large enough to allow for cots or up to two extra beds.

There are also some interconnecting luxury rooms available, as well as a family room with a double bed and two single beds.

Our reservations team will help you make the best choice of luxury accommodation for you and your family, especially tailored to your requirements, so just call us on 08455 760 760.

The Percival Suite

The Percival Suite is quite simply one of the loveliest rooms you are ever likely to stay in. Spacious and beautifully proportioned, the elegant room overlooks the High Street, yet has a peaceful and relaxing ambience.

The super king size bed is dressed with an exquisite golden coloured canopy and the warm golden and lemon hues are reflected throughout the decor. One wall features a huge antique mirror, which adds a touch of extra glamour to the room, as does the large walk in wardrobe, every woman's dream!

The sparkling white bathroom boasts a walk in drench shower as well as a bath. We supply fluffy white bath robes and slippers, when you stay in the Percival Suite.

This really is lavish, stylish luxury accommodation at its best.


At the Royal & Fortescue Hotel, you can choose between elegant dining in the Lord Fortescue Restaurant, our lively Brasserie, 62 The Bank.

The Lord Fortescue Restaurant offers first class cuisine in a lavish setting. Opulent furnishings and attentive staff create a special luxury dining experience.

62 The Bank is a fashionable Brasserie and Cafe, adjoining the Royal & Fortescue, where you can enjoy superb food and a vibrant atmosphere every day until late.

And if you find you are peckish during the day, you can just pop into our traditional coffee house, for a tempting selection of homemade pastries, cakes and snacks, as well as the best freshly ground coffees in Barnstaple!

Lord Fortescue Restaurant 

Our mouth watering menus are complemented by personal attentive service and the gorgeous setting. The elegant furnishings make dining at the Lord Fortescue Restaurant a luxury experience.

With its impressive surroundings, the Lord Fortescue Restaurant makes a great venue for a memorable luncheon party with family and friends, maybe to celebrate a special birthday, wedding anniversary or indeed any other special occasion.

And every lunch time, as well as Saturday and Sunday evening, Lord Fortescue Restaurant is where you can take your pick from our fabulous Carvery.

Non-residents are welcome. Please call us to reserve your table for a luxury dining experience in North Devon.

62 The Bank

Adjacent to the Royal & Fortescue Hotel, you will find 62 The Bank with its oak panelling and incredible Tudor ceiling.

Despite its archetypically English setting, 62 The Bank creates great flavours from around the globe.

With an eclectic evening menu including seafood, Piri Piri spiced dishes and house specials, 62 The Bank is always buzzing with atmosphere.

62 The Bank is a wonderful place to meet up with friends and linger over a coffee, lunch or an evening meal.

The stylish brasserie is set in an extraordinary building, originally a merchant's house over 300 years ago, when Barnstaple was a bustling trading centre. The staggeringly beautiful Tudor ceiling was completed by members of the school of North Devon Plasterers in 1620. Since 1760, the building has been used by the public - first as the Golden Lion Inn, then the Golden Lion Hotel in the 19th century and then as a High Street bank for nearly forty years in the mid twentieth century.

Now, this atmospheric building is restored to its former glory and, as in its heyday when it housed the Golden Lion, it is again a place where you can eat, drink and be merry.

Discover Bar 62, our dazzling new cocktail bar

Our reputation as the most convivial place to meet in Barnstaple has now been given a further boost with our amazing new cocktail bar. Fresh, contemporary decor and sleek furnishings combine with subdued lighting to create a very special place to gather with friends. Sip on an aperitif before your meal at one of our restaurants, enjoy an expertly prepared seasonal cocktail, or maybe drop in for a glass or two of bubbly before your trip to the theatre. And afterwards, you can sink into one of our comfy sofas and round off your evening with one of the world’s finest spirits. Treat yourself to a touch of the high life.  

The area

There are lots of things to do in North Devon, but the very best are outdoors where you get to make the most of the fabulous and unspoilt natural environment. Whether you enjoy walking, surfing, spending time on the beach, horseriding, fishing or playing golf, you'll find some fantastic activities waiting for you. So if you would like to visit one of the best Hotels in Devon just get in contact.

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