Hotels in Honiton
Honiton is a charming little market town situated in east Devon, a county in south-west England. With a rich history as a centre of lace production and some unusual local customs, the town is an excellent alternative holiday destination. A Honiton hotel is also the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Lace capital of the world
Queen Victoria's wedding dress was made from Honiton Lace and the lacemaking industry meant the town's name was known the world over. Though lace is no longer made in Honiton, there are still signs of the town's illustrious past everywhere you look.
Take a stroll down Lace Walk and visit the Honiton Lace Shop. However, if you're looking for a souvenir veil, you'll have to make do with something slightly more edible. For the old Lace Shop is now home to The Bird's Nest, a wonderful Chinese restaurant whose historic surroundings help to make a meal here one to remember.
But, before you sink too far in to a bowl of noodles, find out all about Honiton's rich past at the All Hallows Museum. Located in the centre of town, the museum is housed within the 13th-century All Hallows Chapel, which is reputed to be the oldest building in Honiton and is well worth a visit.
The Hot Pennies ceremony
As well as its prestigious lacemaking history, Honiton is known for a slightly more unusual tradition. The Hot Pennies Ceremony takes place on the first Tuesday after the 19th July every year on the High Street.
The ceremony dates back to the 12th century, when aristocrats would throw hot pennies out of their windows to local peasants as a way of mocking them.
However, modern Honitonians are much more fun loving and kind than their predecessors. So, every year, at noon, the Town Crier and the Mayor raise a garlanded pole with a gloved hand at the top and warm pennies are then thrown from balconies in the High Street to crowds of locals. To see this quaint custom in action really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Hot food and refreshing drink
For something hot, that won't burn your hands, Honiton has some great gastropubs and restaurants. The Otter Inn is nice for a walk, as it is situated in the pretty little village of Weston, just outside the town. The pub has an open fire and a riverside garden, as well as a fine selection of real ales and some excellent pub grub.
A little closer to the town centre is The Railway on Queen Street. This pub has a more modern feel, though it still retains plenty of rural charm. There is a grill serving up the best in contemporary European cuisine and, if you're after a bit of education on your trip, the pub also offers bakery classes to people of all ages.
Two National Parks
Your Honiton hotel is perfectly placed for a day trip to one of Devon's two national parks, as well as some of the UK's most breathtaking coastline. Both Dartmoor and Exmoor are within easy driving distance, as is Dorset and East Devon's Jurassic Coast. Making a trip to Honiton offers a holiday brimming with possibility.
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