Skip to main content

About Us

foyer at royal and fortescue

Fall in love withThe Royal & Fortescue Hotel

Once an ancient coaching inn, this hotel retains its historic charm whilst offering all the modern comforts you expect. 

Boasting 17th-century Jacobean bistro, cosy RF Lounge & Bar, our very own cocktail bar that creates handcrafted mixology masterpieces, luxury accommodation and 2 function spaces that are perfect for any occasion.

Located in the centre of Barnstaple, the Royal & Fortescue Hotel is a gem, ideally located for exploring Barnstaple and the surrounding North Devon area. You are just a few steps away from tempting shops, the ancient pannier market and the theatre. 

Discover our Hotel Facilities

Royal and Fortescue Hotel Exterior from Barnstaple High Street

Our History

Originally a coaching inn called 'The Fortescue Arms' to receiving a royal title from the Prince of Wales (later Edward 7th) royal visit, The Royal & Fortescue holds a rich and diverse history. 

Discover our History

Royal and Fortescue Hotel Bar Manager Serving Drinks


If you are looking for a new challenge, take a look at our current vacancies and join our ‘Brend family’ and discover what it really means to work somewhere you love - injecting enthusiasm into every moment you’re here and helping to create and deliver unforgettable experiences for our guests.

Visit our Careers Website


A Proud Member of the Brend Collection

The Brend Collection is a family-run hospitality business that has been a leader in the West Country for over fifty years. We have a passion for excellence and we pour our hearts and souls into making sure we always exceed your expectations - every time you visit us, in every location. With generations of hands-on experience, we know what matters to you and we’ll pull out all the stops to ensure you have an amazing time when you join us; whether you’re staying at one of our hotels, dining in our restaurants, or relaxing in one of our spas. 

Our portfolio of hotels in Devon and Cornwall exudes luxury, and our dedicated staff will always go the extra mile to ensure your experience is truly memorable. From our team of highly experienced chefs to our talented spa therapists and welcoming reception teams, we pride ourselves on offering warm hospitality and exceptional service at every one of our venues.

Discover the Brend Collection

More from The Royal & Fortescue Hotel

Subscribe to our mailing list and never miss another update

From being the first to know about our special offers to tempting cocktail recipes and the best Devon adventures - stay up to date with the latest news and offers when you join our mailing list.