To celebrate National Burger Day, the Gazette’s burger correspondent Matt Smart picks out some of the key venues to try if you want the one of the best burgers in North Devon

Custom House, Barnstaple

Custom House is perfect for those who know what they want from a burger. Barnstaple’s original build-your-own restaurant offers almost everything you could possibly want to put in a bun, from a classic bacon cheeseburger or a salmon and dill burger with blue cheese and onion jam. If you’re not feeling creative, the monthly specials will put some of the most innovative ideas together for you.

Instow Arms, Instow

The Instow Arms’ burger bar menu gives customers a range of options to create their perfect meal. Whether it’s a juicy beef burger with Stilton and onion rings or pulled pork with coleslaw. There’s also a halloumi and red pepper burger for vegetarians. What’s more, the window and outdoor seats offer gorgeous views of the Instow and Appledore estuary and a perfect backdrop for a tasty burger.

Pig on the Hill, Westward Ho!

If you want a wholesome burger then there aren’t many better than Pig on the Hill. An 8oz patty topped with pulled pork, bacon, crispy onions and a combination of mustard mayonnaise and apple jam. A mainstay on a constantly evolving menu, the fact the Pig Burger is a go-to option all-year round says a great deal about its quality.

Tooters Diner, Barnstaple

In Seven Brethren lies Tooters, a diner that is truly American at heart. With a selection of burgers inspired by the self-proclaimed inventors of the delicacy, Tooters has something for all tastes. Whether it’s a 4oz plain burger or Trump Tower – a double cheeseburger topped with macaroni cheese and bacon – there’s something for all levels of hunger.

The Thatched Inn, Abbotsham

Pork enthusiasts may rejoice. The Thatched Inn’s Triple Porker is a fantastic take on different cuts, with the chef’s own bbq pulled pork served in a glazed bun complete with back bacon and a sausage patty, all topped with cheddar, red onion and salad. If that’s not your thing, the Cajun chicken burger, bacon and cheese burger and Havana number give any visitor plenty of choice,

The Bull and Bear, Barnstaple

The Fatt Matt at The Bull and Bear.The Fatt Matt at The Bull and Bear.

The sister pub of Custom House, the Bull and Bear offers a variety of classic burgers that are perfect with drinks. House favourites include the BCB, a beef or chicken burger topped with Monterey jack cheese, smoked streaky bacon, corona onions and a special ‘fatt’ sauce. If you fancy something more tex-mex, the Texas Pete comes topped with house chilli, nachos and sour cream.

Cromwells Bar and Bistro, Woodford Bridge

The Cromwell Burger at Woodford Bridge.The Cromwell Burger at Woodford Bridge.

A real showstopper at the Woodford Bridge Country Club restaurant, the Cromwell Burger is worth travelling for. With so much filling it, it comes in a ciabatta roll, the juicy burger nests on slabs of brie, tomatoes and onions and is topped with bacon, pulled pork and salad.

The Kings Arms, Georgeham

For a beastly burger in a classic village pub, try The Kings Arms in Georgeham. Sitting next to options including a crispy quinoa burger or a slow-cooked pulled pork offering is an 8oz handmade Westcountry beef burger with grilled bacon, smoked cheese, gherkins, lettuce and tomatoes and slathered in the King’s special burger sauce.

The Old Sawmills Inn, Berrynarbor

A wide selection of locally sourced 6oz burgers you can double up on, The Old Sawmills has something for all tastes. One highlight is the Smokey Joe, which comes with smoked applewood cheese and a glorious purple basil jam. For something different there’s also a quinoa-coated fish fillet burger layered between beetroot chutney and horseradish mayo.

62 The Bank, Barnstaple

Another restaurant that lets customers create their own specialities, 62 The Bank lets you stack up toppings until you’ve got the perfect burger for you, and with six cheeses to choose from there are plenty of opportunities to hone the perfect cheeseburger.