It has a Church of England chapel and a Methodist chapel. The church is situated in the smaller South Tawton village, down the road, for which the parish is named. The differences have their basis in history when South Tawton was a manor and South Zeal was a village in that manor, where the manor hall was situated. The manor house, constructed around a former monastery which itself was built around a Neolithic standing stone called the South Zeal Menhir, is now the Oxenham Arms, an inn and hotel in the centre of the village.
South Zeal also contains South Tawton Primary School, which provides education to children in the area up to the age of 11.
The village is also served by a post office, a bakery, Owlsfoot Garage, South Zeal Skatepark and Meadowcroft Residential Home.
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