The Elephant's Nest at Horndon
I know this was a long time ago now, 22nd April 2008 but the pub is very much the same these days. But do make allowances for price rises though please.
Into the Elephant's Nest past the dozing dog alongside the elephant statue. It's a sunny day and a foursome of us are on our way down to Port Eliot, which is open to the public for a brief period. Leaves are beginning to show on the trees, but for all that it's not quite sitting out in the garden weather, which is a shame, because
since our last visit, the garden has had a wonderful make over job with some impressive walling and paths. To tell the truth, we had planned to eat at the Peter Tavy Inn, but when we arrived there we would have been lucky to find space for a tandem in the full to bursting car park, so by the time we arrived at The Elephant's Nest is was getting on for 2 and we were grateful to find food at all.
If you haven't yet been to this pub, it has hundreds of beer mats on the low ceilings, and the name of the pub chalked in many languages on the beams. Add to that, a real fire, non standard sized tables in non standard rooms a blackboard with daily specials, and it's a real country pub.
Three of us opted for the home made fish pie £9.95 and Rob chose the Elephant Burger (with red onion marmalade and chips ) at £8.95. The fish pies were excellent with generous chunks of smoked haddock, salmon and prawns, and the fresh vegetables were woofed down with relish. I especially enjoyed the swede and carrot mash and the new potatoes were cooked to perfection. The fish pies were ever so slightly on the cool side, and I know that if we had mentioned it the friendly young waitress, she would have whisked them away from us in a flash, but being well and truly hungry we couldn't waste a minute....
I wrote a food review for Dartmoor 'the country magazine' in 2003 and asked the then landlord why the strange
name, and he told me that in the 1950’s the landlord was very overweight, and he used to serve his customers
without getting off his stool at the back of the bar, reaching out his long arms for glasses and bottles. Local wits
called him The Elephant so pub became the Elephant’s Nest. These days, the staff here are far more attentive.
It is slightly off the beaten track, but well worth seeking out. Families would enjoy the enclosed pretty gardens.
Sunday Roast is £10.95 with South Devon Beef and Yorkshire pudding. If we had more time, we would have tried out
Mrs Cook’s lemon posset with blueberry compote at £4.75. There you go...the perfect excuse for us to go back again!
The Elephant's Nest at Horndon, near to Mary Tavy. Telephone 01822 810273
The pub website can be found here.