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Food and Drink on Dartmoor

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Eat out on Dartmoor

Dartmoor, and the wider area of Devon, is blessed with an abundance of fresh, quality produce. Surrounded by rolling farmland, the county has a huge coastline, so sourcing fresh local meat, game and fish is no problem for hotels and restaurants in the area. As a result, you can find a fabulous range of eateries on Dartmoor – from Michelin-starred restaurants, to rustic pubs and traditional cafés, there’s something for every taste and every budget!

We regularly review places to eat and we are always interested to hear your own recommendations – do please contact us on … and let us know any you think we should be highlighting!

  • Run by renowned local musician Michael ‘Mad Dog’ Mathieson, the White Thorn Inn is a newly refurbished haven in the tranquil Dartmoor village of Shaugh Prior. Expect a friendly welcome, a selection of fast-selling, top-notch real ale, cider and Guinness, a cosy fire and plenty of craic. There’s a big focus on quality live music, with bands playing every Saturday night and spontaneous acoustic sessions whenever musical friends are passing through. Dogs, children and horses are all very welcome
  • The Post Inn, a traditional 16th century village inn and pub is situated just off the A30 at Whiddon Down, Devon, 20 miles from Exeter and 7 miles from Okehampton. It offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere and boasts an excellent range of real ales and ciders. Our lovely pub grub is prepared to the highest standards and will really whet your appetite (and you won’t go hungry). A perfect place to relax and unwind for locals and visitors to our beautiful county of Devon.
  • The Monks Retreat dates back to 1450 and has log fires as well as all the charm and character you would expect from such an old building and we have recently put a Green Oak framed extension on the side of the Pub to enable us to cater for up to sixty people. The Monks is the heart of the village and you can expect a warm welcome from the many villagers who frequent the Pub on a regular basis.to enjoy our local real Ales, fine wines and home cooked food.
  • Enjoy the unique experience of being able to walk straight from the front door onto Dartmoor National Park, returning to find a warm atmosphere created by our wood burning stove and friendly welcoming staff. Alternatively relax in our beer garden overlooking the stunning Little Combe Valley. The Tradesmans Arms is also on the path of the Two Moors Way.
  • With 2 AA Rosettes for fine dining, a passion for local produce and a team of genuinely helpful staff, The Horn of Plenty has been regarded as one of the very best restaurants in Devon for 50 years.   With the stunning, untouched beauty of the Tamar Valley as the backdrop, diners are invited to enjoy a truly unique experience.
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  • The New Inn is extremely popular, particularly during summer, so it might be worth booking a table if you’re planning a visit! Situated on the edge of Dartmoor and owned and run by Master Chef Malcolm Whybrow, wife Karen and Mathew Buscombe Michelin trained chef from the New Angel bringing his expertise in pastry and puddings. The New Inn restaurant & bar is everything you would expect from an old country inn, with its log fires in the Winter, local ales, a relaxed ambiance full of style, comfort and charm with its smart refurbished interior and candlelit tables. It is also very dog friendly as the owner and chef both have dogs themselves, so you can be sure of their hospitality, and there’s a fairly large garden area if your pet fancies a stroll while you stop for a drink and some food.
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  • The Miners Arms is a unique 17th century pub and restaurant at the foot of Dartmoor, serving the best in local food and real ales. Beautifully positioned in the secluded hamlet of Hemerdon near Plympton, The Miners Arms gives you the perfect moorland pub setting with fabulous views looking out over Plymouth Sound. Aside from their wonderful food, they take pride in being a real ale pub, and offer some fine drops to bend one’s elbow! Serving five real ales, they mix things up by taking in two guest ales each month. Their established three are a prime choice of Bass Pale Ale, local Jail Ale, and their own exclusive ‘Tungsten Tipple’.
  • The White Hart Hotel is a traditional old posting house at the centre of the small moorland town of Moretonhampstead set within the spectacular Dartmoor National Park. The White Hart is a free house and we stock a good range of locally brewed ales. Our back bar is traditional, cosy and inviting – with a real fire in winter – and popular with locals and guests alike.
  • Possibly the oldest inn in the UK dating back to 825AD,The Cridford Inn is a charming old Devon longhouse that has kept is character. A free-house serving some of the finest food available in Devon. Locally sourced and fairly priced - this inn deserves a visit - you will not want to leave!
  • Home of the Neolithic South Zeal menhir, this 13th-century former Benedictine monastery is said to be the oldest heritage pub in Devon and Cornwall. Steeped in history, the largely untouched interior has to be seen. Two beers are brewed specially for the pub, which are served alongside two changing guest ales, together with a local cider. AA Rosette Restaurant.
  • Traditional Pub With Real Ales and a Separate Games Room for Darts, Pool, Air Hockey.(coming soon Snooker & Pinball) A state of the art Jukebox too! Relaxing surroundings & Friendly service. Just how pubs should be!
  • Recently refurbished The Dartmoor Halfway Inn is situated on the edge of Dartmoor National Park (A383), a few miles west of Newton Abbot. An idyllic site, surrounded by green fields and woodland, with the River Lemon flowing alongside.
  • The restaurant at The Dartmoor Lodge Hotel offers an extensive lunch and dinner menu packed with a mouth-watering selection of modern, traditional and international dishes, at great value prices.
  • Hannahs Bistro and The Supper Rooms (their new private dining spaces) are the perfect venues to enjoy good food in truly unique surroundings. Open for breakfast, lunch and evening meals, they source from local suppliers wherever possible, while leave a space for their famous cakes, baked on site.
  • The Seven Stars is situated in the centre of the charming West Devon village of South Tawton this unique public house offers a selection of fine local food and real ales. With a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere the Seven Stars is a real home from home with a roaring log fire, arm chairs and friendly atmosphere - the perfect tonic after a long walk or cycle on the nearby Tarka trail which passes our door on its way across Dartmoor.
  • The Fox Tor Café is a licensed cafe and is situated close to the centre of Princetown the heart of Dartmoor. Good quality, value for money food in a friendly atmosphere using local produce wherever possible. Newly refurbished tea garden with decking area - seating for 24. Muddy boots and paws very welcome. Free WiFi
  • The East Dart Hotel is a famous and historic Dartmoor coaching Inn with origins dating back to 1861. Family run business just steps away from the famous clapper bridge at Postbridge.
  • Cosy and friendly pub, dating from the 16th century, in a pleasant village on the edge of Dartmoor. It attracts a regular clientele who are happy to be assisted with the daily crossword. The inviting traditional interior features an intimate meeting area, a public bar and a restaurant area in which to sample the good food. The garden, with a stream, is an enjoyable suntrap.
  • Owned by Dartmoor Brewery they take their beers very seriously, highly recommended to try the local Jail Ale. Total of 3 Real Ale pumps. You will find the Two Bridges perched on the banks of the beautiful West Dart River, with jaw dropping countryside and bracing walks in every direction, Inside you will discover a warm Devon welcome and a bustling bar with lots of open fires.
  • A traditional thatched pub set in the picturesque village of Drewsteignton, Devon. Located on the edge of the Moor, and just a few miles from the A30, it offers the perfect country retreat and is an ideal base to explore this beautiful, unspoilt and rugged part of the country.

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