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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!

  • 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.
  • Nestled in the heart of the village with spectacular view over Hameldown, the Old Inn offers everything you may expect from a moorland pub. From log fires in the winter and beautiful moorland garden for al fresco dining throughout the year with free roaming ducks and chickens to keep you amused.
  • 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 Gym Bar at the Edgemoor Hotel has a huge array of drinks for you to choose from. Heather, one of the owners, loves gin and as a result, has collected the widest variety of gins in probably the whole of Devon. There is also a huge range of the finest wine, beers and soft drinks for you to slurp whilst sat by the fire or playing chess with your friends. Not forgetting the wonderful garden grounds; grab a bottle of wine and share it on a bench in the garden or catch the last of the evening sun down by the on-site pottery.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • We are a “locals” pub, open from midday every day, best described as traditional without being old-fashioned. We are family and dog friendly ensuring that all members of the clan can enjoy a visit to our cosy pub or fabulous garden! Regular live music events also form part of our weekly programme. We specialise in Real Ale, and feature in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide for 2017, but also offer a fine selection of local ciders, premium lagers & wines. Our accommodation features three charming double en-suite B&B rooms . Twice yearly beer festival
  • The White Hart Hotel is a traditional old posting house at the centre of the small moorland town of Moretonhampstead . Their Dartmoor restaurant menus change with the seasons, plus they always have special dishes on offer to make the most of fresh local produce as it’s available. Their chefs work closely with local suppliers and producers to source the best fresh, local seasonal ingredients for their dishes.
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  • Good food is at the heart of the hospitality at The Bedford Hotel. Perfect Devon breakfasts, tasty lunches (from a bowl of home-made soup to a full three course meal), traditional afternoon teas, and a comprehensive evening menu. Their menus are based around the finest local produce of the season, from Devon's farmers, fishermen and producers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Woodland Cafe is situated in the heart of Yurtcamp Devon. It’s a great place to relax with new friends, catch up with a newspaper over a cup of coffee or simply enjoy a traditional Devon Cream Tea, whilst the children explore the adventure play areas.
  • The Peter Tavy Inn is a charming 15th century pub in the pretty village of Peter Tavy on the western flanks of Dartmoor. The village feels remote but is easily reached, being just a mile off the A386 two miles north of Tavistock on the Okehampton Road.
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  • A remote 16th century free house on the lower slopes of Dartmoor, the main bar has lots of beer pump clips on the beams, and the log burner provides a warm welcome. Two other rooms have an assortment of wooden dining chairs around a mix of tables, and throughout there are bare stone walls, flagstones, horsebrasses and three wood burning stoves. The pretty garden (with an area reserved for adults only) looks across dry-stone walls to pastures and rougher moorland above. Renowned for their food.
  • Set in a charming Devon longhouse dating back to the 13th century, this inn is located between Dartmoor’s Okehampton and Tavistock in the hamlet of Lake. It offers cosy accommodation and traditional cuisine. The Bearslake Inn specialises in West country-style meals with locally sourced produce. Enjoy a la carte meals in the Stable Restaurant or lunches in the 16th century Dartmoor Room.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Known to have been an inn during the 17th Century, it was originally a Devon Long house, parts of which are medieval. Important persons hung their banners or standards outside the inns where they took temporary lodgings - the White Hart sign, with a collar of gold, became a favourite badge of King Richard II.

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