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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 Royal Oak Inn in the Dartmoor village of Meavy. - It's all here: cask ales, scrumpy cider, even its own Meavy Oak Ale. Great pub grub, hugely atmospheric, and loved by families, cyclists walkers and their dogs. A lovely old-fashioned Dartmoor pub, on the village green (still with its 'royal oak'), where ponies trot by in summer and beauty and birdsong surround you. It's often busy with locals and walkers but if you're lucky you'll find a pew in the ancient slab-floored bar, or outside on one of the picnic benches on the cobbled courtyard overlooking the village green. Ales including a monthly guest are local and cask-conditioned; they even have their own Meavy Oak Ale, brewed by Dartmoor brewery in Princetown; there's scrumpy aplenty and ten wines by the glass. The food is the best of pub grub: Wednesday night is Pie Night, Friday is Fish and Chips Night, beef and lamb comes from Dartmoor farms and the tartare sauce is homemade. Piped music and cribbage, muddy boots and muddy paws a seriously good bolthole for families and hikers. Join us for the annual Meavy Oak fair on 20th of June or the Cider and Ale festival on the August bank holiday weekend.
  • 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.
  • Drake's Cafe was formerly the Halfway House pub. Now it takes full advantage of being situated on Drake's Trail (Route 27 cycle path) and is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Sunday serving breakfasts, lunches, afternoon teas and a great selection of homemade cakes. Ideal stopping place for lunch or refreshments, and as it is still licensed you could even sample a local ale!
  • The home of Brigetown Brewery. It is a pub with a darts team, a weekly quiz, people resolving their crosswords, people talking, joking, arguing and putting the world to rights. Our own ales brewed on the premises, traditional homemade pies, curries, Sunday roasts etc.
  • 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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  • 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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  • A traditional roadside inn where families, visitors and locals are welcome. The popular bar area accommodates pool, darts, TV, a large fire and up to five real ales. This is complemented by a spacious restaurant and garden with views to Dartmoor. Music nights, charity events, a Sunday carvery and a bank holiday beer festival feature in the pubs calendar. The pub closes on Mondays and weekend afternoons in the winter.
  • 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 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’.
  • Holne Community Shop and Tearoom serves delicious cream teas and cakes, a terrific all-day breakfast, plus soups, sandwiches, pies and other goodies. The shop is incredibly well stocked with most things that visitors might need. They're open from 11.00 to 5.00 every day of the year except Christmas Day and New Years Day. A brilliant community-run enterprise - run and staffed by volunteers. They are located right on the Two Moors Way and also serve as a Dartmoor National Park information point. They get fab reviews on Trip Advisor and in their comments book too!
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Serving home-cooked and locally sourced food, The Globe Inn is popular with locals and visitors alike. It offers an exciting, regularly changed menu, a choice of Devon real ales and a comprehensive wine list. Food is served throughout the Inn, so you can choose where to eat – enjoy the banter in the bar, relax in the lounge bar or take your time in the dining room.
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  • Centrally located 17th-century town pub with easy access to Dartmoor and only yards from the bus stops. Up to five real ales are in constant rotation from St Austell, with seasonal brews well represented. There are two drinking areas around a central bar, with an adjoining dining area and separate restaurant, both of which permit children. To the rear an enclosed wisteria-covered smokers’ retreat leads to an excellent garden next to the car park Additionally there are 14 letting rooms. The Cromwell Arms was St Austell Brewery’s Beer Pub of the Year 2013/14.
  • 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 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.

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