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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!

  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • A very warm welcome awaits you at the Tally Ho, a pub that has been part of village life for around 500 years. Built as a Devon Church House, the pub has been a meeting place for friends and neighbours, as well as hosting a steady stream of visitors from far and wide, who enjoy the traditional atmosphere of the pub and surrounding village.
  • With a Two Rosette award from the AA, and a Gold Award from Taste of the West, The Tors Restaurant at the Two Bridges Hotel is proud to present the very best seasonal produce from local farmers, fishermen and producers. Take a break on a day out on Dartmoor, and enjoy a relaxing lunch in their bar or our restaurant, or linger over an indulgent dinner with friends. Whenever and whatever you choose, you’ll be very welcome.
  • Owned by Dartmoor Brewery they take their beers very seriously, highly recommended to try the local Jail Ale. Total of 2 Real Ale pumps. The Bedford Hotel, in the heart of the award-winning Devon market town of Tavistock, gateway to Dartmoor National Park. Your haven of comfort in the heart of town. Step inside, and you’ll find a warm welcome, comfortable rooms to rest the night, fine restaurant dining, an informal and busy bar, all in beautifully historic surroundings.
  • 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.
  • The Rugglestone Inn is a unique, unspoilt Dartmoor inn delightfully located in the picturesque village of Widecombe in the Moor. Originally a cottage the grade II listed building was converted to an inn back in 1832 and named after a local logan stone. It is surrounded by peaceful moorland, adjacent to a pretty stream and just a few minutes walk from the centre of the village.
  • 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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  • 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 Who'd Have Thought It Inn in Milton Combe, is a cosy Devon Free-hold pub on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. We take great pride in serving fresh seasonal food, regularly changing real ales and quaffable wines in a picture post card setting, a stones throw from the National Trusts Buckland Abbey. We welcome dogs and offer the perfect place to relax in the garden to the sound of the babbling brook or warm your cockles by the log fires in the colder months. The Whody is back in the care of owners Paul and Jacquie Lisney and pub dog Hector following an extensive but sympathetic refurbishment, we look forward to welcoming you.

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