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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 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.
  • Set in the northern foothills of Dartmoor on the Trafalgar Way, this thatched 14th century village local, once a cider house, is the hub of the village community. The Kings Arms is a freehouse, allowing them to offer a good variety of real ales and ciders. Their regular ales are Dartmoor Brewery’s Dartmoor IPA and Legend; and their local cider is Devon Mist from Sandford Orchards. Guest Beers come from around Devom, Cornwall and Somerset and include beers from Teignworthy, Cotleigh, Hunters, Forge and Blacktor breweries to name but a few. Good food is served daily. The pub is a good meeting place, particularly during the Dartmoor Folk Festival in August.
  • An idyllic Country Inn is situated at Hexworthy in the heart of Dartmoor and surrounded by glorious scenery, which makes us the ideal choice for walkers and nature lovers looking for good food, rooms and hospitality. We specialise in home made food using seasonal, locally sourced produce wherever possible. There is an emphasis on local beers and ciders, you have the opportunity to quench your thirst after the efforts of the day with a drink at the bar or relaxing on the Chesterfield in the lounge area, complete with log fire for winter evenings.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Delicious English dining using local and regional produce. Hotel Endsleigh - featured as one of the Top 20 restaurants with rooms by The Times is a Grade I historic house set in 100 acres of fairytale woodland, follies and grottos created by Humphry Repton. The Duke of Bedford, who owned a third of Devon, chose this spot for his fishing and hunting lodge. In 2005 Olga Polizzi bought the hotel and restored it with a touch of luxury. Hidden on the edge of the Dartmoor it has magnificent views of the gardens, the river Tamar and beyond into Cornwall.
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  • 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 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 Oak is an award winning local community inn specialising in good quality real ales and outstanding food. There is a separate dining room, covered courtyard area and a first floor function room in addition to the main bar.
  • 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.
  • Situated 2 minutes from the A30 and 10 mins from the Historic city of Exeter and on the very boundary of Dartmoor National Park, The Old Thatch offers something for everyone. Whether you want to sit in our sun trap beer garden for a refreshing tipple on a warm summers’ day or in front of our stunning double sided log burner in winter, we’re always happy to see you. With award winning food and a wide selection of drinks to choose from,The Old Thatch Inn is the perfect place to relax.
  • 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!

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