Skip to content Skip to navigation

Moor the Merrier - Afternoon tipple at Two Bridges Hotel

Blog Tags: 

Well here I am again on the “Moor the Merrier” beer blogging trail and what could be nicer than a pleasant journey out to the Two Bridges Hotel near Princetown.  It’s situated in a beautiful setting with some of the most stunning landscape of Dartmoor, and around one mile away from the rather eerie Wistman’s Wood, a walk which I would definitely encourage you to take.

As you approach from the Princetown direction you can’t miss The Two Bridges nestling beside the beautiful  River Dart, with its own bridge across to the entrance of the hotel.


There has been an Inn on this site for over two century’s now with some debate in the 19th century as to whether it should be called the “Saracen’s Head”, a familiar name for pubs at the time, or the perhaps more apt “Two Bridges”.   The Two Bridges was originally the brainchild of Francis Buller who carefully chose the spot where roads from Tavistock, Ashburton and Moretonhampstead all met.

As you enter the Two Bridges Hotel you immediately feel the sumptuous but unpretentious surroundings with various leather armchairs and the numerous antique artefacts around you. Truly a quintessential Dartmoor hostelry.


Having approached the bar I inspected the beers on offer and looking at the selection of real ales, and noting that the Two Bridges Hotel is in the same private ownership as Dartmoor Brewery I was pleased to see a good range of Dartmoor Brewery ales.  Not only did they have Jail Ale at 4.8% and Dartmoor IPA at 4% but they also had their seasonal 'winter warmer' “Dragon’s Breath”.  Dragon’s Breath at 4.4% is flavoured with treacle, deep ruby brown in colour, rich and full bodied and with an after taste of morello cherries and is an unusually flavoursome beer. As it’s only available for a few short months over the winter it was a rare and pleasant find indeed!

The Two Bridges Hotel bar is ‘Cask Marque’ accredited which, for anybody who may not know denotes that the venue has passed some of the highest standards following independent inspection to ensure that the ale you receive is of the highest quality.   

I ordered a G&T for my other half, Lisa (I am still trying to educate her on Real Ale!), and a Dragon’s Breath for myself. The pint was expertly poured by Natasha who was very pleasant and chatty whilst serving us.  She genuinely took pride in her work and as the Dragon’s Breath had reached the end of the barrel she refused to serve me a pint until she had changed the barrel. Rather than keep me waiting she kindly offered to bring it over to my table when she had served it from a nice new and fresh barrel – now that’s a level of service you don’t get every day at other establishments!


As we settled down to enjoy our drinks in the busy the lounge area, it was great to see couples having a quiet drink, people perusing the Sunday papers, families enjoying quality time together and dog walkers taking a well earned rest after perhaps a morning or lunchtime walk.

As the afternoon progressed and the main bar area became less busy Lisa and I decided to move to a spot next to the fire.  There is nothing more quintessential on a cold November’s day than sitting beside a real fire and the Two Bridges didn’t disappoint, we had the choice of two fires burning in the main bar area so it certainly wasn’t cold!  Whilst it had quietened down enough to afford us a seat by the fire it was still fairly busy with the whole area exuding an atmosphere afforded to country pub on a lazy Sunday afternoon.  In fact,so much so that I didn’t want to move as I was enjoying watching the world go by.  Lisa and I both had to get ready for dinner (you can read about that later) so we both finally managed to peel ourselves away from the fires and up to our room to put our gladrags on.   


I’m lucky to have been to Two Bridges Hotel a number of times over recent years for events ranging from special birthday events with an evening meal and overnight stay, morning coffee meetings to Sunday lunch followed by a stroll to Wistman’s Wood. I can’t think of a nicer place for atmosphere, great beer, food and accommodation, it truly is quintessential Dartmoor.

The Two Bridges Hotel is operated by Warm Welcome Hotels and a 'Warm Welcome' is certainly what you receive as Lisa and I can testify ......You could do far worse, whatever the occasion, than Two Bridges Hotel.

About Julian Tarrant-Boyce (aka known as Mr Dartmoor Accommodation)

Julian-beer-blogger-web.jpgJulian’s mis-spent youth was spent working behind the bar at his friend, Ricks, pub in Plymouth.  This was a step into the unknown but along the way he learnt a few things about beer (and the people that drink it, but that is a different story)

Whilst Julian will drink lager, if forced, he is not really what you would call a “lager drinker” always preferring a pint of bitter. 

His long standing partner in crime and now fellow Dartmoor Real Ale Trail ‘Moor the Merrier’ blogger, Mr Rick O’Shay ribbed him for drinking lager in his pub.   Rick’s pub prided itself on serving a proper northern pint of John Smiths straight from the cask (no not cream flow!), complete with a thick creamy head that followed it all the way down the glass.  Having been persuaded to try it Julian found he (more than) quite liked it and there starts the adventure into the unknown! 

In his younger years Julian spent time in around London the South East in search of “a decent pint”.  He found there were plenty of pubs that served a ‘nice’ pint but then again there were plenty that didn’t but what he discovered on his journey was a taste for a proper Real Ale instead of a simple pint of bitter.  On relocating to Dartmoor, now some nine years ago, he was delighted to find the plethora of decent Real Ales to sample in the local pubs, he tells me he is still working his way through the pubs on the trail and the beers on offer, and enjoying every moment! 


There are many things that are needed to know while being in social networking and this will be a better platform.

Rashpal singh dhaliwal

Rashpal singh dhaliwal

Rashpal singh dhaliwal

I would like more information about this, because it is very nice., Thanks for sharing.
girls go games

You come up with some great points within this article, but are you missing something crucial? PhenQ

It was a very good post indeed. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it in my lunch time. Will surely come and visit this blog more often. Thanks for sharing.

You come up with some great points within this article, but are you missing something crucial?


I got a pre roll of the sour diesel. And I’ll tell you one thing about it. It’s probably the best bud I’ve ever smoked. Such a chill buzz and I wasn’t ready to go to sleep after a couple hours. I highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys good bud.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is one of the most popular multiplayer games at the moment.
csgo rank

Thank you for the great review! Looks like a beautiful stay. That beer is looking pretty great, too!

Cheers from Redding CA, Shasta County

Thank you for the great review! Looks like a beautiful stay. That beer is looking pretty great, too!

Cheers from Redding CA, Shasta County

Thank you for the great review! Looks like a beautiful stay. That beer is looking pretty great, too!

Cheers from Redding CA, Shasta County

This is amazing pictures i really like this hotel keep it up!! Captain Marvel Shazam Jacket

The royal interior is done for the hotel. Get Hostgator India promo code service for best saving.

I haven’t any word to appreciate this post.....Really i am impressed from this post....the person who create this post it was a great human..thanks for shared this with us.hgh pills Best hgh supplement

I have read the information you have shared with us and I found its very interesting. thank you so much for publishing this amazing blog post. keep up posting. I really like your blog.

Excellent blog, great work. cupon descuento

First of all, Thank you for giving  me a chance to introduce myself. I am chuck norus from California.
<a href="/%3Ca%20href%3D/"">">phentermine 37.5</a>

I’m not sure about this post. Your rationalizations are sound enough, but unfortunately it’s dangerous to count upon whatever strangers might think. Please clarify some things, because I believe you’re an excellent author and I hope to read more from you!|

First of all, Thank you for giving  me a chance to introduce myself. I am chuck norus from California.

[url=]phentermine 37.5[/url]

You come up with some great points within this article, but are you missing something crucial?

That would be a fun way to relax. paint contractor Lakeland

Glad to read the entire blog and viewing the inside pics of Two Bridges Hotel. I like Hotel  interiors as It gives feelings of royal lifestyle. Keira, assignment helper at Essay assignment help in Australia.

Really enjoy the beauty and rustic charm these Hotels have! Must put on my bucket list to visit. Thanks from Boston Floor Refinishing

There are a number of websites that provide online assignment help for various subjects, but to choose the one that provides the best service is very difficult. Go Assignment Help is the right place to go who are searching for someone for their assignment help Australia. I would recommend them because I use their services many times for different subjects and I feel glad for finding this portal. They promise to deliver top quality Online Assignment Australia and they really mean it. They have highly qualified and well-experienced assignment writers who provide high-quality research material at amazingly lower pricing packages. 

First of all, Thank you for giving  me a chance to introduce myself. I am charlie mendes from California.

Hey there, awesome web page you have right now.

Really beautiful walk - thank you for sharing your knowledge


House Clearances Cirencester

The single most powerful male enhancement all natural supplement formula ever, and the only product available with powerful erection quality ..  Noxitril  Apexatropin

Your site fantastic, superior quality succeed... Most probably various should realize others despite that they don't take time to advise you.<a href=''></a><a href=''></a>

Very interesting blog. Alot of blogs I see these days don't really provide anything that I'm interested in, but I'm most definately interested in this one. Just thought that I would post and let you know


müşterilerin test etmesi için etiketi bulunan parfümlere Calvin Klein Euphoria denir.

This walk has brought life into me. I arranged to do this with my business. 


Roller shutter doors Blackburn

You come up with some great points within this article, but are you missing something crucial?
phenq uk

Wixom Towing Service is always on top of their game when it comes to time estimated time arrival (eta)

tow service in wixom
long distance towing
Roadside assistance service

Latest weather conditions and forecasts for the UK and the world. Includes up to 14-days of hourly forecast information, warnings, maps, and the latest news reports visit us
Weather News

Latest weather conditions and forecasts for the UK and the world. Includes up to 14-days of hourly forecast information, warnings, maps, and the latest news reports visit us
Weather News

We are a top rated tow truck service that caters to the needs of drivers throughout the Bakersfield region. If you require roadside assistance or round the clock towing services, we offer affordable prices and highly skilled drivers. It doesn’t matter if it’s a holiday or high noon on a weekend, we have a large fleet of vehicles that use state of the art technology to get your cars, motorcycles, recreational vehicles and equipment to the location of your choice. We take great pride in our reputation for affordable tow truck services that are unmatched by any other towing company in Bakersfield.visit

Buy wholesale e-liquid from Smash E-Liquid. We are miles ahead of the competition in supply and manufacturing, to fulfil the ever-increasing demand for high quality bulk e liquid,with unbeatable wholesale vape prices.

Shop the latest range of Giant Mountain bikes with 0% APR interest free finance. All Giant Mountain bikes are ready built, checked by Cytech qualified experts check now

Many people find assignment help services but they do not get a proper solution. So we provide one platform for your business assignment writing work. We have many experts they help you business assignment help services. Directly hire at

We sell hearing aids for the highest bidder, we are greedy and will lie for you to make your hearing aids sound better for the right price. Phonak

 We push hearing aids for any company willing to pay us the most money. We will tell great stories to seel their hearing aids online even if they are not true.

starkey hearing aids

This place is a good place to stay....  I want to go there... Pro Carpet Cleaning Lake Mary

Great post! I am actually getting ready to across this information, is very helpful my friend. Also great blog here with all of the valuable information you have. Keep up the good work you are doing here

air pollution control equipment
air pollution control
air pollution control device
industrial pollution equipment
tks voc concentrator
tks thermal oxidizer
thermal oxidizer

i read this blog and nice article hotel looks crazy ..i love to live here.

Dragon ball z shirt
Dragon ball z t shirt
Dragon ball super shirt
Dragon ball z clothing
Dragon ball z lamp

Green juice has gained popularity for the list of health benefits associated with drinking it. It's a convenient way to ensure you're getting close to -- if not all of -- the USDA's daily recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables. Green juice can be quite tasty, and if you heed a few parameters, you may experience health benefits such as more energy, improved immunity and weight loss. The key is making sure you control the calories -- in addition to consuming your juice at the right time.
Energy krebs cycle
Atomic Mass
Plant Kingdom
Periodic table
patriot power greens
patriot power generator
ultra omega burn
Grs ultra
The natural sugars in green juices are a source of energy.

Adding fruit to juices varies the flavor, but it comes with a price -- extra calories. If you are doing a juice fast and drinking green juices is your only source of nutrition, you can still enjoy weight-loss benefits while getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. The key is

<a href="/%3Ca%20href%3D/"">">purathrive lipsomal turmeric</a>
<a href="/%3Ca%20href%3D/"">">organifi RED JUICE</a>
<a href="/%3Ca%20href%3D/"">">organifi</a>
<a href="/%3Ca%20href%3D/"">">patriot power greens</a>
<a href="/%3Ca%20href%3D/"">">organifi gold review</a>
<a href="/%3Ca%20href%3D/"">">Yoga Burn</a>

evenly spreading out your intake over an entire day since your body uses energy throughout the day, versus one or two servings full of calories. Packing an entire day's worth of calories into a few servings can be a recipe for weight gain and muscle damage if the body needs energy at a time when its glycogen stores are depleted.


Fill in your email address here to download our map in PDF format

This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.