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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.
  • Substantial pub on the road between Yelverton and Princetown, close to the picturesque Burrator Reservoir. It has several rooms including a separate dining room, plus a pool table and two dartboards. Home-made food and pies use ingredients from local suppliers are served throughout the day. There is ample parking and a large enclosed beer garden incorporating a children’s play area. A beer festival is held annually in September; a Sunday quiz night, live music and other entertainment feature regularly.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A traditional thatched pub set in the picturesque village of Drewsteignton, Devon. Located on the edge of the Moor, and just a few miles from the A30, it offers the perfect country retreat and is an ideal base to explore this beautiful, unspoilt and rugged part of the country.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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’.
  • 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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  • 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 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 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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  • Enjoy the unique experience of being able to walk straight from the front door onto Dartmoor National Park, returning to find a warm atmosphere created by our wood burning stove and friendly welcoming staff. Alternatively relax in our beer garden overlooking the stunning Little Combe Valley. The Tradesmans Arms is also on the path of the Two Moors Way.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • The Royal Oak Inn is a traditional village pub in the heart of a beautiful Devonshire village. It is a family-run place with a warm, friendly atmosphere and something for everyone - real ales from all over Britain, a pets corner and a children's play area. Dogs on leads are welcome and there are plenty of parking spaces available. The kitchen serves generous portions of delicious home- cooked meals with regular well known specials. The Royal Oak has a walled courtyard and a large beer garden with stunning views across Dunsford and the Teign valley.
  • 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 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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