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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!

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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  • 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 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 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.
  • 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.
  • The Dartmoor Bar and Lounge has a relaxed atmosphere, where dogs are also welcome. The bar is open daily for morning coffee, cream teas, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Unwind by the fire (in the colder months) on the comfy sofas with a newspaper or a good book, meet a friend for a catch up over tea or enjoy a glass of wine after a hard day at the office. Our Dartmoor Bar is open to non-residents too, so if you happen to be passing-by, do call in.
  • 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.
  • Award-winning 16th century country Inn serving delicious food, over 200 different wines, 250 whiskies and lots of local cheeses. Winning numerous awards for their drinks bible including The Trencherman's Guides "Best bar list 2017" & The British Pub awards regional winner!
  • The Post Inn, a traditional 16th century village inn and pub is situated just off the A30 at Whiddon Down, Devon, 20 miles from Exeter and 7 miles from Okehampton. It offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere and boasts an excellent range of real ales and ciders. Our lovely pub grub is prepared to the highest standards and will really whet your appetite (and you won’t go hungry). A perfect place to relax and unwind for locals and visitors to our beautiful county of Devon.
  • 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 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
  • 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.
  • 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 restaurant at The Dartmoor Lodge Hotel offers an extensive lunch and dinner menu packed with a mouth-watering selection of modern, traditional and international dishes, at great value prices.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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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