Find this 16th century coaching inn on the western side of Dartmoor National Park. Although still a pub, the whole is very much geared to food - be it a bar meal or in the dining rooms which now combine contemporary decorations with their old-world charm. While in winter months log fires add to the atmosphere.
The kitchen, under the leadership of Philip Burgess, uses carefully-sourced local produce, whenever possible; and provenance is given throughout the menu.
Expect the likes of 'Devilled Sprats with a Mustard Dressing'; 'Marinated Goats Cheese with a Toasted Hazelnut Dressing' and 'Fillet of Red Mullet with a Crab, Leek and Potato Broth' listed among the starters.
Perhaps, 'Rump of Lamb with Indian Spices and a Piquant Saffron Sauce'; 'Mignon of Beef with Chanterelle Mushroom and Roasted Artichokes' and 'Fillet of Line-Caught Sea Bass and Black Bream, simply-grilled with Lime and Butter' - plus Steaks from The Grill among the main courses.
Maybe finish with 'Chocolate Brownie with Whipped Cream and Dark Chocolate Sauce'; 'Bramley Apple Fritters with Cinnamon Sugar and Clotted Cream' or some of their excellent West Country Farmhouse Cheeses.
There are plenty of vegetarian options in the restaurant, and the lighter bar menu includes items stretching from home-made soup to local fillet steak.
Service, under the direction of Karen Burgess, is both friendly and professional.
No mobile phones in dining room.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Tues-Sun, 12.00-14.15 (Sun 14.30); set L Sun from £21.95 (2 courses); mains about £14 to £23 - + bar menu
- Dinner: Tues-Sat, 18.15-22.00; mains about £14 to £23
- Seats: 65, plus 20 outside
- Wine: a good, reasonably-priced, list kicks off with a selection of house wines at about £18
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Directions: on the A386, Tavistock to Okehampton road - see the map on this page.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: D Sun, all Mon, check Christmas openings
- Outside eating
- Rooms available