The Best Places to Eat in Dartmoor National Park
Dartmoor food | © Heather Cowper/Flickr
When you’re out adventuring on Dartmoor
you need to know that there’s some good grub at the end of it all to reward yourself with. Thankfully, Dartmoor folk know all about feeding the weary traveller, and this National Park is positively bursting with pubs and hotels which serve up first class food.
Hotel Restaurant, Contemporary
The restaurant at the Two Bridges Hotel, which has been awarded an AA double rosette, is a luxurious lunchtime spot for anyone traversing the moors. The food here is absolutely outstanding, with care and love going into every dish. Ingredients are sourced as locally as possible, with seafood, meat and fine sourdough bread all featured on the menus.
Riverford Field Kitchen
Farm Shop, Restaurant, Healthy, British, $$$
This award-winning organic restaurant on the Riverford Farm serves up seasonal vegetables and produce straight from the loins of the earth outside. The sharing platters are the star of the show at Riverford, so be sure to take a group of friends with you. Menus change as the seasons do, and whatever is fresh from the soil that day is what is served onto plates at lunch and dinner. This is fresh food at its finest.
Horn of Plenty
The Horn Of Plenty’s
speciality is locally produced food for every season. This lovely pub’s stats are pretty great, with 70% of their ingredients coming from Devon and 90% from the South West. The flavours that come out of this kitchen are rich and indulgent, not to mention hearty. A definite favourite with locals and tourists alike.
The Who’d Have Thought It
Bed and Breakfast, $$$
This cosy pub on the edge of Dartmoor is full of character, roaring fires and plenty of nooks and crannies to explore. The food is said to be “the best of Devon and Cornwall on a plate” and reflects the ever-changing seasons. Local suppliers supply the kitchen with the best ingredients available to them on any given day, and so the menu is born.
The Rock Inn
Walk straight from the rugged wilds of Dartmoor and into the warmth of The Rock Inn, where you can sink into an evening of good food, fine wines and local ales. Giving travellers shelter from the weather is none short of a tradition of this ancient coach house, and, although there is history in the bones of this inn, a friendly atmosphere and warm hospitality are always behind the doors.
The Elephant’s Nest
is one of those iconic moorland pubs
where you walk in and can feel the centuries through the foundations. Log burners smoulder in giant fire places, and jugs and tankards hang from the rafters. The chefs use only the finest local ingredients, and the Sunday roast is not to be missed. The flower-studded beer garden also adds to the Elephant’s appeal, especially when the sun is shining on a Friday afternoon.
Catch The Rugglestone on a sunny day in spring when the wisteria is in full bloom, and you’ll be packing your bags for a life on the moors for good. This traditional village boozer is as Dartmoor as Dartmoor gets with classic wood beams and an exaggerated fireplace; it’s also packed to the rafters with history. The food is classic pub grub. Rugglestone is a great place to fill your boots after a day of tor bagging.