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The Best Pubs in Dartmoor National Park

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Freelance Travel Journalist
Updated: 3 October 2017
Outdoor pursuits go hand in hand with a nice pint of ale, and nowhere in England’s southwest is quite so tempting for great outdoor adventurers than Dartmoor. Long walks end at pubs, a day’s climbing ends in the pub, kayaking ends in the pub, wild swimming ends in the pub. You get the picture. Here are Dartmoor’s greatest public houses, ready to feed you and fill you with beer.
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The Rugglestone

The Rugglestone is a traditional Dartmoor pub, complete with wooden beams, an oversized hearth with a roaring fire which burns year-round and a long history of coachmen and their antics. The food here is hearty and delicious – just what the doctor ordered after a long day in the great outdoors – and the beer garden is a pretty wisteria-clad backdrop, perfect for afternoon beers. The Rugglestone has no WiFi; they want to evoke the feeling of the past for as long as possible.

Widecombe in the Moor, Newton Abbot, Devon, 01364 621327

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Plume of Feathers

The Plume is Princetown’s oldest building, and it feels like it. But that’s not to say that that’s a bad thing. This traditional historic pub is perfectly placed for walkers, hikers and tourists in the area and is decked out in proper granite walls and wooden beams. The beer on tap is local and delicious, and the staff are very friendly.

The Square, Princetown, 01822 890240

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Cromwell Arms

This award-winning pub which sits at the gateway to the Moors in Bovey Tracey is a comfortable and friendly spot for beer drinking. Rooms are available, and the food here is great, but, as a village pub, the atmosphere is second to none. Log burners keep the place toasty in the colder months, and the sunny lawn is popular in summer.

Fore St, Bovey Tracey, Devon 01626 833473

The Cromwell Arms scrubs up well doesn't it?!

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The Post Inn

The Post is another one of those traditional Dartmoor pubs from the 16th century. It’s a formula that works well in these parts, and this pub is a warm welcome from the often hostile Dartmoor elements. There are tons of local ciders, beers and ales on tap, as well as a big menu which is sure to not leave a single soul hungry.

Exeter Rd, Whiddon Down, Okehampton, Devon, 01647 231242

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Bearslake Inn

The Bearslake is what we call a real pub, and by that we mean that locals don’t even have to ask the bar staff for their next drink. The restaurant here is of exceptionally high quality, and a good selection of beers are available. Bearslake is believed to have once been a working farm that dates all the way back to the 13th century, so there’s a hell of a lot of history in these walls!

Lake Sourton, Okehampton, 01837 861334

Really nice pub lunch at the Bearslake Inn

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The Globe Inn

The Globe’s life as a coach house started way back in the 1600s, and since then its role in the community hasn’t much changed. Of course, the building is now much warmer and the plumbing much more reliable, but some things just don’t change. Comforting home-cooked food comes out of the kitchen, and the two well-stocked bars all serve the finest local tipples.

9 High St, Chagford, Newton Abbot, Devon, 01647 433485

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The New Inn

The New Inn is just about everything you could wish for from a country pub. Full of character, great beers, better food and a welcome atmosphere. The kitchen is run by Master Chef’s Malcolm Whybrow, his wife Karen and Michelin-trained Matthew Buscombe. As such, all aspects of this menu are beyond excellent, especially the puddings.

Green Hill, Sampford Courtenay, Okehampton, Devon, 01837 82247

Fantastic food at the New Inn.👍🏼👌🏼🍷

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