Devon's Best Pubs and Inns

Devon has many memorable pubs where you can find cosy log fires in winter, delightful beer gardens in summer, great food and genuine real ale. If you use our guide you can be sure of getting a great day or night out, with an impartial review of the pub and its food. We'd also like to know of anywhere that you recommend, or would like to be included.

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South Devon Pubs

South Brent (Dartmoor) - The Royal Oak
(CAMRA Award Winner 2009 )

South Devon CAMRA (Campaign For Real Ale) branch chooses a winner each year from about 350 pubs in the area, and in 2009 the Royal Oak in South Brent won this accolade. The Royal Oak is busy and thriving, still at the heart of the community, in the centre of the village, located nicely on the south edge of Dartmoor. There's a traditional bar and seating area with comfortable leather sofas. Of course, as you'd expect, there's an excellent range of real ales, and there's also a restaurant and function room where excellent food is served. Among the impressive range of beers, you'll find Teignworthy Reel  Ale and Draught Bass. They also have up to four guest beers.
Royal Oak, Station Road, South Brent, TQ10 9BE Phone: 01364 72133  Web:

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The Bickley Mill

This is perhaps the ideal location for a pub - in the charming village of Stoneycombe, South Devon. It's a great place for a visit in every month of the year, since it's a village pub as well as an ideal place for visitors to relax and enjoy themselves. On a warm day you can enjoy a drink on the decking or in the gardens. This is a fantastic chance to eat and drink outdoors. By contrast, on a wintry evening, Bickley Mill offers you cosy, welcoming surroundings with a wood panelled bar, wood beams and an open log fire. And the restaurant serves excellent food, too, so you can eat as well as drink in this welcoming environment. The chef offers a menu serving food across a wide variety of cuisines, such as traditional casserole and sophisticated curries. The desserts are a specialty, too. You can enjoy a lovely lunch or dinner here. Finally, they offer accommodation, so you can complete you visit with an overnight or longer stay in the  comfortable bedrooms.
The Bickley Mill Inn, Stoneycombe, Kingskerswell, Devon, TQ12 5LN
Phone: 01803 873201 Email: Web:

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Torquay - The Drum Inn

Cheerfully bustling Vintage Inn in thatched and beamed tavern, designed by Lutyens to match the quaintly touristy Torquay edged medieval village. Dartmoor Bitter and Legend, good choice of wines by the glass, roomy well divided bar with two family eating areas, quick service and decent food. Open ail Day with tables on the terrace and attractive back gardens located by 500 acre park.
Cockington Village, Torquay, TQ2 6XA  Phone: 01803 690264

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Newton Abbott - Two Mile Oak

This old coaching inn has a relaxed atmosphere, a beamed lounge, an alcove just for two and a fine winter log fire. The beamed and black panelled bar is traditionally furnished with lots of horse brasses and another good log fire. Daily specials include ostrich with Seville orange sauce or wild boar with apricots. Picnic sets on the terrace and barbecues in summer.
Newton Abbott, TQ12 6DF Phone: 01803 812411

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East and West Devon Pubs

Doddiscombsleigh, Nr Exeter - The Nobody Inn

This historic inn is set in rolling Devon countryside, located between the beautiful  Haldon Hills and the delightful Teign Valley, roughly six miles south-west of Exeter. The history of the Inn can be traced as far back as 1591, but today it's become one of England's leading inns, famous for an imaginative wine and scotch whisky list, a superb selection of local cheeses, and most of all fabulous creative cooking based on fresh local produce. The history of the place is apparent in the low ceilings, soot blackened beams, the delightful inglenook fireplace, the splendid antique furniture and the atmosphere of unspoilt charm. Guests are accommodated at the Inn and at the manor house, Town Barton, which is just a short walk away.
The Nobody Inn has been awarded much praise over the years, especially for its food. The staff and proprietors are supporters of local food producers and all the inn's delicious recipes are based on the finest local, freshly cooked ingredients. Needless to say, the sixteenth century atmosphere produces a relaxed atmosphere in which guests can enjoy this excellent food. High quality and innovative meals are served in the bar at lunchtime and in the evenings, and the menu changes according to the seasons. The excellent restaurant is open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner.
Town Barton was the Manor House of Sir Ralph de Doddiscomb as far back as 1241. It now provides excellent guest accommodation, with quiet, spacious, relaxing, ensuite rooms available. Town Barton is two hundred yards from the Nobody Inn by road or private footpath. All these rooms have breakfast cupboards for light breakfasts, but yo can enjoy a full breakfast after a pleasant stroll to the inn.
The Nobody Inn, Doddiscombsleigh, Nr Exeter, Devon, EX6 7PS
Phone: 01647 252394  Fax: 01647 252978  Email:

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Tavistock - The Trout and Tipple

The Trout and Tipple is a relaxing and charming pub with a loyal band of followers who like the quality of the real ale, the taste of the real food and the warmth of the real welcome. There are always four ales on tap, with Jail Ale the permanent feature, plus farmhouse cider. The pub holds two Beer Festivals each year in February and October. Needless to say, the pub is CAMRA Good Beer Guide listed. It's family friendly, too, with a warm welcome of pets and children. With a games room and outside patio there's enough room for everyone. Trout features on the menu in several delicious combinations, sourced from the Tavistock Trout Fishery, which adds a special touch to the other more traditional pub fare. Sunday's Roast is a popular two-course lunch with roast beef and pudding.
Parkwood Road Tavistock, Devon, PL19 0JS  (Only one mile outside Tavistock on the A386.)
Phone: 01822 618886 Email: 

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Holbeton - The Dartmoor Union Inn

UK Dining Pub of the Year from Les Routiers 2005. Fabulous Gastro Pub in a stunning village setting with sunny courtyard. Full menu and Lite Bites, wonderful wine at off licence prices. Own brewery and award winning food as well as great local walks which are not to be missed!
Fore Street, Holbeton, PL8 1NE  Phone: 01752 830288

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Lydford - The Dartmoor Inn

A passion for the best of local British and seasonal produce shines through at this award winning 16th-century coaching inn. Intimate dining in a friendly pub setting. Dining Pub of the Year Award 2004 and Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Award.
Lydford, EX20 4AY Phone: 01822 820221

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North Devon Pubs

Kings Nympton, North Devon - The Grove Inn

Deborah and Robert took over the pub in 2002 after many years living in London. Their objectives were to provide great beer, locally sourced food, an open fire and a special welcome! they have succeeded brilliantly, now running the classic country pub in this  beautiful 17th Century Grade II listed building in the unspoilt North Devon conservation village of Kings Nympton. This is an excellent base for touring Dartmoor, Exmoor and the north coast of Devon, with plenty of superb walking nearby. Besides great ales, a fabulous selection of wines accompanies the food, cooked using the freshest Devon produce. Most weekdays there's a lunchtime and evening menu with specials, grills or snacks changing daily, together with freshly made sandwiches, traditional ploughman's and home made (like everything else here!) puddings. On Sunday you can enjoy a traditional Sunday Lunch. Tuesday night is Fish & Chip Night, with the finest haddock fillet coated in our own home made beer batter, using Exmoor Ale brewed locally in Wiveliscombe by the Exmoor Brewery.
Deborah Law & Robert Smallbone, The Grove Inn, Kings Nympton, North Devon
EX37 9ST
Phone: 01769 580406  Email:

North Devon's Best Pub - North Devon Food & Drink Awards 2005/06 & 2006/07
Overall Winner - North Devon Food & Drink Awards 2006/07

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Lynton - the Fox and Goose

This friendly village pub located beside the River Heddon uses fresh produce from local suppliers to create weil-presented original dishes. The Fox and Goose is renowned for excellent food, full of flavour and a relaxed pub atmosphere.
Parracombe, Lynton, EX31 4PE  Phone: 01598 763239

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Great Torrington - The Black Horse

16th Century coaching inn in the old square, with oak beams, log fires, good food, real ales and value for money in the restaurant. 3rd pub in the Recommended Pub Guide 2002.
High Street, Great Torrington, EX38 8HN  Phone:  01805 622121

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