Producers range from chilli farms to dairies, coffee roasters to micro-brewers and vineyards to blueberry farmers. Restaurants, cafés, delis and farm shops create delicious offerings, making the region’s food one of the key reasons that people love to come here.
We’ve listed below some of our favourite places to eat including pubs, restaurants and hotels, all within a reasonable distance from Devon Country Barns:
The Elephants Nest, Horndon, Mary Tavey – The Elephant’s Nest Inn is a quintessentially English – and Devonshire – country pub set in a peaceful location within the Dartmoor National Park. It is a place to meet, whether for a drink or to eat, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. There are open log fires, thick stone walls and slate floors inside, and outside there is a large and recently extended garden which provides marvellous views of the moor. The Elephant’s Nest Inn is one of only three pubs in Devon to feature in every edition of The Good Pub Guide since it began publication 25 years ago. Children welcome in the dining areas and the garden and friendly dogs are welcome.
T 01822 810273 SN PL19 9NQ W www.elephantsnest.co.uk/
The Courthouse Bar, Lifton – belongs to The Arundell Arms Hotel in Lifton was formerly the old police station and Court and is a five minute drive down the road from us in Lifton village. Its a favourite with the locals and serves wholesome tasty pub grub with a good selection of local ales. It has a regularly changing Specials Board as well as a children’s menu and well behaved dogs are welcome.
T 01566 784244 SN PL16 0AA W www.arundellarms.com/food-and-drink/courthouse-bar
The Cornish Arms, Tavistock – with chef John Hooker having held 3AA rosettes,you can expect to find superb food and we are getting great feedback from our guests about this pub.
T 01822 612145 SN PL19 8AN W www.thecornisharmstavistock.co.uk
The Royal Inn, Horsebridge – The 15th Century Royal Inn is located on the Tamar Trail in the beautiful Tamar valley just over the border from Cornwall. The Inn was once a nunnery and stands near the ancient Horsebridge, which was built over the River Tamar in 1437 by French Benedictine monks. The Royal Inn offers convivial surroundings with beamed ceilings and open log fires, ample parking and sheltered outdoor seating areas. A selection of real ales, wines, spirits and non-alcoholic drinks are served. The restaurant is open for lunches and evening meals and offers traditional home-cooked cuisine prepared using local sourced produce.
T 01822 870214 SN PL19 8PJ W www.royalinn.co.uk/
The Springer Spaniel, Treburley, Launceston – The Springer Spaniel, which dates back to the 18th century, is set in beautiful countryside in the pretty hamlet of Treburley. The pub is renowned for its fine food and ales, with The Springer Spaniel serving an extensive menu of fresh, local, seasonal produce sourced from local farmers and has received numerous awards. The property has been acquired by Masterchef winner Anton Piotrowski. Dogs welcome in the bar and we strongly recommend you call ahead to book.
T 01579 370424 SN PL15 9NS W http://www.thespringerspaniel.co.uk/
The Eliot Arms, Tregadillet, Launceston – Creeper-covered with a series of small rooms and an interesting collection including 72 antique clocks, 700 snuff boxes, hundreds of horsebrasses, barometers, old prints etc., this is an interesting local pub with well kept St Austell Tribute, Wadworths 6X and good value/generous pub food.
T 01566 772051 SN PL15 7EU
The Arundell Arms Hotel, Lifton – if you are celebrating something special then the 2AA rosette restaurant is the place. If you want something more relaxed and informal then the Hotel Bar offers a more limited but very good quality menu and very often has special offers.
T 01566 784666 SN PL16 0AA W www.arundellarms.com/
Lewtrenchard Manor, Lewtrenchard – fine dining at its best in beautiful surroundings for that special occasion.
T 01566 783222 SN EX20 4PN W www.lewtrenchard.co.uk/
The Endsleigh Hotel, Milton Abbott – in a stunning location, this is Olga Polizzi’s hotel and you can expect the very highest in service and food. The menu changes to reflect the very best of seasonal, local produce and is lead by a small group of trusted suppliers. . Dinner is £40 for three courses a la carte and in our view represents great value. You wont be disappointed!
T 01822 870000 SN PL19 0PQ W www.hotelendsleigh.com/
The Horn of Plenty, Gulworthy – another superb 2AA rosette fine dining restaurant near Tavistock with beautiful views over the Tamar Valley. With a talented team of 6 chefs, they are constantly creating exciting and innovative dishes for the restaurant’s lunch, dinner and tasting menus.
T 01822 832528 SN PL19 8JD W www.thehornofplenty.co.uk/
Fifteen, Watergate Bay, Porth – Bold, bright, seasonal Italian dishes packed full of flavour and served with a Cornish twist. Stunning view of sand, sea and sky and easy to walk the dog along the beach afterwards. Abit of a hike from us but well worth it. Not cheap but superb.
T 01637 861000 SN TR8 4AA W www.fifteencornwall.co.uk/
There are a few takeaways in Launceston – Indian (www.sagor.co.uk/) and Chinese (a choice of five) in the main plus a couple of fish & chip shops. If you want something more upmarket, The Arundell Arms Hotel will prepare a three course meal for you to collect or will even deliver.