Dartmoor Food & Drink
The diverse terrain of Dartmoor is home to some of the best local produce in the UK. Locally reared beef and lamb can be found in eating establishments across the area as are the locally brewed Ales and Ciders and farm cheeses. You can also find these tasty delicacies in the farmers markets held throughout the year in Okehampton, Tavistock and Buckfastleigh.
Dartmoor has its fair share of country pubs, many fitting the typical thatched country pub you see in glossy magazines with their timber beams and roaring fires. The Cleeve in Lustleigh, Ring O Bells in North Bovey, Bearslake Inn near Tavistock and Oxenham Arms Inn in South Zeal all offer a warm welcome and good pub food using local ingredients. If you find yourself in the centre of the National Park then visit the historic Warren House Inn which is the third highest public house in the UK and has a fire that hasn't gone out since 1845.
For that special occasion there is one restaurant which has two michelin stars on Dartmoor. Gidleigh Park is a grand tudor style house set in grounds of 107 acres with an intimate restaurant in the centre. Other fine dining restaurants in equally stunning buildings and surroundings are the Lewtrenchard Manor Restaurant near Okehampton, Horn of Plenty near Tavistock and The Old Inn in Drewsteignton.
If it’s breakfast, light lunch or scrumptious cream tea you are looking for then you are in for a real treat. The Birdcage in the pretty town of Chagford, on the Northern side of Dartmoor is a real gem, with delicious homemade cakes and great coffee.
Well known for its annual fair, Widdecombe on the Moor is home to Cafe on the Green which is a great place to enjoy a Devon cream tea. Fox Tor Cafe located in Princetown is another popular spot for grabbing a delicious lunch or afternoon tea.