10 Best Pubs in Dartmoor National Park [2023]

Looking for the Best Pubs in Dartmoor? Look no further….

There is no better feeling after a long walk on the moors, then to step inside a cosy pub or café and enjoy a heart-warming meal or home-baked slice of cake and with such a wide expanse of moorland to explore, there are always new places to try out whilst up on Dartmoor.

So, today I have compiled a list of my 6 favourite spots to grab a bite to eat…

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1. Fingle Bridge Inn

If you are a fan of Sunday lunch then another spot you definitely need to consider is Fingle Bridge inn, located (you’ve guessed it) right next to the beautiful Fingle bridge.

This pub is perfect all year round whether you cosy up inside during the colder months or take the opportunity to eat right next to the river in the summer.

The even better news is the Inn’s location which is perfect for a selection of great walks and adventures; you can check out the historic Fingle woods or for those more adventurous you can follow the path all the way to Castle Drogo along the river!

Whatever, you do don’t miss out on the opportunity to take a selfie on the bridge which is just a few steps away from the pub entrance! They are also dog friendly, so everyone in your family can enjoy a scenic day out with a hot meal.

For more details: Fingle Bridge Inn


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2. The Highwayman Inn

Second on my list is by far the quirkiest place to eat on Dartmoor, the Highwayman Inn near Meldon, Okehampton. This pub offers a truly unique experience for dining on the moors.

Stepping through the antique carriageway door, you will soon find yourself surrounded by a large collection of eclectic and historical artifacts, which give the place an amazing atmosphere.

And if that wasn’t enough you then get to try their delicious menu! Which along with classic dishes they also have a dedicated range of vegetarian and vegan dishes designed by the owner who is herself a vegan (I can highly recommend the vegan desserts!).

The Inn is located just outside of Okehampton towards Meldon, making it the perfect choice after a walk on the moors or around Meldon reservoir.

For more details: The Highwayman Inn

The Highway Inn

Credit: The Highway Inn


3. The Rugglestone

Another of my favourite pubs on Dartmoor is The Rugglestone, a traditional Dartmoor pub. It comes complete with wooden beams, long-history and often a cosy roaring fire. I love the food here as it is typical pub grub, with all the home-cooked style food. It’s exactly what you need after a day of hiking in Dartmoor. 

*Note: the pub has no WiFi

For more details: The Rugglestone


4. Ullacombe Farm

Anyone who knows me can you tell I am a big fan of brunch and Ullacombe Farm has got to be the best brunch spot on Dartmoor!

This farm shop and café just down the road from the famous Haytor Rocks is the perfect spot for brunch after enjoying a sunrise walk or even a wild swim in Haytor Quarry!

They offer a whole selection of different options including catering for vegetarians and vegans, with locally produced ingredients. Plus, afterwards you can check out the farm shop with a range of local produce and gifts.

For more details: Ullacombe Farm Cafe


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5. Royal Oak Inn

If you are looking for a true rural pub lunch this is the place for you! The Royal Oak Inn, in the village of Meavy offers an excellent selection of hearty meals and locally produced drinks including cask ale or Brixton craft beer.

It is in an idyllic location in the middle of the beautiful little village right next to the parish church and community green, giving it that complete feel of a proper rural pub, complete with classic British dishes.

However, don’t worry if that isn’t completely your style as they also produce a wonderful range of freshly made pizzas, which they make from scratch in-house. Plus, they offer options for gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan diets!

For more details: The Royal Oak


6. Warren House

Another favourite of our pubs on Dartmoor is the famous Warren House Inn. Known for the fact it’s fire has been burning continuously for one hundred and fifty years is what keeps bringing customers back to this amazing pub.

They love a good fire on Dartmoor, despite it getting some of the best weather year-round. If you fancy a drink you can find one of the largest selections of local ales and amazing views of the surrounding area.

Note: Warren House Inn is the highest pub in Southern England and famous for its Warrener’s Pie!

For more details: Warren House Inn


Warren House Inn

Credit: Warren House Inn

7. Café on the Green

This gorgeous café is the perfect spot to grab lunch whilst exploring the moors, located in the centre of Widecombe-in-the-moor it is the perfect starting point to explore the surrounding area and rural village.

They offer a wide variety of choices and have both a breakfast and lunch menu with options including home-cooked, cooked breakfasts to hearty toasties and baguettes! Their baked slices and cakes are also a delicious treat after a hike.

For more details: The Cafe on the Green


8. Cromwell Arms

The Cromwell Arms is a country inn in the heart of Bovey Tracey offering good food and award winning cask ales. It is only a five-minute drive off the A38, and is well located on the edge of Dartmoor, the Gateway to the Moor, offering easy access to endless countryside and attractions.

This award-winning pub is a friendly pub and perfect for a Sunday roast after a long hike, or a pint with friends after work. There are also rooms to stay and the atmosphere here is amazing.

For more details: Cromwell Arms


Cromwell Arms food

Credit: Cromwell Arms

9. The Post Inn

The Post Inn is a traditional 16th century village inn and pub is situated just off the A30 at Whiddon Down, offering customers a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The pub boasts an excellent range of real ales and ciders and the food is also great.

It’s a perfect place to unwind after a week at work, or with family at the weekend.

For more details: The Post Inn


10. Two Bridges Hotel

For those looking for a more ‘fine dining’ experience I cannot recommend the Two Bridges Hotel enough. They offer a huge range of classic British dishes along with daily specials immaculately presented for a lovely lunch or dinner.

Or if you are looking for a lighter meal their famous cream teas are an amazing treat, which you can enjoy in their cosy lounge in the winter or in the warmer months outside in the beautiful gardens. Make sure you have your scones the correct Devonshire way though- cream on before the jam!

For more details: Two Bridges Hotel


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Milton Keynes is often called ’roundabout city’ because of the number of roundabouts in the city and it has grown massively over the past 50 years and although technically a town, it is as big as a city due to its size. Milton Keynes also incorporates the existing towns of Bletchley, Wolverton, and Stony Stratford, along with an array of other villages in between.

There are so many things to do in Milton Keynes, but eating is my favourite. Here are my favourite pubs in Milton Keynes.


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  • Janet
    12/17/2022 at 16:17

    Bovey Castle is the best hotel in England let slone in Dartmoor.