I have always enjoyed the fact that I live amongst some of the best pubs in the world, serving up fabulous, home cooked and locally sourced food and a tasty array of drinks. Hence I have made it my business to seek out some of the very best to take my guests to, ensuring consistently good food and the best hospitality. Here are just a handful of my favourites:
The Cleave – Thatched and dating back to the 15th century, The Cleave sits at the heart of the idyllic village of Lustleigh, in the hills of the Dartmoor National Park. This a friendly, family run pub popular with walkers, cyclist and locals alike and offers relaxed dining and good local beers.
The Elizabethan Inn – situated in a small hamlet in a countryside location, this superb pub dates back to the 16th Century. Both à la carte and set menus are on offer which change regularly featuring fish, game, meat and vegetarian dishes, all sourced locally in South Devon where possible. Here I had the best pie I have ever tasted, afterwards telling friends that I had actually found a meal that I could give no less than 10 out of 10 for!
The Nobody Inn – located in the charmingly named Doddiscombsleigh, six miles south west of Exeter, is a 17th Century pub and restaurant offering an exciting and varied menu in a wonderful setting. I had my 40th birthday party here, in the process introducing several of my friends to a place that offers great food, 250 wines and 240 whiskys!
The Old Church House Inn – I really feel that at some stage fate blessed me, by allowing me to move so close to this wonderful pub! The Church House, as we commonly know it, ticks all the right boxes, with 14th century character oozing out of every part of it, consistently great food and beer, always a warm welcome, and set in a tranquil and beautiful location.
The Rock Inn – this edge of Dartmoor inn has a very good reputation in the area, and is considered to be one of the best places to combine a high quality dining experience with great wine or beer, and a cosy atmosphere. Family run for many years, it retains consistently high standards of hospitality, and is somewhere that I would never hesitate to go if I want something a bit special.
The Rugglestone Inn – named in the Good Pub Guide as one of the most unspoilt pubs in the country, this delightful Dartmoor pub offers home cooked food and real ales straight from the barrel, in an unassuming yet charming location. It is a very cosy pub with a home from home feel, as well as a picturesque beer garden for sunny days.
The Who’d Have Thought It Inn – I discovered this pub only recently, and will not hesitate to take my guests here when we’re passing that way. Tucked away in a small village on the edge of Dartmoor, this is a quintessential 16th Century free house and Inn offering superb local food and drink, as well as a very friendly reception from the young owners, Ruth and Chris.