A GUIDE FOR ENJOYING THE BEST CULINARY EXPERIENCES FROM HOLWELL:
• The Rugglestone in Widecombe itself. Good home-cooked food. No frills ! Lots of locals. Dog, horse, children friendly with good garden with stream running through. Very small so can get very busy.
• The Old Inn, Widecombe. Chain pub (Hall & Woodhouse) but friendly staff and nice garden. Hunt meet here at Christmas too.
• The Rock at Haytor. Very good food so ideal for a restaurant meal. Need to book for evenings during peak times.
• The Moorland Hotel at Haytor. Now has been re-vamped and has a nice bar area for daytime snacks, coffees etc if you are walking up Hay Tor.
• Ullacombe Farm Shop. Very good and has a café for daytime too.
• Bovey Tracey – The Brookside is friendly for something if you are around in town or for something a bit different, visit the Marble House; food good here too and lots to check out on the gift front. Good Deli in Bovey so you can put together a wonderful picnic and even a cream tea. They have a Cheese Shop too. Great Fish & Chip shop up the high street. Lloyd Maunder butchers sell Dartmoor beef and lamb.
• Ashburton – Number 14 – good for a glass of wine and a light bite if you are checking out the great shops in Ashburton. Also, for a restaurant meal you have Agaric which has consistently featured in the Good Food Guide. Why not try a course at the internationally renowned Ashburton Cookery School; they do day courses or longer and a wide range. Great bakery here and also the Fish Deli is wonderful and fresh. If you are being lazy, there is a good Indian Take Away here.
Outlying village pubs ;
• Lustleigh – The Cleave; picture-postcard village with pub next to a wonderful cricket ground with garden and very good food; heaven!
• Chagford – 22 Mill Street for restaurant food or try some of the pubs too
“Blow the Budget” restaurants;
• Gidleigh Park, Chagford – 2 Michelin Stars and a real dining experience
• Bovey Castle – closer at Moretonhampstead
• The Oyster Shack – low key environment near Bigbury Beach in South Hams but our favourite for the best fresh shellfish from Devon; whole crab and lobster to die for !
Shopping / Dining Experiences combined;
• Dartington Cider Press centre, Dartington; wonderful shopping and good eating options too in nice setting just 20 mins away.
• Exeter – the most exciting shopping experience in South West now. John Lewis, Hollister etc. Go for one of the restaurants overlooking the Cathedral Green and savour the architecture of this wonderful construction
• Plymouth – choose from several celebrity chefs including Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s Canteen and Gary Rhodes in the King William Yard
A Day Trip;
• If you are off to Eden or into Cornwall, we always recommend a detour down to Padstow for a visit to Rick Stein’s; always a great experience but it is pricey – well worth it to say you have been though !