This Page is a guide to some of our Favorite pubs that we use I have set them out by Town or Village. The comments expressed are purely my own but any of the pubs on this page I would recommend, clearly some more than others.
Robert D S Brown 2007
The King of Prussia - This was a traditional local pub no food, Beer has gone down hill. You use to find the drinking contingent of the Bovey Ringers in here on a Monday night, however it changed hands and the new owner has painted the inside white all over put coloured up lighters behind the optics ripped out the corner seat and table and in doing so has lost all the character of the pub, which is now is a cross between a doctors waiting room and a wine bar. Not sure what market he is aiming at but it is not the traditional drinkers pub it was. In consequence the ringers have moved across the road to The Bell.
The Bell- This is a traditional local pub no food, Beer is really well kept Bass and London Pride, a guest ale as well as Cider. You will normally find the drinking contingent of the Bovey Ringers in here on a Monday night having had to desert the King of Prussia when it lost all semblance of character. Parking is not easy but its only a 2 minute walk from the church and a 10 minute stagger back.
The Cromwell - This is an alright pub come restaurant , serving good food and accommodation, right in the center of Town. It a St Austells Brewery Pub and serves the full range of their beers.
The Dolphin at the bottom end of town is the place to eat, more of a hotel/restaurant than a pub but does excellent food and reasonable beer - Teignworthy and Reel Ale on the pump, both local beers. There is a large car park at the back of the Pub
The Riverside - near the Craft Centre - This Place has recently got a new Chef so it should go up hill, good range of real ales but the decor inside is a bit dated and hotel lobbyish
The Bishop Lacey - there are always four or five different real ales on the go, every so often they host a mini beer festival here - the food is also very good and and at a reasonable price. The Church is right across the road
About half way between Chudleigh and Bovey Tracey is The Claycutters at Chudleigh Knighton, thatched pub with plenty of parking, the food is very good but a bit pricey. When the old landlady left they tried to take it up market, kicked the darts team out etc etc - use to go here fairly regularly but dont any more. Beers OK but dont like the direction the new landlord has taken it..
The Kestor arms - the only pub in the village and one that has had a bit of a checkered history over the years, at one time the beer got so bad that even Jim the local wouldn't drink it. There is now a new landlord who is turning the place around, you will get a good pint of London Pride or Dartmoor. They also do food fairly basic but not bad food. Local haunt of the Manaton ringers. We recently had our annual dinner here whcih was excellent and at the moment they have London Pride and Hobgoblin on as well as Cider.
WIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR
The Ruggelstone - this is tucked away about 1/2 a mile down the road behind the Church, does excellent food, beer is kept behind the bar and comes straight out of the barrel. Generally have Butcombe and Dartmoor on. Very popular in the summer and and weekends. Local haunt of the Widecombe ringers.
The Old Inn - this is right opposite the Church and is what is locally described as a Grokkle spot. It changed hands about twelve months ago and was taken over by a chain. The beer is fine here but a bit pricey, the food is variable, I have heard both good and bad reports, when I popped in to try the beer the food also looked a bit pricey - my advice go to the Ruggelstone. 12/05/07
The Carpenters Arms is right next to the Church and is now under new management ) A good village pub which is well supported serving good beer Otter Ale is one of my favorites and good no nonsense food. Small garden at front with a couple of tables.
The pub nearest the church closed some time back and at the moment the brewery have no plans to open it again, but not to worry just down the road is The Welcome Stranger. Abbot Ale and Courage beers on the pump. Good food at a cheap price particularity during the week when they do specials with a bottle of wine at a ridiculous price
Church house inn - This as you might guess is right next to the Church not a bad pub with real ale on the pumps does good food. Went here last Sunday and the Butcombe was excellent. 12/05/07
The Abbey Inn - this is situated on the edge of the River Dart about half a mile from the Abbey and about a mile from Buckfastleigh Church. Excellent food and good beer - a range of real ales from St Austell Brewery which I have to say is not my favourite brewery but the HSD is not a bad pint.
The Bell - Went through a bit of a rough patch but is now coming out of it - beer is well kept and good reasonably priced bar meals. Last time I was in there they had Spitfire on which was excellent.
Union Inn - Just down the road from the Bell - good locals pub with good beer, good food and a good atmosphere albeit a bit cosy.
The Artichoke Inn within walking distance of the Church another good local pub real ale and no nonsense food, another pub that is well worth a visit.
Manor House Inn - The bells at Ashton are unringable and likely to remain that way but this pub is worth traveling to for the food and beer, a very popular pub with a big garden outside overlooking fields and the River. Because it is so popular you may need to book.
THROWLEIGH / GIDLEIGH
North Moor Arms There is no pub at Throwleigh but between Throwleigh and Gidleigh is the Northmoor Arms - in the back of beyond even for Devon. Well worth the visit with an exceptional pint of Broadside when I last went there, also Dartmoor and another real ale on as well..
OTHER PUBS OF NOTE
The following are pubs that are not in our locality but one that we have visited and hit a special note
AMPNEY ST PETER Glos
The Red Lion Whilst in the Cotswolds we visited this pub on the recommendation of a friend and what a gem. One of the few remaining traditional pubs. Taylors Beer was excellent and the landlord made us all welcome albeit it was bit of a squeeze. Look up reviews on the place and if in the area you have got to go there.
In my view there is only one pub worth visiting in Plymouth city centre area and that is The Dolphin on the barbican. Bass straight out of the barrel which is like nectar. This is very much a local pub and the decor is a bit tired, but the atmosphere and beer make this a must. Memories of an excellent lunchtime spent in here on an outing. There is no food, but across the road on the quayside is Captain Jaspers probably the best burgers, hot-dogs, breakfast burgers etc. that you will ever taste.
The Prince Maurice. Use to drink here in my younger days - excellent drinkers pub with 5 different real ales on when I last went there - well worth a visit - its also 100 yards from the Church.
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