Technically speaking, Tavistock is not part of Dartmoor anymore. But as it is just behind the borders of the national park, I include the tip here. After all, when you are getting hungry while hiking in the western part of the moor, this might be the best place to appease your hunger! Robertson's Organic Cafe's pizza is among the best I've ever had: incredibly tasty, neither too dry nor too greasy, all ingredients sourced locally (where possible). My wife had the Ploughman's Plate, one of our Devon & Cornwall favourites, but the best we tried during the whole holiday was the one in Tavistock. Another plus: the prices are by no means as high as the quality. To make a long story short, this is THE place to eat in Dartmoor.
Favorite Dish: see above
The Rugglestone Inn in Widecombe was recommended by our hosts at Corndonford Farm. They said it would be the best place to eat in the moor. Well, it certainly is a great place for some superb pub food! Popular with locals and visitors alike, it tends to get crowded in the evenings. So if you want to eat there, a reservation is necessary. The Rugglestone Inn brews its own beer and often hosts live music events. But what I particularly liked about it was the informal atmosphere. Everybody seemed to know each other and most people were discussing their apple harvest or their cattle. Definitely worth a visit!
Favorite Dish: I had the Ploughman's Plate which was very tasty, but enormous. My wife ate Fish&Chips that were good as well.
Such a small Pub - SOOOOOOOOOOO much on the menu you will be startled.
The main menu covers 4 chalk boards - excellent cusine and service.
The deserts are also yummi and they have vegetarian options too.
Favorite Dish: And I love the lambs-liver on mashed potatoes with mixed veg as a harty lunch after 4 hours of exploring the beauty of the moor.
This cafe/restaurant is a popular spot for snacks & Devonshire cream teas next to the River Dart. The restaurant itself is not really anything very special but the location is gorgeous, as are the cream teas!
I believe they have also have holiday apartments here now, but I have not seen in them to make comment.
Favorite Dish: Cream tea! Scones, clotted cream & strawberry jam. Mmmmmmmm
This is a very traditional olde worlde pub in the centre of this popular village of Widecombe in the Moor. Much is made of the connections with Uncle Tom Cobbly & all. Horse brass's, old jugs & wooden seats decorate this quaint little 14th century pub, which can get packed in the summer & sunny winter days. We havent actually eaten here, just popped in for drinks over the years, but the menu looks very good & reasonably priced.
I have heard The Old Inn also has its own ghosts, a baby & a man are suposed to haunt here.
We have eaten at The Kestor Inn at Manaton a few times, it is a very relaxed country pub, serving mainly traditional foods. I have always had a chedder ploughmans lunch when we have visited & have always been very pleased with the meal. It is a very popular stop off with walkers
The decor is as you would expect from a Moorland country pub, with seating outside for summer days on the terrace.