Newton Abbot Things to Do
I always like to check out local museums. It helps me to understand the history of the local area, and Newton Abbot has its very own not too far from the railway station. It doesn’t occupy a very prominent position so it might be useful to explain how to find it.From the station walk down Queen St, or ‘Take Away Alley’ as I prefer to call it, and...more
As with most Devon Rivers, the Teign begins its travels from Dartmoor, after flowing south it becomes tidal at Newton Abbot before reaching the English Channel at Teignmouth, a distance of some 30 miles. Due to the river being tidal the mudflats at Newton Abbot are loved by birds, and habitat which leads to a large variety of wildlife.June 2012more
Newton Abbot is one of the most popular summer racecourses in the UK with its August weekend festival attracting over 12,000 racegoers.Unfortunately I haven't had a day-off which coincides with a raceday but it is on my "To Do" list. I should imagine this is a fun day out and there are plenty of bars and restaurants to while away the wait between...more
Newton Abbot Hotels
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“A foodie treat”. “Absolutely lovely”. “Rural idyll”. So say some recent visitors to Sampson’s...more
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Newton Abbot Restaurants
This is a traditional pub and restaurant that serves fresh and quality meals. The décor is stylish with a driftwood sculpture, pastel colour and a shabby chic feel to it. Delightful panoramic views of the River Teign estuary which require a window table to fully appreciate. Booking recommended.Monday to Saturday: 11:00 am to 11:00 pmSunday: 11:00...more
Family restaurant that operates under the Beefeater chain belonging to the Premier Inn Stable. The Grandstand is brand new (2012) and is laid out open plan with an adjoining lounge bar for drinkers.We ate here on our second night of four and enjoyed the quality and value so much we returned the next night, it may not be Gordon Ramsey but it is good...more
I'm not sure if the Eastern Eye was there before, under another guise, but my governor at work brought it up in conversation last week, so I thought I'd give it a try. And not disappointed at all - OK I've only been once and only had one main course but the place has a certain "swagger" to it - it buzzes (and this was a Tuesday Night!).Once we had...more
Newton Abbot Transportation
Newton Abbot is on the main railway line between London Paddington and Penzance and all the trains stop here. The three main operators are First Great Western, Southwest Trains and CrossCountry. The town is also on the branch lines between Exeter to Paignton and Exmouth. The station is located a short walk east of the town centre, at the end of...more
Newton Abbot is the local hub for bus services around this neck of the woods. Regular services provided by Stagecoach link the town to Exeter, the Torbay area and Totnes whilst the locally-based Country Bus Service reaches out into the surrounding rural areas including several Dartmoor towns and villages. The bus station is in the town centre, just...more
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Newton Abbot Shopping
Trago is a Family Shopping and Leisure Park that is set within 110 acres and sells 80,000 products across 38 departments. There is a steam railway which runs for 2 and half miles and also an award winning model railway. The Park has free parking for 2,500 cars, a petrol station and a great choice of cafes, snacks and takeaway restaurants all with plenty of seating areas.
Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
What to buy: Furniture, Gardening, Craft and Hobby, Clothing, Footwear, Giftware, Stationery, Books, Soft Furnishings, Toys & Games, Sports, Fishing, Lighting, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Chandlery, Carpets and Rugs, Pet Supplies, DIY, Electrical, Equestrian, plus lots more...
What to pay: Various
Newton Abbot Local Customs
The Railway Inn, next door to the station here in Newton has long been one of my favourite pubs when travelling around this neck of the woods by train. I have been known to get off one train just to stop for a beer before getting the next train onwards to where I was heading. There are so few proper pubs left these days that I feel a personal responsibility to support as many as I can - that's my excuse anyway!
Now I've got a doubleplusgood reason for detouring via The Railway since it is now a brewery as well as a pub. The Platform 5 brewery started up in spring 2013 brewing for the Railway and a couple of other pubs owned by the same people and bloody good beers they are too. It's still very much a fledgling company but the three beers currently being made deserve serious sampling and at less than £3 per pint are very pocket-friendly.
Being the brewer also ensures that the pub will stay a pub for the foreseeable future and so that's an extra doubleplusgood bonus!Related to:
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Newton Abbot Warnings and Dangers
I said in my introduction that there’s not much to detain you in Newton Abbot, and it’s true - but the Old Cider Bar is an exception. More than that, it’s probably fair to say that you could even justify a special journey to come here just to visit this special place. Why is it special I hear you ask.
Well firstly it’s just one of four cider houses left in the country, which means that it’s not allowed to sell beer. What’s more the Old Cider Bar in Newton Abbot has arguably the finest pedigree of those that are left. It’s been in the same family for 85 years and hardly anything’s changed since- except that women are served now and visitors are allowed more than half a pint!
Many moons ago this was a farm with only limited shelter for the farmhands who no doubt would have been partly paid in cider. Fast forward to the 21st cent and it’s still in a time warp with stone flag floors, barrels of cider behind the bar, and an open fire to warm you up even if the cider doesn’t.
The list of ciders is extensive - and we’re not talking mass produced non-descript ciders here. This is as real as cider gets on a commercial basis. The bar also sells country wines which are just as lethal, and if you’ve forgotten your snuff there’s a decent menu in that as well.
If you find yourself looking to soak up any of the potent liquids on offer then they do a perfect cheese or ham roll - just as it should be - but you won‘t find anything else on the menu.
Coming in here for a session isn’t for the faint hearted, but don’t let that deter you because everyone’s welcome.
I’ve put this under the ‘Warnings & Dangers’ label for obvious reasons. For the uninitiated in cider drinking it needs to be treated with respect, and the pub opens straight out onto the road, which can be busy. Believe you me when I say that many a drinker who thought he could handle it all has come a cropper.
Ye Olde Cider Bar is without doubt an institution, not just in Newton Abbot, but world-wide. However, I’m afraid there’s some bad news. Recently the family has put it up for sale and the estate agents say that it’s an exciting prospect. Not for me, or many other people it isn’t, because whatever happens next it can’t possibly ever be the same.
So, if you want to see a veritable institution before it’s too late, jump off the train at Newton Abbot and make your way to Ye Olde Cider Bar in East St, but don’t forget that I haven’t put it under ‘Warnings and Dangers’ for nothing.
Newton Abbot Off The Beaten Path
Much of the area around Newton Abbot is not particularly suited to tourism, but if you have access to a car there’s some lovely countryside and charming villages not too far away.
Torbryan is a case in point.
It will take you about 15 minutes to reach the village from Newton Abbot. To get there take the Totnes road and turn off for Ipplepen. Drive through the village and follow the signs to Torbryan.
About half a mile beyond Ipplepen and before you reach Torbryan there’s a small car park on the right hand side which will allow you to visit Orley Common.
This nature reserve is not only a wildlife haven with its ancient grassland and woodlands, but also a lovely place to unwind. It’s a peaceful spot and only takes a short while to walk around the common and well worth a stop.
The narrow lanes will then bring you down into Torbryan. This tranquil hamlet has a fine old church and a smashing pub.
The 15th cent Holy Trinity Church is not used for worship these days but is looked after by the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT). This Grade 1 listed building has a Rood Screen which has been described as “probably the best preserved medieval rood screen in the country”. Thanks to the CCT’s trust in humanity the church has been freely available for visitors to wander around and take a look.
Last year (2013) this trust was betrayed by some unscrupulous excuse for a human being who ripped off a couple of the panels, no doubt to sell on elsewhere.
Now you’ve read this you may feel like a drink and the Church House Inn across the road is a great old Devon Inn.
You’ll find many Church House Inns in this part of the world and you wouldn’t have to be Einstein to know where they get their name from. All these inns are situated next to the village church and built around the same time. This one here in Torbryan is an excellent example of such an inn with large open fireplaces and a wonderful olde worlde atmosphere.
If you come in the summer you may want to while away the afternoon in the pub garden. The problem is tearing yourself away, but they do have rooms available if you can’t manage it.
This part of South Devon is as far removed from the modern world as you’ll find in these parts and even the theft of the rood screen panels hasn’t changed things. You can still visit the church, and the village seems to be in a permanent state of slumber as it always has been - and hopefully always will be.Related to:
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Newton Abbot Sports & Outdoors
Newton Abbot Racecourse is one of the country’s leading summer jumps racecourses and hosts about 19 meetings per season. The course is a flat, oval, tight, left-handed circuit of about 1 mile 1 furlong distance.
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