Union Inn: An English 'Hot Dog'
Moretonhampstead is a small village located inside the eastern edge of Dartmoor National Park, in more of a forested area rather than the open moorlands of the Park. As we crossed Dartmoor from west-to-east on our final drive of the trip, heading for the London area to fly out the next morning, we had planned to stop at one of a few pubs along the highway that cuts directly through it's centre. This was around Tuesday lunch time, but I had not realized that with Christmas and Boxing Day both falling on the weekend, Monday and Tuesday had both been taken as holidays in lieu. As a result, the National Park was crawling with people as they properly finished off their holidays on a fine sunny afternoon . The roads were lined with cars beside every pub, so we just kept on going until we reached Moretonhampstead.
It seemed absolutely placid, hardly a soul about as we parked on the side of one of the main streets just after 1 PM. As we were getting out of the car, the gentleman with the red top in the photo walked past and I asked him if he could give us some advice on a pub for lunch. As it turned out, he worked at the local tourism agency, and he basically told us to simply follow him since he was headed to the Union Inn for a meal of his own!
Favorite Dish: The Union Inn has that old pub feel to it, with only a few obviously local patrons and a warm fire glowing. A chalkboard on the wall listed their menu items of the day, so that was quickly decided: Sue ordered a bowl of Cauliflower and melted Cheese with a bun (4 GBP) while I got one final curry fix in with a Chicken Tikka Masala, Rice and Poppadums (5 GBP). A glass of white wine and a pint of Poachers Bitter went very well with our delicious meal, much appreciated after our long drive across the moors! As I was going up to the bar to pay our bill (15 GBP or US$26), I asked our friend if I could take a photo of the fireplace where he was sitting and he said to go right ahead. He did ask me to mention to my friends in Canada that I had been treated to a 'hot dog' in an English pub and we all had a good laugh at that!
While I was on a roll with him, I checked to make sure that our planned direct overland route to Exeter via the secondary highways was the best choice from here, and he concurred.Related to:
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Honey Moon Chinese & Thai Restaurant: Slim Pickings
With our B&B being a few miles outside of Barnstaple itself, it was dark when we drove into town at about 6 PM, hoping to find a nice restaurant. Our B&B host had given us a few pointers on where to go and the parking situation, so we soon arrived in the heart of the old down-town area of Barnstaple and parked on a dead-end street in back of High Street. It was a chilly and damp Monday evening, with our footsteps echoing as we walked along the almost deserted streets. It was strange, with the place quite lit-up by various overhead Christmas decorations along the streets, yet virtually nobody to be seen. After taking a look at the Fortesque Hotel, we decided to give it a miss even though just about everything else seemed closed. Finally, after walking down a narrow alley to The Strand, we came upon the Honey Moon Chinese/Thai restaurant and figured, it looks like this or nothing!
Favorite Dish: We were not all that hungry, so decided to share a plate of Satay Chicken on the Stick (4 GBP) and a Thai-Style Chicken in Yellow Curry with Coconut milk and Potatoes (7 GBP). We each had a glass of their house wine to go with the meal, which was served up quite quickly considering that we were among their first customers of the evening. As it turned out, the Satay was a bit tough and the Curry was not that inspiring either. The total meal cost with drinks and a tip came to 23 GBP (US$40). Maybe the dead, damp and chilly evening had beaten us down, but we finished up by about 7:30 PM and immediately drove back to our B&B. It had not been one of our better evenings out and it was a relief to go to bed!Related to:
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The Drum Inn: The Inn at Cockington
The village also has its own Inn situated across the road from the car park. It has fine views, friendly staff, log fires in winter and great food. There is outside seating and a varied menu to suit all tastes. It also welcomes families and children can play safely in the gardens. The Drum Inn, completed in 1936, also has a thatched roof in keeping with the rest of the area - this was replaced quite recently when the pub was refurbished during 2003.
"The Bistro": Don't miss the Tiger Prawn starter
excellent restaurant/bar/cafe in Totnes
Open Mon - Sat 09.30 - 23.00 (Sun 10.30 - 22.30)
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Favorite Dish: Deep fried Tiger Prawns with chilly dip on a mixed salad
Carrott-Thyme soup with fresh baguetteRelated to:
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Alfresco's is a wonderful place for a breakfast or lunch snack. They mainly specialise in filled bagettes which are wonderful, all in a great atmosphere, when I went a couple of weeks ago they had 2 flamenco guitarists playing, This is no ordinary Bagette cafe!
Alfresco's is licenced, with tables both inside & out in their gorgeous little courtyard. They are usually closed by 3pm at the latest.
In the summer they also weekend eveningsRelated to:
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The Royal Castle: The Royal Castle
The atmosphere & the food here are great. When I lived across the river at Kingswear, I visited the downstairs public bar quite often, its quite a lively & busy place.
They have a formal restaurant upstairs, with great views over the waterfront. My sister held her 18th birthday dinner here in the restaurant, we had a great evening, well recommended.
The Royal Castle is the larger white building in the middle of the photo
The Beachcomber: Great varied menu
Along the seafront about 100 yards from Teignmouth Pier, is the Beach Comber resturant. The cafe is near Teignmouth's war memorial & is open from 10am-8pm seven days a week during the summer, & is great for familes & single people . The menu is varied with special offers, which you can find on a big blackboard on the wall inside the resturant. There's outside seating as well as in with great views across the water & the flower beds nearbye. All the tables have green shades which flap like crazy in the wind. There's toilets inside & high chairs for younger children.
On the tables are olive oil, salt & Vinegar & sugar. In the morning you can order at the bar, but during the afternoon there's a waitressing service. There's a no smoking area & there's fans in the celing, ther's also fishing nets & ships wheels on display on the walls. Cakes etc are also on display in the cabinet, which includes homemade cheese scones. There's also the all day breakfast option, & their jackets potatoes at £3.95 are yummy.
The window overlooks the seafront where you can watch fishing boars in the distance, or if it's regatta week (August) you can watch the rowers practising up & down the water. Sometimes the seagulls help themselves to what's left on the tables outside. Ther's a sign saying that staff arn't responsible for seagulls pinching food; I'll just sit there with me gun!
Favorite Dish: Tea is £1.20p per pot & dinners can be from £4-8.95. Roast dinner is good here, but they only do it in the morning as it quickly sells out. Banoffee pie is loveley & so are the cream Tea's which is about £3.25. You get a pot of tea, Two warm scones, a pot of jam & cream & a sachet of honey.
Theirs also housewines at variouse pricesRelated to:
The Dolphin Inn: Village Fayre
Friendly atmosphere, Dacor inside is very traditional, outside there is a terrace with wonderful views over the River Yealm. Traditional real ales & cider are served here, we have only eaten once here & it was a very tasty meal. I had garlic mushrooms in yorkshire pudding,
Strange mix but Yummy!Related to:
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MSR Dragonfly: Cycle Touring - Camping Stove
I wanted a multi fuel stove, sometimes refered to as a duel fuel stove, as I can not rely on finding gas cannisters in some areas Id planned to travel through. The Dragonfly will burn most fuels and unlike some similar stoves has a valve to alter the strength of flame allowing the simmering of food and liquids. The other contender, the Primus Omni stove, had so many bad reviews scattered around the internet it put me off.Related to:
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The Cromwell Arms: Nice Food
A nice pub with friendly staff and some very good real ales, it has a very spacious bar with oak beamed ceilings. Outside there is a patio area which is well shaded by a wisteria bush and a small lawned garden. We did not go into the restaurant as we had George with us but we did have a very nice meal in the bar.
The food here is very reasonably priced and I would be very happy to eat here again.
Old worldly place: The Pharmacy cafe
This lovely building used to be a pharmacy in the 19th century, it still has the name of the owners in the doorway on a mosiac floor once laid by Italian designers. Inside the original fittings are still there along with all the wooden panals. On display are the little bottles of chemicles which were once used to treat ailments etc, you can still see the small draws where they once went.
Here you can buy pastries & cakes which are on display. It's a pleasant atmosphere & you can also read about the history of the building while waiting for your cup of tea.
Favorite Dish: Here they do chocolate cake, Trifal and other yummies for £3.25. You can buy bread here.Related to:
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Peter Tavy Inn: Terrific food and great atmosphere in a rural pub
Peter Tavy is the name of the village, not the pub owner (as I found out). The building dates from the 15th Century and the food and drink offerings include many real ales and Devon cheeses, along with lamb and fish dishes. A busy spot, despite being a distance from the nearest town (Tavistock) so reservations are recommended in the evening. Despite being a large building, the interior layout is cosy, with several smaller rooms.
Favorite Dish: I've used the Peter Tavy Inn on various occasions as a place to take friends on my last night in England prior to returning to Canada. The food is always superb, the ales full of character and the staff friendly. There's usually a vegetarian dish or two on the menu for non-carnivores.Related to:
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Al Beb: North African Spice
Al Beb has only been open a couple of years, it is a North African restaurant with 2 levels, the first is a comfy coffee house area & the lower level is the reataurant. It even has a harem, which is up to 12 people & you all sit on the floor on sumptuous cushions with table in the middle.
They have a wonderful arabian decor, and of course to conjure up the atmosphere with Arabic music. On weekends they have a belly dancer who is very good.
There is also a souk are where you can buy Arabian goodies.
Favorite Dish: I have to admit I find the veggie main courses here far too spicy, but my husband loved them. I have been here with a meat eater friend & she loved her meal. So it must be just me!
Their starters are nealy all veggie, so I usually order another starter (but larger!) for my main course.Related to:
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Cafe India: Indian Delights
This restaurant has only been open two months, in the south Devon town of Totnes.
Very friendly staff, pleasant music, nicely decorated. It was packed out, & apparently has been since its opening. Which is a recommendation in itself.
Have to admit this is the first Indian I have ever been to & I was very impressed, Looking forward to returning.
Favorite Dish: Vegetarian Korma, Pashwan Nan & Banana Fritter.
More than just a place to eat: Naughty but nice
This is another cafe in Teignmouth. This has also good wheelchair access & has salt pastry displays on the walls. There's lots of special offers on the menu, the coffee is freshly ground with a choice of home made cakes & scones to try.Related to:
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