When I used to live and work here, ten or so years ago, the Tavi Inn didn't serve food (except for a basic selection of stodgy cling-wrapped filled rolls at lunchtime). In the evenings, as the beers went down, there would be a stage where something solid was needed to soak them up. So we used to pop across the road to TJ's, get our fish and chips and take them back to the pub to eat them.
Nowadays the Tavi does serve food in the evenings and so that's probably the end of that tradition but TJ's looks the same as ever. Proper fish and chips, good portions, reasonably-priced and friendly staff - everything you could want from your local takeaway!
PS As well as the takeaway they also have eat-in seating.
Favorite Dish: Obviously - the Fish and Chips!
This little restaurant with its unprepossessing exterior and steroetypical flock wallpaper, Eastern-kitsch, decor doesn't exactly grab you off the street and make you think about eating here.
However, you should. This is great place with excellent food, friendly and chatty staff and whilst I've never been here on a busy night (because I have to work them), I've always found Thariks relaxed and the service has always been swift.
The menu has a good selection of all the usual favourites, such as Dupiaza's, Balti's and excellent Tandoori dishes, there's also a small section of House Specials. As with most Indian restaurants there's plenty of vegetarian choices along with vegetable side dishes.
They have a full licence and stock the usual Indian beers.
Favorite Dish: I usually opt for the House Special Biriany which comprises chicken, lamb and prawns with tasty pilau rice and a dish of well-spiced, but not too hot, vegetable curry. Along with a naan bread and their house pickles and chutneys and you have a meal fit for a Rajah! (At least for me after a day out in the local pubs!)
In Devon's "Yellow Pages" (the business telephone directory) you'll find more listings for Dairy Farms than every other catagory except pubs. That's why we have such excellent milk products such as our clotted cream, superb cheeses and also artisanal ice-creams.
Willy's is Tavistock's local manufacturer who make theirs at Rosemont Farm about 5 miles North-West of the town.
If ice-cream is your thing look for the distinctive vans which you'll find on most of the Dartmoor car parks and here in town on Bedford Square.
Food's my thing - I eat very little else ;)
Here at Browns they do food which is both visually spectacular and very tasty. I'd eaten here many years ago and enjoyed - this visit superceded my memories.
I was just looking for a light, very late, lunch and the Brasserie Menu had pretty much what I was after - this is served all day. The sun was out and the tidy walled-in courtyard with its bamboo seating and potted plants beckoned. Service was excellent, the bar manager chatty ( it transpired that we had both worked at the Bedford Hotel, but not at the same time), the waitress pretty (which is always good!) and everything was very relaxed and easy-going.
I was the only customer out in the courtyard and so I can't really make any comments regarding ambience but I can imagine if its busy it will be buzzy.
Favorite Dish: Let me start with the beer! There's no draught proper beer here but an interesting fridge of bottles makes up for that. I didn't recognise one of them and so enquired. "St Austell's "Admirals Ale", voted the "Supreme Champion" in the 2008 International Beer Challenge." Was the reply. OK, if it's the World's Best - that's the beer sorted!
Now to the food:
The Rillettes of Chicken with Roasted Hazelnuts, Blue Brie Salad were superb - meaty tasty chicken, perfectly crispy salad, great dressing and the hazelnuts giving a crunch to the whole thing. The accompaniement of home-made bread (sesame-seeded and tomato) made for the filler and the little trio of dips left me in foodie heaven.
Not the cheapest place in town but definitely one of the best (I say "one of the best" because we used to do as good at The Bedford when I was there!).
Monterey Jacks occupies half of The Cornish Arms pub. It's where we go when there are a lot of us and when we just don;t fancy Indian.
There is a good reliable menu with such standards as burgers, steaks, Mexican offerings, Moroccan lamb and excellent sticky ribs. They also do pizza.They also have a good and quickly changing selection of specials and desserts.
We eat here quite regularly as it's dependable and affordable. Look to be spending about £10 a head. The starters tend to be large so we share.
They have quite a good wine list (£8.50 - £13.50) which includes a very drinkable Chablis. Beer and the like can be ordered and are brought through from the pub.
Restaurant Opening Times
Monday - Saturday 12pm - 2pm
6pm - 10pm
Sunday 12pm - 2.15pm
6pm - 10pm
Specialising in local organic and fair trade ingredients Roberston's is a small but excellent veggie cafe with an emphasis on excellent over vegetarian. One of the nice touches is that they have a list of local producers on each table so you can work out your food miles should you so wish.
The locally produced ingredients are reflected by the changeability of the menu which typically is comprised of home made pies (try the mature cheese and red onion), salads, sandwiches and baguettes.
They also carry a selection of Clive's Pies (for the uninitiated this is a brand mane - not some geezer in the kitchen)
They also do very good takeaway salads - for a price. Expect to pay a fiver or so.
The restaurant does not currently have a drinks license. Enjoy your tea.
At the time of writing Robertson's is expanding into the premises next door to allow more seating and a pizza oven
CASH PAYMENTS ONLY - there's a cash machine just around the corner.
Favorite Dish: Mature Cheddar and Caramelised Red onion tart with mixed salad.
Award winning Chinese restaurant that offers dining upstairs or a takeaway.
Whilst competitively priced it produces the best Chinese, Thai and Szechuan food locally (and believe me - I've been doing my research).
Typical prices:egg fried rice £1.65
beef chow mein £3.95
hot and sour soup £1.95
chicken satay £3.95
Lunchtime Thurs-Sat 12 noon to 2 pm
Evenings Sun-Thurs 5.30 - 10.30pm
Fri-Sat 5.30 - 11.00pm