Tavistock Travel Guide

  • Tavistock Town Hall
    Tavistock Town Hall
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  • The River Tavy
    The River Tavy
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  • Entrance To The Pannier Market
    Entrance To The Pannier Market
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Tavistock Things to Do

  • Meadowlands Leisure Pool

    This isn't my thing these days - water and I aren't as compatible as we used to be. This is, though, a pretty impressive looking swimming pool with loads of features including flumes and spumes and all sorts of other 'umes.There's always lifeguards present and swimming teachers too and the complex is an attractive-looking building, combining the...

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  • The Meadows - For A Family Day Out

    Tavistock's Meadows is the town's centrally-located park, a veritable oasis of greenery and water (being bordered on two sides by the river and the canal). This is where the local families head as soon as the sun peeks through the clouds and there's loads of fun to be had.For the kids the whole park is an adventure playground with freebie rides and...

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  • The Abbey Walk - Where Town Meets...

    This is a short footpath along the River Tavy between the bridge and the Meadows Park but even on a midsummer afternoon when the town itself is busy this is a haven from the bustle of the ardent shoppers.The fast-flowing river on one side and the stolid outer wall of the former Abbey on the other makes for a pleasant stroll. Even though you are...

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Tavistock Hotels

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  • Horn of Plenty

    This is where the company for which I work goes for its Christmas Dinners or other functions that...

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  • Bedford Hotel

    I used to work at this hotel in the late 1990's and was put up in one of the hotel rooms, admittedly...

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  • Rockmount B&B

    Drake Road, Tavistock, PL190AX, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Tavistock Restaurants

  • A Proper Fish and Chip Shop

    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...

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  • Great Food and Friendly Guys

    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...

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  • This Isn't A Restaurant!

    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...

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  • Pretty On The Eye - Stunning On The...

    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...

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  • A festival of Americana

    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...

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  • Organic veggie food

    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...

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Tavistock Nightlife

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    by johngayton Written Aug 4, 2009

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    This used to be my favourite pub here in Tavi and whilst it has changed hands since my days of living and working here it doesn't seem to have changed that much. Despite its main street location this a friendly little local boozer - a proper pub!

    If you are pub-person The Tavi, as it is affectionately known, has everything you could require. Owners and regulars are friendly and chatty, the beer is good, it now offers a small food menu on a hand-written blackboard which looks interesting (blackboards always suggest to me "home-made") and there's live music a couple of times a week.

    Thursday night is "Jam Night" and Fridays showcase local bands (details on the regularly updated website).

    For us smokers there's a pleasant, foliage-festooned, little courtyard with a heated awning which is also the meeting place for the local "Cloak and Fagger" club (check out the poster on pic #2)!

    Yep, everything needed from a local boozer and they even do Bed and Breakfast accommodation too!

    Dress Code: This is a pub and so my usual rule about "scantilly-dressed females" is about the only dress code there is ;)

    Frontage Read The Small Print! Advertising The Jam Night The Menu
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Tavistock Transportation

  • Tavistock Country Bus Services

    In addition to the commercial bus service providers Tavistock also has a very active Community Bus Service with both town and country services. Unfortunately I can't find an online link to timetables but these are available locally from libraries, tourist information centres and are posted at the main stops.The Community Services use Bedford Square...

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  • Getting Around The Area By Bus

    Tavistock's main bus station is on Plymouth Road, just after the Bedford Hotel. From here the Devon subsidiaries of First Group and Stagecoach operate services around the County and out onto the moor. There are also other local services provided by Beacon Bus.The main services run to Plymouth to the south and to Barnstaple in the north and there...

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  • Being On The Edge Of The Moor

    Tavistock is a bit of an odd-bod place to get to by public transport as Dartmoor doesn't have any main roads. There used to be two railway stations here but now are none and so the only way to get to the town, public-transport-wise, is by bus. From where I live in North Devon I get the #118 Beacon Bus (run by the locally-owned Holsworthy Company)...

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Tavistock Shopping

  • Continuing The Foodie Theme

    Lawsons is a family-owned, Devon retail business, specialising in Kitchenware and Homeware. They have four shops in the County, at Ivybridge (the HQ), Plymouth, Totnes and here in Tavistock.Lawsons, as a business, dates back to 1904 and the Tavistock shop was acquired in 1992. This is the town's former corn mill and quite a magnificent building it...

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  • One of the Finest Food Emporiums in the...

    As befits a town firmly established as a "Foodie Heaven" Tavi hosts one of the best Delicatessens I've ever come across. As soon as you step through the door your senses are assailed with aromas and visual treats that provoke automatic saliviation.Behind the gleaming glass-fronted refrigerated counters are displayed a vast array of meats,...

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  • The Jewel In The Crown!

    Tavistock is well-appointed with a great range of independent local shops, ranging from sexy lingerie to artisanal cheeses (two of my favourites!) and with pretty much everything in between.For any keen shopper, whether for basics, souvenirs or luxuries, your first stop should be the Pannier Market. Devon's Pannier Markets were developed in the...

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Tavistock Warnings and Dangers

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    by johngayton Written Aug 4, 2009

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    These attractive looking buildings on Bedford Square, with the 7th Duke as vanguard, are in fact the Police Station and The Magistrates Court. I don't think they do guided tours and so be good if you don't want to see the insides.

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Tavistock Favorites

  • Tavistock's Tourist Information Centre

    As with most Devon towns you'll find all the help and info you need at the Tourist Information Centre here in Tavi. Here they'll assist with booking accommodation, offer ideas about things to do and have all the public transport timetables for getting out and about.The staff are local, knowledgeable and friendly. There's plenty of freebie maps and...

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  • Where To Do Your Washing -Tavistock...

    If you've been out hiking the moor or staying in the area without access to a washing machine then Tavi is the place to go to the bagwash.This is an excellent, reasonably-priced, little laundrette with modern machines. It's clean and comfortable and perfectly safe to leave your washing in and go for a beer whilst the machines do their work.If you...

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  • If You Dont Know Which Way Is Up...

    ...you'll find this handy orientation guide in the middle of Bedford Square. However, if you're travelling on the moor bring your own compass!

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