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...more
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...more
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...more
This is where the company for which I work goes for its Christmas Dinners or other functions that...more
I used to work at this hotel in the late 1990's and was put up in one of the hotel rooms, admittedly...more
....but the food is superb! This styles itself as a "Boutique Hotel" and whilst I've never stayed...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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 ;)
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...more
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...more
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)...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
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.
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...more
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...more