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The Carpenters Arms I

Old Town Hill, Ilsington, Dartmoor National Park TQ13 9RG, England
+44 1364 661629
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good16%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fish and chips” (16 reviews)
“pizza” (12 reviews)
“pie” (12 reviews)
Open Now
00:00 - 23:59 Hours
Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Old Town Hill, Ilsington, Dartmoor National Park TQ13 9RG, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food good and getting even better. Drinks are reasonably priced. Landord and lady are great hosts. Fantastic local's pub with huge tourist appeal.

Thank Helen T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really wish we had read the reviews before coming. We had to wait for an hour for our food, which when arrived was inedible due to being totally burnt, don't know how they could even send out a meal like that. We weren't the only...More

2  Thank TrailBlazer751022
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited while staying in nearby Haytor Vale, and based on our visit, will be booking our next holiday in Ilsington, mainly so we can visit this pub and both have a drink! We had been put off by the menu on the website as...More

1  Thank SueR1483
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We Stayed in a cottage in Islington in Devon which was so beautiful. The pub is in the hart of the village and what a lovely welcome from the pub owners (Ritch and yvonne) the food and the service was second to none we could...More

Thank Tommy F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our dinner in this traditional pub. It lies a bit secluded but is an all lovely experience. We had an fantastic handmade squid rings for starters, veggie burger with goat chase and chutney, steak pasty... And finally an absolutely awsome toffee pudding with...More

2  Thank Sven M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In a forever changing world of inflated "fine dining" and over fussy, over priced image chasing its Wonderfully Refreshing to find a pub with its priority being, The local pub for the local community. Great atmosphere here with proper Pub Grub. Clean & airy pub,...More

1  Thank gilly h
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

Was really looking forward to Sunday lunch here; the menu on the website looks delicious and it was on this basis we chose to visit. The menu on offer bore no resemblance at all to any of the menus on the website. This was a...More

1  Thank hoppypurplebunny
Richard H, Owner at The Carpenters Arms I, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Thank you for your comments, The web site is not our web site it was the previous owners. As we have not been here that long and re opened the pub after it was closed for a while it has taken a little longer than...More

Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

We travelled from London looking to stop off to eat and found a quaint little pub in the countryside! The Carpenters Arms was the ideal place for us! Cosy, friendly and a good price for tasty food! If we’re ever back in the area, we...More

Thank jameshadley1
Richard H, Owner at The Carpenters Arms I, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Thank you very much for you comments i will let the team know.

Reviewed 8 August 2018

We read some of the reviews from earlier in the year about the food and we were a little worried, However, the pub is so inviting that we gave it a try and we are so glad we did this. If there were food problems...More

1  Thank Andrew H
Richard H, Owner at The Carpenters Arms I, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Thank you for you kind comments. While many pubs try to be something different, our aim is just to be a Village pub supported by our local community who support us in the busy months and during the cold bitter months.

Reviewed 25 July 2018

Let me just start by saying that I do not write bad reviews but try to offer constructive criticism. I have wished the landlord of this pub the best of luck in the past on more than one occasion, even after our last visit when...More

Thank yardbird8
Richard H, Owner at The Carpenters Arms I, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Firstly i would like to apologise. We had a wheat beer on and as in tradition it is normally cloudy. And to most people normally comment that it is cloudy we always have to explain why. I was not on duty behind the bar and...More

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3 November 2017|
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Response from Korresia | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do. Ours were made very welcome. We sat inside.
3 November 2017|
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Response from Andy T | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Soz about late reply!!!!
28 December 2015|
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Response from MissPoppy11 | Reviewed this property |
sorry I can't help, I was only a holiday visitor.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$26
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Old Town Hill, Ilsington, Dartmoor National Park TQ13 9RG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Dartmoor National Park  >  Ilsington
  • Phone Number: +44 1364 661629
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The Carpenters arms is under new management. We are a traditional country pub serving a Fantastic selection of local brewed cask ales direct from the barrel and a great range of draught beers, wines , spirits and soft drinks. Our home cooked traditional pub food is locally sourced when possible. At present we are only serving food in the evenings Tuesday to Saturday 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Sundays 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm. We look forward to your visit where you will always get a warm welcome.
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