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Travellers' Choice2023
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Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings

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You couldn’t meet a friendlier family than the parents, daughter and son-in-law who run this rustic roadside pub. It has spacious bedrooms and a cosy, ...
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A beautiful getaway on the fringes of the famous moors, The Dartmoor Inn at Lydford restaurant is a must for Devon diners. The series of cosy dining spaces decorated in a Sweden-meets-New-England style provide warm, intimate settings for relaxation and romance. A small, inviting bar with roaring log fire is the place for a leisurely sup before ordering from the delicious bar menu of pub classics with class. The more refined award winning Dartmoor Inn restaurant menu is worked around seasonality and hyper-local ingredients from nearby farmers and artisan producers for a British flavour with just a touch of international creativity. Retire to one of the superb rooms after dining for the full Dartmoor
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free off-street parking, Wine and Beer
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Reviewed 3 days ago

If you want high end food and brilliant service, then this is the place. We were away for a local stay in our caravan and booked a table a week in advance. The sample menu looked appealing when researching on line, though on line menus...often don't tell the full story, yet in this case the reality of the amazing food and the service blew the positive website expectations out of the water. The food and service were fantastic. High end beautiful presentation and flavour balance which competes with any Michelin starred place we have eaten at. I had the whipped goats cheese, beetroot and hazelnut for starter and my partner had the smoked duck on brioche. Both looked stunning, exciting, and tasted just as good- both a real wow. For main course, we had the venison and pork. The venison ragu was rich, sticky and moorish, and mouth heaven when combined with the perfectly cooked venison loin and pommes puree. The pork loin was juicy and perfectly cooked and set off with light and crispy crackling. Both dishes looked some of the best we have ever seen. This food blew us away, the service was genuine and engaging and the whole experience left us wanting to try more of the menu. We will be back.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a night!! lovely food and then we got snowed in at the end of March. Tried driving home too much snow on the road so went back to the Dartmoor Inn and the staff opened up and could not have been more helpful brilliant...service and great staff.Highly recommend both food and accommodation!!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was beautifully presented and was delicious, the service was warm and friendly. A fabulous dining experience in a beautiful old pub that has been lovingly restored.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the moment we walked in we were greeted with a smile and felt so welcome. Even made a fuss of our little dog. Very comfortable atmosphere the tables are very well placed. The food is out of this world, the flavours are fantastic. We...will certainly return.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely lunch with some really interesting dishes alongside traditional favourites. Friendly service. Am sure would be lovely for dinner too.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food, ambiance and staff at The Dartmoor Inn were all totally fabulous. We had a beautiful three course lunch, which was wonderfully cooked, presented and served. Certainly one of the best meals we've experienced since moving to Devon four years ago. A friendly and...warm atmosphere with exceptional cuisine. Certainly worth a visit 😊More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 11 March 2024

Been meaning to visit the restaurant for a while,but never got there, did manage to have a meal there last week. Excellant food, lovely staff giving a brilliant service, no wonder it's always busy. Well done and thank you.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 10 March 2024

Booked to have dinner here in December. Shown to our table but front of house never asked to take our coats. I had to put my wool coat on the bench seat beside me which fell onto the floor when I picked it up it...was covered in dogs hairs. Would have been advisable on booking to inform guests that they allow dogs in the restaurant. As much as I love dogs I am not fond of them being in a restaurant. It's big enough to have an area for dogs and an area without. The food was lovely although i have to admit but the above tarnished the evening for me.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Tessa Barker-Jones, Owner at The Dartmoor Inn at Lydford, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2024

Many thanks for taking the time to review us. I’m sorry that you felt that dogs being allowed in our pub tarnished your evening. Owing to our location we are incredibly dog friendly and this is stated on our website on the front landing page...More

Reviewed 18 February 2024 via mobile

Rocked up here on our bicycles, disheveled, on a wet and cold December day looking for a bite to eat, staff were so accommodating, friendly and nothing seemed to much trouble. Food was excellent as was the banter. Thank you, we will be back perhaps...better dressed next time. :)More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 12 February 2024

It's taken a few months for me to get round to writing this review but my memory is still as clear as if it were yesterday. The Dartmoor Inn is a memorable place. For my birthday treat, I had asked for a long hike across...the moors, followed by a hot bath and a meal. What I ended up recieving was so much more than I could ever had hoped for. The Dartmoor Inn has been on my list for a long time but for some reason or another, this was my first visit. Now whenever we visit Dartmoor, this is the first place I will book. The room was lovely, very clean and had all the amenities you could ask for. There's nothing like a comfy mattress to crash in on after a long walk. The real star of the show however was the evening meal. We had all 3 courses, wine and cocktails. Everything was perfectly seasonal, presented nicely and most importantly - absolutely delicious. I'm a private chef so tend to evaluate the food more than I should (especially on a night off!) but honestly, I loved every mouthful. The bee's knees cocktail was also faaar too moreish! I can't write a review without mentioning the service. They have won plenty of awards for the service and you can clearly see why. Very attentive, friendly, knowledgeable staff. I've always said I'd love to have my own place one day and the Dartmoor Inn is a huge inspiration. We'll be back soon!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 3 February 2024

Amazing service and food. Will deffo be back! Best meal out and service I’ve had in forever. Everyone in my party was happy with their food and can’t wait to return!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 February 2024

Revisited to experience new set of owners, we had previously a few years ago had the pleasure of dining here and indeed issued a 5 star review. Having been informed by Tripadvisor that my review had been removed due to new ownership I decided to...revisit as and when had the time to do so, the continued high star rating gave me a sense of hope. We visited for Lunch on 18th January 2024. Our booking was for 1:15pm and we arrived at 12:50. We ordered drinks and was shown to our table. Here the first note of concern arrived in the form of being advised that they had a large group in (12-15 persons) Aside from our selves there were a group of 4 who had their starters as we arrived, plus another couple. The 3 serving staff looked soeeing able to observe the comings and goings of the serving staff from the upstairs kitchen. A lot of single plates coming down to the large group and then rushing back up the stairs, an observation would be that the kitchen were struggling to cope. We felt that the hour from our booking time to get food to the table, without any communication from the staff as to possible delays, was poor. Both myself and my long time Chef wife have worked in quality food industry posts over the years, and therefore this review is not just a straight comparison with the previous ownership. The food was good for the most part but again not 5 star, I was and still am dissapointed by the whole experience. 3.5 out of 5 for meMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 26 January 2024

Amazing food in a beautiful location. Lovely old pub. Excellent and friendly service. Will definitely be returning. Dog friendly.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 21 January 2024

Lovely staff. Birthday card and doggy treats put on the table for when we arrived. Vegan food is absolutely exceptional. It is our third time of dining there, no disappointments, we will be back.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 14 January 2024

Friendly, observant, and attentive service, without being intrusive. Considerate regarding any dietary needs, and alternatives. Warm wood burner, tasteful interior decor. Crockery, and even the napkins, are pleasing choices. Everything is very clean. As you would expect, the chefs know their stuff. They make the...classics everyone has had a million times but with the precise science and art only an excellent chef can achieve with subtly of flavours and texture combinations. Visited the first Sunday back after the Christmas break and it was fully booked. Despite this, we didn't feel rushed, forgotten about, or a nuisance, and the atmosphere was good. It is a dog friendly place (which makes perfect sense given it's Dartmoor location), and we saw two dogs while we were there. But don't be put off if you are not a dog person; the balance is right and, because the staff are so good, they would almost certainly do their best to accommodate someone who would prefer to be seated away from dogs for some reason. We were quite casually dressed but we saw people arriving who were clearly dressed for an occasion. It is the sort of place where you can feel comfortable turning up in walking gear, or your Sunday best, and anything in between. Would return and would definitely recommend. Thank you :)More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Response from anneNuneaton | Reviewed this property |
Lovely quiet country inn
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Its a good size car park you would need to speak to the hotel
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Hi Charlotte, Many thanks for your question. We are completely dog friendly at the Inn and have bedrooms that dogs are able to stay in. We do have a separate restaurant area for guests who do not wish to dine in the same... More
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The Dartmoor Inn at Lydford is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5