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The Castle Inn, Lydford is a quintessential 16th century inn with nine bedrooms resting on the fringes of Dartmoor National Park. We are surrounded by invigorating walks, horse trails and national cycle routes, with cosy corners and roaring fires in the winter months and large beautiful gardens to enjoy in the summer, there’s something for everyone year round. The pub has a main bar, snug, restaurant and lounge, nine bedrooms and large beautiful gardens. Our menu is full of pub and British classics, our food is traditional, homemade and honest and our ingredients sourced from local producers. The bedrooms offer a calm, simple space to unwind and relax at prices starting from £75 including breakfast.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 6 days ago

What a let down the worst Sunday roast I have ever had the beef was so tough my partner had to ask for a steak knife to cut it 1 carrot 1 parsnip load of red cabbage and uncooked green beans 2 roast potatoes and...a Yorkshire pudding £20 !!! Is it that difficult to cook a Sunday roast ??? Plus it was like crufts smelly wet dogs everywhere and the waiting staff playing with them and not washing their hands after was enough to make your stomach churn Plus point lovely pint of dartmoor legend and staff very politeMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The actual restaurant has very nice staff who aren’t afraid to help you, the food , (for what it is) is relatively cheap for the quality. And the Victorian Aesthetic is very cosy and warm. The table can fit up to 8 people or possibly...more. Their dinner menu is incredibly vast covering burgers to stakes to other fancy names. The same goes to their drinks, from coke to wine they have it all. Then the actual rooms you can rent are very cozy as well. They can fit dogs and up to 2 people usually. All rooms come with either fudge, cookies or chocolate bites. All rooms have a bathroom with a hairdryer and shower (bathtub shower) The beds are spacious and incredibly comfortable and soft. Only downside would be some rooms can be a-bit cramped, (especially with a dog) but back to positives there is a TV in every room too. Very nice experienceMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just popped in with the dog after a walk for a light lunch. We ordered some Ciabatas. Shouldn't have bothered asthey were hardly edible. The Chicken, Bacon and mayo one was served with very little chicken, minuscule pieces of bacon and a mayonnaise 'cream' all...mixed together on a very dry and strange tasting 'ciabata-type' bun. My partner's was of a different 'mixture', but similarly 'cobbled' together. The dog enjoyed the experience as she ate most of our food. Some might say that it was only suitable for the dog! It was easily the worst lunch we've had in the last few years! A very disappointing experience!!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Booked for 2p.m. Ordered 2 roast beef lunches. Looked great when it came out. 2 nice looking slices of beef on my plate. I could eat about half of it as the rest was fat and grissle. French beans were raw and roast potatoes had...clearly been re heated to put on the plate and were dry and tough! Told the girl who cleared the plates(she could see how much was inedible) . A manager appeared and said had we had a problem and I reiterated my plate. No apology and she went away. The croissant bread and butter pudding was to die for but I would have appreciated an apology and perhaps a free pud for my dreadful first course. The other roast beef plate was not too bad. Don’t eat Sunday lunch here unless you are in the first sitting. Won’t be going again.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 14 March 2024

Lovely old country inn , friendly staff providing excellent food. We had the duck , steak & ale pie , a burger & pizza - all cooked to perfection & big portions. Excellent variety of beers on tap .

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 11 March 2024

Me and my family have eaten here a few times. The food is always amazing and they cater well for gluten free customers. Such great service too! Always checking to see that you are happy and if you need anything. I visited this Mother’s Day...for a meal with my son and was so touched when I left as they handed me a bunch of daffodils. Such a lovely touch! I highly recommend this Pub!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 10 March 2024

Cozy village pub with real fire and engaging staff who responded well to a poor experience where 3 Sunday roast meals came out cold from the kitchen. Replaced without quibble but sadly disappointing value for money with soggy Yorkshire puddings, non-crispy roast potatoes and minimal...vegetables - 1 Parsnip; 1 Carrot and small amount of red cabbage and broccoli. A shame because pub was full of character, beer and wine was absolutely fine. Drinks were taken off the bill as a gesture which was appreciated. Maybe just a bad day in the Kitchen??More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 23 February 2024

Celebrated my 60th Birthday here. Both the food and service was amazing. We all had a wonderful weekend at the Castle Inn, the rooms are all beautiful and a lovely breakfast. The menu for dinner was excellent and the food was perfect. Would definitely recommend,...such a friendly pub.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 19 February 2024

Fantastic Sunday lunch last weekend. We love this pub, super cosy, lots of atmosphere, warm fires, low beams, a proper country pub. We both had the roast beef which was the best we have had out in a long time, excellent Yorkshires, delicious red cabbage....Our only gripe was the roast potatoes needed a bit more love, a bit underdone and not crispy enough. We shared the sticky toffee (more toffee sauce please next time) and a cheese board (great cheese choices and lots of biscuits). All the staff were wonderful, friendly and attentive, we are going to book to stay for a weekend in April and can’t wait to come back!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 17 February 2024

Wonderful lunch for my mother’s 80th. Incredible menu comprising pub classics, refined modern british gastro cuisine, incredible pizzas and a smashing children’s menu. Food was delicious. Service charming. A real treat.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 8 February 2024 via mobile

We had a great family lunch here. Friendly professional service in a very nice setting. Having read some of the other reviews on Tripadvisor and reviewers disappointment with their meals, I was a bit apprehensive about the food. However, we all had excellent dishes. The...venison loin and the steak ale pie were very tasty and are highly recommended. The only downside was the noise from the bathroom renovation. However, that was a minor distraction. Well worth a visit. We would certainly like to come back and stay.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 8 February 2024

We have regularly used the Castle Inn for many years but a recent visit was disappointing although the bar, bar staff and beer perfectly good. However, the food was below average with my Steak Pie while generously filled was dried out and only saved by...the gravy provided separately and the mashed potato almost stone cold.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 5 February 2024 via mobile

This is the second time we have stayed here and again we had a wonderful time. Breakfasts were wholesome and delicious, enough to keep you going until dinner time. Dinner was good. The first night I had the pie, tasted lovely but where it had...been reheated as a slice was a tad dry. The gravy made up for it...the best I've tasted. Fish and chips.....fish was perfectly crispy but the chips were fries....tasty tho. Sunday lunch was delightful. Melt in the mouth beef, perfect veg and so much on the plate that we were both beaten....our hound was very happy tho. Staff here are always friendly and willing to help.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 February 2024

Quite disappointed. We have been here many times including Christmas Day and have always been more than delighted. However Sunday lunch leaves a lot to be desired. Only choice of 2 meats or pizza. Where were all their normal great dishes. Felt like it must...have been Chefs day off. Beef tough although a decent knife might have helped kale completely undercooked and potatoes tough and felt like warmsies although assured not. We don't mind paying these prices for quality bur quality cooking it was not. Sorry Castle Inn. Always loved you but you have lost loyal customers. Sadly DHMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 24 January 2024

Just what I needed to raise my spirits on a cold damp Tuesday lunchtime in mid January. It is quite difficult to fine a place to eat on Dartmoor at that time of the day but I had heard that The Castle Inn was the...place to try and I was not disappointed. A very good selection of beers and ciders, Dartmoor's Jail Ale is slways a fine sup as are Sandford ciders. The barman had time to chat, I asked him for the menu and both lunchtime and evening choices looked inviting. I settled for a chicken and bacon roll which was delicious, served with chips it was no more than £10. It did not surprise me that poor reviews for The Castle somewhat historic. I am going to make an evening booking for me and my wife today, she deserves a really good evening out.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Would suggest that you do unless you arrive early as the pub is relatively small and it is the Bank Holiday weekend. Enjoy yourself whatever you decide.
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  • Food: 4.5
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