Charming local with a couple of bars, cheerful customers, friendly staff, four real ales and traditional pub food
The good pub guide review
This appealing, wisteria-clad stone building has a picturesque setting, tucked away in a Dartmoor village beside a stream. An inn since the 1830s, it's just the place to refuel after enjoying a hearty walk in the surrounding countryside. The unspoilt bar has just four tables, a few window and wall seats, a one-person pew built into the corner beside a nice old stone fireplace (with a woodburner) and a good mix of customers. The rudimentary bar counter dispenses Moor beer (brewed just for them from Teignworthy), Dartmoor Legend and regional guests tapped from the cask; also, local farm cider and a decent small wine list. The room on the right is slightly bigger and lighter in feel, with beams, another stone fireplace, stripped-pine tables and a built-in wall bench; there's also a small dining room. To reach the picnic-sets in the garden you have to cross a bridge over a little moorland stream. Disabled access but no disabled loos. They have a holiday cottage to rent.
The good pub guide food review
Traditional food includes ploughman's, jacket potatoes, chicken liver pâté, deep-fried brie with redcurrant jelly, crispy whitebait, vegetable madras curry, beef and ale or steak and stilton pie, beer-battered haddock fillet with chips and peas, smoked trout salad with home-made coleslaw, and puddings.
Rugglestone, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 7TF
Weekdays: 11.30-3, 6.30-11; 11.30-3, 5-11.30 Fri