Oxenham Arms

South Zeal, Devon

Good Pub Guide - Recommended

Good Pub Guide Recommended

Contact Details

South Zeal, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 2JT

(01837) 840244

www.theoxenhamarms.com

Opening Hours

Mon - Sat: 11-11

Directions

Off A30/A382

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Good Pub Guide Recommended

Wonderful 15th-c inn with lots of history, character bars, real ales, enjoyable food and big garden; bedrooms

If the weather is fine and you're stuck on the dreaded A30, stop at this ancient place to make the most of their four-acre garden. Reached up imposing curved stone steps it has plenty of seats and fine views ? plus more tables under parasols out in front. First licensed in 1477, the building was constructed to combat the pagan power of the Neolithic standing stone that still forms part of the wall in the room behind the bar (there's actually 20 feet of stone below the floor). The heavily beamed and partly panelled front bar has elegant mullioned windows and Stuart fireplaces, all sorts of chairs and built-in wall seats with scatter cushions around low oak tables on bare floorboards, and bar stools against the counter where friendly staff serve Dartmoor Jail Ale and Merry Monk, a Red Rock beer named for the pub and Teignworthy Gun Dog on handpump; also, seven wines by the glass, 70 malt whiskies, 25 ports, local mead and three farm ciders. A small room has beams, wheelback chairs around polished tables, decorative plates and another open fire. Some of the bedrooms have four-poster beds. Charles Dickens, snowed up one winter, wrote a lot of Pickwick Papers here. You can walk straight from the door on to the moor and they provide details of walking tours.

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Stay Award

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Meals Snacks

Meals Snacks

Cask Ales

Cask Ales

Garden

Garden

Interest

Interest

Sandwiches

Sandwiches

Accepts Credit Cards

Accepts Credit Cards

Dogs at the bar

Dogs at the bar

Dedicated children area

Dedicated children area

Ratings and Reviews

3 / 5

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