Good Pub Guide Recommended
Wonderful 15th-c inn with lots of history, character bars, real ales, enjoyable food and big garden; bedrooms
This ancient place is just the spot to unwind after the busy A30. First licensed in 1477, it was built 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 Merry Monk (named for them from Dartmoor), Dartmoor Jail Ale 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. The four-acre garden is reached up imposing curved stone steps and has plenty of seats and fine views ? plus more tables under parasols out in front. Some of the bedrooms have four-poster beds; Charles Dickens, snowed up one winter, wrote a lot of The Pickwick Papers here. You can walk straight from the door on to the moor and they provide details of walking tours.
Bar food times: 12-3, 6-8.30; cream teas in afternoon
Popular food includes ham hock and parsley terrine with piccalilli, mussels with garlic, cream and parsley, sharing boards, mushroom, leek and blue cheese pie, a trio of local sausages with mustard mash and greens, minute steak with fries and a choice of sauce, cod loin with lemon and thyme, braised chicory and warm herb dressing, duck breast with parmentier potatoes, carrot and coriander purée and duck sauce, and puddings such as vanilla pannacotta with strawberry and blueberry compote and chocolate tart with raspberry sorbet.
Simon and Lyn Powell
What the licensee says
From the moment you set inside the imposing granite Tudor porch way you know you are about to experience something special.The Oxenham Arms is a truly magnificent 12th Century coaching inn. A former Benedictine monastery untouched by the sands of time. Roaring Log Fires, Fabulous value Bar Meals and 4 Eating areas including an AA Rosette restaurant. 3 Real Ales plus guest ale, 80 wines, separate lunch and evening menus, Professional waiter / waitress service. Dog friendly bar and gardens.
Look under Special Offers on https:/www.theoxenhamarms.com
Good Pub Guide Recommended
Accepts Credit Cards
Meals & Snacks
Dogs at the bar
Dedicated children area
Worth a Visit Pubs Nearby
Other Pubs Nearby
Good Pub Guide recommended
Worth a visit