Beautiful locations and lengthy walks along the coast and moors are all part of a hearty Devon escape, and nothing is a better tonic at the end of the day than a cosy pub with a log fire, warm welcome and plentiful food. Snuggle up with winter socks, wellies, scarves and a good winter coat, and head to some of the Good Hotel Guide’s best pubs with rooms in Devon…
The Nobody Inn, Exeter
A 17th century inn, which won the Good Hotel Guide’s UK Inn of the Year in 2017, The Nobody Inn in Exeter is very much the model of an olde worlde Devon pub. It has a beguiling bar, blazing fire and a reputation for an excellent NoBody Pie that you simply have to try. There are even 260-odd whiskies to try.
The Cricket Inn, Kingsbridge
A charming Victorian fishermen’s inn in the South Hams seaside town of Kingsbridge, The Cricket Inn overlooks Start Bay and couples panoramic coastal views with the region’s celebrated local seafood. The style is distinctly nautical complete with crab pots and model boats, but it’s entirely authentic. Meanwhile, music plays in the bar where, it is said, pre-Rolling Stones, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger performed their first public gig.
The Masons Arms, Branscombe
An award-winning thatched inn, The Masons Arms in Branscombe dates back to the 14th century with characterful interiors including low beamed ceilings, whitewashed walls and a roaring fire. Here, food is local and seasonal, and rooms are stylish but homely and dog friendly. Which is just as well because four legged friends will delight in the nearby beaches and abundant beautiful walks.
The Cridford Inn, Trusham
Dating back to 825 AD, The Cridford Inn might well be the oldest pub in England. Either way, it has a little sense of magic to it, set in the hilliest part of Dartmoor National Park whilst also being just a short drive from Exeter. The pub with rooms has the cosy vibe you might expect from an establishment used to serving ales for over a thousand years, but these days they combine that with a lovingly prepared menu of local fare.
Bayards Cove Inn, Dartmouth
Right by the water in this pretty town, Bayards Cove Inn is at the centre of everything Dartmouth has to offer. With its low ceilings, beams and narrow staircase, the pub with rooms has a palpable sense of history to it, but everything is also beautifully done. Rooms are charmingly decorated, service is homely and nothing is too much trouble while the food is superb. Home made cakes are a must while you’re here along with a strong cup of tea. In the winter enjoy the seaside quiet, and in the height of summer, revel in being at the centre of town regatta celebrations.
The Rock Inn, Newton Abbot
The winner of the 2019 Good Hotel Guide Editor’s Choice award for good value, The Rock Inn sits in a row of former quarrymen’s cottages, built in 1820, in the small village of Haytor Vale. As you can imagine, they are brimming with charm and hospitable warmth, and live by the motto ‘steadfastly traditional’. Experience has given the owners an intuitive sense of what visitors want and need from their Devon escape, combining the latest gadgetry and swish bathrooms with beautifully furnished rooms that celebrate original features of the buildings. Food is hearty and highly recommended, especially after a day working up an appetite by roaming the moors.