Cott Lane, Dartington, TQ9 6HE
Set in the South Hams village of Dartington, the Cott Inn is a delight to stumble upon. Its inglenook fireplaces, wooden beams and thatched roof are balanced with contemporary flair, creating a timeless hideaway where foodies and drinkers gather. It’s the epitome of a beautiful countryside pub, with its friendly, laid-back atmosphere making guests feel right at home. This family-run inn has been welcoming patrons since 1320AD, and a happy blend of families, locals and visitors occupy the bar and restaurant areas. The chefs showcase their culinary talents in delicious dishes that make use of fantastic Devon produce. The menu keeps up with the seasons, but you might see starters of chicken liver parfait brûlée, served with fig and caramelised onion chutney, and crevettes in garlic butter. This could be followed by main courses such as beer- and soda-battered Brixham market fish with hand-cut chips and pea purée, West Country 28-day-aged sirloin steak, and the chargrilled West Country beef brisket burger in a brioche bun. For the dessert, try the sublime strawberry and gooseberry fool with Dartington gin and elderflower ice cream and toasted almonds. Whether you’re after dinner for two, Sunday lunch with the family, or somewhere to host your special occasion, the Cott Inn is worth seeking out. With such delectable, wholesome food served in a wonderful setting with rooms, a listing in The Telegraph’s Britain’s 30 best pubs is well-deserved.