The Old Thatch Inn
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
We visited for lunch and found ourselves in a cosy little dining room, complete with original fireplace, wooden tables and old advertisements on the walls. An antique teddy bear sits on a shelf in the corner and old kettles, pots and pans add to the charmingly old-fashioned feel of the place.
My warm pigeon breast and rocket salad was excellent, the meat perfectly tender and the peppery rocket contrasting beautifully with the sweet strawberries and balsamic vinegar dressing. My guest chose the Cornish crab gateau, made with fresh crab meat from St Ives, served with a cool, smooth cucumber and lemon mayonnaise. Next, I chose the fresh sea bass fillets, layered on a bed of pak choi and surrounded by a gorgeous crab bisque, while my friend plumped for the pan-seared breast of duck. It was a lovely rose pink in the middle, served with a slick of orange and ginger sauce and Dauphinois potatoes. If you're after something a little lighter, there's a superb assortment of sandwiches served on pumpkin and sunflower seed loaf, with fillings such as Somerset Brie with smoked duck and hoi sin sauce. Diners can choose from four real ales and an extensive wine list, with over nine available by the glass.
The Old Thatch Inn has a selection of snug little rooms, so if you've sampled too much of the four local ales on offer, you can wander upstairs and rest your head on some of the softest pillows in Devon.