On the edge of beautiful Dartmoor, The Who’d Have Thought It Inn is the picture of a community pub, but also a perfect destination for a weekend of getting away from it all. This 16th-century inn is close to some of the UK’s prettiest walking terrain, as well as attractions like Coombe Fisheries and historic National Trust property Buckland Abbey.
The traditional, cosy bar is warmed by a log-burning fire and always stocked with cider from nearby Tavistock, alongside three local ales – hence its three-year residency in the pages of the Good Beer Guide. The carefully selected wine list has something for all palates, and prices are very reasonable. Unique touches, such as homemade sloe gin cocktails to keep you warm during shooting season and a discount for CAMRA members, add to the pub’s allure.
From the kitchen, expect British produce from trusted local suppliers. Chicken, eggs and pork are all free-range, and beef is hung for 28 days to ensure the most tender and flavoursome steak possible. Regularly updated and complemented by a specials board, the menu sees such starters as Devon asparagus, poached egg and carrot topped with pesto. Mains are varied and include delights like slow-braised spring lamb shoulder with cumin, butter beans, spring vegetables, girolles mushrooms and red wine sauce. Lunches are as light or hearty as you require, with filled ciabattas and main dishes to choose from. If you live in the vicinity, The Who’dy is a great place to relax after a day’s work, but with luxury bed and breakfast rooms on-site, it’s also ideal hat-hanging territory.