Set in the heart of rugged Dartmoor National Park, this 18th-century coaching house is a breathtaking foodie escape. Whether you’re staying in one of the 32 uniquely decorated bedrooms (dogs and families are welcome), or visiting for the day, the ample seating areas, cosy fireplaces and timeless interior offer a charming, traditional backdrop for enjoying the picturesque surroundings.
On arrival we were promptly shown to our table overlooking the West Dart River. The two-AA-rosette-awarded Tors Restaurant was bustling with diners enjoying celebratory meals, adding to the friendly ambience.
From the menu, we sampled a selection of freshly baked homemade bread, including sourdough and Jail Ale rolls with homemade pesto and black pudding butter, followed by Sladesdown chicken served with quail’s egg and pancetta jam. Next up came the exquisite spicy monkfish pakora with king prawn masala, onion bhaji and minty yogurt. For mains, we were treated to succulent lamb rump, breaded shoulder and sautéed sweetbread with wild garlic jus, showcasing award-winning executive chef Mike Palmer’s creative flair and excellent use of local produce. We finished with chocolate and praline mousse with unexpected popping candy, and English strawberries accompanied by pistachio and meringue, which tasted just as wonderful as it looked. As the night drew in and the resident geese settled down, we left under a blanket of stars, having thoroughly enjoyed our visit.