The Bedford Hotel
Occupying a prime spot in the town centre, the impressive Bedford Hotel is built on the site of a Benedictine abbey and has been a hotel since 1822. Its striking, castle-like facade leads to a beautiful interior – the cosy bar and lounges, adorned with fine art and interesting artefacts, made us feel at ease. The historic features of its once opulent past meet modern comfort in the award-winning Woburn Restaurant, where we were seated amidst the chime of the church bells.
We began with freshly baked homemade bread, brought to us by convivial and attentive staff. I started with a beautifully presented pigeon breast enhanced by burnt miso butterscotch, pomegranate, walnut and Devon Blue, while my partner enjoyed the pretty-looking smoked haddock Scotch egg paired with curried cauliflower, pickled mussels and mustard leaf salad. He followed with Howell’s sirloin steak, sourced from the local butcher. My delicious Cornish hake arrived with saffron gnocchi, samphire and spiced potted shrimp, and was a delightful take on traditional fish and chips. We rounded things off with a wonderful banana split and rhubarb and custard, served with sorbet and a macaroon.
With 31 luxury bedrooms and stunning gardens, it’s the ideal sanctuary from which to soak up all that Dartmoor has to offer. If you’re after a wedding venue, then look no further, as the venue boasts three function rooms and catering for up to 150 guests. We’ll be back to treat ourselves to a Devon cream tea, which the Benedictine monks claimed to have created.