“ I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor.” Steven Spielberg.

Delicious Dartmoor on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to spoil yourself, your lovely other half or even the whole family! We have some amazing restaurants, hotels, tea rooms, farm-shops and cafes on and around Dartmoor National Park for you to try. This first Delicious Dartmoor blog focusses on our gorgeous hotels, others will follow!

Have a look at our Delicious Dartmoor Map below for lots of places to eat, but we have some wonderful offers coming in from our Visit Dartmoor hotels. You can really push the boat out by booking a beautiful room and staying overnight with any of the hotels featured below.

Arundell Arms Hotel

In our two AA rosette restaurant, guests are treated to a dining experience which we believe is among the best in England. Created by our head chef, Steven Pidgeon, who has the rare honour of being elected one of only 80 Master Chefs of Great Britain, food is always meticulously prepared and beautifully presented.

Complemented by fine wines and attentive, friendly service, The Arundell Arms restaurant is perfect for an elegant dining experience during your break.

Boringdon Hall at Plympton

The Chef’s Table VIP Dining Experience is a must for any foodie; 8 guests are invited into an exclusive private dining area situated in the Minstrel’s Gallery overlooking the Great Hall and presented with an eight course tasting menu showcasing the finest foods from Devon and Cornwall.

Bovey Castle

The 3 AA Rosette Great Western Restaurant is the fine dining restaurant at Bovey Castle, named after the hotels previous owners the Great Western Railways, who opened Bovey Castle as a hotel in the 1930’s.

The Great Western restaurant overseen by Executive Head Chef, Mark Budd focuses on modern British dishes, including: ‘South Coast Rock Pool’, with seared, hand-dived scallops, cockles, clams and oyster emulsion; whole roast young grouse; Brixham crab and line-caught mackerel; and smoked rib-eye of Devon Red beef.

Dartmoor Lodge Hotel, Ashburton

Ideally situated on the southern tip of Dartmoor, the treasures of the moor are on our doorstep, with the beautiful, rugged and untamed scenery of the national park a thrill to explore. Having been built in the 1930s, during the golden age of motoring, we make a convenient base from which to venture farther afield as well.
Our restaurant is informal and relaxed. Delicious home cooked food is complemented by an extensive range of locally produced real ales and our Sunday carveries are locally renowned for a very good reason.

Edgemoor Country House Hotel

The Edgemoor Hotel a family-owned, dog friendly country house hotel located on the boundary of the Dartmoor National Park, South Devon. Built in the 1870s, and once Bovey Tracey Grammar School. Enjoy the delights of a Devon cream tea in our Old School Tea Rooms or dine in cosy ambiance either in our dining room or bar. We offer a plentiful menu of fresh, local seasonal dishes, and one of the most extensive wine lists in the region.

Elfordleigh Hotel, Colebrook. Just a few minutes from Plymouth

At the heart of the hotel is the Brasserie, serving meals and light snacks throughout the day. Just a few steps away is the covered terrace, overlooking the golf course, perfect for those wanting to dine alfresco. You can enjoy the views come rain or shine. The classically styled Churchill’s Restaurant, with its adjoining airy conservatory, provides the perfect setting for fine dining. The conservatory provides the perfect setting for a relaxing breakfast to start the day

Furzeleigh Mill Country House & Restaurant, Buckfastleigh

All meals are taken in the Olde worlde atmosphere of ‘Mill Room’ restaurant with its oak beams and carved sideboard. The restaurant is renowned for its quality, offering excellent well priced menus, vegetarian choices, and light bites. Situated in own grounds with a sunny south facing aspect on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park bordering the South Hams, this charming character 16th Century former corn mill, privately owned and personally run, offers the warmth of a homely and informal atmosphere with hotel quality and service.

Gidleigh Park Hotel, Chagford

In January 2018, Gidleigh Park became home to new Executive Head Chef, Chris Simpson. As Head Chef at Restaurant Nathan Outlaw for seven years, which has held two Michelin stars since 2011, Chris enjoys a reputation for outstanding cooking with the very best of local ingredients. Menus are carefully crafted without pretension, and his food is defined by the absolute freshness & seasonality of ingredients alongside true clarity of flavour.

Horn of Plenty Country House Hotel and Restaurant, Tavistock

Enjoy dinner, bed and breakfast from £243 per couple.

Valentine’s Lunch: 3 courses £32. Valentine’s Dinner: 6 courses £69

See their website for more information on these special offers – here

Ilsington Country House Hotel

Has a fabulous offer, very close to iconic Haytor – “For a truly romantic experience, then why not stay over and make full use of the hotel’s facilities, including our award winning, luxury Spa. Prices from £225.00 for two people to include 4-couse valentine’s dinner, bottle of chilled Prosecco in room for arrival, box of homemade chocolates, overnight accommodation, full English breakfast and full use of our Spa!” More details here.

Lydford House Hotel

Lydford House Hotel is a peacful and friendly Hotel & Restaurant on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Tea at the Hotel – We serve Cream Teas and hot/cold drinks all day, Afternoon Tea and Picnic Baskets are available to book. We are licensed and have ample parking and bike racks. We are also family friendly and dog friendly.

During summer months we offer light lunch options, and visitors enjoy the sunny Veranda, beautiful lawn and views, and even borrow a blanket and do a spot of sun bathing!  In the winter a roaring fire in the lounge greets our visitors.

Lydgate House Hotel

With an atmosphere more like a country house than a hotel, Lydgate House is perfect for those looking for a relaxed environment surrounded by glorious country side and with fishing in the near by river and walks across Dartmoor, beginning at the hotel’s front door, this is a country person’s idyll. The dinner menu of 3 courses offers guests a chance to enjoy some of Devon’s best meat, fish and vegetables. The simple modern English dishes are all prepared in the hotel’s kitchen with flair and imagination whilst the puddings are sure to tempt everyone, even the most hardened weight watcher.

Mill End Hotel near Chagford

Is just the thing for you, with a special Mother’s Day lunch £29.95 per person for 3 courses with a glass of fizz for Mum (1 per table). Or celebrate with an Afternoon Tea for £19.95 per person. To book email info@millendhotel.com or call 01647 432282.

Moorland Garden Hotel at Yelverton

The Wildflower Restaurant overlooks the moorland garden, with glass doors leading out to our alfresco dining terrace. Located in the heart of the building, the Dartmoor Bar and Lounge is two-tiered with a quiet fireside area for relaxing and reading, whilst chairs, tables and sofas welcome walkers, dog owners, locals and residents to enjoy real ales and hearty bar food, providing the perfect spot to cosy-up in on a chill winter’s day.

Moorland Hotel, Wotter

The Moorland Hotel is situated in an unrivalled location on the southern slopes of Dartmoor National Park, commanding uninterrupted views across the moors and to the sea beyond.

Rising from the ashes is our new Phoenix Steakhouse serving mouth-watering local Devon steaks cooked on our char grill. Our superb kitchen works its magic with fresh ingredients to create dishes to remember. The restaurant is also open to non-residents, so we recommend you reserve a table to avoid disappointment.

The Bedford Hotel in Tavistock

You can arrange private dining with a special celebration dinner at their historic oak-panelled Tavistock Room is ideal for a private lunch or dinner for between 10 and 24, whilst our stylish Gallery 26 suite can comfortably seat 100. Why not give them a call to discuss your requirements, you can see details here

Two Bridges Hotel

In the heart of the National Park has a wonderful review from Taste Buds Magazine, you can read about the glorious food served as part of their Dinner Taster Menu here