WHERE TO STAY
HORN OF PLENTY
Gulworthy, Tavistock, PL19 8JD
This is something of a treat. A handsome mid-Victorian house set on the edge of Dartmoor with a 2AA Rosette restaurant. It overlooks rolling Devonshire countryside and is only a 10 minute drive outside of Tavistock. The views might inspire you to put your walking boots on and head out. Then again the tranquil setting might lure you into staying put and enjoying the view from the comfort of the veranda. It’s a tough call. Top tip: make sure you book the room with the sunken bath – there’s only one! – and watch the sun go down with a glass of wine in hand.
WHERE TO DRINK
THE EASTGATE CAFÉ & BRASSERIE
3 Market Rd, Tavistock, PL19 0BW
The weather’s beautiful. The location is stunning. Nothing would tempt you inside. Or so you might think until you spot the EastGate Café & Brasserie. On the banks of the river Tavy, find a spot on the outdoor terrace and enjoy the sound of the water babbling past as you sip a chilled glass of white. Bliss.
WHERE TO EAT
Lewdown, Okehampton, EX20 4PN
Increasingly the mark of a good restaurant is its relationship with the garden that supplies it. Just a 15 minute drive outside of Tavistock you’ll find Lewtrenchard Manor, a family-run hotel and restaurant famed for its seriously good grub including pan seared scallops, wild venison and apple and almond tart with burnt honey ice cream. It has a walled kitchen garden where they grow their own ingredients to pick and serve within hours. In fact a stroll around the gardens is a perfect preamble to dinner.
WHERE TO GO
DARTMOOR NATIONAL PARK
You can spend a day on Dartmoor and only just scratch the surface. There’s the rugged Dartmoor with stunning views, impressive granite tors, deep wooded valleys and fast flowing rivers. Or the gentle Dartmoor with easy trails and picnic spots. Whichever you choose you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking landscape that’s dotted with ponies and sheep that wander at their own will. Pack comfy shoes, water, sandwiches and plenty of scotch eggs. You’ll need them.
WHAT TO DO
TAVISTOCK PANNIER MARKET
Tavistock, PL19 0AL
The Pannier Market was granted its Royal Charter in 1105 and has been going without a break for over 900 years. It’s set in a beautiful part of the town. Browse the arts, crafts and second hand books and then head to one of the cafés for lunch. Isn’t this what weekends away were made for? Markets run every day from Tuesday through until Saturday.