Perfectly situated between coast and country, meet our Pub of the Week, the Fortescue Arms.
This very picture-postcard country pub can be found in the heart of the charming Devon village of East Allington. It’s a little off the beaten track (and all the better for it!), but very easy to get to, situated between the bustling market town of Totnes, and some of South Devon’s coastal beauty spots including Salcombe, Start Point and Slapton.
This traditional Devon hostelry dates back to the 19th century, and bears the name of the local landowner. As you step through the front door, you’ll find all the charms you’d expect of such an historic country pub, with beamed ceilings, flagstone floors, and an eclectic collection of furniture.
The cottage-style garden is perfect for a bite of lunch or a relaxed pint on a Summer’s day, whilst in winter the candlelight and open fires bring a welcome warmth and cosy atmosphere.
Your hosts at the Fortescue have spend many years in the hospitality trade, and it shows in top-quality beers, the excellent food menu, and the warmth of the welcome (“Arrive as guests, leave as friends” as they say themselves).
From the Dartmoor Brewery stable, you’ll find a beautifully kept pint of Dartmoor Legend. You’ll also find Devon scrumpy cider, and a well-considered (and well priced) wine list.
The main menu in the evening is overflowing with hearty pub classics at appetising prices. Pie lovers are in for a real treat, with a whole selection of pies on the menu, not just the traditional steak and ale (though that is on the menu too!). There are a few fishy options, and some great meat dishes (try the trio of award-winning Yarde Farm sausages perhaps?), as well as a handful of speciality dishes. It’s nice to see a separate (and comprehensive) vegetarian and vegan menu too.
A perfect stop-off on a day’s drive around the beautiful coast and countryside of South Devon, or a destination in its own right – the Fortescue Arms is a treasure of a pub!
The Fortescue Arms
East Allington - Devon - TQ9 7RA
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