With Dartmouth Regatta coming up (30th August - 1st September 2018), we thought a trip to this stunning Devon estuary town was in order, and would like to introduce you to the rather splendid Royal Castle Hotel.
To include the Royal Castle Hotel in our Pub-of-the-Week slot might appear something of a misnomer. It's certainly much more of a hotel than a pub. But we love the way that the Royal Castle combines hotel comfort and style upstairs, with such a welcoming bar downstairs, where locals and tourists can enjoy the cheerful bustle of the hospitable surroundings alongside hotel guests staying for the night.
The atmospheric bars offer a great choice of local ales, including a perfectly presented pint of our Jail Ale. There's a traditional menu of home-cooked meals, including daily specials, light bites and sandwiches. It's the kind of bar where you can happily while away a few hours just soaking up the atmosphere - a sense which is added to by the roaring log fire in the cooler months, and a positive "dogs welcome" attitude.
For something slightly more formal, the Grill Room offers AA rosette dining with great harbour views.
If you've not visited Dartmouth before, it should definitley be on your list - whether for a day out or a night or two away. A brief geography lesson is required here to put Dartmouth and Dartmoor in context together - the twin rivers of the East Dart and the West Dart rise on Dartmoor (the West Dart passing close to our Dartmoor Brewery Princetown HQ), before joining at the pretty spot of Dartmeet to form the River Dart, which then flows across the moors and through glorious South Devon countryside to its estuary at Dartmouth.
By the time the River Dart reaches Dartmouth, it is a mighty river indeed, and it is no surprise that Dartmouth is one of the UK's top ports for leisure sailing. On the eastern bank of the river you'll find steam trains running towards Paignton, creating a rather nostalgic backdrop, whilst the main town of Dartmouth is on the western bank. Two combined passenger/vehicle ferries (the Upper and Lower ferries) join the two sides. Enjoy a stroll along the quay, a spot of crabbing, a lazy afternoon in the park, or a mooch around the excellent range of independent shops, before retiring to the Royal Castle for refreshment, sustenance (and, if you're really spoiling yourselves, a night in one of the luxurious rooms). You'll not be disappointed!
The Royal Castle Hotel
11 The Quay - Dartmouth - Devon - TQ6 9PS
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