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Pub of the Week: The Royal Castle

Posted by Mike C in Aug 2018

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...

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Pub of the Week: The Oxenham Arms

Posted by Mike C in Aug 2018

You'll find the Oxenham Arms Hotel and Restaurant in South Zeal, a beautiful, unspoilt village on the Northern edge of Dartmoor National Park, and as one of Devon's oldest inns, it's definitely worth a visit.

There are plenty of historic inns on Dartmoor, but the Oxenham Arms has the dual distinction of being a former medieval monastery, and the oldest CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) heritage inn in Devon.  Even before you step inside, you'll sense the history of this 12th Century buidling, originally built by Benedictine monks. Uniquely there is a 5000-year old standing stone in the centre of the hotel,...

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Pub of the Week - on tour!

Posted by Mike C in Aug 2018

We're out and about on the Isle of Wight this week, spreading the Dartmoor Brewery word to the thirsty sailing competitors and spectators at Cowes Week. We thought it only right that the Isle of Wight should be represented in our Pub of the Week slot - and in a break with our tradition we're featuring not just one, but two Pubs of the Week on the island!

Our first stop is the Duke of York in Cowes, where our Jail Ale has been enjoying a prime slot on the Pop-Up Bar throughout Cowes Week.  The Duke of York is a Cowes...

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Pub of the Week: The Forest Inn

Posted by Mike C in Aug 2018

If you've got in mind a country pub in the middle of Dartmoor with glorious countrside in every direction, great beers on the bar, and a warm Devon welcome, you'll love our Pub of the Week - the Forest Inn, Hexworthy.

The Forest Inn enjoys an exceptional location, perched on a Dartmoor hillside close to the pretty hamlet of Hexworthy. The West Dart river is just down the lane from the pub, and the grassy riverbank at nearby Huccaby Bridge is an ideal spot at which to spend a lazy summer's afternoon (and enjoy a paddle in the clear, cool Dartmoor waters).

The Forest Inn...

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Pub of the Week: The Wild Goose

Posted by Mike C in Jul 2018

We're off to a particularly lovely part of South Devon for our latest Pub of the Week - the Wild Goose Inn, Combeinteignhead.

This pretty country inn is at the heart of the village, and as a family-owned pub it offers a great line-up of real ales on tap, and a modern British outlook on food.

Look out for our Jail Ale and Legend on the bar, perhaps best enjoyed in the leafy garden on a warm Summer's day, or in front of the welcoming open fire when it turns chilly.

You're bound to be tempted by the menus, which show the creative flair of...

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