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“Doggie pub with lovely grub” 4 of 5 stars
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The Rising Sun at Woodland
3.0 of 5 Guest house   |   Woodland | Nr Ashburton, Dartmoor National Park TQ13 7JT, England   |  
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“Doggie pub with lovely grub”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012 via mobile

The pub is huge with lots of space between tables. This was great for the dog as neighbouring tables were well beyond the reach of his lead. Food was very good with large portions and good quality local ingredients. The pheasant pie was excellent as was the rump of lamb.
The pub landlord and the waitress made a huge fuss of the dog, they asked before offering him a biscuit which he took happily. I would definitely recommend this pub to all dog owners and those without dogs come to that!

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

Stopped here on the way to another hotel, for a lunch and to check out it's B&B rooms.
Lunch first.. We ordered a cheese sandwich and a ham sandwich. It arrived, freshly made and at first sight was quite impressive, with plenty of side salad with it. The reality was that for some unknown reason the bread, granary style, was so wet and soggy it spoiled the whole effect. The ham was good and cut nice and thick from the bone and the cheese was really good and was in generous pieces within the sandwich. The sogginess just spoiled it all.
We were the only people in the place and it transpired that the owners had recently taken over.
We checked two rooms with a view to a B&B stay later in August but the rooms were spartan and had no appeal to them at all. However if the new owners are careful they will do well. Just get the simple things right and all else will follow.
For the record they do a speciality in hot pies with different fillings and have a special pie evening with a pie club. No return visit planned although in the past we had made several stops there for a meal.

Room Tip: Did not see a good room and have not stayed there. Will probably be OK when the new owners settle in...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ashburton, devon
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14 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

I first went to this pub some 45 years ago. Its a great pity that the original one burnt down so mysteriously a few years ago. The last time I visited was some 3 years ago. The meal I had was TERRIBLE. I read in the local newspaper that new leesees had taken over in March, so I thought I would give it a try. My wife and I had the Sunday Roast with a Sweet for £8.95. Plenty of meat and vegetables, but Ooh the gravey. It came out on a just warm plate and looked like jelly. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to make decent gravey. Apart from these moans we enjoyed the visit. I do think the rest of the menu is a bit on the expensive side. I think to get people to come all the way out to Woodland the prices are a little high.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kent
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55 hotel reviews
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

We availed ourselves of an amazing offer by this pub - purchase 2 set menu meals, and stay the night for nothing. Never heard that offer before, and very tempting not to have to drive home after an evening with friends. It was incredibly quiet in the pub, only ourselves from 7 pm onwards. The bedroom was perfectly alright.
However, I don't know whether we coincided with the chef's night off, but we didn't have a good dining experience. As an example, one of us chose the "vegetable curry" - this consisted of 18 (we counted) brussel sprouts, a few unpeeled therefore bitter slices of courgettes, and peas, in a perfectly acceptable curry sauce. I've never come across a curry quite like it.
Just be careful - there probably is no such thing as a free meal!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011 via mobile

Very warm welcome. Hearty food. Room very clean. Food excellent and large portions. Dogs made a fuss of and made very welcome. Had a cooked breakfast every morning or salmon and scrambled egg, all included in price and enough to keep us going until tea time.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2011

Cannot beleive the negative review from Harry Hall have stayed here twice and will shortly be going again.The food is very good, welcome very warm and the staff are extremely friendly and approachable

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Essex, England
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67 hotel reviews
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2011

Have stayed here on a number of occasions over recent years. The Pub is set in a lovely, slightly remote, rural location just off Dartmoor and about 3 miles south of Ashburton. Very convenient for exploring the Moor or the south Devon coast.
A beautiful Pub with very nice garden and bar/restaurant area. The rooms are clean, comfortable and well fitted with flat screen TV, complimentary toiletries, tea/coffee facilities/biscuits, etc. Also no mould in the bathroom !!
A family owned and run pub - everyone very friendly. The owner is a trained chef and some of the food provided is excellent at a reasonable price. Breakfasts are also very good.
Maybe not quite The Savoy, but one of my favourite places - just a nice place to be. Represents good value in my opinion. For stays of 3 nights one night is often free.

Room Tip: If staying 3 nights book in advance to possibly get a night free !!
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Woodland | Nr Ashburton, Dartmoor National Park TQ13 7JT, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Dartmoor National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #96 of 183 B&Bs / Inns in Dartmoor National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Rising Sun at Woodland 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A family run country inn awarded four stars by the AA set in rural surroundings with a large car park, with two ground floor double rooms, both en-suite and three double/family rooms on first floor, all en-suite. Close to Dartmoor National Park, Exeter, Plymouth and Torbay. An ideal base to discover South Devon with a fantastic restaurant and beer garden. ... more   less 
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