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Dartmoor Inn
Ranked #4 of 8 Lydford B&B and Inns
Reviewed August 3, 2012

We stayed at the Dartmoor Inn for two nights because it was our 10th wedding anniversary.

Location: We wanted to go walking and the location of the Inn was good for this with the moor and some tors just behind it. It is also close to Lydford Gorge which we highly recommend for adults and older children. The Inn was easy to get to being not to far from the A30.

Our room (Brocade): It was nice but even though we'd seen the picture on the website not quite as expected. We were disappointed with the lack of tea and coffee making facilities in the room especially for £120 per night. It was very spacious as was the en suite. Although the window was looking onto the road the owners have done a good job of making it quiet by putting in secondary glazing which was good and worked really well. The theme of the room, and the whole Inn come to that, seems to be of old style recycled furniture, which although unexpected, worked. We really liked the style and for me that's saying something as it's not usually my cup of tea. There is a tele but it's very small and you can hardly see it from the bed. The bed was very comfy

Dinner: It was nice. It was really nice BUT expensive. You don't get much either. It's posh nosh. My fillet steak came with chips and vegetables. The veg was a giant mushroom, half a tomato and a piece of garlic for £23. My wife had a different dish though and she says it was plenty for her. Service was good and friendly.

Breakfast: EXCELLENT. Really good. I had bacon and egg, which was just that but we also got toast, granola, chocolate pots, fruit, orange juice, and tea or coffee so that was plenty to me.

Overall: We REALLY enjoyed our stay. Yes there was a few minor points but it didn't ruin our stay. Would we go again...YES but only as a really special treat due to price.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

We went for lunch here on a weekday 3 or 4 weeks ago and I have been struggling to work up enough interest to write a review. Ever since this rather unprepossessing local pub got "made over" some 10 years(?) ago, the jury has been very much out among local, non-staying, diners. The general opinion is that it is over-priced for what it is. Anyway, we booked, but needn't have bothered; there was one elderly couple having lunch in the bar and that was it. The owner was perfectly pleasant and friendly and after a decent wait a young and rather flustered waitress ushered us into the dining room (obviously not touched since the original make-over and looking quite tired, as was the bar area). We sat ourselves down at a table for two under the window, and were moved to a rather dark corner table next to it. We asked ourselves afterwards why on earth we didn't insist on staying where we were, as we were the only people in the restaturant throughout. The menu was short, but moderately interesting. We opted on this occasion for a main and a pudding, and were given a very pleasant (but can't remember what it was) freebie soup in a glass, which was as well, given the size of the main courses. They were elaborately described, but very small, and we do not have huge appetites or like or expect piled up plates. My duck "on a bed of courgettes" had one minute courgette sliced lengthwise under the slices of duck. My husband had a stewed beef dish with again a miscroscopic quantity of whatever vegetable it was served with. It was perfectly fine, tasty, and hot, although serving the two of us seemed to strain the waitress somewhat. Mine host was conducting full volume conversation in the bar with one other customer, the beer delivery man, anyone on the phone and briefing the staff on some function. Given how quiet the place was, it was quite intrusive. The puddings we had were very nice, even if I can't now remember what they were! We quite often lunch out locally and try to compare like with like; generally we have a modest pre-meal drink, either a starter and main or main and pudding, and a glass of wine (or maybe two) with the meal. Sometimes we have coffee. This meal cost at least £10 more than similar local gastro pubs (ie the Peter Tavy Inn) although to be fair the food was of a slightly different type. There was nothing wrong with it, but really it doesn't represent good value for money given its less than pretty position and general appearance.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Cornwallgurl
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

Took my husband to the Dartmoor Inn for his birthday. The owner was helpful on the phone although seemed to not know about the deal he was advertising on his own website, and seemed a little perturbed at me expecting the Dinner, B&B for £110 as was advertised.

Anyway, after we came back from a lovely local walk, we had a couple of drinks followed by dinner. Apart from a large group in one of the other rooms, we were the only diners. I am something of a food snob and am not easily pleased but the food was certainly a delight. I was a little dissapointed when no-one asked me how I wanted my steak, but was happy when it arrived cooked very nicely and perfectly medium rare. We also felt that the courses were being delivered way too quick, as the chef wanted to go home.

In general though, a well put together menu and wine list - short but sweet. Good ingredients, nicely and carefully cooked by a very good chef.

The room was nice, although a little tired and at their usual rates - rather overpriced. A tea tray was noted for its absence. The Inn really should add trays, its easy and cheap enough to do!

Overall, we had a lovely time. The place is nice, the food very good, the rooms nicer than average but not good enough for the price. Service wise, you get the distinct impression that the place is more of a hobby than a business for the owners, and the service reflects this. A little lacking in atmosphere or real caring.

We will definitely be back though, a lovely little break and in a great spot for an escape!

Oh, and they really should put squishy chairs and sofa's downstairs, especially around the fire. Hard benches just don't cut it on a very full tummy!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 19, 2012

This must be a very similar experience to staying in Fawlty Towers! Had to ask 3 times for a tea tray for our room on the first night, which was eventually produced with a large dirty kettle (£120 a night, you would have thought there would have been facilities in the room), second day the tea tray was produced at lunch time with one cup and saucer and milk in a flask for the next morning. Asked for a Daily Mail and was given the Gardian, only to be rung half an hour later to be told it was meant for someone else, so could they have it back. The headboard had two very greasy head marks and the chandalier above the bed only had 4 bulbs working out of 8!!!
When we mentioned this politely the next morning, the attitude was very much 'Nothing to do with me'. This attitude would explain the awful service we had on Friday lunch time:- 2 burgers and 2 puddings took nearly 2 hours to produce (they weren't even busy)- ordered drinks not appearing and when the coffee was bought before we had our pudding, the waitress tried to make out this was the norm, when we said no, we wanted the pudding first - her face was a picture - talk about sucking lemons!!!! (we never got the coffeee in the end, even though they tried to charge it on the bill) In the evening we had (in advance) booked a table for 10, when asked where our table was..suprise, suprise they had to make it up, what they would have done if they were fully booked, goodness knows! The food was alright, if rather overpriced for what it was. Would I stay here, or eat here again? ..No, deffinately not!

Room Tip: shabby chic but deffinately not worth £120 a night
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank 123neveragain
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

We booked the Dartnoor Inn for a quick over-night stop as I had a business trip nearby. Not really knowing the area we did a little research and ended up booking this place as they seemed both keen and helpful on the telephone, unlike some others we also tried.

We were a little disappointed when we arrived as the Dartmoor Inn is fairly unprepossessing from the outside and we were also worried about traffic noise as it sits right on the road. However, on going inside we were made very welcome and were much more comfortable with the 'old pub' atmosphere we found within. We were shown to our room and found it comfortable, if a little tired looking, but with everything we needed.

As it was mid afternoon, we wandered down to the bar to ask about walks and local attractions and were given some tips about the village and Lydford Gorge, all of which proved correct and useful. We went for a walk down to the National Trust property and had an enjoyable afternoon out. On our return we were engaged in conversation about how we had found the village and so on. All of this conversation was genuine and not in any way strained or contrived.

We retired to the room and found the TV a little on the small side, but up to the job of catching up on the news.

Our evening meal was a delight. we chose to dine from the Set Menu, which offered 3 excellent courses, all for £16.95 a head. The service was polite and prompt, which does go somewhat against one of the recent bits of feedback left here, but I guess you have to take as you find. The food was well above the usual 'Pub Grub' and I would return for that alone!

The room's bathroom was a little tired, but both were clean and perfectly up to the job.

Breakfast was gorgeous and a very good start to a busy day I had, with client meetings followed by a 250 mile drive home.

Our stay, which comprised one night, pre dinner drinks, dinner & wine, bed & an excellent breakfast came in total to £180, which I felt was very good value indeed. I suppose refurbishing the rooms and bathroom has to be on the agenda soon, but then again you get what you pay for. Obviously some reviewers did not have as good a time as we did and have said so. I found the atmosphere very convivial and relaxed and I suppose I can see how that wouldn't need to change too much to be perceived as not perhaps caring as much as the impression given when staff fawn all over you, but personally I find that approach rather uncomfortable in any case.

All in all, we had a good time, were looked after well and would recommend this Inn.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

We have just had a family birthday celebration at The Dartmoor Inn. The staff were so helpful and welcoming and made our event seem so special. The food was excellent and we were so well catered for. Our family unit has one coeliac, one vegetarian and a child and nothing was too much trouble.

I would recommend The Dartmoor Inn time and we shall certainly be visiting again

Christine Jeffery.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Cherry543
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Reviewed February 15, 2012

Thank you for another wonderful experience, we stayed for the night, which we have done on a number of occasions.
The staff are warm and very friendly, the food is divine and the rooms warm and cosy.
The Inn has a rustic homely feel and we are always made to feel very welcome.
We have stayed in two of the three rooms and have always found them to be spotlessly clean and we feel a lot of effort is put into the rooms to make it feel that more special.

Matt & Julie.
Saltash.
Cornwall.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Matt Julie A
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Additional Information about Dartmoor Inn

Address: Moorside, Lydford, Dartmoor National Park EX20 4AY, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Dartmoor National Park > Lydford
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #4 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Lydford
Price Range: $100 - $135 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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