This is a very traditional looking inn complete with thatched roof, small doorways, low ceilings and exposed beams. On entering the car park you can’t help but think what a great looking and inviting place this is. The inside is very much in keeping with the traditional look of the outside as well with its alcoves, stone floors and wood burning stoves keeping the place warm.
We arrived by bike as we were doing the Devon coast to coast from Plymouth to Ilfracombe. There are bike racks to the right of the car park where we left our bikes securely locked for the night and everything was OK in the morning. The room that we occupied was called Cider Press and was a very nice room. Again, you get all the traditional features of a thatched ‘cottage’ building including a low beam that you had to duck under to reach the bed or the bathroom. Initial appearances are impressive as the room is very tastefully decorated and well furnished. The floors are very uneven as well which becomes more apparent when you put anything on the bedside cabinets as things slide to one side. This room was very large with flat screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and small windows with a view onto the front of the building.
The bathroom is equally spacious with a bath and shower to choose from. Again like the main room, everything was clean, tidy and spotless. There isn’t a great deal else around the Bearslake Inn, but once there, you really don’t need much else. Out in the back of the inn there is an enormous beer garden that I would imagine is very popular in the summertime. There are many tables to sit at and there’s even a small stream running through the garden that you can sit by.
Whilst we were there we ate in the restaurant and enjoyed a nice bottle of wine with a vegetarian starter and main course. Whilst the food was very good, one thing I would say is that they do give you a little too much. With a starter of soup, we were unable to finish the main course. The service however was good and friendly and the surroundings very pleasant.
Breakfast is also eaten in the main restaurant and this consisted of cereals and the full English breakfast. Again, nothing to complain about here.
Overall I thought this was an excellent place to stay, it was clean and comfortable, had real ales in the bar and a restaurant serving good food. Definitely recommended.
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- Also Known As:
- Bearslake Hotel Okehampton
- Bearslake Inn Okehampton, Devon, UK