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Overview

The personal touch

You can't see the rock - Haytor Rock on Dartmoor, that is - from The Rock Inn, but it's not far away: step outside the front door, turn right, and in just 25 minutes' walk you can be at the top of the tor and looking out at the stunning Devon countryside stretching all the way down to the sea. It's an idyllic spot, and The Rock Inn couldn't be a better base for exploring all that Dartmoor and wider South Devon have to offer. Dating back to 1826, the inn has a real sense of history about it. Don't expect a modern, minimalist, neutrally decorated interior: old English tradition is what this place is all about, with wood beams aplenty, low ceilings, antique furniture and open fires or log burners in the public rooms. Husband and wife Christopher and Susan Graves have owned and run The Rock for 35 years now (son Oliver is the manager) and although they're continually upgrading the accommodation and public areas, the building has lost none of its historic charm and character. The bar is an intimate little room where you can enjoy a pint of local ale - Jail Ale from Dartmoor Brewery perhaps - while the restaurant is spread over three rooms, including a light and airy breakfast room, plus there's a cosy lounge to relax in with a log burner and plenty of board games to wile away a few hours if the weather isn't up to much. And if the weather is being kind, there's a lovely garden just across the quiet road from the inn.

What's the damage?

9 doubles £110-£170; 1 cottage £250 per night (minimum three night stay)

What Else?

All credit cards accepted (not Amex) Alfresco dining Disabled access to bar & dining room Parking

Gongs

AA 4 Stars & 2 Rosettes; Good Pub Guide Devon Dining Pub of the Year 2018

Sticky fingers

Children can choose from their own menu, while highchairs and cots are available.

Muddy paws

Dogs are welcome in part of the restaurant, as well as in three of the bedrooms.

Alfresco

The large garden just opposite the inn is a pretty and peaceful spot to enjoy a meal or a drink in the sunshine.

Rooms

Do Not Disturb

The nine guest rooms are spread across the two upper floors and are all named after Grand National winning horses (a former owner of the inn kept a Grand National winning horse at the end of the garden, so says Susan Graves). Each room is traditionally styled, with classic English furniture, cream or racing green on the walls, and lots of photographs of local scenes. Some rooms have king- or super-king size beds, while a couple have four-posters, and one bedroom has a balcony looking out over the moor. Four of the bedrooms feature a piece of 1970s nostalgia in the form of a working radio built into the wall, which also dispenses little bottles of gin and whisky. If you're not in the mood for a tipple, there are also Tea Pig teas, coffee and homemade biscuits to enjoy. Some of the bathrooms have walk-in showers and freestanding baths, and all feature luxury Duck Island toiletries. Next-door to the inn, Early Mist cottage sleeps eight people across four bedrooms and you can stay on a purely self-catering basis or head to the restaurant to eat.

Restaurant & bar

Mastering the Menu

(Starters: £6.25-£9.95; Main Courses: £14.50-£24.95; Desserts £5.85-£7.25; lunch menu £6.25-£19.50) The Rock Inn has long held a reputation for good food, and rightly so. The menu is informed by the seasons and chef Josh Porter and his longstanding team are unswerving in their resolve to source ingredients as locally as possible. Herbs are grown in the garden and the kitchen team make all their own breads daily, along with their own flavoured butters. Both the lunch and dinner menus are a la carte, although evening diners have the option to go down a fixed price route if they choose certain dishes (two courses for £19.95 or three for £24.95). At lunch you can begin with something like a crispy duck Scotch egg with homemade brown sauce, followed by a pan-fried hake fillet with spiced kedgeree, micro coriander and lime oil, or maybe go for something more straightforward like a club sandwich or fish and chips. At dinner, choose something from the "nibbles" section of the menu to kick things off - perhaps monkfish scampi with lemon mayonnaise - before a starter of Brixham crab salad with compressed watermelon, lemon puree and bread crisp, or pan-fried foie gras with gingerbread, plum puree and red vein sorrel. Main course could be confit pork belly with wholegrain mustard creamed potato, asparagus and red wine jus, or roasted sea trout with Jersey royals, baby leek, cauliflower and raisin puree. To end, how about a wild elderflower pannacotta with fresh strawberries and strawberry sorbet, or banana parfait with salted popcorn and chunky toffee ice cream? The wine list covers all bases and includes some English wines from Sharpham and Lyme Bay Winery for those who like to keep things local.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am - 9.30am Lunch: 12 noon - 2.15pm (2.30pm Saturday & Sunday) Dinner: 6.30pm - 8.45pm

Time at The Bar

12 noon - 10.30pm

Getting here

Location, Location, Location

By Road: By Rail: Nearest railway station is Newton Abbot (3 hours from Paddington)

Enquire to book

To make a booking, please use the form below or you can call our reservations team on 020 8161 0100. Our phone lines are open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5.30pm.

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