In Sampford Courtenay

The New Inn is located at the edge of the village on the A3072. Open every day, it serves a great range of food and drink and plays host to reading groups. Ladies who Lunch and The Grumpies. The New Inn has a nice garden and plenty of parking.

The Countryman, on the B3215, is open from Thursday to Sunday, lunchtimes and evenings. Its Sunday Calvary is a local institution.

Outside the parish

The Railway (5mins from the village by car): turn right at De Bathe Cross (towards Whiddon Down and the A30). After about 200 metres, you will see a turning on your right to a white building with a car park (looks like an ordinary house, opposite farm buildings). It’s like stepping back in time and Bert, the landlord, is a great character.

The Red Lion, Exbourne (5mins in the other direction): turn right at the New Inn, drive about two miles, then turn right into Exbourne; pub on right after about 200 metres. Camra pub with a range of beers and ciders and good pub grub.

The Highwayman, Sourton (20/25mins): quirky pub run by quirky landlady.

The White Hart Hotel (JD Wetherspoon), Okehampton (10mins).

The Oxenham Arms, South Zeal (15mins): ancient pub with lovely garden looking towards Cosdon Beacon.

The Tom Cobley, Spreyton (15mins).

Graylings fish and chips, North Tawton (5mins): very good eat in or take out chippie.

Maida, Okehampton (10mins): Indian eat in or take out.

Gidleigh Park, near Chagford (35mins): Michelin-starred restaurant in beautiful setting. Also does afternoon tea.