Two local pubs are commended for value for money for food in the 2018 Good Pub Guide, just published and now in the shops and online.
They seem to be the only two in Devon to get the guidebook’s £ mark for providing “interesting choices for around £11”.
One is the Drake Manor at Buckland Monachorum, where landlady Mandy Robinson, who has been there 27 years, says the leap to fame is thanks two her new young chef, 22-year-old Lewis Craig.
The other is The Elephant’s Nest at Horndon, Mary Tavy.
The Guide recognises it is a bit hard to find and offers detailed directions – turn towards the moor at the Mary Tavy Inn, go left towards Horndon after half a mile, PL19 9NQ, and note it is marked as the New Inn on some maps.
The Horse at Moretonhampstead gets a plate mark for outstanding food and The Rugglestone at Widecombe gets a thumbs up for good beer and atmosphere.
Also mentioned as worth a visit for good general pubbiness are The Old Plough at Bere Ferrers, the Royal Oak at Meavy, The Royal at Horsebridge, the Castle Inn at Lydford, the Peter Tavy Inn, the Quay at Calstock and the New Inn at Roborough.
The Good Pub Guide 2018, edited by Fiona Stapley, is on sale for £6 as a paperback, £10 for the Kindle download, through shops or www.thegoodpubguide.co.uk/
Nominations for the next book, or comments on the current one, can be submitted through that website or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org/
The menu at the Drake Manor was commended for including potted rabbit with ale chutney, honey-roasted figs with candied walnuts and beetroot and blue cheese salad, cajun chicken with crème fraîche dressing, and cannelloni in goats cheese sauce, as well as good burgers and roasts.