A new Prince of Wales at Princetown is almost ready for unveiling, after three months of flat-out effort in anticipation of the deal which officially installed new landlords a fortnight ago.

A nice carpet is due in next week and a launch party announcement will follow soon.

The Horrabridge Times called in yesterday (Thurs. Nov. 18, 2018) for a pint of Dartmoor IPA, less widespread than the local brewery’s Jail and Legend barrel ales but rated as an attraction by the new leaseholders and joint hosts – John Burbage, Dousland builder, and John Hayes of Princetown, who runs an engineering business which does a lot of brewery work.

“We liked the beer so much we bought the pub, because we couldn’t get it anywhere else,” they reckon.

The pub is the original home of the brewery and their relationship is going to get closer again, with signage advertising it as a specialist outlet and pumps for experimental craft ales coming out of a new micro-brewery ( built by Jan Hayes) on the Dartmoor Brewery site, to take on the competition from all sides. A pump for No. 5 Black Porter was going live when we visited and there will always be at least one or two from the new Discovery range on tap, alongside Jail, Legend and the slightly lighter IPA.

New lines will be trialled there and tasting parties catered for.

Repainting and renovation throughout the main spaces, from bunkhouse to front bar, is almost done, without changing the shape of anything much. Bunkhouse prices remain low at £15 a head plus any bedding used. The big back room of the pub is being equipped with a giant tv for big sport, especially rugby.

The back room has also recently hosted a relaunch of the pub’s old skittle alley, dusted off and assembled for the night for Horrabridge Cavaliers, who paid a tenner each for beer, burgers and the game.

The pool table stays. Menu overhauled. And another old pub gets a bet on the future round yer. Word in the bar is that Dartmoor Prison will work on for a good while yet. Meanwhile, there is still that and other local trade – including a fishing club – and quite a lot of visitors to pitch for.

Pictures by Maxwell Law of Maxwell Law Photography of Horrabridge.


Jan Hayes, left, with Madi David, cook; Cia Parnell, barstaffer; Doe Fitch, head of kitchen; and John Burbage. The new managers are still fully hands-on, covering most shifts at the pub between them or together, and supervising the work.



Building and decorating by some of John Burbage’s regular team:

Jack Easterbrook, Roger Northey, Rich Hall and Chas Sparling.


John Burbage and Jan Hayes in overhauled bunk room.


Like it was only improved.

For previous story on the sale of the pub, click here

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  1. Oh so many congratulations to you all. Love that it will be ran by long term locals. Always great to see familier faces in such a great pub. Always a great eve out and fab food. Good luck guys. Xxx

  2. Congratulations..Jon & Jan wishing you the very best of luck…it all sounds really good and from the few pics it looks nice …. Paul & myself are hoping to come down for your relaunching ….well done for all your hard work …Dave & I spent a good few hour in The Prince of Wales great memories…. Jacqui Doidge …

  3. Absolutely fantastic,what a transformation. Had the ladies toilets been finished yet. Great landlords, and what a great improvement. Bloody good food also.

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