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Places to eat at Roadford Lake Lodges

There are so many places to eat around Roadford Lake Lodges, whether exploring or relaxing it’s important to experience and treat yourself to the wonderful local food and drink in this part of Devon. You are spoilt for choice with so many awesome places to put your feet up, admire amazing views and enjoy great food and drink! We hope these recommendations and ideas will be useful whether you are wanting to stay close to our lodges or travel further afield in Devon and Cornwall. Below is a range of places to eat from Cafés to pubs and fine dining, separated by location, eat locally, on Dartmoorby the sea or for local supermarkets and farm shops go to our eat in section.

Seafood platter and wine by the beach

Eating out locally – cafés and cream teas

If you are looking for a café or cream tea (why not!) there are some lovely choices nearby to your Roadford Lodge.

Roadford Lake Café

Roadford Lake Café is only a 5-minute walk from our lodges; this licensed café overlooking the lake offers great local produce for lunches, snacks, coffee and teas.

Roadford Lake Café website

Strawberry Fields Farm Shop

Only an 8-minute drive from our lodges is Strawberry Fields Farm Shop with a restaurant and coffee shop,  indulge yourself in their excellent produce and tuck into a cream tea!

Strawberry Fields Farm Shop website

Coombeshead Farm Shop and Café

Another farm shop with a lovely café and cream teas is the Coombeshead Farm Shop and Café at Lewannick, just a 20-minute drive away.

Coombeshead Farm website

The Pump and Pedal

For cyclists the café at the Pump and Pedal in Sourton is only a 13-minute drive away and in a great position for popping into when cycling or walking on the west side of the moors; you can browse in their cycle shop as well!

Pump and Pedal website

Eating out locally – pubs

We also have some great pubs close to our lodges, so if you want good pub food and drink nearby try one of these.

Clovelly Inn

Closest to Roadford Lake Lodges is the Clovelly Inn in Bratton Clovelly, only a 7-minute drive away – a great local pub with good pub food and drink. It’s worth booking a table in the Summer, there is some outside seating. If bringing your dog there are one or two tables inside where your dog can join, so it’s worth mentioning when booking. Park in the free village car park above and walk down as parking is limited next to the pub.

Clovelly Inn website

Bearslake Inn

Nearby on the west side of Dartmoor are the Bearslake Inn in Sourton (a 15-minute drive), note they are open Wednesday – Sunday for lunch and dinner and are dog-friendly. It’s worth booking ahead and they offer a 10% discount, look out for the cards in our lodges!

Bearslake Inn website

The Dartmoor Inn

The Dartmoor Inn at Lydford (an 18-minute drive) is open Wednesday – to Sunday for lunch and dinner.

Dartmoor Inn website

The Castle Inn

The Castle Inn and Lydford is a great little pub close to the National Trust site of Lydford Gorge, worth booking as it does get busy (a 20-minute drive).

Castle Inn website

The Cornish Arms

The Cornish Arms is set in the heart of Tavistock, no 14 in the top 50 gastropub awards for 2022 and a favourite of ours. (A 24-minute drive). Worth booking if you are visiting Tavistock market.

The Cornish Arms website

Eating out locally – restaurants

If you are looking for a special meal, close by to Roadford Lakes we recommend you book from our following list.

The Arundell

Enjoy a special meal in their fine dining restaurant which serves both lunch and dinner as well as afternoon tea and Sunday lunch. (A 9-minute drive). They also have a list of local taxis who will pick you up from Roadford if you prefer not to drive.

The Arundell website

The Lifton Hall Hotel

An attractive small, privately owned country house hotel offering good quality bar food. People eat in either the bar or restaurant – it’s all the same menu which changes depending upon what’s available and loosely follows the seasons. (A 9-minute drive).

The Lifton Hall Hotel website

Lewtrenchard Manor Hotel

Dinner is served in a beautiful wood-panelled dining room. The feel is hushed, formal and traditional, many of the vegetables come from the hotel’s walled garden. (An 11-minute drive).

Lewtrenchard Manor hotel website

The Springer Spaniel

The Springer Spaniel, which dates back to the 18th century, is set in beautiful countryside in the pretty hamlet of Treburley. Alongside a gastro pub menu are some simple pub classics. (A 19-minute drive).

Coombeshead Farm

Coombeshead Farm restaurant is only open on Thursday to Saturday nights with a set menu on a strict reservation-only basis as well as Sunday lunches. Dinner is served promptly at 7 pm. (A 20-minute drive).

Coombeshead Farm website

The Horn of Plenty

An award-winning 3AA rosette fine dining restaurant near Tavistock with beautiful views over the Tamar Valley. They are also open for lunch and afternoon tea on certain days of the week. (A 22-minute drive).

The Horn of Plenty website

Hotel Endsleigh

The former Duke of Bedford’s Hunting and fishing lodge, the Hotel Endsleigh, now owned by Olga Polizzi is the place for a really special meal. Open for both a smart lunch or a stunning dinner, the hotel boasts the most beautiful grounds. (A 20-minute drive).

Hotel Endsleigh website

Eating out on Dartmoor – cafés and cream teas

If you are planning on walking on Dartmoor then here are some suggestions for places to eat.

Old Forge Café and Restaurant

For a lovely café on the north moors pop into the Old Forge Café and Restaurant. (A 33-minute drive).

Old Forge Café and Restaurant website

Two Bridges Hotel

The two bridges do a great cream tea whilst you enjoy some stunning Dartmoor views. It’s next to the walk to Wistman’s Wood the highest oakwoods in Britain. (A 39-minute drive).

Two Bridges Hotel website

Lydford Farm Shop

The Lydford Farm Shop is a great place for pasties and homemade cakes, jams, coffees and ice cream. They have limited seating outside but they are the ideal place to stock up on essentials before a walk to Widgery Cross. The postcode to find it is: EX20 4AU (A 19-minute drive)

Lydford Farm Shop

Eating out on Dartmoor – pubs

Below is a selection of pubs if you are visiting the North side of Dartmoor.

Three Crowns

The Three Crowns is a beautiful, part-thatched inn set in the heart of Chagford. (A 34-minute drive)

Three Crowns website

The Horse

Situated in Moretonhampstead, renowned for its thin crust pizzas, home-cured meats and award-winning local ales. (A 35-minute drive)

The Horse website

Try one of the following if you are exploring the west side of Dartmoor.

The Peter Tavy Inn

A favourite of ours in this beautiful part of Dartmoor. They all offer a warm welcome, good food and a great pint! (A 30-minute drive)

The Peter Tavy Inn website

The Mary Tavy Inn

Under new ownership, the menu looks great, they have pigs and chickens in the pub garden to keep the children amused. Very popular with the locals! (A 24-minute drive).

Mary Tavy Inn website

Eating out on Dartmoor – restaurants

Bovey Castle Hotel

If you are wanting to treat yourselves to a more special lunch, tea or dinner then the Bovey Castle Hotel is a magnificent place to visit in the northern part of Dartmoor. (A 40-minute drive).

Bovey Castle Hotel website

The Cornish Arms

If you are planning on visiting the famous stannary town of Tavistock, there are plenty of things to see and do between Roadford Lake Lodges and Tavistock. Save yourself for a wonderful meal at the award-winning Cornish Arms a Gastro Pub in Tavistock. It’s worth booking ahead. (A 25-minute drive).

The Cornish Arms website

Eating out by the sea – cafés and cream teas

Rectory Tea Rooms

If you are looking for a lovely cafe for a snack or cream tea, a favourite is the glorious and picturesque Rectory Tea Rooms in Morwenstow. (A 50-minute drive).

Rectory Tea Room website

Cabin Café

Where “naughty kids, muddy gumboots and 4-legged friends welcome” in Crackington Haven, right on the coast. (A 36-minute drive).

Cabin Café website

Widemouth Bay Café

Overlooking the beach at Widemouth Bay it has great views of Widemouth Bay, a popular surfing location where you can sit inside the newly refurbished cafe. (A 39-minute drive).

Widemouth Bay Café

Garden Kitchen and Otter Café

If you are visiting the RHS Garden Rosemoor near Torrington in north Devon, which is only a 45-minute drive from Roadford Lake Lodges, they have a wonderful range of eating choices including the Garden Kitchen and Otter Café for heavenly drinks, snacks and lunches.

Garden Kitchen and Otter Café website

Eating out by the sea – restaurants

Rocket Store

For something a bit more special in this area try the Rocket Store, a wonderful seafood restaurant in the pretty fishing harbour village of Boscastle; here they serve dishes using fresh seafood from their own boat and meat from their farm – truly local produce! (A 34-minute drive)

Rocket Store website

Port Gaverne

Fresh off the boat, straight from the farm, foraged that morning. Enjoy seasonal, star-quality food inspired by the bounty on their doorstep. Relax in the traditional old bar with slate floors, wooden beams and a wide range of proper ales. (A 46-minute drive)

Port Gaverne website

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw

Nathan Outlaw is a quality dining experience in a relaxed atmosphere, a Michelin-starred chef based in Cornwall. The Sea and Fishermen dictate the menu, amazing but not cheap! (A 47-minute drive).

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw website

The Seafood Restaurant

Opened by Rick Stein and Jill Stein in 1975, The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow is famous for establishing an international reputation for the very freshest fish and shellfish, often landed on their doorstep. (A 57-minute drive).

Rick Stein website

Eating in – farm shops

If you don’t feel like eating out, you can stay in the comfort of our lodges – you can eat inside or, if it’s sunny, dine ‘al fresco’ outside on the patio! Put drinks in the wine cooler, get cooking in the kitchen or fire up the BBQ!

Strawberry Fields Farm Shop

If you are looking for fresh food and produce for a recipe, or to stock your fridge up with, you must drop into Strawberry Fields Farm Shop.

Strawberry Fields is glorious, with every sort of fresh food and produce you can think of: they have a bakery, butchers, a dairy and fresh fruit and vegetables. Try their home-baked pies or their delicious ready meals! You can see bees making honey and spoil yourself with their lovely jams and preserves. If the choice is too much you can sample the food in their café whilst you decide! Go on treat yourself!

Strawberry Fields Farm Shop website

Lydford Farm Shop

The Lydford Farm Shop is a great place for pasties and homemade cakes, jams, coffees and ice cream. They have limited seating outside but they are the ideal place to stock up on essentials before a walk to Widgery Cross. The postcode to find it is: EX20 4AU (A 19-minute drive)

Lydford Farm Shop

Coombeshead Farm Shop and Café

Another farm shop with a lovely café and cream teas is the Coombeshead Farm Shop and Café at Lewannick, just a 20-minute drive away.

Coombeshead Farm website

Eating in – supermarkets

Lifton Stores and Post Office

The closest shop for basics and treats is just a 10-minute drive, it’s open 7 am – 6 pm on weekdays, 7 am – 5 pm on Saturdays and 8 am -1 pm on Sundays. Let us know once you have booked and we will share how you can get a 10% discount on your purchases.

Lifton Stores and Post Office Facebook page

M&S Foodhall, Launceston

(A 12-minute drive.)

M&S website

Tesco, Launceston

(A 13-minute drive.)

Tesco website

Waitrose, Okehampton

(A 19-minute drive.)

Waitrose website

Eating in – takeaways

There are a few takeaways in Launceston (a 13-minute drive) – Indian and Chinese, plus a couple of fish & chip shops.

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