FOOD and EATING OPTIONS AROUND RETREAT by the DART

Within easy walking distance

Sea Trout Inn, Staverton – in the centre of the village, a 10 minute walk past the church, or a 20 minute walk if you take the scenic route along the river. A friendly place, serving good pub food, outside or in.

A longer walk  or short drive

Dartington

Venus cafe at the Shops @ Dartington – a 40 minute pleasant walk through Dartington Woods or a 10 min drive. There is also a Post Office and general food store at Dartington, and a good value Texaco petrol station selling excellent quality home made Indian food to takeaway.

The Cott Inn – a lovely historic pub with excellent food, second left from the roundabout and up the hill a few hundred yards.

Dartington Hall

The Green Table Cafe, Roundhouse Cafe and White Horse Pub at Dartington Hall. A lovely, slightly longer 50-60 minute walk or a 10 minute drive up to the Dartington Estate. The Green Cafe is a new addition and is open every day from 9am - 6pm. A lovely spacious venue, with a wide selection of cakes, snacks and lunches with an emphasis on organic and local and a low emphasis on meat, you can get breakfast, lunch, or teas/coffee. The Roundhouse Cafe is next to the Barn cinema, serving drinks, snacks & ice cream. The White Horse pub offers more substantial main meals, lunch and dinner.

Ben’s Farm Shop (formerly Riverford Farm Shop, same people though) – the best place to stock up on food. It’s mostly organic, there’s a wide range of foods, including fresh meat and frozen fish, you are spoilt for choice. Call in here on your way to Retreat by the Dart and give yourself a special treat. There is also a cafe. It is possible to walk there from here, but it’s mainly on the road, about a mile. If you are coming by public transport and want to stock up here, I will run you up in the car. Any excuse for a visit!

Hill House Nursery – a couple of miles up the hill beyond Landscove, a lovely privately owned nursery with a cafe serving huge portions of cake, and lunches. I haven’t walked there, I guess it would take a good ½ hour or more as it’s all uphill, but it’s a short 10 minute drive otherwise.  

Take the steam train!

Buckfastleigh – the steam train runs up to Buckfastleigh where there is a cafe and you can walk from there to Buckfast Abbey. There is a cafe in the grounds.

Totnes – a 10 minute drive or steam train ride, an hour’s walk or a half hour’s bike ride. There are many cafes and eating places in Totnes and there is also a Morrisons supermarket. If you are arriving by public transport one option is to stock up and pick up a taxi from there.

Further afield by car (or boat!) – a few suggestions

Dartmouth – a 40 minute drive or you can take the boat down to Dartmouth from Totnes from the Steamer Quay. Lots of eating options in Dartmouth.

Dittisham – The Anchor Stone cafe and the Ferry Boat Inn

Sharpham - Rosie’s cafe on the Sharpham Estate, lovely views of the river from there.

Ashburton – lovely little market town, close to the moor, about a 15 minute drive, plenty of cafes to choose from.

Dartmoor I can recommend the Warren House Inn beyond Postrbidge on Dartmoor, a good place to eat if you are walking up on Dartmoor.

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