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The Horse

7 George Street, Moretonhampstead, Devon, TQ13 8PG
The Horse, Devon

Moreish pizzas on the moor

Dartmoor pubs may tend to serve traditional fodder, but this gem in the market town of Moretonhampstead offers a far more unusual experience than the standard roast with all the trimmings.

Head to the family-run pub for Mediterranean-inspired cooking in a classic pub setting. Chef-owner Nigel Hoyle dishes up a menu that majors on pizzas, but don’t let this put you off as these are far from the ordinary takeaway variety.

Thin-crust, twice-risen focaccia dough is piled with locally sourced and Italian-imported artisan ingredients. Crowd-pleasing combos include the Vesuvio (‘nduja sausage, chorizo, fresh onions, confit potatoes, buffalo mozzarella and oregano) and The Eastern (spiced lamb, peppers, cumin-roasted onions, harissa and tahini).

Away from the pizza oven, there’s a regularly rotating selection of seasonal specialities. Try home-cured bresaola (Dartmoor beef topside cured for two weeks in red wine) served with Indian achar pickle and goat’s cheese, or the vegan super salad featuring cumin-roasted onions, cauliflower, broccoli and spiced dukkah with a zingy lime dressing and vegan yogurt.

It’s a great spot to visit with a crowd so you can order a range of antipasti and pizzas. What you can’t eat can be taken home in a takeaway container.

Trencherman’s tip: G&T fans can select their spirit of choice from the lengthy list of uber-local Papillon Gins, which are distilled just next door.

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Chef(s): Nigel Hoyle
3 course dinner from: £22
Seats: 60
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