Mediterranean surprises on Dartmoor
Step into The Horse, with its leather sofas, crackling fire and sociable atmosphere, to discover why it enjoys a cult following among locals and visitors to Dartmoor.
While the pub’s pretty Moretonhampstead location and rustic vibe speak for themselves, it’s the delicious Mediterranean‑leaning menu that clinches the deal for food lovers.
At lunchtime, its fans head to the pub to sip award‑winning ales and feast on specialities such as the hot‑smoked salmon bagels with cream cheese and rocket.
In the evening, chef Nigel Hoyle lets his creativity fly in daily changing menus involving ingredients such as home‑cured bresaola (Dartmoor beef topside cured for two weeks in red wine) and crisp arancini with Dartmouth Bay crab, lemongrass and chilli.
Alongside The Horse classics (River Exe mussels in local scrumpy and Dartmoor sirloin are favourites) trot signature pizzas, crisped to perfection in a custom‑built oven. Twice‑risen focaccia dough topped with all manner of seasonal specialities, from slow‑braised wild rabbit to locally foraged wild garlic, provides yet further delight.