Smart moorland dining at The Dartmoor Inn
This country inn is a huge hit with savvy foodies on the hunt for sophisticated Dartmoor dining.
There are country inns aplenty for a pint at the bar after a moorland yomp but, for something smarter than post‑hike pub grub, The Dartmoor Inn hits the sweet spot between homely bar and quality restaurant.
Jay Barker‑Jones has led the kitchen since he and wife Tess (front of house) took over in 2019. His CV namechecks a number of award‑winning kitchens while his focus at the inn is on crafting refined fare in a welcoming and unstuffy setting. The rabbit warren of a building has undergone extensive renovation, so the decor is as attractive as the food.
Jay’s daily changing menu reflects both what’s in season and produced locally. For a taste of Dartmoor, opt for starters like the tender wood‑pigeon accompanied by jerusalem artichoke, hazelnut, mushroom and blueberries, and stellar mains like saddle of local venison.
The culinary offering includes an excellent seafood selection, too: whopping scallops are elevated with chorizo, pear and radish in the inn’s most popular starter, while mains such as halibut with potato, bok choi, tomato, spring onion and punchy crab bisque are manna for fish fans.
Many dining destinations neglect quality at the bookends of a meal (i.e. bread and coffee) – but not here. Pleasingly bouncy homemade bread (baked in‑house twice daily) and roasted‑down‑the‑road speciality espresso from Okehampton’s No.1 Coffee keep the standards up from first bite to final slurp.