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The Old Inn


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In a charming village on the edge of Dartmoor, this former coaching inn houses Duncan Walker's small restaurant with three letting rooms and two dining rooms offering fewer than 20 covers. Calm, relaxing and informal are the buzz words here, with plain wooden furniture and subdued lighting in the dining rooms, one in sage green, the other claret, and a menu perfectly in keeping with the style of the place, offering just four choices per course at dinner. Walker's cooking is marked by a lack of sensationalism, judiciously combining top-drawer fresh ingredients so dishes are strong on flavours. Grilled loin of rabbit in Parma ham, moist and succulent, is accompanied by top-class gnocchi, lemon and sage as a starter, jostling for attention with sautéed lobster with pea and mint velouté. Main courses are intelligently composed too, with sauces and gravies adding depth: vanilla sauce for roast fillet of sea bass, of pinpoint accuracy, on a bed of spinach with scallops and asparagus, and Madeira jus for grilled loin of venison with black pudding and boulangère potatoes. Puddings elicit oohs and aahs, if passionfruit soufflé is anything to go by, the sauce poured in at table, accompanied by coconut ice cream.

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Tel: 01647 281276
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Days closed: Sun-Tue
Dates closed: 3 wks Jan, 1st wk Jun
Days closed for lunch: Wed-Thu

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Traditional International
Chef: Duncan Walker
Number of seats: 17
Steps for wheelchair: 1
Vegetarian meals available.
No children under 12 yrs.


Restaurant price guide

3 Course lunch from: £32.00
2 Course dinner from: £46.00
3 Course dinner from: £52.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



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A30 W, exit Cheriton Bishop, Drewsteignton, Castle Drogo, turn left at Crockenwell, follow signs to Drewsteignton. A38 to A382 Bovey Tracy, Mortonhampstead, turn right at Sandy Park, continue past Castle Drogo, follow signs to Drewsteignton
Nearest station: Exeter

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