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The Tom Cobley Tavern

Fabulous views and a huge range of ales

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

Close to the village green in this village of cob and thatch cottages, guests in the tree-shaded beer garden here can enjoy views across to the distant moors of northern Dartmoor. It was from this pub one day in 1802 that Thomas Cobley and his companions set forth for Widecombe Fair, an event immortalised in song; his cottage still stands in the village. The inn's unspoilt main bar has a roaring log fire, cushioned settles, and benefits from a stillage where an impressive selection of casks of Devon microbrewery beers are always on tap. Being a firmly traditional Devon pub, there are draught ciders here too, all served from the unusual thatched bar. Time-honoured hearty English fare is the mainstay of the menus, and there's a particularly strong suite of vegetarian and vegan dishes. Chicken, ham, leek and tarragon pie; steak and ale pie; or steak and kidney suet pudding give a flavour of the home-cooked dishes here.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Monday lunch
  • Opening times: 12–3 6–11 (Sunday 12–4 7–10.30 Monday 6–10.30 Friday to Saturday 12–3 6–12)
  • Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday 12–2
  • Dinner: all week 7–9

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required
  • Wedding receptions


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From A30 at Whiddon Down take A3124 towards North Tawton. 1st right after services, 1st right over bridge.

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