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West Country ales and seasonal menus

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Beer festival
Garden
Wheelchair access
Dog friendly

Tucked up a narrow driveway behind cottages and the church in this unspoilt Devon village, the ancient ivy-clad tower (which gives this charming 14th-century inn its name) looms hauntingly above the pub. It is all that remains of the old College of Chantry Priests – the pub was built to accommodate the artisans who constructed the monastic college. Six hundred years on and this truly atmospheric village pub continues to welcome guests and the appeal, other than its peaceful location, is the excellent range of real ales on tap and the eclectic choice of modern pub grub prepared from locally sourced ingredients, which include smoked fish from Dartmouth, quality Devon-reared beef, and fresh fish and crab landed at Brixham. Expect hearty lunchtime sandwiches alongside the ploughman’s platter and mussels in cider cream broth. A typical evening meal may take in salt-baked beetroot salad with crème fraîche, seeds, apple and rocket; or French onion soup; followed by slow-cooked shoulder of Devon lamb with charred baby gem, braised fennel and minted new potatoes; or whole grilled plaice with caper butter and over-roasted artichoke. Round off with pear and Amaretti tart and wash down with a pint of Otter Bitter or St Austell Proper Job. Stone walls, open fires, low beams, scrubbed oak tables and flagstone floors characterise the welcoming interior, the atmosphere enhanced at night with candlelit tables. There’s a splendid landscaped rear garden, perfect for summer alfresco meals. Visitors exploring Slapton Ley Nature Reserve and Slapton Sands should venture inland to seek out this ancient inn.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 1st 2 weeks January
  • Days closed: Sunday evening in winter
  • Opening times: 12-3 6-11 (Sunday 12-4)
  • Lunch opening: all week 12-2.30
  • Dinner opening: Monday to Saturday 6.30-9.30

Food and drink

  • Real ales: Butcombe Bitter, Otter Bitter, St Austell Proper Job, The South Hams Devon Pride
  • Real ciders: Sharp's Orchard, Thatchers Haze

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Events

  • Beer festival, Contact pub for details

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs
  • Baby change

Accessibility

  • Ramp or lift access available

Dogs

  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

Exit A379 south of Dartmouth, left at Slapton Sands

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