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 good choice of modern pub grub prepared from locally sourced ingredients. Stone walls, open fires, low beams, scrubbed oak tables and flagstone floors characterise the welcoming interior. There’s a splendid landscaped rear garden, perfect for summer alfresco meals.
Closed: 1st 2 weeks January
Days closed: Sunday evening in winter
Opening times: 12–3 6–11 (Sunday 12–4)
Lunch: all week 12–2.30
Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6.30–9.30
Credit cards accepted
Coach parties welcome
Ramp access available
Allowed in bar
Allowed in restaurant
Allowed in garden
Exit A379 south of Dartmouth, left at Slapton Sands.