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Top 50 gastropubs 2019

… and Devon's triple-cooked chips stacked up nicely with three foodie pubs shortlisted. Roomy pants on? Let's tuck in.

Devon has reached gastronomic greatness! Of course we knew this already and are totally biased, but the UK’s top foodies and pub pros seem to agree, having placed a very respectable THREE gastros in our ‘hood in The Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub Awards.

Organised by the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, The Top 50 Gastropub shortlist really matters in the foodie pub world, as it celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of the great British pub that serves awesome grub. Our foodie three are The Cornish Arms in Tavistock, The Swan in Bampton, and The Masons Arms in South Molton. They all take advantage of local, seasonal ingredients, offering outstanding plates of food with a relaxed vibe.


The Cornish Arms, Tavistock (no.18)

Interior of restaurant at the Cornish Arms Tavistock

A thriving gastro pub in the heart of town, quietly going about its very brilliant business.  Dishes are unpretentious and great value (hence it has a Bib Gourmand).  I’ve not yet been, but this is one to put on the list.


The Swan, Bampton (no.20)

This unassuming-looking pub doesn’t have a hint of pretentiousness despite its many awards. It’s great for families (and their four-legged friends), looking for excellent, hearty food and drink with a traditional, cosy pub atmosphere.  Read our review for the full lowdown.


The Masons Arms, Knowstone (no.29)

This Michelin-starred gem on the edge of Exmoor has some of the finest menus in our region. A rustic thatched 13th century inn with an unusual frescoed ceiling, they do, of course, use seasonal and local produce. The results are beautiful looking plates of food.

Wanna know how the neighbours got on?


St Tudy Inn, Bodmin (no.24)


The White Post, Yeovil (no. 41)


See the full list of Top 50 Gastropubs here.

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