Steam Packet, TotnesThe Dart is tidal in Totnes, and drinkers and diners on the Steam Packet’s roomy riverside terrace typically spot a gray seal that scoops up salmon coming over the weir at excessive tide, or simply pops its head up and takes a go searching. The city sits on the backside of a steep-sided valley, like many locations within the South Hams, however a quirk within the contours of the residential space west of this pub means the early night solar typically strikes the loungers and tables. A lot beloved by locals and guests alike for its traditional meals (pork stomach, beef bourguignon, scampi), that is the proper pub to conclude a stroll alongside the river from Sharpham or a wander across the backside finish of city. Open from 12 AprilThe Bay Horse, Totnes {Photograph}: Nick Maslen/AlamyThe lengthy, skinny terrace-cum-garden in the back of the Bay Horse, on the ethereal summit of Totnes excessive avenue, has a conspiratorial really feel. Right here be rainbow-scarfed locals plotting the subsequent XR roadblock or anti-mask demo, or people musicians armed with devices and protest songs (Thursdays had been gig nights within the pre-Covid period). Atypical ale lovers from throughout South Hams additionally collect on the “Bay”, although: landlords Rob and Kathy hold a wonderful vary of draught ciders and beers, together with native New Lion ales, and can little question be internet hosting their well-liked beer festivals as quickly as the principles permit. Wines are nicely chosen and glorious worth. Fairly than operating a giant kitchen operation, the Bay does bar meals: mushroom paté, tuna baguettes, big sausage rolls with aspect salad, steak and portobello mushroom pie and wedges or pasties from native Halls butchers. Prospects may also convey a takeaway in from Albatross fish and chips or pizza from Room 101 – each a brief stroll away. Open from 15 April, Thur-Solar initiallyKings Arms, StreteMost tourers go via Strete with no second thought – besides maybe for the bottlenecked site visitors – as they velocity on to Blackpool Sands and Slapton Ley. However wiser people and thirsty walkers cease on the community-owned Kings Arms to get pleasure from a pint of refreshing ale and to take in the views from one of the crucial privileged positions on the south Devon coast. The pub’s giant, well-kept backyard has big views over the ocean and throughout neighbouring farms; these doing the South West Coast Path can see the subsequent few miles of their hike. A wonderful menu incorporates the anticipated burgers and fish and chips, in addition to Fowey mussels, hen marinated in sriracha sauce and wild mushroom tart, with Devon rhubarb and truffle cake for afters. If you happen to’re driving, there’s a parking lot simply west of the pub. Open from 12 April The Thatched Tavern, Maidencombe {Photograph}: Colin Cadle/AlamyGiven that the South West Coast Path presents 630 miles to select from, you would possibly suppose the stretch between built-up Torquay and built-up Teignmouth was not probably the most alluring. But it surely’s truly a stunning half-day stroll, with loads of viewpoints and a few sharp inclines to assist work up a sweat and an urge for food. The Seventeenth-century chocolate box-pretty Thatched Tavern is about midway alongside, and its backyard is beautiful. Meals contains River Teign mussels steamed in cider cream sauce, Brixham fish pie, and roasts on Sundays. The small, stunning seashore is just under the pub, although observe that the pub’s avenue handle is Steep Hill. Bus quantity 22 between the 2 resorts stops at Maidencombe. Opening in Could – date tbc Journey’s Finish, Ringmore {Photograph}: DGDImages/AlamyThe seashores of south Devon are deservedly well-known. Whereas they draw crowds on balmy days, there’s loads of room to unfold out. Most guests select a spot the place they’ll park conveniently. A lunch at Journey’s Finish opens up the seashores, coast-path clifftops and inlets west of Ayrmer Cove, solely one among which seems on Google maps and all of that are only a quick hike from the automotive park. This Thirteenth-century pub, a couple of mile inland, is in tiny Ringmore, a kind of Domesday-old dreamy hamlets which have a couple of thatched cottages and a church, and nonetheless boast a good pub. The massive, secluded, gravelled terrace has loads of tables, although not all have canopies/sunshades. The bar has an all-Devon vary of beers (together with Bays, Crimson Rock, South Hams and Teignworthy) and the meals, esteemed by regulars, runs the gamut from beef brisket doorstep sandwiches to a scrumptious minestrone soup, to beef onglet, shiitake mushroom and noodles. Three paths lead all the way down to the ocean (the place, observe, there are not any loos). Open from 12 April The Royal Oak, Meavy {Photograph}: Bryan Eveleigh/AlamyThis cute Grade II-listed pub, within the not overly trodden south-west nook of Dartmoor, between Ivybridge and Tavistock, has an entire village inexperienced for a “beer backyard” – the Royal Oak takes its identify from an 800-year-old tree that’s its centrepiece. The environment is beautiful of a night, when locals and guests park alongside the lanes and unfold out on the lawns (as soon as the few benches and tables are crammed) to get pleasure from a glass of wine or fizz, a pint of Otter or Black Tor ale, or a scrumpy cider from Devon producers Hunts or Sandford. Hen and veggie pies, beef and Cajun hen burgers and Thai choices had been all supplied throughout lockdown, however the menu shall be expanded and revamped as customized will increase. The Royal Oak runs a profitable catering firm, and has had some high cooks through the years. It sources all its beef, lamb, venison and pork from Dartmoor suppliers and is thought for its Dartmoor pony meat burgers. Open from 12 AprilWhite Hart, Dartington Property {Photograph}: Andy Lovell/AlamyThe 1,200-acre Dartington Property close to Totnes is famend for its contributions to the humanities, training and ecology, however for many guests it’s the gardens that work the magic. The tiered “tiltyard” ignored by 12 Irish yews (the “12 apostles”) and historical chestnut timber, sloping lawns and flower- and bird-filled scrubby patches have been open to members solely via the pandemic, however must be open to day guests quickly. The White Hart has one door on to the primary quad and one other on to a big, flat garden; the latter is a superb place to take a seat again with one of many bar’s draught ales or graze on a ham hock terrine or some native cheese. There’s additionally an ideal cafe, the Inexperienced Desk, simply 5 minutes away (open from 12 April). All of the meals at Dartington is sustainably sourced and far of it’s produced in Devon; an everyday farmers’ market is deliberate for later within the 12 months. Pub open from 14 AprilUnion Inn, Denbury {Photograph}: Jonathan Somers/AlamySouth Devon is offered to outsiders – considerably artificially – as coasts and moorland, twee cottages and fudge outlets. The 14th century Union Inn, simply west of Newton Abbot, is a correct native and surrounded by flattish agricultural land – you possibly can see Dartmoor clearly on the horizon. The pub has put up a few marquees and benches to create more room for outdoor eating. The winter menu is simply what a farmer would possibly get pleasure from after a day’s muckspreading (or drone programming): ham, egg and chips; beef lasagne; massive burgers in brioche buns; roasts; and there’s additionally a pizza oven. From Denbury a maze of nation lanes followers out over to the Riverford veg empire and Staverton; it’s nice for straightforward biking or a gradual drive. Open from 12 AprilChurch Home Inn, MarldonOn a excessive ridge above Paignton, Marldon just isn’t on the primary vacationer drag, however the Church Home Inn – which has stood right here in a single kind or one other because the 14th century – is well-known throughout Torbay as probably the greatest foodie venues round. Inside it’s a stone-clad magnificence, however the gardens are additionally enticing, framed by timber, palms and flowering vegetation. The Church Home grew to become a vacation spot by providing meals a notch above pub grub, so anticipate mains akin to oven-roast salmon, turkey and courgette open burger, pumpkin ravioli and tiger prawn and monkfish curry. Even the bar snacks are a bit posh, with fillings like avocado and Devon crab. The bar does a number of native actual ales and has an in depth wine checklist. The John Musgrave Heritage Path, a 35-mile route round Torbay, passes via Marldon and each September (since 1888) the village holds an Apple Pie Truthful. Open from 17 MayRugglestone Inn, Widecombe within the Moor {Photograph}: AlamyWidecombe is one among Dartmoor’s loveliest villages, and its two glorious pubs – the Rugglestone and the Previous Inn – are deservedly well-liked with hikers, cyclists, bikers and motorists. Haytor Rocks, Hound Tor and different photogenic summits are inside putting distance, and the good inexperienced shoulder of Hameldown is simply to the west. The Rugglestone’s pleasant backyard is an enclosed patch of garden that has particular enchantment after you’ve been out on the windy heights. Hens cluck across the toes of the benches whereas bar workers come and go along with plates of haddock-and-mozzarella fish truffles, katsu curry and pork enchiladas; there’s a cured meat and olives platter if you’re snacking. Locals additionally congregate right here for a pint and a chat. Whereas the height lunch hours (1-3pm) will be busy on Sundays, the place is so much calmer within the late afternoon, making it nicely suited to a post-hike drink. The Rugglestone gained a Camra award in 2017 for an unbroken run of 10 years within the Good Beer Information. Open from 12 April