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Dartmoor Halfway Inn, Bickington

Alex Green enjoys a relaxing family dining experience in this renovated pub

Since its renovation, the Dartmoor Halfway Inn has received a welcome return from customers, who include a good mix of locals from the nearby moorland towns, plus passing trade, given its proximity to the A38. With nicely presented rooms and a campsite to boot, you can even stop a while.

It’s retained some of the classic features we love about a traditional pub, including dark oak-beamed ceilings and an ornate wooden bar. Yet there’s now a retro style, with 50s-inspired low-slung chairs and ornamental camping and caravanning decorations.

I arrived with my two kids, Toby and Charlotte, and my friend Alice. We were immediately drawn to the conservatory area and the kids ran outside to enjoy the safe and secure playground. Children (and dogs) are welcomed.

Service was excellent thanks to the friendly professionalism of Assistant Manager, John, and the food did not disappoint. I had the smoked salmon and beetroot to start, served with the sweetest of pea shoots – a perfectly balanced combination of refreshing and light flavours. Alice had the warm goat’s cheese salad – a generously portioned starter.

The children’s meals arrived at the same time: cod goujons and chicken nuggets to keep the little ones satisfied.

For my main course, I thoroughly enjoyed the monkfish and king prawn curry with fluffy white rice – it had just the right amount of heat from the chillies. Alice had the sea bass fillets with crushed potatoes, fennel and vine tomatoes – all perfectly cooked – with a crispy skin on the fish, and a sweet taste from the tomatoes. For pudding, we shared the hot chocolate fudge cake with ice cream – an indulgent end to a delightful meal.

Sample Menu


  • Ham hock, pea and black pudding potato hash with poached egg and hollandaise
  • Chicken caesar salad with crispy bacon
  • Warm focaccia bread and olives


  • Fresh local cod in beer batter
  • Falafel and spinach burger
  • Slow-roasted belly pork


  • Cherry and Amaretto Roulade

  • Key Lime Pie
  • Dartmoor Mess


Starters from £5

Mains from £11

Desserts all £6

Alex loves… the retro model of a VW Campervan, the light and airy conservatory, and the views of the surrounding green and rolling countryside.
Dartmoor Halfway Inn
Ashburton Road
Newton Abbot
Devon TQ12 6JW

01626 824011

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