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The Horn of Plenty, Tavistock

Sue Stoneman escapes to the moors for an evening of fine dining at one of Devon’s most luxurious hotels

It’s well worth the trip across the moors to visit this beautiful moorland country house hotel. If you time it right and visit on a sunny evening, as we did, aim to arrive early and enjoy a glass of prosecco and canapés outside on the terrace, where you can listen to the birds, the trickling water from the fountain, and take in the views.

We had plenty of time to ponder over the table d’hôte menu before moving into the light, airy restaurant, which has the same gorgeous views.

My friend and I nibbled on freshly baked buttermilk bread before our starters arrived. I chose the guinea fowl with honey radish and oxtail jus – a joy to eat. The succulent meat was accompanied by little, sweet radishes. My friend had scallop ceviche, trout roe and dill emulsion. She said the silky scallop melted in her mouth, and not wanting to leave any of the dressing in the shell, she mopped up every last drop with her bread.

My main of Devon beef fillet was pink, juicy in the middle, and so tender. Roasted beetroot, small shallots, a fondant potato and a rich red wine jus added more fresh flavours to the dish. Fish featured again for my friend’s choice, and she tucked into confit sea trout with heritage tomato, courgettes, basil and langoustine oil, and pomme soufflé. The plump, flaky trout was a lovely pink colour and full of flavour. More bread was needed to enjoy the delicately flavoured oil.

Our delicious desserts were strawberry crème brûlée and a brown butter parfait. Both were delightful and, again, our plates were scraped clean.

Being the designated driver, I was happy with a glass of water to accompany my meal. Not bottled or tap, but fresh water from the hotel’s well!

Coffee and petits fours on the terrace was the perfect end to our evening. For something a little bit special, a trip to The Horn of Plenty should be on your list for a top gourmet experience, friendly service and a fabulous location.

Sample Menu



  • Celeriac velouté with cured egg yolk and apple gel
  • Devon beef carpaccio, wasabi cream, pickled vegetables, herb flower salad and parmesan snow


  • Cod, salsa verde, potato terrine, chive and white balsamic, and trout caviar
  • Oven pot cauliflower, heritage carrot, burnt cauliflower purée and pickled vegetables


  • Glazed lemon tartlet, raspberry and hazelnut
  • Cheeseboard

Coffee, tea and petits fours


Table d’hôte menu: £69 per person

Sue loves: the panoramic views, fabulous fine dining experience and the fresh water from the well
The Horn of Plenty
Devon PL19 8JD

01822 832528

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