The Oxenham Arms Hotel & Restaurant, South Zeals, Dartmoor, Devon
Although the Oxenham Arms in South Zeal is a hotel and restaurant, it’s also a very charming village pub, spot on for a drop of lunch after a hike on Dartmoor. The building is fascinating; it used to be a Benedictine monastery and it dates back to the 12th century so you can imagine the character that oozes from every nook and cranny – lovely old flagstones on the floor, thick oak beams and in the winter, roaring log fires to keep you warm. Past visitors include Sir Francis Drake, Admiral Lord Nelson, Charles Dickens and a royal or two, so if it's good enough for them...
Eat in the bar, snug or restaurant, or if the sun has got his hat on, sit outside in the beer garden where the views of the moors are fantastic. Food is very good; to give you an idea, on the lunch menu are sharing boards, Chargrilled Devon chicken breast, Devon steak, ale and mushroom pie, Butternut squash & sage ravioli, and a Trio of local sausages with mash and greens. The Sunday roast is excellent.
Open everyday 11.00 am-11.00 pm Dogs welcome in the bar
T: 01837 840244 All information correct at the time of writing