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Elephants Nest Inn

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Horndon | Mary Tavy, Dartmoor National Park, Tavistock PL19 9NQ, England
+44 1822 810273
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good33%
  • Average10%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible8%
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12:00 - 15:00All hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Horndon | Mary Tavy, Dartmoor National Park, Tavistock PL19 9NQ, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Good... location, ample parking, gardens, dog friendly, well thought out menu, decent ale. Average... food presentation, service. Visited with hubby for the first time on a quiet Sunday evening. We arrived just after 7pm and found the place virtually empty, and although a steady stream...More

Thank glynsarah2016
dartmoorman, Manager at Elephants Nest Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi thanks for the review please be assured that the vegetables are not frozen, currently we have runner beans from our veg plot and carrots plus one other from a local grocery. Apologies over the coffee.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Down in Devon from Essex & Hertfordshire to meet up with family who live in Launceston. The Elephants Nest was recommended by the 'locals' and was the ideal venue for the 8 of us to meet. They had set up a big square table so...More

Thank Sue C
dartmoorman, Manager at Elephants Nest Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for the great review hope to see again soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're looking for somewhere to eat you wont be disapointed with a visit to the elephants nest. Its a real old fashioned pub, with real atmosphere, lovely features and great food and service. Dog friendly, can't ask for more..

Thank Jonathan G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love this pub. it is quintessential England with the best pub garden we have been too. The menu and chef were out of this world - we could have eaten a dozen items on the menu and everything we ate was excellent. However the...More

Thank Bigverny
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We recently stayed at the Elephants Nest and had a charming three days walking on Dartmoor. The Elephants Net is a lovely old Inn with tons of atmosphere and is a very good centre for exploring Dartmoor. Our room was comfortable, the evening meals were...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have been here on many occasions over the years and have found it very consistent with regard to food and service. Great location. Food good quality and reasonably priced. Dog friendly and welcomed inside as well as in the gardens.

Thank fjdbd
dartmoorman, Manager at Elephants Nest Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

thanks for the review, dogs are indeed allowed anywhere !

Reviewed 19 August 2017

We use the Elephant’s Nest 3-4 times per year as we rotate around the Dartmoor and West Devon inns for variety. Last Thursday was the second time we have eaten dinner here since the new chef arrived, which confirmed our initial impression that, sadly, the...More

Thank Nigel T
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

This is a quality West Country inn with a satisfyingly 'lived in' feel. Our room (no.2) was comfortable, spacious and quiet and the view perfect. Our evening meals were probably some of the best we've had in British pubs - thoughtfully cooked and perfectly presented....More

Thank Harveychant
dartmoorman, Manager at Elephants Nest Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for the review, so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Decided to take some foodie friends on the strength of the new chef. We sat at table with drinks, eventually sourcing our own menus from the bar as no waitress appeared. We placed our food order for five at about 8.00 pm with no problem...More

Thank Tavtrekker
dartmoorman, Manager at Elephants Nest Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Clearly our service was not acceptable on this occasion, unfortunately during holiday season the pub can become extremely busy during peak times and delay s can happen as our food is cooked to order. We clearly needed more staff on this occasion but being rural...More

Reviewed 9 August 2017

This is a pub we had not visited for many years. The menu looked inviting but the food that arrived was, at best average. The summer veg salad was, in fact, a small portion of couscous with a few peas, beans, beetroot and carrots dotted...More

Thank heatherogburn
dartmoorman, Manager at Elephants Nest Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Apologies if you did not enjoy your visit, I can guarantee your fish was fresh as we have it delivered at least every 48 hours. If you have a problem it is always best to say at the time so we can fix it, it...More

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9 January 2016|
Response from dartmoorman | Property representative |
Yes we have ramps we use over the stairs, just let us know. And yes both children and dogs are welcome. Look forward to seeing you.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$ 19
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, View, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 23:30
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18:30 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Horndon | Mary Tavy, Dartmoor National Park, Tavistock PL19 9NQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Dartmoor National Park  >  Tavistock
  • Phone Number: +44 1822 810273
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We pride ourselves on producing the highest quality food from the finest ingredients - beef, from local herds that has had a minimum of 21 days maturing; lamb and pork also from local farms; fish that is delivered fresh - never frozen - from St Ives daily; marvellous and varied English cheeses from Tavistock and fruit and vegetables from Helston. All our food is prepared and cooked from these fresh ingredients in our kitchen; no bought-in already prepared frozen food is ever used. Our menu and specials are ever changing and offer a wide selection to choose from including a number of vegetarian dishes. On Sunday lunchtimes we have a choice of two roasts (one of which is always sirloin of South Devon beef), steak and kidney pudding, haddock and chips together with a selection of dishes from the specials board.
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