Real Cider and Perry Pubs
Traditional real cider and perry has seen a dramatic increase of both varieties and producers over the last few years. The branch are aware of the following pubs serving a growing range of traditional cider and perry:
Real Cider and Perry Pubs
- Avon Inn
The pub is situated at the crossroads in the centre of the village. The pub is open until at least 2230 daily, but may close later. The lounge is now the restaurant. The pub is the centre of the community with various events regularly taking place - see website for details. The pub also serves upto 10 ciders from Ashridge, Countryman, Sandford Orchards and Westons. The village is served by Country Bus route 91 between Plymouth and Totnes, Fridays only. On-site camping is available by prior arrangement.
- Avon Inn Avonwick Avonwick TQ10 9NB moc.liamg@nnikciwnova(01364) 73475
- Bere Ferrers
- Olde Plough Inn
This 16th Century village inn has outstanding views over the River Tavy from the beer garden and is only a 15 minute walk from the station on the picturesque Tamar Valley line. Three guest beers feature both local (Noss Beer Works, Salcombe, Summerskills and Roam Brewery), popular nationals and Bere Brewery bottled beers. Inside, there are flagstone floors, exposed stonework walls, beamed ceilings, real fires and a welcoming atmosphere. Live music, acoustic nights and jam sessions feature, along with themed food nights and the Wednesday evening quiz. Food is served to suit all ages, tastes and appetites. In summer, real cider is available and opening hours may be extended including all day on Saturday.
CAMRA Member Discount 10%/pint off real ale and cider is available here.
- Olde Plough Inn Fore Street Bere Ferrers PL20 7JG ku.oc.nnihguolpedloeht@sutcatnoc(01822) 840358
- Horse & Groom
Previously sited on the opposite side of the main road, this 1930's community pub features one large bar, and is decorated with historic photos of the area taken from the former Moorhaven Hospital which overlooked the village. The house beer, Horse & Groom Ale, is brewed by Hunters, with the three guest beers regularly coming from Bays, Dartmoor, Exeter, Hunters, Otter, Skinners, South Hams, St Austell, Summerskills and Teignworthy. Thatcher's dry cider is sold, with Ashridge cider in summer. Beer and cider festivals are held, supporting local charities. Beer tapas are available: three one third pints of beer. Old photos of the nearby Moorhaven Hospital and the now-closed Bittaford Railway Station adorn the walls. A monthly quiz night is held on the first Thursday of the month.
One beer festival is held annually in July, and a cider and sausage festival is held in support of local charities.
CAMRA members receive a discount of 10p/pint and 5p/half pint on real ales.
- Horse & Groom Exeter Road Bittaford PL21 0EL moc.liamtekcor@moorgdnaesroh(01752) 892358
- Foxhound Inn
This 18th century former coaching house is situated in a rural village just east of Plymouth, where it is well served by a frequent daytime bus service. The pub has two separate bars with a lounge and a small restaurant. Traditional English meals are made using locally sourced ingredients. Ales from local breweries are regularly featured, including Red Coat brewed by Summerskills with help from the landlord! A monthly quiz night is held, as are curry nights. Former Plymouth CAMRA Country Pub of The Year 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017, and Runner Up 2015, 2018 and 2019.
- Foxhound Inn Kingsbridge Road Brixton PL8 2AH ku.oc.nnidnuohxof@ofni(01752) 880271
- Buckland Monachorum
- Drake Manor Inn
This cosy and friendly pub, which dates from the 16th century, is located in a pleasant village on the edge of Dartmoor. The two regular ales are supplemented by one guest beer, usually sourced from Otter Brewery. It attracts a regular clientele who are happy to be assisted with the daily crossword. The inviting traditional interior features an intimate meeting area, a public bar and a restaurant area in which to sample the good food. The garden, with a stream, is an enjoyable sun trap. Live music appears on the first Wednesday and second Sunday evening of each month, with the occasional visits by the local morris dancers.
- Drake Manor Inn The Village Buckland Monachorum PL20 7NA ku.oc.nnironamekard@ronamekard(01822) 853892
- Down Thomas
- Mussel Inn
A comfortable and well-presented pub, which is tucked away in a small village not far from the sea. Up to three regularly changing real ales are available. The wide-ranging food, from sandwiches and baguettes to steaks and fresh, locally sourced ingredients, is very popular. Food is served daily from 1200 – 1500 and 1800 – 2100, and all day on Sundays. Check the bus times as the service is limited. Families are welcome.
Five holiday cottages will be available for hire from Autumn 2019 – please check with the pub, and not Plymouth CAMRA!
- Mussel Inn Down Thomas Down Thomas PL9 0AQ moc.liamg@htuomylpnnilessumeht(01752) 862238
- Miner's Arms
Dating from 1783, this pub is rich in history with its' association with the close-by Drakelands Mine. The three regular beers are supplemented by at least one other from local Devon breweries, including South Hams and Summerskills, making this pub well worth seeking out. The bar is traditional, with a locally mined slate floor, and there is also an authentic wishing well hidden in the snug!
The friendly atmosphere and delightful location make it very popular. The spacious children’s play area enables alfresco meals and bar snacks to be eaten while enjoying the summer’s day. There is also a conservatory with dining area and patio.
Regular beer and cider festivals are held, as are regular quiz nights and other events.
CAMRA Member Discount 30p/pint off real ale is available here.
- Miner's Arms Hemerdon Hemerdon PL7 5BU ku.oc.bupsmrasrenimeht@sgnikoob(01752) 336040
- Forest Inn
Country inn situated in the Dartmoor Forest welcoming walkers, riders, anglers, canoeists, dogs and children. Two Dartmoor beers, and Tribute, and local real cider (Sam's, varies) are available, plus another guest ale in summer. Good homemade food, using local produce wherever possible, and accommodation, including en-suite guestrooms and a bunkhouse, are offered. The bar area has been attractively refurbished recently. Horses can be stabled by prior arrangement. Duchy of Cornwall fishing permits available for holders of a current NRA licence.
As with most Dartmoor pubs, it is worth checking that the pub will be open when you plan to visit.
Please note that from 1st Nov 2017, the pub will be closed all day, and food will not be available on Sunday evenings until the pub reverts back to their summer opening hours (around Easter 2018).
- Forest Inn Hexworthy Hexworthy PL20 6SD ku.oc.roomtradnnitserof@ofni(01364) 631211
- Heybrook Bay
- Eddystone Inn
The pub has a spacious bar, seperate restaurant and outdoor terrace, which offers greats views to the Eddystone Lighthouse. It is also ideal for walkers on the South West coastal footpath. Food is served all day in summer and at the usual traditional meal times in winter. Monday evening is food theme night, currently home made pies. Up to four real ales are available in Summer, reducing to two in Winter. The limited bus service operates on school timetables.
The pub is open from 1130-2230 (2330 Fri, Sat) daily, with food available all day from 1200-2100 (2000 Sun)
Mon – Thur 1130 – 1530; 1730 – 2230 Fri, Sat 1130 – 2330 Sun 1130 – 2200
Mon – Fri 1200 – 1500; 1730 – 2100 Sat 1200 – 2100 Sun 1200 – 2000 However, please check the pub website, as these are liable to change
- Eddystone Inn Heybrook Drive Heybrook Bay PL9 0BN moc.liamg@nnienotsyddeeht(01752) 862572
- Leaping Salmon Inn
This Dartmoor village pub has been completely refurbished by its local owners and saved from redevelopment. It is set close to the ancient bridge over the River Walkham, and serves two constantly-changing ales from local breweries. The main area is split level with the upper part containing the bar and a large fireplace. The lower area also has a small games room. All have various solid floors, simple decoration and furnishings, giving a modern but in keeping feel. The main bar and toilets can be reached by wheelchair from the car park at the rear. Accommodation and a function room are also available. The village is served by the regular Tavistock-Plymouth services on the main A386, approximately a 15 minute walk.
Summer hours vary - please see pub website for details.
- Leaping Salmon Inn Whitchurch Road Horrabridge PL20 7TP ku.oc.nomlasgnipaeleht@ofni(01822) 851541
- Royal Inn
Originally built as a nunnery in 1437 (but may have been 50 years earlier) by French Benedictine monks and reported to have been visited by Charles I. The pub overlooks an old bridge on the River Tamar, connecting Cornwall to Devon. The central bar serves the bar area and lounge both featuring half paneling, stone floors, log fires and traditional styling. A further larger room is found off the lounge. It also has a terraced garden with sheltered seating and free WiFi. Guest beers are usually served on gravity; the locally sourced food is recommended.
Please note: Bus service is very limited.
- Royal Inn Horsebridge Horsebridge PL19 8PJ (01822) 870214
- Imperial Inn
28 Western Road
New licensees, Margaret and Mark, offer a warm welcoming pub that was tastefully refurbished recently. The Dartmoor Jail and St. Austell Tribute are the regular ales and they complement the popular and varied daily food menu (no food on Tuesdays). There is a designated live sports viewing area, and occasional live entertainment takes place on Sunday evenings.
- Imperial Inn 28 Western Road Ivybridge PL21 9AN (01752) 651091
- Mountain Inn
Old Chapel Road
UPDATE 14/07/2020: The pub is now open again, but the details here will need to be updated in due course - sorry for any inconvenience.
Initially, the pub is serving three real ales, Dartmoor Legend and Jail Ale, and Sharp's Doom Bar. Food is not currently available, but please see the pub's Facebook page for the latest information.
UPDATE 24 March 2020: The pub was purchased on 31st January 2020 by David Michelmore, who has commenced a full pub refurbishment. It is planned to re-open as a Local's local again, complete with a selection of real ales. The details given below will be incorrect. Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the pub remained closed closed until 04/07/2020.
A traditional two-roomed pub with simple cob walls and real fires. The local favourite, Dartmoor Jail Ale, is accompanied by three wide-ranging guest ales, occasional draught ciders, and up to 8 bottled ciders. Simple pub food is available daily except Tuesday. Although situated in the foothills of Dartmoor, the pub's name is actually a corruption of Montain, the name of an old local landowner. An annual beer festival is held. Bus service is daytime only, not Sun. The pub was listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) on 1/8/13 by South Hams District Council. Sadly, the pub closed on 26/8/14 on the retirement of the landlady.
- Mountain Inn Old Chapel Road Lutton PL21 9SA moc.duolci@eromlehctimdivad(01752) 858893
- Mary Tavy
- Mary Tavy Inn
A traditional roadside inn where visitors, locals and families are welcome, with up to four real ales and one cider are available. The popular bar accommodates pool, darts, TV and large fire. This is complemented by a spacious restaurant and beer garden, with views up to Dartmoor. Music nights, charity events, quizzes, Sunday carvery and a late May Bank Holiday beer festival feature on the pub's itinerary. Modern B & B accommodation is available in the adjacent building. Dogs are allowed in the bar. Camping available in pub grounds, motor homes by prior arrangement.
The pub is open all day, every day, in summer.
- Mary Tavy Inn Lane Head Mary Tavy PL19 9PN (01822) 810326
- Royal Oak Inn
This multi award-winning popular gem of a pub can be found tucked away in an attractive valley - a must for fans of real ale, real cider and real conversation. Upto four real ales and three real ciders are available. It is a hostelry of two halves: the quiet, smart lounge provides good quality locally sourced food and relaxation, while the very lively public bar provides a Devon welcome and a roaring fire. Check out the informative website for news of special offers, live music, morris dancing visits. Plymouth CAMRA Country Pub Of The Year 2019.
- Royal Oak Inn Meavy Meavy PL20 6PJ ku.gro.nnikaolayor@ofni(01822) 852944
- Milton Abbot
- Edgcumbe Arms
A typical, two-roomed Devonian village local pub with an impressive log-burning fireplace in the lounge. There are usually two South West beers available, one at 4% and one at 5%, which complement the locally-produced Countryman cider. Good value, locally sourced food is available from 12-2 and 6.00-9pm daily. The village is served by Oakley's Coaches service 121, but is a very limited service available on Fridays only.
- Edgcumbe Arms The Village Milton Abbot PL19 0PB ku.oc.smra-ebmucgde@droldnal(01822) 870603
- Milton Combe
- Who'd Have Thought It Inn
In a small village near Buckland Abbey, this quaint 16th century free house is a must. The well-kept ale is usually sourced from the South West, with the emphasis on Dartmoor, Sharp's, St. Austell (one ale from each brewery is usually available) with Skinners and Teignworthy making regular appearances. The pub is popular for Sunday lunches, though drinkers are always welcome. The interior is divided into three sections, including the small characteristic main bar where board games are available. To the rear, there is a new and popular beer garden.
This pub is open from 1200 to 2300 daily in Summer.
- Who'd Have Thought It Inn The Village Milton Combe PL20 6HP email@example.com(01822) 853313
- Exeter Inn
The pub is situated at the bottom of the hill on the main A379. It is the oldest pub in the village, dating from the 14th century, with additions being added in the 19th century. It has been used as a coaching inn from Elizabethan times, and by Royalists during the Civil War. Food is served at both lunchtime (between 1200 - 1400 (1500 Sun) and evening (1830 - 2030, except there is no food on Wednesday or on Sunday evenings (roast available at lunchtime only)). Up to 4 real ales are available.
- Modbury Inn
A traditional 16th century English pub, a short walk from the village’s main thoroughfare, and is also now a free house. The multi-roomed interior features wood panelling, exposed beams and a more modern conservatory. There is a large beer garden with children’s play area to the rear. The three regular beers are supplemented by a forth pump featuring a wide range of breweries, mostly in Devon and Cornwall. A Sunday night quiz is featured alongside a Friday Curry Night. Food is available every evening from 1800 - 2030, and Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes 1200 - 1400. Takeaway food is also available in the evenings.
- Exeter Inn Church Street Modbury PL21 0QR (01548) 831225
- Newton Ferrers
- Dolphin Inn
Riverside Road East
The pub is situated close to the tidal estuary, with views across to Noss Mayo. Up to four real ales are usually available, mainly sourced from within the west country. The pub re-opened under new management in early 2019 after a short period of closure. Good home-cooked food is served daily at both lunchtime and in the evenings. The pub has a small car park, and friendly dogs are welcome.
- Dolphin Inn Riverside Road East Newton Ferrers PL8 1AE moc.liamg@notwennihplod(01752) 872007
- Artillery Arms
6 Pound Street
Cracking back-street local tucked away in the old quarter of Stonehouse, close to the magnificent Grade 1-listed Royal William Yard, and maintains the area’s military connections. One South West guest beer, such as a beer from Black Tor, Dartmoor and Summerskills, and Thatchers Heritage or Cheddar Valley cider are normally available and supplement the Draught Bass. An out of season Beach Party takes place on the last weekend of February, and charity monkey-racing also features. This place is a real find and is popular with hockey teams who use the nearby pitches.
- Brass Monkey
12-14 Royal Parade
Busy city centre pub offering themed evenings and live music every Saturday evening. The pub serves up to 8 ales and 2 real ciders on 10 handpulls. House beers include Brass Monkey Ale (4% ABV) and Brass Monkey's Big Brother (6% ABV), and Weston's Traditional Scrumpy. Other Devon and Cornwall ales feature regularly, as well as some national favourites. Occasional beer festivals are held.
CAMRA Member's Vouchers may be redeemable here and CAMRA Member Discount 10%/pint off real ale may also be available here - don't forget your Membership Card!
- Bread & Roses
62 Ebrington Street
This friendly, and sympathetically-restored, late Victorian pub is popular with university staff, but also has a mixed clientele. Up to three ever-changing real ales are available, which are organic/Fairtrade wherever possible, just like the snacks. The beers are selected from local and regional breweries, including small batch and speciality beers unusual for the area. The pub promotes artistic and musical creativity, and is a vibrant music hub for local talent.
CAMRA Member Discount 10%/pint off real ale is available here.
- Britannia Inn
2 Wolesely Road
An Edwardian pub, built in the 1830's, and situated opposite the Plymouth City Bus depot, Central Park and the Life Centre, and a short walk from Home Park, Plymouth Argyle FC - it can be very busy on match days. Ten hand pumps dispense at least one real cider, with Westons and other local ciders appearing regularly. The pub itself was built by the grandfather of Captain Scott (of The Antarctic fame). Numerous buses from the city centre and railway station pass by the door step. Since becoming a JD Wetherspoon in 1999, the pub has established a well-earned reputation for its' well-kept real ale, and supplements this with a map of where the breweries are located. Beers from Bays, Exmoor, Hanlons and Summerskills appear regularly.
CAMRA Member Vouchers may be redeemable here - don't forget your membership card.
- Cider House
Formally known as The Old Friary, the Cider House aims to provide a warm atmosphere with a range of around 20 plus ciders, where the cider drinker can enjoy such delights as Thatchers Heritage, Cheddar Valley and Traditional Medium, and Sam's Scrumpy to name a few. Full meals are not served here, but, to accompany the golden nectar, there are some great British cheeses and West Country ham, served in crusty bread, or why not try a traditional ploughman's lunch or cheeseboard. A limited range of real ale may be available, such as St. Austell Tribute on my last visit. Strictly no children (it is a cider house!).
- Clifton Inn
35 Clifton Street
This is a spacious back-street local which is not far from the city centre. Up to four ales may be available, along with at least one real cider dispensed from the bank of five handpumps. Ales from Dartmoor, Sharp's and Summerskills appear regularly. Pool and dart teams play here regularly, while live televised sport provide sporting entertainment for the less energetic, including a very large projection TV screen. A large heated patio area is provided for those who smoke.
- Dolphin Hotel
14 The Barbican
An unpretentious hostelry steeped in history, the Dolphin is a Plymouth institution. Up to 8 beers are dispensed by gravity straight from the cask, with Thatchers Cheddar Valley for those who like cider. The character of this establishment is charming, with tiled floors, well-used wooden benches, together with a real open fire, all adding to the ambience. The walls are adorned with paintings by local artist, the late Beryl Cook, who painted many of the characters she encountered in the Dolphin. Plymouth CAMRA City Pub Of The Year Runner Up 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019. The pub does not serve food, but you are welcome to bring in your own from nearby takeaways.
CAMRA Member Discount 15p/pint off real ale is available here.
- Fawn Private Members Club
39 Prospect Street
This multi award-winning mid 19th century establishment was originally the Fawn Inn/Hotel, prior to converting to a private members club in 1998. CAMRA members are welcome with a current valid membership card; regular visitors will be required to join. The current licensees brought real ale to the club in 2002, and now serve upto five ales and two real ciders. Four guest ales are sourced locally, although can come from further afield. The club is popular for televised rugby and other sports, and supports multiple dart and euchre teams. The smoking area is on the patio and is covered. Local CAMRA branch Club Of The Year 2019, and South West region Club Of The Year Runner Up 2015.
- Ferry House Inn
888 Wolseley Road
A warm welcome awaits you and your dog from both the landlord and locals at this picturesque riverside pub, which is situated on the River Tamar, which separates Devon from Cornwall. There is a decking area outside, giving spectacular views of Brunel's iconic railway bridge, which dates 1859. Good home-cooked food is served daily, and uses locally sourced ingredients, with a daily specials board also featuring. The bars display photos of IKB's bridge dating back to the turn of the 20th century, and photos of the pub, and the Saltash foot ferry, after which the pub was named. The pub has seven en-suite rooms on the new third floor. There is a quiz on Sunday evenings.
- Fishermans Arms
31 Lambhay Street
Owner Donna, her partner Lee and his family, have returned this former St. Austell pub back into a local’s local once again. The pub interior has been tastefully refurbished, including the reintroduction of a dart board and a good collection of other traditional board games and puzzles. The two regular ales are supplemented with a guest ale sourced locally and varying real cider in summer, with plans for more ales in the future. The house beer is brewed by Summerskills, and is named after the owners' dog. Traditional pub grub at affordable prices is supplemented by specials, with only the famous roast served on Sundays. It is situated close to the Royal Citadel and the world famous Barbican. First timers should turn right on exiting the pub, and head down the steps towards the Barbican to save time.
CAMRA Member Discount 15p/pint, 5p/half off real ale and 20% off food is available here.
- Fortescue Hotel
37 Mutley Plain
Refurbished two years ago, the pub now has a Gin display, new mirrors behind the bar, new signage and new furniture. Downstairs, the Cellar Bar has also been refurbished. This multi local CAMRA Award-Winning pub serves up to nine real ales, including a large range of local ales, and some National favourites. One hand pump serves a real cider, with up to eight other real ciders also available. Food is served on Sunday lunchtimes only, but you can take in your own at other times.
Local CAMRA branch Overall Pub Of The Year 2019, and Cider and Perry Pub Of The Year 2019.
CAMRA Members discount of 10%/pint and 5%/half pint of real ale or real cider is available here.
- Gog & Magog
58 Southside Street
The Gog became a JDW pub in 2002 and, being in the popular tourist area of the Barbican, can get very busy in the evenings and at weekends. It is set back from Southside Street with a fair-sized area for smokers and Al Fresco drinkers and diners. Inside, there is one long naturally-lit bar area created from the high-glassed ceiling. One corner of the bar displays a map with local breweries, real ale and CAMRA information. The usual selection of JDW regular ales are supplemented with ales from local and national breweries. A quiz night is held every Monday evenings.
CAMRA Member Vouchers may be redeemable here – don't forget your membership card.
- Hyde Park
88 Mutley Plain
The pub closed in Jan 2013 and was listed as an Asset of Community Value by Plymouth City Council in April 2013. It reopened after a major refurbishment sent the pub back to the 1970's, with period adverts adorning the walls and keg fonts along the bar and on high shelving. The Dartmoor ales are supplemented by several guest ales and a house ale brewed on the premises, Mutley Bitter. The full pub food menu is served all day from breakfast until late evening, with daily specials also available. Families are welcome, as are dogs. Real coffee is available all day from 0900.
- Jack Rabbit
7-9 Howeson Lane
This country-style pub and restaurant was built in 2004, but has a rural charm and ambience enhanced by three real fires. The two regular beers are supplemented by up to three guest ales, which are nationally sourced and could include beers from Butcombe, Fuller's, Sharp's and St Austell. The beer list, and pub food menus, change seasonally. Breakfast is served daily from 0800 to 1200, with traditional lunch and dinner menus available until 2200 (2130 Sun eve). The pub is situated on the main Plymouth-Tavistock road, and benefits from a good bus service to/from the city centre. There is a large car par and beer garden, and the pub is family-friendly. There is a Travelodge located adjacent to the pub.
CAMRA Member Discount 20p/pint off real ale is available here.
- Kitty O' Hanlon's
5 St Andrews Street
Irish themed pub featuring live music and is situated close to the Magistrates' Court. The pub stands on the oldest inn site in Plymouth, where the Abbey Hotel was built after the demolition of the Turk’s Head in 1861. The Jail Ale is supplemented by up to two varying guest ales, such as Doom Bar, and a real cider, currently Old Rosie. It was the first Irish-themed pub in the city (1994). The pub tends to attract younger drinkers.
7 Stopford Place
Located in a quiet residential area, this street-corner local is situated near to Devonport Park, and offers you a very warm welcome. The wood-panelled bar is comfortable and relaxing, although may be busy at times with Plymouth Albion RFC's ground nearby. "One weaker, one stronger" than the regular Bass is the rule for guest beers, with lighter and darker brews also alternating. A secluded garden at the front offers a retreat for smokers. Food is only available at lunchtimes (not Mon).
61 Mutley Plain
A typical JDW pub, converted from an old Nat West bank which opened on 25/03/02. There is usually a very good range of local real ales, including beers from Dartmoor, Summerskills, and South Hams. Beers from Devon and Cornwall feature regularly, as well as from further afield. There is also a good range of real cider and perry. Beer and cider festivals occur several times a year, including a Devon beer festival. Brewery Showcase and Tap Takeover events also occur regularly. A weekly quiz takes place on Wednesday evenings.
CAMRA Member Vouchers may be redeemable here – don't forget your membership card.
- Millbridge Inn
23 Molesworth Road
A colourful pub located at a busy crossroads. Three real ales and one cider are usually available, with Sharp's Atlantic being a regular guest beer. Reasonably priced food is served all day from 1100-2100, with different food theme nights every day of the week. This establishment is popular with thirsty locals who give the atmosphere some delightful colour to complement the frontage.
See pub website for live music and events details. An Easter beer festival is held.
- Minerva Inn
31 Looe Street
Built before the Spanish Armada in 1588, it is not known exactly when the Minerva first became an inn. However, it is recognised as the oldest pub in Plymouth. It boasts a fine leaded window, picturesque lantern and a curious wooden spiral staircase made from the mast of a captured Spanish galleon. Live music is staged on Thursday to Sunday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes. It is within easy walking distance from the city centre and historic Barbican. Occasional beer festivals also feature. Up to three guest ales supplement the two regular ales, including at least one from Altarnun, Bays, Dartmoor, Noss Beer Works, Roam Brewing Co or Summerskills. Plymouth CAMRA City Pub Of The Year Runner Up 2014.
Monthly Loyalty Discount Cards may be purchased by all customers to use Monday to Friday between 1130 and 1500 on real ales.
- Pit & Pendulum
50 Edbrington Street
Real ale availability is unknown in this music orientated bar. There are regular drinks deals 7 days a week. There is a jukebox and PS3 available for customers, as well as a wide range of whiskey, and a cocktail menu. There is also a full range of Thatchers cider available.
20-21 Looe Street
Community pub situated close to the popular Barbican area of the city. Two real ales are served, with one usually available from Bays and the other one sourced locally. The pub supports various pool and dart teams, with sports TV for the less energetic. There is a large function room available for hire with its' own bar. It is also the home of the Plymouth branch of Liverpool FC Supporters Club.
- Prince Maurice
3 Church Hill
There is very much a traditional village feel to this 4 times local CAMRA Pub of the Year, which sits between the church and village green. The six regular beers listed are supplemented with a regularly-changing guest beer, such as from Hunters, Roam, Summerskills or Teignworthy, or from further afield. The pub is named after the Royalist General, the King’s nephew, who had his headquarters nearby during the siege of Plymouth in the Civil War. Log fires in both bars keep you warm in the colder months. Food is only available on Tuesday – Friday lunchtimes. Local CAMRA City Pub Of The Year Runner Up 2017.
20 Providence Street
A traditional community pub with a constantly changing range of upto 3 real ales. It is a quiet, friendly and welcoming local hostelry, located in the Greenbank area of the city. Beers are sourced from far and wide, with Cornish beers regularly available on one or two pumps. Two real ciders are also available. The pub has now converted to being a club following the Covid-19 pandemic - details are on the club's Facebook page.
- Pub On The Hoe
159 Citadel Road
This is a busy street corner pub serving a mixed clientele and is situated near Plymouth Hoe, where Sir Francis Drake famously played bowls. Up to four varying real ales, including one from Altarnun, Bays, Dartmoor, Roam or Summerskills, supplement the house beer, Drunken Hoe, and two local real ciders. Good home-cooked food is available all day, with breakfast served from 1000-1200. The wood panelled raised and lower deck seating areas add to the nautical theme. It is located just a short walk from the historic Barbican and is well worth a visit. Live sports are shown on the large screen TV.
CAMRA Member Discount 10%/pint off real ale and real cider is available here.
2-4 Drake Circus
Large city centre pub which was taken over by Stonegate Pub Co in July 2013. Six hand pulls now adorn the bar, with three dedicated to real ale and three for cider. It is expected that the Old Rosie and Thatchers ciders will become permanent, allowing a guest cider to change weekly. Beer and cider festivals are planned for the future.
CAMRA Member Vouchers may be redeemable here - don't forget your membership card.
90 Little Vauxhall Quay, Vauxhall Street
The Stable has been completely refurbished by Stable Restaurants, who now have 8 pub restaurants in the South West. The pub opened in time for Easter 2015, with a large selection of ciders available bag in box. One real ale from the Fuller's range may be available. The pub is split over two levels, including an outside terrace on both floors, offering great views over the Barbican and Sutton Harbour. The cider range is huge, with around 80 (including bottles) available, and will vary.
- Stoke Inn
43 Devonport Road
One of the few pubs to serve real ales in the western part of the city, the three regualr beers are supplemented by up to three guest beers, sourced locally, although they can come from further afield. An annual beer festival is held in August. Good value food is served daily from 1200 - 1430 (1600 Sun) and 1800 - 2030 (not Sun, Mon or Tue evenings). Free pool Mon - Fri 1200-1700, happy hours and other special offers feature daily. Weston's Old Rosie real cider is available, with at least one other guest real cider. Motorhomes may be parked here by prior arrangement! A community lending library also features.
- Thistle Park Tavern
32 Commercial Road
This free house was formally the Brewery Tap for the South Hams Brewery which, as Sutton, was located next door. The three regular ales are supplemented by a regularly-changing guest ale, such as Adnams Ghost Ship, Bath Ales Gem or one from local brewery, Summerskills, and a real cider, which changes from time to time. The pub can be accessed across the swing-bridge from The Barbican (closes at 11.00pm) and is situated close to the National Marine Aquarium. Live music features every Friday and Saturday evenings until 0300, giving a great atmosphere. Biltong snacks are available from the bar.
- Union Rooms
19 Union Street
Typical JDW pub serving their usual range of real ales plus a good choice from Devon and Cornwall breweries. The pub is situated in the night life part of the city, so customers tend to be on the younger side, and is very busy on weekend evenings. Several beer and cider festivals are held, including a Devon beer festival.
CAMRA Member Vouchers may be redeemable here - don't forget your membership card.
- West Hoe
24 Bishop's Place
The pub was refurbished in 2015 and has quickly become a popular and friendly place to visit, and is well supported by the local community. The two regular ales are supplemented by a locally-sourced third but which could be sourced from anywhere, such as St. Austell Tribute, Hunters, Otter and Timothy Taylor. Regular open mic nights, quiz nights and a monthly comedy night are held. The history of the pub is displayed on boards around the pub walls. This pub is well worth seeking out. On street parking may be free after 1600 - please check parking signs!
- Artillery Arms 6 Pound Street Plymouth PL1 3RH (01752) 262515
- London Inn
8 Church Road
A very friendly 16th century pub, situated next to the church, and is the epitome of a typical village inn. The pub serves up to 8 real ales (mainly sourced from the South West) and is supplemented by several real ciders. The cosy lounge bar is adorned with a large collection of Royal Naval memorabilia, whilst the public bar boasts a pool table, dart board and TV's for sports enthusiasts. Acoustic nights on Wednesdays, with meat raffle, bingo and karaoke on Friday's. Regular beer and cider festivals are held. The pub is allegedly haunted, by Captain Hinds. Dogs welcome!
Daily deals, which vary each day of the week, are available for all customers between noon and 1400 and between 1700 and 1900.
The pub may close later than 2300 on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
- Stannary Court
This Grade II-listed former electrical store, job centre and library has been tastefully refurbished by JD Wethersoon and is the first one to open in Plympton. There is usually a very good range of local real ales, including beers from Dartmoor, Roam and Summerskills. Beers from Devon and Cornwall feature regularly, as well as from further afield. There is also a good range of real cider and perry. Beer and cider festivals occur several times a year, including a Devon beer festival, as well as brewery showcase events.
CAMRA Member Vouchers may be redeemable here - don't forget your membership card.
- Union Inn
17 Underwood Road
A “hub” village pub with a big community emphasis run for the past nine years by Pete and Christine Sandbach with their son David. Pete travels the UK seeking out new beers for what he terms his hobby and his livelihood – “there’s a real ale for every palate and you will have a lot of fun finding the one for yours” – Sadler’s Red IPA on a What Pub visit, though the pub also supports local and regional ales including those of Exmoor.
But he is no slouch on the cider front, served on gravity; in 2017 the Union was runner-up in Plymouth Cider and Perry Pub of the Year competition, and was a previous outright winner; Old Rosie is popular but there are sometimes “oddities from Hereford and Worcester.”
Traditional pub games on Thursdays include shove ha’penny and table skittles; the pub supports local charities, currently one helping ex-servicemen build their own homes. This attractive two-bar hostelry has wood burning stoves in both bars, one set in a massive fireplace with blocks believed to be from a local priory. Though thought to be early 19th century, a beam in the lounge bar is inscribed circa 1705.
- London Inn 8 Church Road Plympton PL7 1NH moc.liamg@notpmylpnninodnol(01752) 343322
- East Dart Hotel
On the B3212 at Postbridge, a stone's throw away from the famous clapper bridge, this 19th century coaching inn offers a wide range of facilities. The interior of the pub has a traditional feel, with exposed beams and horse brasses. Outside, there is an attractive garden and stables. The local beer from Dartmoor is complemented by locally sourced food, and the Sunday carvery is particularly popular. The pub is frequented by locals and visitors to the National Park. The House Beer, East Dart Ale, is from the range offered by Molson Coors.
The pub is open all day in Summer, with food served all day - please ring ahead to confirm before your intended visit in winter.
- Warren House Inn
In splendid isolation with majestic moorland views, at 1,425 feet above sea level, this is one of England’s highest pubs. “My location is my biggest asset,” says landlord Peter Parsons, who has been there since the eighties, with his wife, Janet. The characterful main bar has exposed beams, wood panelling, and features two fires, originally peat, now chunky logs - one of them never goes out. There are three other rooms, all distinctive; one is a family room and another mainly used for dining.
Originally on the other side of the road, the pub burned down and was rebuilt in 1845 on its present site, mainly to serve tin miners who came to drink and gamble. It has no mains electric, and water comes from a spring in the hill behind. The pub has had a chequered history – in 1929 landlord William Toop Stephens shot himself behind the bar, and in 1963 the building was cut off from the outside world for 12 weeks by heavy snow.
Excellent home-cooked food includes their famous herby rabbit pie (‘may contain shot’) topped with proper shortcrust pastry, steak pie with a rich ale gravy, traditional homity pie with potato, cheese and cream filling and Dartmoor beef steaks. Though mainly English food, there are a few surprises such as local lamb marinated in dry sherry, Spanish style. Delicious desserts served with clotted cream or custard, including treacle tart and apple and raspberry crumble.
Three real ales are usually available, mainly regional such as Black Tor, Butcombe and Summerskills, though beers from further afield such as Ringwood Old Thumper are welcomed too; Countryman cider is served.
Peter has set out rustic tables and benches on grassy areas both sides of the road, but the pub’s real garden is Dartmoor itself. Despite being well off the beaten track – and the loss of the bus service that crossed the moor until quite recently – the pub is busy even in winter, attracting walkers and tourists as well as regulars.
It is so filled with fascinating facts and history someone should write a book about Warren House Inn. Actually, they have, and you can buy it over the bar.
The pub is open all day in Summer (1100-2200 daily), with food served all day 1200-2100 – please ring to confirm before your intended visit.
- East Dart Hotel Postbridge Postbridge PL20 6TJ ku.oc.letohtradtsaeeht@ofni(01822) 880213
- Plume Of Feathers Inn
Situated at the junction of the B3212 and B3357, this is Princetown’s oldest building (1785). It features granite walls, slate floors and slate-topped tables. A later addition is the large family/function room with its own bar and bunkhouse above.
Food is served all day, with breakfast from 0800-1100, with main meals from 1200 until 2100 (2130 Sat). There is a carvery in the family room on weekend lunchtimes from 1200 until 1600 (booking advisable). Three guest beers from Devon micro breweries supplement the three regular ales, with at least two guest ciders accompanying the Old Rosie.
Two beer festivals are held in Spring and December. There is ample outdoor seating on the specious patio, a large car park, a children’s play area, a campsite and bunkhouse on site. B&B accommodation is available, with breakfast served between 0800 and 1100 daily.
Old photos are on display around the walls, and military crests from visiting units are on display above the bar. The infrequent bus service from Tavistock was under threat at the time of writing.
- Plume Of Feathers Inn Plymouth Hill Princetown PL20 6QQ ku.oc.roomtradsrehtaeffoemulpeht@tcatnoc(01822) 890240
- Journey's End Inn
The 13th-century Inn takes its name from Sherriff's famous play The Journey's End, which he started writing while staying here. While good food is served, the main emphasis is on being a proper pub and there are up to four real fires in winter. Up to four Devon beers on gravity behind the bar are available in summer, and three in winter. Beers from Bays, Exeter, Hanlons, New Lion, Platform 5, Roam, South Hams, Summerskills and Teignworthy appear regularly. Beer festivals are held in early March and at the end of September. The dining room is now the games room. The car park is 200m away opposite All Hallows Church. The pub was listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) on 19/5/14 by South Hams District Council.
Please note that this pub is not open on Mondays (or on Tuesdays in winter).
- Journey's End Inn Ringmore Ringmore TQ7 4HL moc.tenretnitb@dnesyenruojeht(01548) 810205
- Treby Arms
6 Newtons Row
Built in 1855, the Treby is an archetypal country pub which has recently been tastefully refurbished. It is situated in the centre of the village, close to a golf course and a well known zoological park. It is very popular with both local and city folk. The excellent food menu is varied, with special deals often offered, and is highly recommended. There is an outside seating area for warm days, and a large children’s play area across the road. The main bar was extended to cater for those who merely wish to drink. Meals are served daily, with booking advised, but not essential - see website for full details. Two real ales are usually available, with at least one sourced from local breweries, and a real cider in summer.
- Treby Arms 6 Newtons Row Sparkwell PL7 5DD ku.oc.smrayberteht@seiriuqne(01752) 837363
- Queen's Head Hotel
80 West Street
Brown's Hotel, a former 17th century coaching inn, was bought by JD Wetherspoon and converted into their growing hotel estate. It opened on Tuesday 21st July 2015. The usual range of JDW food and drink is served. Several beer and cider festivals are held, including a Devon real ale festival.
CAMRA Member Vouchers may be redeemable here - don't forget your membership card.
- Trout 'N' Tipple
This pub is conveniently situated one mile North of Tavistock, on the A386. The simply furnished bar has underfloor heating and two wood burners and comfy seating. There is a conservatory off the bar offering further space for diners, with access to a small enclosed courtyard. The upstairs games/ family/ function room has a pool table and children's entertainment. The pub has had a new licensee since July 2019 and the 4 hand pulls now dispense 3 changing ales and a real cider.
- Queen's Head Hotel 80 West Street Tavistock PL19 8AQ ku.oc.noopsrehtewdj@1527p(01822) 612455
- Boringdon Arms
13 Boringdon Terrace
The Bori is a traditional, and dog friendly, former Regional Pub Of The Year, with six letting rooms. It sits in the waterside village of Turnchapel, which is located on the South West Coastal Footpath, and benefits from a regular bus service from Plymouth, or via water taxi from the Barbican. The four regular ales are supplemented by four beer festivals a year. Good value, home-cooked food is served daily. There are two secluded gardens to the rear.
CAMRA Member Discount 10p/pint off real ale available here.
- Clovelly Bay Inn
1 Boringdon Road
This family-run free house has an enthusiastic landlord with a passion for real ales and farm ciders. Up to four real ales are available, usually locally sourced, but can come from anywhere. At least two significant beer and cider festivals are held during the year, with an emphasis on locally-sourced produce - check the website for details. Guest ales include beers from Bays, Dartmoor, Exeter and Summerskills. There is a free jukebox available and the house is dog friendly. The pub is reachable by bus, or water taxi from the Barbican. Branch Pub of the Year 2011, and Runner Up 2012.
- Boringdon Arms 13 Boringdon Terrace Turnchapel PL9 9TQ ku.oc.smranodgnirob@seiriuqne(01752) 402053
- Walkhampton Inn
Set in the centre of the village, this welcoming 17th century local displays traditional features throughout the bar areas and snug. Up to four ever-changing real ales are available, with beers from Bays, Dartmoor, Salcombe and other local breweries making regular appearances. There are also up to six real ciders served, with one from Countryman and one from Sandford Orchards generally always available. Good value food (including home-made ice cream) is served daily from 1200-1500 and 1700-2100 (2000 Sun). Televised sport from terrestrial TV is shown. There are quiz, live music and open mic nights planned throughout the year, with an Easter weekend beer festival, and Sausage and Cider festival in October. Well-behaved dogs are welcome.
The courtyard beer garden hosts summer events.
- Walkhampton Inn Walkhampton Walkhampton PL20 6JY ku.oc.nninotpmahklaw@ofni(01822) 258697
- Odd Wheel
Situated at the northern end of the picturesque village of Wembury, this friendly country pub was tastefully refurbished several years ago. The three regular beers are supplemented by up to three guest beers, sourced mainly from Devon and Cornwall. Regular beer festivals are also held. It is only a short distance from many walking routes, including the South West Coast Path. Food is served daily, with ingredients from locally sourced suppliers. Outside, there is a terraced garden and play area for children. Dogs are welcome in the lounge bar only.
- Odd Wheel Knighton Road Wembury PL9 0JD ku.oc.leehwddoeht@ofni(01752) 863052
- Rock Inn
This large pub with three bars is extremely popular with locals and tourists alike. The Rock sells more Jail Ale than any other pub in the country. The guest ale is quite often sourced from Dartmoor or St. Austell breweries. The lounge bar is tastefully decorated for dining parties, and has low-level piped music, and features old photos of the area. The cosy and relaxed Farmers Bar is where conversation flourishes. The Sports (back) bar, with pool tables and louder music, attracts a younger clientele. The beer is kept in very good condition and is served with care. Live music features occasionally at weekends - check website for details.
- Rock Inn Yelverton Yelverton PL20 6DS firstname.lastname@example.org(01822) 852022
South West CAMRA Cider and Perry Pub Of The Year
2018 Boat Inn, The Quay, Ashleworth, Gloucestershire GL19 4HZ
2017 Olde Cider Bar, 99 East Street, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 2LD
2016 Orchard Inn, 12 Hannover Place, Spike Island, Bristol BS1 6XT
2015 Peebles Tavern, 24 Market Street, Watchet, Somerset TA23 0AN
2014 Peebles Tavern, 24 Market Street, Waychet, Somerset TA23 0AN
2013 Railway Inn, Station Road, Newnham, Cinderford, Glos GL14 1DA
Don’t forget, down here in Devon, we also have some fantastic ciders from producers such as National Cider of the Year 2017 winner, Countryman, of Milton Abbot, Brimblecombe’s, of Dunsford and Heron Valley, of Loddiswell, to name just three. And the third-best cyder in the Country at Green Valley, Exeter. Look out for cider and perry from these producers, and more, in the pubs listed above!
Or see Devon Cider Producers for our list of known Devon cider producers.