Eating out at Local Pubs and Cafes

So much choice, it’s going to be tough to make a decision where to eat out if you are only staying for a short while.

The closest pub, that can be walked to, is The Rising Sun.  They are not currently serving food but the beer is worth the walk. You do need good knees to take the shortest route down to it and lots of puff, or at least five pints to get back up. It doesn’t get a lot better than the Rising Sun for a selection of largely local real ales!

The Boot Inn, in Calstock (5 minutes drive or you can take the train), became a pub in 1655. Sean and Kim serve excellent more restaurant style food and the very best Sunday lunch for miles around.

There is also the 17th century Tamar Inn, in the centre of the village, which serves great beer and good pub food, near the river Tamar. Image result for photos of the Tamar Inn










The White Hart, in Chilsworthy, is a really traditional and friendly ‘local’, which is just 5 minutes away by car. The beer is fantastic, so much they are in Camra’s Real Ale guide. Even better, the pub was awarded Camra’s Best Pub in Cornwall award for two years running! Run by Amy and Ian, you will always get a warm welcome.

They have recently appointed an excellent chef, Adrian and the menu is just fantastic ranging from very good quality traditional pub meals to something just a little bit special but all at reasonable prices.

Even before this appointment though, Amy was working with Tom Kerridge, the famous chef and broadcaster, on his programme about the loss of the great British pub.

The pub has almost as beautiful views over the Tamar Valley as we do; well, actually maybe even better!

The Rifle Volunteer is just 1 mile away and can therefore be walked to. It has dramatic views over the River Tamar, down to Plymouth Sound, and the surrounding countryside. With a warm and welcoming atmosphere, great home cooked classic pub dishes, real ales and a wide selection of drinks. The Rifle is the perfect place to meet friends and family.

We have also found the Royal Inn, at Horsebridge,  provides consistently excellent pub food, and a warm welcome from Paul, which is about 15 minutes away by car.

About the same distance away but towards Saltash the Who’d of Thought It has been enjoyed by guests.

Morning Coffee and Afternoon Tea

For afternoon tea, and the best cakes ever, drop into Lishe, in Calstock. Rustic and quirky, Lishe is far more than a tea shop. Serving a wide range of Brew Tea Co teas and Cornish brand Origin speciality barista coffee, Lishe also makes, soups, smoothies and savouries every day.

We now have a cafe in Gunnislake, the Koffi Lodge, which is very friendly and serves excellent cakes – I can vouch for that!

There is also the working Boat Yard in Calstock as you walk along the river Tamar towards Cotehele House. Purchase home-made cake, make a mug of tea and just sit by the river and watch the world go by.


Just one mile away, The Horn of Plenty with 2 AA Rosettes and a passion for local produce has been renowned as having one of the very best restaurants in Devon for over 50 years. The restaurant has a panoramic view of the stunning, untouched beauty of the Tamar Valley (but not as good as ours or the White Hart’s) where diners are invited to enjoy a truly unique experience.

The Springer Spaniel is a relaxed 18th century Cornish pub, with a new chef in 2019 and the Taste of the West Gold Award for hospitality is a 15 minute drive away on the Launceston road.

Eating Out in Tavistock

Eating out in Tavistock, spoils you for choice. We have pretty popular restaurants and gastro pubs just 10 minute drive away, including The Bedford Hotel, Robertsons, Taylors Restaurant, and the Cornish Inn.


Should you need a taxi, we have two excellent local firms, Darren’s Cars, 07861 303101, based in Albaston and Kit Hill Cars, 07920 473747, based near Callington.


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The Rising Sun Pub Calstock Rd, Gunnislake PL18 9BX No website
Robertson’s Restaurant Pepper Street, Tavistock PL19 0BD
The Boot Inn Fore St, Calstock PL18 9RN No website
The Tamar Inn The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA
The Horn of Plenty Gulworthy, nr Tavistock PL19 8JD
The White Hart The Street, Gunnislake, Chilsworthy PL18 9PB
The Bedford Hotel 1 Plymouth Rd, Tavistock PL19 8BB
Taylors Restaurant Taylor Square, Tavistock PL19 0DG
The Cornish Inn 15 West St, Tavistock PL19 8AN
The Royal Inn Horsebridge PL19 8PJ
The Who’d Have Thought It Inn St Dominick, Cornwall PL12 6TG