Wonderful 15th-c inn with lots of history, character bars, real ales, enjoyable food and big garden; bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
This ancient place is just the spot to unwind after the busy A30. First licensed in 1477, it was built to combat the pagan power of the Neolithic standing stone that still forms part of the wall in the room behind the bar (there are actually 20 feet of stone below the floor). The heavily beamed and partly panelled front bar has elegant mullioned windows and Stuart fireplaces, all sorts of chairs and built-in wall seats with scatter cushions around low oak tables on bare floorboards, and bar stools against the counter where friendly staff serve Exeter 'fraidNot, Hunters Crispy Pig, a Red Rock beer named for the pub and a guest from Dartmoor on handpump; also, seven wines by the glass, 65 malt whiskies, 25 ports and three farm ciders. A small room has beams, wheelback chairs around polished tables, decorative plates and another open fire. The imposing curved stone steps lead up to the four-acre garden where there are plenty of seats and fine views; there are also seats under parasols out in front. Some of the bedrooms have four-poster beds. Charles Dickens, snowed up one winter, wrote a lot of Pickwick Papers here. You can walk straight from the door onto the moor and they provide details of walking tours.
Good Pub Guide Food
Good food includes king prawns on cucumber, orange and chilli salad, ham and bacon terrine with chutney, chickpea and potato curry, home-cooked honey and mustard ham with eggs, a pie of the day, beer-battered fish and chips, chicken with prosciutto, spinach and cheese sauce, venison steak with sweet potato and mushroom hash and blueberry and sloe gin jus, and puddings such as chocolate tart and vanilla crème brûlée.
Simon and Lyn Powell
What They Say
The Oxenham Arms is a beautiful former 12th Century Monastery now Inn, Restaurant and Luxury Rooms just 5 minutes off the A30 to Cornwall in a quiet beautiful Devon village. First licenced 537 years ago in 1477 as a coaching inn. The Ox sits in the centre of medieval South Zeal, just 20 mins. from Exeter and to Cornwall, close to Okehampton. With its ancient bar, wonderful Bar Foods, Restaurant Foods, Prehistoric Standing Stone, Monastery Restaurant and Family Dining room it also has 7 luxury Guestrooms, beautiful beer gardens and 4 acres of grounds on the edge of Dartmoor. Fine Devon Real Ales, Wines and Gastro Pub food open 7 days a week and in the beautiful Dartmoor . A totally unique pub experience, masses of history and friendly wonderful staff
Stay for 4 nights and get your 4th night accommodation free. Book direct on Tel 01837 840244
Good Pub Guide Information
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