The list— No. 18

The Cornish Arms

Despite its name, the Cornish Arms is situated in the Devon town of Tavistock, less than an hour’s drive from Plymouth.

The Cornish Arms in Tavistock is the kind of pub where you can have a dish as simple as ham, egg and chips – but crafted with the utmost care.

Run by enthusiastic husband and wife duo John and Emma Hooker, the pub serves unpretentious, mouth-watering dishes, featuring superb local produce.

It has featured repeatedly in the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs list over the past six years and has been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand for offering high-quality food at an affordable price.

It was also named as one of six national finalists for the title of Best Food Pub in 2016’s Great British Pub Awards.

The menu is beautifully put together with a significant amount of thought, while dishes are presented beautifully at the table, representative of the talent in the kitchen.

Starters have recently included cauliflower soup, parmesan, crème fraîche and house breads; pheasant Scotch egg, blue cheese and beer pickled onions; and oak-smoked haddock omelette with Hollandaise and chives.

For mains, dishes have consisted of poached and roasted lamb belly with devilled kidney, shallot and tarragon in a lamb gravy; rare breed pork chop with café de Paris butter, hispi cabbage, walnut and Bramley apple; and seared loin of venison, game pie, potato terrine, parsnip and juniper.

Desserts you can expect are the likes of rhubarb trifle with a rhubarb sorbet; apple and pear soufflé with hazelnut, white chocolate ice cream and clotted cream; and dark chocolate delice with salted caramel ice cream.

The pub is a St Austell Brewery tenancy, so expect to find a wide range of the brewery’s much-loved ales as well as draught lagers and a well-curated wine list.

The Cornish Arms / CHEF

John Hooker

Enthusiastic husband and wife duo John and Emma Hooker

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The Cornish Arms

15 West Street

PL19 8AN

01822 612145


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