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 four 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.

Menu highlights have included smoked haddock omelette “Arnold Bennett” with parmesan and chives; braised ox cheek with horseradish, mash and beef gravy; and Cornish turbot roasted on the bone with seaweed Béarnaise and chips.

Desserts include English raspberry trifle; dark chocolate delice with cherry sorbet; and sugared doughnuts with salt 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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