Dartmoor thatched inn with bar
Our bar is set in the oldest part of our 13th Century thatched inn but there is nothing dated about the drinks we serve. Our team, headed by our Restaurant and Bar Manager, Ian, are always keen to offer interesting and new drinks to go alongside the firm local favourites.
Every week we have guest ales and our back bar is comprised of some of the finest West Country Gins, local Spirits and fine Whiskies. We have a select wine list curated by local wine merchants showcasing great world wines with many of our mixers and soft drinks locally sourced from Devon.
Bar food & fires
As a food-led Inn, we serve pub classics throughout our bar seating areas, which also includes three different fires to warm and/or dry out by while you enjoy a hearty meal and glass of full-bodied red. The bar area is also dog-friendly so do feel free to bring in your best friend after a wild Dartmoor adventure. You'll be most welcome!
Please be mindful that although a booking for drinks is not required at Bearslake Inn we are food-led pub and cannot always guarantee a table for drinks. We have plenty of space outside on our lawn but capacity inside may be limited during food service times. Should you be looking for a larger table for a big group of drinkers, please do give the team a call in advance to avoid any disappointment.
Our Dartmoor Letterbox
In case you or your children are wondering what the wooden shuttering is for in our bar, we're the only pub on Dartmoor with its own Letterbox.
According to the Dartmoor National Park: "The activity of Letterboxing originated on Dartmoor – it was started in 1854 when James Perrott of Chagford set up a small cairn at Cranmere Pool on north Dartmoor. Inside he put a glass jar where visitors who had ventured to the lonely, bleak spot could leave their visiting cards.
"From this hikers on the moors began to leave a letter or postcard inside a box along the trail, hence the name "letterboxing". The next person to discover the site would collect the postcards and post them.
"Letterboxing combines orienteering with treasure hunting and puzzle solving and is a great way to introduce children and young people to the joys of exploring Dartmoor and improve navigation skills."
You might get a shock when you look in ours. Don't be scared though!