Monday23 October 2017

What We do

Great Beer, Great Food, Great Atmosphere.

Fresh Food

We source most of our ingredients from local butchers, bakers and greengrocers.

Best Real Ales

The best of British Beer & Cider plus Guest ales changed regularly.

Friendly Service

Family owned and run by a Torrington family.

About Torrington

Great Torrington is a friendly, welcoming town, set in the midst of rolling, unspoilt green countryside. An ancient settlement extraordinarily sited on an inland cliff top with steep drops down to the River Torridge below. This impressive situation offers spectacular views. In the very heart of Tarka Country, the wonderful landscape has remained practically unchanged since Henry Williamson wrote his classic novel “Tarka the Otter” in the 1920’s.

Great Torrington for years was valued for its strategic importance. The town had a significant role in the English Civil War, specifically, the Battle of Torrington in 1646 which marked the end of Royalist resistance in the West Country. Great Torrington today has become well recognised as an important heritage centre for the history of the 17th century. It is a vibrant community and people in the town, proud of their heritage, can often be seen dressed in costume for re-enactments, festivals and celebrations.

The essential hub for both visitors and residents to learn about places and activities in and around Great Torrington must be the towns Information Centre at Castle Hill.

Things to Do

Torrington boasts a wonderful selection of visitor attractions, quite a coup for a town of this size. From internationally renowned Dartington Crystal Ltd, producing clear, contemporary glassware to export around the world to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society gardens there is something for every taste and every member of the family. Barometer World, (with the biggest collection of barometers in the world) is just outside Torrington, whilst the colourful, new, interactive, 17th century family experience at Torrington 1646, the heart of the "Cavalier Town" is conveniently right in the centre of the town.

Less than 1km from Torrington
Torrington 1646
Torrington 1646

Torrington 1646...

...is new and different. Here you will meet colourful characters dressed as 17th Century residents of Great Torrington. Speaking in period language they guide visitors to safety through an indoor reconstruction of some of the lanes and streets of Great Torrington on the night of the fierce 1646 battle. Visitors then proceed to the linhay (an open sided barn) where they can try their hand at 17th Century games or perhaps try on some armour or have a go at wielding a pike!

Tel: 01805 626140
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Web: torrington-1646.co.uk
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Secret Memorial Garden

Secret Memorial Garden

The garden is a Community and Memorial Garden, open to anyone looking for a tranquil space in which to collect their thoughts, sit and read, or simply to wander around taking in the sights and smells of a wonderful variety of plants and herbs.

Open most days from about 09:00 to about 17:00.

Tel: 01805 626100
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The Pannier Market

The Pannier Market

Built in 1842 and refurbished in 1999. Twelve shops, workshops and a cafe. With a general market on Thursdays and Saturdays. Market Hall available to hire.

Tel: 01805 626110
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The Plough Arts Centre

The Plough Arts Centre

In the centre of Great Torrington the arts centre provides a varied programme of films, theatre and music. The café is open during most days.

Tel: 01805 624624
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Web: plough-arts.org
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Between 1km and 5km from Torrington
Dartington Crystal

Dartington Crystal

No trip to Devon is complete without a visit to Dartington Crystal Factory Experience. See first hand how our crystal is hand crafted with skill and care from the blowing of the molten glass through to the final finishing. There's lots more to see and do that will make your visit truly memorable.

Tel: 01805 626262
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Web: dartington.co.uk
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RHS Garden, Rosemoor

RHS Garden, Rosemoor

Set deep in the lovely North Devon countryside, RHS Garden Rosemoor is a garden of national importance. Lady Anne Berry gifted Rosemoor to the RHS and the RHS has added features such as the Formal Garden, extensive herbaceous borders, herb and cottage gardens, a potager, the Foliage and Plantsman's Garden and extensive stream and lakeside plantings. Recent additions include the Mediterranean and semi-tropical plantings which have been thriving during the recent long hot summers and the newly planted Winter Garden. But what is perhaps the most popular feature of this delightful garden is the extensive rose garden, proving beyond doubt the lie that the West Country cannot produce beautiful roses.

Tel: 01805 624067
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Web: rhs.org.uk
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Between 5km and 15km from Torrington
North Devon Surf School

North Devon Surf School

Learn to surf with the North Devon Surf School, one of the top surfing schools in the UK. Our school is based at Westward Ho! beach, North Devon. We offer surfing lessons, surfing courses and equipment hire.

Tel: 01237 474663
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Web: northdevonsurfschool.co.uk
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Quad Bikes - Southdown

Southdown Adventure Quad Bikes

Looking for a thrill on our all-purpose built all-terrain track. Rain or shine - quadding can be enjoyed in just about any weather. Full training given by qualified instructors. Full safety equipment providd. Suitable for people aged six and older.

Tel: 01271 858971
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Web: southdownadventure.com
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Clay Pigeon Shooting

Southdown Adventure Clay Pigeon Shooting

Beginners welcome with full tuition given. Fundays, groups and individuals. All inclusive packages can be created. Also available: Paintball.

Tel: 01271 858971
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Web: southdownadventure.com
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Survival Paintball

Survival Paintball

Paintball can be enjoyed by nearly everyone, especially at Survival Paintball, where we have been running games on our superb 20 acre woodland site since 1988. Our experience, state of the art equipment and focus on safety means players of all ages and abilities can get on with the serious business of having fun.

Tel: 01271 858279 / 07714 348043
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Web: survivalpaintball.com
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Barometer World

Barometer World

Edwin Banfield, a retired Bank Manager, started his remarkable collection in 1971 and is an internationally renowned collector and prolific author on the subject of barometers. Over the years he has gathered together this fascinating collection of traditional mercury and aneroid barometers, barographs and pocket barometers.

Tel: 01805 603443
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Web: barometerworld.co.uk
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Cobbaton Combat Collection

Cobbaton Combat Collection

This military museum covers mostly World War Two, but with exhibits from the Boer War up to the Gulf War. This collection ranges from military surplus tanks, guns, helmets, artillery, grenades, and bombs, to Home Front ration books, gas masks, ARP and Home Guard uniforms, and blackout lamps.

Tel: 01805 624067
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Web: cobbatoncombat.co.uk
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The Gnome Reserve

The Gnome Reserve

For a completely unique experience, ecologically interesting, with an extra wonder and magic mixed in. Woodland, stream, 30 yard pond, meadow and garden - home to 1000+ gnomes and pixies, and about 250 labelled species of wild flowers, herbs, grasses and ferns. Gnome hats are loaned free of charge together with fishing rods, so you don't embarrass the gnomes!

Tel: 0870 845 9012
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Web: gnomereserve.co.uk
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