The Rock Inn, Haytor Vale

4.4
85 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Special Occasions
  • Cosy
  • Worth the Drive

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About

Like everything else at The Rock Inn, our restaurant is built upon reputation. Our numerous eating areas throughout the building provide an intimate, yet friendly atmosphere for your meal. The restaurant is open to all, however we do get very busy so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.
All meals are prepared by our resident, qualified chefs who, through their culinary art, produce imaginative and varied dishes, utilising freshly caught fish, locally sourced meat and game, and locally grown produce.
The Rock Inn has received an AA Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence every year since 1996 and has now been awarded 2AA Rosettes for the first time in 2016.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British, Gastro Pub
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Sunday: 12:00 - 14:15 and 18:30 - 20:30
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Phone number
01364 661305
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Public Transit
The Rock Inn - bus line 193.
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
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KL
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our second visit. Good food, wine and service. Dog friendly area.

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WB
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and friendly service. Some noise from adjoining bedrooms, but very peaceful overall.

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T
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great venue for a family celebration. Service and food excellent, good wine list. Ambience very relaxed.

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L
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Waiting staff attentive not pushy. Not noisy. Peaceful.

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AK
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting - kind considerate team - outstanding food - great Ales. The perfect accompaniment to a Moor walk.

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JW
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always!! We had another wonderful meal - great service and food was delicious - we will be back!

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DR
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

lovely pub, but very limited vegetarian dishes. sat in the conservatory where the doors were open so nice breeze on a hot evening. very loud clock which chimed every 15 mins which spoilt the evening.

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NA
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a point of stopping off here on the way to Tavistock from Bristol with my elderly parents (87 and 89) and did not regret it. Extremely accommodating, patient, helpful staff and remarkably calm atmosphere despite full pub.

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L
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Rock Inn was a lovely place to take my husband for his birthday lunch. We were accompanied by our friend from USA who absolutely loved it. We had a good table by the window and the guy behind the bar and the waiting staff were vey nice and efficient. Varied menu to choose from although less choice than the weekday menu as the emphasis is on Sunday lunch. Beautifully presented and delicious food, if I had one tiny criticism, it would be that the risotto I had was a little salty. Good portion sizes. The dessert my friend had was totally delicious and looked exquisite on the plate. The coffee was excellent too which is an all too rare thing these days unfortunately. Not cheap, but all in all, pretty good value and lovely for a special treat.

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GM
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service. Amazing ambience.

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a
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant setting, helpful staff and very good food. Would happily go back.

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HJ
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

we had a very enjoyable and relaxing meal, it was lovely and cool on a hot day!

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S
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on holiday at Haytor and had a most delicious and delightful dinner at The Rock. Everything was perfect, the ambiance, service and food all beyond reproach. Highly recommended.

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IP
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We all enjoyed the evening.
Friendly staff, great service and delicious food.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We don’t get to the Rock very often to eat but it is great when we can.

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MB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Just a really, really lovely venue that was relaxed and welcoming. The food was just short of perfect but that’s not a criticism, I’d expect perfect from a Michelin star venue.
The staff were really helpful and really nice.
The location of the table was in a really nice part of the inn.

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SA
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed a lovely meal at this comfortable restaurant. It is a place we return to for special occasions for excellent food and service. The beer pickled onions accompanying the ham hock starter dish were amazing. The rump steak was cooked to perfection. The service was friendly and timely.

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AK
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Quirky traditional hotel / pub / restaurant.
Various seating areas, but main restaurant area quite compact. Service good, but food simply outstanding. There is an a la carte or fixed price menu, both are good value with great vegetarian options (wife). Local produce, freshly cooked to order. Some of the best pub / small restaurant food we have eaten. Not surprising that you need to book in advance. If you love your food, you will really enjoy this restaurant.

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AR
London
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again an exceptional meal in a great location
Staff were very professional
Would return and recommend

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BP
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a great place to relax and enjoy a meal or a snack either in the restaurant or (on a warm dry day) in the beautiful garden opposite. The welcome is friendly, the service attentive but not intrusive by any means.
The food is always good and the quality is the same whichever part of the menu you choose.
The location is just a stone’s throw from Haytor which is a stunning place to walk on Dartmoor. There is inevitably a drawback and in this case, it’s parking, which isn’t easy and is in short supply on the lane.
Whether you are a visitor or a local, this place is well worth visiting.

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MW
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Poor inattentive service. Felt like the room we were in was forgotten by waitresses.

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Rock Inn is nestled away in a beautiful part of the Dartmoor Country Park. It has a homely feel to it and serves good food, which can be followed by a stroll up to Haytor Rocks to burn off a few calories.

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BR
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Only disappointment was being sat on the table between the toilets. My partner would have liked more vegetarian choices. But, that said it’s the 2nd time we’ve been and the food, service and presentation were great. Thank you.

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WJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice
Good food
Good service
Warm
Friendly
Cosy

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M
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Waitress was very polite,pleasant and attentive.Just the right mix, not pushy but cheerful and patient. Food was excellent,all our party thought so but the portions are quite small and there were not many chips with my steak.

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m
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very enjoyable meal and atmosphere. the female staff were very attentive, but the man in charge could in my opinion have a warmer customer approach.
The food as usual was very enjoyable but I have noticed that the portions are becoming more modest in size.
whilst I fully understand that the cost of preraring a meal has increased, please do not get a reputation for poor value for money

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JW
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Beautiful roast beef and fantastic yorkshire pudding but apart from the latter, portion sizes were tiny! We love the pub and the food, as always, tasted amazing, however beef, veg and potatoes were certainly ungenerously provided. As for my two 'scoops' of delicious ice cream (£4), they were literally rounded teaspoons. A bitter disappointment for the money.

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R
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked a table for Valentine Day dinner. It was a wonderful menu with lots of dishes I would have like to have had, and absolutely delicious food which was beautifully presented. We could hear people around us commenting on how good the food was. I have already recommended friends to go there; I assume the chef works there regularly? Lovely Ashridge cider at the bar too.

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n
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmospheric pub/restaurant in Haytor Vale. The service is welcoming and attentive. A good choice of food on the menu and daily specials offer well cooked pub grub at lunchtime and more in the evening. Fires in the winter and a big garden in the summer makes this an excellent find and worth a visit if you're nearby.

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JW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal here on Monday lunchtime. We love this pub. The service is great and the menus are original but not too out there. They change the menu too so it’s always nice to see what’s on on that day. They’ve kept the traditional pub feel with reasonable prices. Highly recommended but gets busy so book a table

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S
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food...lovely setting...would recommend to eat and drink

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L
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice, informal and friendly. Good food, STP was excellent. Great location for walks on Dartmoor. Vegetarian options, though more would be good. Dog friendly which was okay for us (we like dogs) but not so good if you have allergies or don’t like dogs around when you are eating.

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OT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, prompt service and great atmosphere. We really enjoyed our lunch here and will be back soon!

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Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely olde worlde Inn with lovely accomodation in a beautiful area. Staff very friendly. We enjoyed our meal and one night stay

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G
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service,delicious food and a very cosy atmosphere.

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Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We went with friends for our annual Christmas lunch out. The Rock is very welcoming and the food was excellent and very good value. We would strongly recommend this place . I can't think of of anything negative to comment on.

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s
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Second time we have been and second time we enjoyed the meal. Located on the edge of the Moor, ideal spot for lunch and then a walk. Service quite slow but staff friendly and who is in a rush on Dartmoor? Good all rounder.

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Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I like this place, second time now. Fine looking building with very good food and friendly staff. Very enjoyable.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

All the food is prepared and cooked on site and the standard is exceptional. They use real napkins not flimsy 'tissues' and the glasses and cutlery are always sparkling clean. The atmosphere is warm and comforting with open fires and dark wood panelling throughout. Love it!

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Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very enjoyable lunch. Plenty of food choices and well balanced. The portion sizes were good. The crispy duck ballottine very good as was the goats cheese. Would have felt confident to order anything as the standard of food and presentation is very high. Whole plaice delicious, potatoes a little al dente but I can live with that! Very good fish and chips with crispy batter. Service efficient and friendly. Looking forward to returning!

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