The Leaping Salmon | Pub in Devon | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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The Leaping Salmon - Pub in Devon

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Whitchurch Road, Horrabridge, PL20 7TN, Devon
England, United Kingdom

Fred Andrews
+44 (0)1822 851 541(landline)

Retreat from real-life and embrace the local way of life; laid-back. Good food and an easy atmosphere make this Dartmoor inn a treasure

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This is the kind of place you could hang around all day. Lounge in the deep window seats and watch the river rush past or choose from the carefully selected pile of books or games. If you're feeling energetic, stomp the Drake’s Way, explore Cotehele and Buckland Abbey (both in throwing distance) or head to Burrator Reservoir for an easy-going walk winding through woodlands. Walkers need sustenance and this 18th-century pub delivers. The wine list is fantastic (from organic vineyards across Europe) and the menu creative; it’s short but packs a punch with interesting flavours. Kick back with the exceptional fish and chips and a glass of Devonian ale then, if you're still peckish, there's buttermilk panna cotta with blackberry compote to polish off. A traditional inn with one hell of a warm welcome from the team of locals manning the ship.

Wheelchair access
Wheelchair access to some public rooms and to wc's.
Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Public transport
Within 2 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Handpumped ales
Pub serves four or more handpumped ales.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.
Food all day
Food is served all day long.

Local points of interest from Fred Andrews:

Local points of interest from
Fred Andrews:

  • The River Walkham flows past the pub, and rises and falls dramatically with the rains. From the ancient bridge, look for the salmon as they leap upstream to spawn in the autumn. Watch out for kingfishers and brown trout too!
  • Robin Armstrong is a local artist who was previously the river warden. He used to chase many of our regulars through the woods as they poached salmon from the river. Now he has a studio gallery within wallking distance of the pub, which is worth the walk.
  • Wildwood Arts is a local art gallery, focusing on showcasing the best of Dartmoor art. It's just across the footbridge, and is run by Cheri Hunston, a local artist who's work is exhibited in the pub.
  • The Leaping Salmon is nestled on the western edge of the Dartmoor National Park. Whether its a gentle stroll or a proper stomp you're after, there's a path for all. The air is fresh and the moor is wild and rugged.
  • To the back of the pub, a track leaves from the vegetable patch and climbs slowly out of the valley up into the hills. Just across the river lies Drake’s Trail, winding along the River Walkham towards the historic stannary town of Tavistock.
  • Birthplace of Sir Francis Drake, Tavistock is an ancient stannary town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has a pannier market that has been open for 900 years, and is surrounded by local shops, delis and cafes. There's also a great craft beer taproom..
Points of interest

Guest feedback
"A lovely renovation of an 18th-century pub in a traditional Dartmoor village. Fred has created a wonderful, relaxed space, the sort of place you can drop in for a quick drink or spend a whole day in one of the settles by the window. An amazing menu, lovely team and three calm, spacious rooms upstairs. Don't forget your boots - there are walks from the door."

Florence - Sawday's inspector, United Kingdom

October 2019

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Starters from £5. Mains from £11.


Mondays and Tuesdays all day.


Whitchurch Road, Horrabridge, PL20 7TN, Devon


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