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Taste of Success as Prince Hall Hotel receives awards 

The Prince Hall Hotel near Princetown on the B3357 is celebrating the sweet taste of success having been awarded Best Fine Dining Restaurant in the South West 2015 by Food and Drink Devon, this adds another award to the Gold Taste of the West Award and the Trencherman's "Best Dine & Stay Hotel in the South West" shorlisting all for 2015.

A regular recipient of rave reviews from guests, the hotel’s restaurant is served by a team of just three in the kitchen, headed by owner, Chris Daly, and his team. 

The daily changing, seasonal menu is created using local food, with ingredients either home grown, home reared or scrupulously sourced. From Brixham supplied fish to Dartmoor meats, Princetown ales, Norcotts Ciders, Organic and Sharpham wines, the offering reflects the team’s love of West Country fayre.

Speaking about the awards, owner, Chris Daly said: “First-time visitors are often somewhat surprised to come to the middle of Dartmoor and discover top-notch food. We’re surrounded by such amazing produce and we try to create a menu that reflects this. We work incredibly hard to ensure that everything that comes out of the kitchen, from the cooked breakfast to the cream teas or 3 course dinners are of the same high level, and it’s a huge accolade to receive this recognition for our efforts.”

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner to non-residents. Light lunches such as Devon Oke Cheese Ploughman's with artisan bread start at £10.95 or a warming bowl of home made soup for £6.95; two course dinners cost from £39.50 or £47.50 for three courses, both options including canapés and a pre starter. Afternoon tea is served daily from 3pm.



Taste of the West is the largest independent regional food group in the UK. The annual Taste of the West Awards promotes the very best in the South West food and drink industry.

The valued Food & Drink Devon Awards celebrate the very best Devon has to offer by recognising our most respected and influential artisan food and drink producers and establishments  The Awards cover food production, preparation, retailing, cooking and service.

'    Trencherman’s celebrates exquisite, creative cooking and pitch perfect service, and it’s what the guide has stood for since it was created by a small group        of chefs 24 years ago. And we maintain the quality of the guide by only inviting restaurants that meet the strict scoring criteria.'
     Michael Caines MBE




Prince Hall stars in Escape To The Country

Dartmoor played a starring role with Alistair Appleton in Escape to the Country on TV this week. Guess where house buyers Tim and Mo enjoyed a cream tea whilst discussing their options??



Dartmoor On The Silver Screen

Anticipation has been mounting for some time about Steven Spielberg's War Horse, which hits cinema screens this month (13th January).  Based on Michael Murpago’s book, the film was shot on location on Dartmoor during August 2010.

You may have seen our press coverage pegged to the film locations in The Herald Express, Daily Express and The Times and Spielberg's rave review of Dartmoor on BBC Breakfast.

Spielberg praised the beauty of the Dartmoor countryside in a recent Daily Mail interview, saying: "I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor ... And, with two-and-a-half weeks of extensive coverage of landscapes and skies, I hardly scratched the surface of the visual opportunities that were offered to me."

Dartmoor locations included the small village of Meavy, Gutter Tor, Venford Reservoir and Ditsworthy Warren House, an isolated Grade II listed building near Sheepstor.

Avid Sherlock viewers were also treated to glimpses of Dartmoor in the second episode of the current BBC drama, The Hounds of Baskerville, which aired on Sunday 8th January.

Conan Doyle’s novel tells the story of an attempted murder motivated by the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound.  It was whilst staying at the Prince Hall, at the time the private home of the Barrington family, that Conan Doyle was reputedly inspired by the surrounding countryside to write The Hound of the Baskervilles.