The Castle Inn

Lydford, Devon
+44 (0)1822 820242
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£70 - £200
per night

A welcoming, warming inn for locals and visitors alike with a blazing log fire, excellent local and seasonal food and proper Devon ales


13 rooms


Rooms sleep 1 – 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£70 - £200 per night

The Experience

The chef likes to fill the gap between pub grub and gastro food: Devon beef and jail ale pie, torched Looe sardines on toast, Devon venison burger, all served in the informal restaurant, the cosy bar or in the big garden in summer. There’s a new outdoor bar here so you don’t have to traipse in and out, a big stretch tent for shelter and views over the medieval castle next door. The background noise is just birdsong.

Bedrooms are in the main house or in the cottage across the lane. They are tasteful, clean and restful and all have en suite bathrooms – the biggest has a roll top bath in the room – but everybody gets Bramley lotions, a jug of fresh milk each morning and homemade shortbread biscuits. Breakfast is unhurried and you choose from a wholesome buffet or a cooked option: porridge with local clotted cream, wild mushrooms on toast, local sausages and bacon, Cornish eggs.

Sample their own gin and lots of local ciders.

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We think you'll love

  • Walking onto wild and windy Dartmoor directly from the pub
  • Chatting with locals in the fire-warmed bar or in the pretty gardens
  • Delicious, locally-sourced food and drink
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You should know

  • Book your table for dinner early - this place is popular
  • The mobile signal is poor


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from £70
£25 for additional children's beds.
1 Suite for 2
1 Single
From £70
7 Doubles
From £120
4 Twin/doubles
From £120


Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 11am
Other details
Singles rates are £20 less than double occupancy. Discounts for stays of 2+ nights from November - March.
25 & 26 December.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Packed lunches, £10 pp. Nibbles from £4.50. Sandwiches £7.50. Starters from £6.50. Mains from £15. Sides from £3. Puddings from £5.50. Sunday roasts from £14.


We’ve had a lovely stay, cosy and comfortable, delicious food and friendly staff-a real treat.

Clare, Somerset

What a warm and welcoming place. Delicious wood fire smoke in the air and a warm glow from the windows lures you into the bar for a good coffee or a local pint. Bedrooms are serene and comfortable with lots of history within the walls. The food looks great - I hope to bring my family (and dog) with me next time we go walking in this bit of Dartmoor and are in need of a hot meal. Just lovely.

Melissa, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

Wooded hills and valleys lead you to the pretty village of Lydford. You're right next door to the famous Lydford Gorge with its 30m waterfall and on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park for wonderful walks. Cyclists can join the Granite Way cycle path and pedal for miles. Explore the English Heritage castle - a former prison for those who broke stannary laws. Tavistock is a ten-minute drive.

Local points of interest from Jared Lothian & Hannah Mayne

  • You're 200 metres from the entrance to the National Trust site of Lydford Gorge with the spectacular 30m Whitelady Waterfall and ancient woodland walks.
  • Pop next door to the 13th century Lydford Castle, built as a prison enforcing the local stannary laws. A further wander will take you to the remains of a Norman fort and Lydford Saxon town banks.
  • Lydford is within the Dartmoor National Park and with walks directly from the pub that will take you up tors or down into wooded valleys you'll certainly earn yourself a pint or two!
  • The Market towns of Tavistock and Okehampton are both 15 minutes drive. With Tavistock's ancient pannier market open Tues-Sat and a Farmers Market every 2nd & 4th Saturday and Okehampton's Castle, the largest remains in Devon worth a visit.
  • RHS Rosemoor is a great day trip from the pub, with fantastic gardens to see in every season and a great tea room too!
  • For something a little different why not visit Lydford's furriest inhabitants, Lydford Alpacas! Take a trek with them out onto Dartmoor or visit them and hear about their wonderful characters, Helen is a fantastic host and a font of alpaca knowledge.


Jared Lothian & Hannah Mayne

Jared and Hannah grew up in nearby Tavistock. They first met in Lyford 10 years ago, so the village has always been close to their hearts and when the pub became available in 2019 they jumped at the chance. They've worked in hospitality for years and finally being able to run a place of their own has been the dream. They live 2 minutes away with their two young boys.