The Leaping Salmon

Horrabridge, Devon
+44 (0)1822 851 541
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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


3 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

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.

Awake in your spacious and light room, head downstairs for bacon and eggs before whiling away the hours on a beautiful walk. 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 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. A traditional inn with one hell of a warm welcome from the team of locals manning the ship.

The Leaping  Salmon - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Fred and his friendly team of locals manning the bar
  • The food. You won’t be disappointed with this creative menu and the veggie Sunday roast is a treat
  • The commute to the outdoors. Straight from the front door you’re in a stretch of countryside packed with wonderful walks
The Leaping  Salmon - Gallery

You should know

  • Bring four wheels if you want to get around, this is officially known as ‘the sticks’
  • Early risers need to pre-book breakfast - it is only served 9 am - 10 am
  • The bedrooms are situated over the pub so expect a little noise at weekends


  • 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

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
1pm-3pm Tuesday-Sunday, 5.30pm-10pm Tuesday-Sunday
Check out
Tuesdays. Wednesdays until 5.30pm.
Starters from £5. Mains from £11


Nightly price
from £90
1 Family room for 4
From £120
2 Doubles
From £90



We stayed here for the weekend, we had such a lovely stay, the food was amazing, the room clean and spacious and our hosts were fantastic, nothing was too much trouble. The villagers that go to the pub are also incredibly friendly and welcoming and the scenery and nearby tors are breathtaking. Would highly recommend


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.

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The neighbourhood

Thatched houses, narrow winding lanes and idyllic countryside - we’re talking quintessential village life. With an art gallery, decent chippie and a second pub Horrabridge offers a line-up that though short, will do very nicely. The ancient market town of Tavistock is just four miles away - head there for antique fairs, fortnightly farmers’ markets and cafe-hopping. Ramble straight from the door and keep your eyes peeled for the pub’s namesake in the River Walkham.

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 stomping 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..


Fred Andrews

Homegrown veggies and herbs, organic ingredients and the most local of ales - Fred has created a space that sits comfortably between restaurant and village pub. Anyone that walks in the door feels instantly welcome. After working and living in Europe and London, Fred switched the city life for his beloved South West. He cut his teeth in various hotels before he knew he wanted a place of his own and The Leaping Salmon has been flourishing ever since.