Saturday25 November 2017

What We do

Great Beer, Great Food, Great Atmosphere.

Fresh Food

We source most of our ingredients from local butchers, bakers and greengrocers.

Best Real Ales

The best of British Beer & Cider plus Guest ales changed regularly.

Friendly Service

Family owned and run by a Torrington family.

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About Torrington

Great Torrington is a friendly, welcoming town, set in the midst of rolling, unspoilt green countryside. An ancient settlement extraordinarily sited on an inland cliff top with steep drops down to the River Torridge below. This impressive situation offers spectacular views. In the very heart of Tarka Country, the wonderful landscape has remained practically unchanged since Henry Williamson wrote his classic novel “Tarka the Otter” in the 1920’s.

Great Torrington for years was valued for its strategic importance. The town had a significant role in the English Civil War, specifically, the Battle of Torrington in 1646 which marked the end of Royalist resistance in the West Country. Great Torrington today has become well recognised as an important heritage centre for the history of the 17th century. It is a vibrant community and people in the town, proud of their heritage, can often be seen dressed in costume for re-enactments, festivals and celebrations.

The essential hub for both visitors and residents to learn about places and activities in and around Great Torrington must be the towns Information Centre at Castle Hill.

Things to Do

Torrington boasts a wonderful selection of visitor attractions, quite a coup for a town of this size. From internationally renowned Dartington Crystal Ltd, producing clear, contemporary glassware to export around the world to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society gardens there is something for every taste and every member of the family. Barometer World, (with the biggest collection of barometers in the world) is just outside Torrington, whilst the colourful, new, interactive, 17th century family experience at Torrington 1646, the heart of the "Cavalier Town" is conveniently right in the centre of the town.

Less than 1km from Torrington
Torrington 1646
Torrington 1646

Torrington 1646...

...is new and different. Here you will meet colourful characters dressed as 17th Century residents of Great Torrington. Speaking in period language they guide visitors to safety through an indoor reconstruction of some of the lanes and streets of Great Torrington on the night of the fierce 1646 battle. Visitors then proceed to the linhay (an open sided barn) where they can try their hand at 17th Century games or perhaps try on some armour or have a go at wielding a pike!

Tel: 01805 626140
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Web: torrington-1646.co.uk
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Secret Memorial Garden

Secret Memorial Garden

The garden is a Community and Memorial Garden, open to anyone looking for a tranquil space in which to collect their thoughts, sit and read, or simply to wander around taking in the sights and smells of a wonderful variety of plants and herbs.

Open most days from about 09:00 to about 17:00.

Tel: 01805 626100
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The Pannier Market

The Pannier Market

Built in 1842 and refurbished in 1999. Twelve shops, workshops and a cafe. With a general market on Thursdays and Saturdays. Market Hall available to hire.

Tel: 01805 626110
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The Plough Arts Centre

The Plough Arts Centre

In the centre of Great Torrington the arts centre provides a varied programme of films, theatre and music. The café is open during most days.

Tel: 01805 624624
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Web: plough-arts.org
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Between 1km and 5km from Torrington
Dartington Crystal

Dartington Crystal

No trip to Devon is complete without a visit to Dartington Crystal Factory Experience. See first hand how our crystal is hand crafted with skill and care from the blowing of the molten glass through to the final finishing. There's lots more to see and do that will make your visit truly memorable.

Tel: 01805 626262
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Web: dartington.co.uk
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RHS Garden, Rosemoor

RHS Garden, Rosemoor

Set deep in the lovely North Devon countryside, RHS Garden Rosemoor is a garden of national importance. Lady Anne Berry gifted Rosemoor to the RHS and the RHS has added features such as the Formal Garden, extensive herbaceous borders, herb and cottage gardens, a potager, the Foliage and Plantsman's Garden and extensive stream and lakeside plantings. Recent additions include the Mediterranean and semi-tropical plantings which have been thriving during the recent long hot summers and the newly planted Winter Garden. But what is perhaps the most popular feature of this delightful garden is the extensive rose garden, proving beyond doubt the lie that the West Country cannot produce beautiful roses.

Tel: 01805 624067
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Web: rhs.org.uk
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Between 5km and 15km from Torrington
North Devon Surf School

North Devon Surf School

Learn to surf with the North Devon Surf School, one of the top surfing schools in the UK. Our school is based at Westward Ho! beach, North Devon. We offer surfing lessons, surfing courses and equipment hire.

Tel: 01237 474663
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Web: northdevonsurfschool.co.uk
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Quad Bikes - Southdown

Southdown Adventure Quad Bikes

Looking for a thrill on our all-purpose built all-terrain track. Rain or shine - quadding can be enjoyed in just about any weather. Full training given by qualified instructors. Full safety equipment providd. Suitable for people aged six and older.

Tel: 01271 858971
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Web: southdownadventure.com
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Clay Pigeon Shooting

Southdown Adventure Clay Pigeon Shooting

Beginners welcome with full tuition given. Fundays, groups and individuals. All inclusive packages can be created. Also available: Paintball.

Tel: 01271 858971
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Web: southdownadventure.com
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Survival Paintball

Survival Paintball

Paintball can be enjoyed by nearly everyone, especially at Survival Paintball, where we have been running games on our superb 20 acre woodland site since 1988. Our experience, state of the art equipment and focus on safety means players of all ages and abilities can get on with the serious business of having fun.

Tel: 01271 858279 / 07714 348043
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Web: survivalpaintball.com
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Barometer World

Barometer World

Edwin Banfield, a retired Bank Manager, started his remarkable collection in 1971 and is an internationally renowned collector and prolific author on the subject of barometers. Over the years he has gathered together this fascinating collection of traditional mercury and aneroid barometers, barographs and pocket barometers.

Tel: 01805 603443
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Web: barometerworld.co.uk
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Cobbaton Combat Collection

Cobbaton Combat Collection

This military museum covers mostly World War Two, but with exhibits from the Boer War up to the Gulf War. This collection ranges from military surplus tanks, guns, helmets, artillery, grenades, and bombs, to Home Front ration books, gas masks, ARP and Home Guard uniforms, and blackout lamps.

Tel: 01805 624067
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Web: cobbatoncombat.co.uk
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The Gnome Reserve

The Gnome Reserve

For a completely unique experience, ecologically interesting, with an extra wonder and magic mixed in. Woodland, stream, 30 yard pond, meadow and garden - home to 1000+ gnomes and pixies, and about 250 labelled species of wild flowers, herbs, grasses and ferns. Gnome hats are loaned free of charge together with fishing rods, so you don't embarrass the gnomes!

Tel: 0870 845 9012
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Web: gnomereserve.co.uk
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Bar menu

Starters & Nibbles

Soup of the Day - with a Roll & Butter

£4.10

Prawn Cocktail - with our own Marie-rose Sauce

£6.10

Deep Fried Devilled Whitebait - with Brown Bread & Butter

£5.75

Vegetable Combo - Battered Chilli Nuggets, Mozzarella Sticks, Breaded Garlic Mushrooms, Onion Rings served with a Garlic Mayonnaise & side salad

£5.95

Share 

£6.95

Chilli Nachos- Tortilla Chips with our own Chilli con Carney topped with jalapeño peppers & Red Leicester

£5.75

Cod & Sweet Potato Fish Cakes with Dill Mayonnaise 

£6.50

 

 

   

Jacket Potatoes

Mushroom, Bacon & Cheese

£6.50

Prawn

£6.95

Tuna, Sweetcorn & Mayonnaise

£6.95

Cajun Chicken

£6.50

Hot BBQ Pulled Pork 

£5.75

Baked Beans - with cheese

£5.75

Classic Dishes

Homemade Steak & Kidney Pudding

£7.75

Lasagne Verdi with Garlic Bread & Salad

£7.75

Chicken, Mushroom & Leek Pie

£7.75

Curry of the Day served with Rice, Poppadums & Mango Chutney

£7.75

Carbonara

£7.50

Homecooked Ham, Egg & Chips

£7.95

Breaded Whitby Scampi

£7.95

Luxury Greenland Prawn Salad

£7.95

Char Grilled Chicken & Bacon Salad

£7.95

Home cooked Ham & Cheddar Ploughman's

£6.95

Omelette with a filling of your choice

£6.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vegetarian Dishes

Macaroni Cheese & Garlic Bread

£8.95

Butternut Chilli served with basmati Rice

Mushroom Wellington stuffed with Spinach, Garlic & Stilton

£8.95

£8-95

Vegetable Lasagne - Courgette, Spinach, Aubergine & Tomatoes

Vegetable & Tofu Sizzling Stir fry

£8.95

£8-95

Grills & Burgers

Chicken & Ribs - Chargrilled Chicken Breast with Smoked Bacon, BBQ Sauce & Cheese with Ribs

£8.50

8oz Gammon Steak - with Pineapple & Egg

£7.95

6oz Rump Steak with Onion Rings & Mushrooms

£8.50

Black Horse Burger - Gourmet burger Bun With 8oz Beef Burger topped with Smoked Bacon & Swiss Cheese

£8.50

Black Horse MegaBurger - Gourmet Burger Bun with a 8oz Beef Burger with Pulled Chicken, Cheddar Cheese, Streaky Bacon, Onion Rings & Salad

£9.95

Special Gourmet Burger of the Week

£9.95

Ciabattas

BLT

£5.95

Roast Pepper, Mozzerella & Mayo

£5.95

Greenland Luxury Prawns

£6.50

Chargrilled Rump Steak & Mushrooms

£6.50

Avocado, Basil, Tomato & Mayo

£5.95

BBQ Pulled Pork

£6.50

All served with a red onion chutney, chips & Salad

 

Sandwiches & Triple Deckers

 

Sandwiches

Triple Deckers

Beef & Horseradish

£3.95

£4.95

Cheese - with a choice of Tomato, Onion or Coleslaw

£3.95

£4.95

Home cooked Ham

£3.95

£4.95

Chicken Salad

£4.25

£5.25

Prawn & Marie-rose sauce

£4.50

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Tuna Mayonnaise

£3.95

£4.95

 

 

 

Brown or White Bread, sandwiches served with Crisps, Triple Deckers served with Chips & Side Salad

Side Orders

Chips

£2.00

Cheesy Chips

£2.50

Onion Rings (8)

£3.00

Garlic Bread

Bread Roll

£2.95

£1.00

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Coleslaw

Salad

£3.50

£2.00

£2.00

Sweets

Choose from our extensive list of sweet

£4.50

Luxury Ice Creams

£4.10

Ice Cream - Vanilla, Strawberry & Chocolate

£3.50

Cheese & Biscuit - Cheddar or Stilton

£5.25

 

 

 Coffee & Tea

 

Cafetiere - £1.90

Cappuccino - £2.50

Latte - £2.50

Americano - £2.50

Espresso - £2.50

Pot Of Tea - £1.50pp

Hot Chocolate - £2.50

Reviews

 These reviews are posted on Google Reviews (datest posted from 18th February 2016)

 

Adam Walter

2 weeks ago
If you want to feel like you've stepped back a century or two, this is a lovely old pub to have a drink, or some food in.
Joy Robinson
Joy Robinson
6 months ago
Friendly people, nice and cosy. Great food. Love the fact that it has a history going back century's
Kai Unbekannt
Kai Unbekannt
2 years ago
A nice place to be. Friendly People, good service, food was delicious, children are welcome.
William Westbury
William Westbury
2 years ago
Clean, friendly, good food and real ales.
vicky lewis
vicky lewis
3 years ago
Excellent food, and friendly locals.
Ian Addis
Ian Addis
8 months ago
Very nice, friendly, good food

 

 

These reviews are posted at http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g2144083-d3613723-Reviews-The_Black_Horse-Great_Torrington_Devon_England.html

 Great traditional pub

4 of 5 starsReviewed 22 September 2015

Went here one evening when staying with friends in Torrington. A good old fashioned pub with a good selection of beverages and a great pub menu. Nothing flash about the sorroundings, just a good solid eating and drinking place. Staff very welcoming. Highly recommended.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 15 April 2015

 

10 of us for lunch... all had something different and all the meals came out together... the roasts were yummy... they even obliged with a child's portion for my mum whose appetite isn't very big these days. Just brill...

4 of 5 starsReviewed 16 August 2015

 

fantastic home cooked meals my husband and I had the most deliceous beef burger and the children's meals where good aswell the staff were friendly and the atmosphere and history of the pub was supper. 

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped in this place after visiting Dartington Crystal and was pleasantly surprised. All the tables had been taken so we sat at the bar and chatted to the bar maid who was very friendly. When our food arrived it was lovely and tasty and we even stayed for dessert. The atmosphere was good so we ended up staying for longer than we'd intended.

 

Visited January 2016
"Great food and plenty of it"

 

4 of 5 starsReviewed 10 September 2013

 

We have enjoyed 2 holidays near Torrington this year and ate at the Black Horse on 4 or 5 occassions. 
The food was extremely good all being cooked to order with fresh ingredients. We had 1 holiday for just the 2 of us and another with our two 12 year olds and the restaurant catered equally well for the youngsters as they did for us.The kitchen produced a good plate whether we had a £8.00 main course or something a little more special. 
If you enjoy a good beef wellington, splash out £15.00 you wont regret it.
The pub is well supported by the locals and keeps some great real ales.
Thank you to the kitchen and restaurant staff for the excellent food you served us. We shall definitely be back!!

"Hidden Gem"
4 of 5 starsReviewed 9 September 2013

We visited this pub whilst touring through the county, Great Torrington is an interesting place with lots of history. The pub is full of historical features, check out the fireplace it dates from the 1600,s. We called in on a Sunday and the menu choice was good, ranging from Sunday lunch to bar snacks. Our food was very tasty, locally sourced produce and well served. Friendly staff, real ale (Trelawny on draught). Lovely fresh salad, best beetroot I have tasted!

'Christmas card type of pub'

"fabulous food  my family love it there best ever burgers -  cheesecake to die
for order dessert with your starter as the good ones sell out fast - when we
went there was only one portion of malteser cheese cake  left and it was tragic
we had to share.
Great omelette's and good Sunday lunches......proper Christmas card type of
pub."

Posted by Aunty  Christine on 31st October 2009

Black Horse

12 May 08, 13:08

Excellent local pub, offering good food in the restuarant and great bar snacks in the bar area. great log fire in the winter, and local singer Roger often appearing. B&B also offered.


Good times

01 May 08, 12:26 Above expectations

This place has a good selection of drinks and yes the food is brilliant! Very popular and always fun. The big function room is great for special occasions.


great location

25 Apr 08, 14:14 Above expectations

situated in the heart of Torrington this is a great pub with amazing food, and a function room at the back which has held many a wedding or evening do. Family run place and very popular with the locals


Always busy

16 Apr 08, 11:58 Above expectations

The Black Horse has got to be one of the most famous buildings in Torrington and it wears its history with pride. The bar is on the left as you go in with a surprisingly large restaurant to the rear: great for Sunday lunch.


Posted at http://www.sugarvine.com/devonandcornwall/reviews/review_detail.asp?restaurantid=39819&name=Black%20Horse%20Inn

Recommended by Nerys Smith (29th August 2006)

My partner and I always make a special effort to go to the black horse inn every time we go on holiday to Devon infact we feel our holiday isn't complete without our annual visit here. Good home cooking at good prices. We especially enjoy it when the open fire is roaring as we always visit in November.

 

 

Al a Carte Menu

 Please note THIS MENU IS THE OLD MENU AND NOT VALID ANYMORE! 

Starters

Homemade Soup of the Day - Served with a roll & Butter

£4.50

King Prawns cooked in sweet Chilli, Garlic & Lemon served on a bed of Lettuce

£6.25

Our Homemade Chicken Liver Pate served with Brown Toast and a side salad

£5.75

Smokey Trencher - toasted muffin topped with scrambled egg & Smoked salmon with black Pepper

£5.50

Melty Mushroom Wellington - field mushroom, spinach, garlic, thyme & stilton encased in puff pastry

£5.75

Smoked Duck Breast served on spring onions & bean sprouts

£5.50

Barbeque Spare Ribs

£5.75

Melon Wedge served with orange segments, black Grape & mint

£5.25

Main Course

Sizzlers - fillet steak or chicken breast, wok fried with broccoli, red peppers and mushrooms served on a sizzling skillet

Chicken Breast £11.50

Fillet Steak £13.95

1/2 Spice Plum Duck - slowly roasted tender Duck served with Garlic & Cinnamon with a spicedd plum sauce

£18.50

Beef Wellington - Fillet Steak topped with pate & Mushrooms encased in puff pastry served with a brandy sauce

£15.50

Crispy Chicken - chicken breast topped with sesame seeds, stuffed with garlic, mozzarella and herbs served with a cream & Spinach sauce

£11.50

Pork Tenderloin - Pan fried and served with a wild mushroom & Madeira sauce

£12.50

Chicken Pepperonata - Char grilled chicken breast topped with tomato, peppers, oregano & Chorizo

£11.50

Braised Lamb Shank served with cannelloni beans, slow cooked with vegetables, garlic, rosemary & topped with gremolata

£11.50

Stilton Chicken - chicken breast stuffed with stilton & wrapped in puff pastry served with a white wine sauce

£11.50

Poached Cod topped with a white wine sauce & Crispy Bacon

£11.50

 

 

All Main Meals are served with a choice of chips & peas, potatoes & 3 fresh vegetables or salad

Vegetarian Dishes

Squash, ricotta & sage pasta Bake

£8.95

Lentil Bolognaise - Mixed lentils with garlic, tomatoes, mushrooms & oregano

£8.95

Rataouille Hotpot

£8.95

Steaks & Chargrills

8oz Rump Steak

£11.50

8oz Sirloin Steak

£12.50

8oz Fillet Steak

£16.95

10oz Rib-eye Steak

£12.50

12oz T-bone Steak

£16.95

16oz T-bone Steak

£18.95

12oz Gammon Steak

£14.95

Mega Mixed Grill - lamb chop, pork slice, gammon steak, rump steak, kidney, liver, sausage, tomato, mushrooms & onion rings

£16.95

Chef Sauces - Balmoral, Brandy Cream, Chasseur, Stilton or Brandy, Cream & Peppercorn

£1.95

All Steaks served with onion rings & Mushrooms and can be complemented by one of our Chefs Sauce

Desserts

A selection from our extensive list of sweets

£4.10

Cheese & Biscuits - Cheddar, Stilton or Mixed

£4.95

Ice cream - Vanilla, Chocolate or Strawberry

£2.95

Luxury ice creams

£3.95

Coffee & Mints

£1.70

Liquor Coffee

£4.25

Cappuccino

£1.70

Latte

£1.70

Hot Chocolate

£1.70

Pot of Coffee

£1.80

If you have an Allergy or special dietry needs please notify a member of staff and we will do our best to meet your requirements

About the Hosts

Neil & BevAt a time when lots of pubs are feeling the strain of the "no smoking" ban, credit crunch and cheap supermarket beer, Bev Hayler and her husband Neil have fulfilled a long term ambition to buy, not just any pub, but their local pub where Bev has worked for almost 15 years.

Bev's parents Roger and Penny Davies spent a short time away from their home town of Torrington, working in London, but moved home again, when Bev was just two years old.

Bev attended Torrington Infant and Primary School and her favourite time of year was always Torrington's Mayfair. Little did young Bev know when she was weaving her way through the Maypole outside the Black Horse Inn doing the traditional Mayfair dance that she would one day have her name above the door.

When Bev was 13 years old she signed up to the Torrington majorettes learning to twirl a baton, going through her marching paces and learning a host of other manoeuvres. Her husband to be, Neil, was also in the majorettes playing the drum, and by the time they both left the troupe aged 16 and 17 they were seeing each other on a regular basis.

When they left Torrington Secondary School, Bev went to North Devon College and began a course in catering while Neil took up his first job training to be a butcher at North Devon Meat.

They married in Torrington on September 10 1988, the day before Bev's 21st birthday.

The marriage took place at St Michael's Church in Torrington and the reception in Torrington's Castle Hill Hotel, which closed down a year after their wedding.

While Bev was undertaking her catering course, she worked at Rebecca's, one of Torrington's leading restaurants at the time. She then worked at several pubs and restaurants until taking up a cooking post for Dave and Val Sawyer at the Black Horse in 1994.

Bev and Neil managed to combine their work with looking after their three young daughters, 19-year-old Becky, 17-year-old Sam and 16-year-old Lauren.

In 2001, just one week before Mayfair — their favourite time of year — North Devon Meat went up in a towering inferno and Neil heard the news while he was enjoying a cycle ride on the Tarka Trail.

He changed the direction he was going in and cycled straight to the meat plant in time to help rescue three meat trucks, which were parked at the factory. The devastation of the fire did not hit Neil until the next morning.

"When the reality of the damage hit me I was gutted, this was the only job I have ever known."

Looking back now Neil believes that the fire was probably a good thing for him: "I probably would have stayed there until retirement but the tragedy forced me to find new employment and I am now doing a job I really enjoy, working for a Danish Bacon Company in Exeter and my job takes me all around Devon working as a meat trader."

It was another tragedy which happened to make Bev and Neil think about buying the Black Horse. When Val Sawyer who was landlady at the Black Horse was diagnosed with a terminal illness she told Bev she thought Neil and she should take it on. Bev remembers saying to Val, "don't be so stupid" but Val's words had sowed a little seed, which was to germinate over the next year. When she told Neil what Val had said he too reacted in a similar way. "I swore blind I would never buy it because I was fully aware of the hard work it takes to run a good pub." Sadly, Val passed away on March 17, 2005 and Bev never thought any more about their conversation until last year when Dave told her he would be selling up and asked her to consider buying. This time when Bev broached the subject to Neil he realised that this was something Bev really wanted to do and gave her his complete backing.

When, however, they told their daughters about their plans, all three thought she was "mad".

Becky was first to come round. "Mum and Dad wanted to continue living at home and suggested I move into the pub to live; a perfect opportunity to move away from home," she laughs.

As well as studying for her A Levels, Becky works as a barmaid and does all the pub's book-keeping and spends her nights with her partner and George, the resident ghost!

The Black Horse has been well documented about its resident ghost over the years, but Becky, who has felt his presence and heard his footsteps and his banging on the walls takes it all in her stride.

"I used to worry about the ghost, but now I am convinced he is a friendly ghost and looks out for me. Quite often I can sense him behind me, but I always feel safe and never scared."

Bev, Neil and the girls have all settled into the Black Horse since they took over on November 14, and they are all working hard together to ensure its success.

Although Neil still works full time he helps out wherever he can. Sam and Lauren help in the restaurant waitressing and washing up, and Bev continues to serve up delicious home made meals at lunchtimes and evenings.

All the produce for the restaurant is sourced locally.

"Being local ourselves, we know the importance of buying locally, after all it is the locals who support us." Both Bev and Neil believe that if an "outsider" had taken on the pub they may have changed what they consider a good traditional local pub and they do not intend to change anything.

"People like it because it is a friendly pub where locals and visitors can sit and enjoy a chat or a meal without the blaring of a juke box or the clickity clack of pool cues and balls and we want to keep it that way."

This article was first published in the North Devon Journal. Author: Anne Tattersall - Picture: Rob Tibbles 0902-37-02