Country glamour in Lifton
There’s a delicious discovery just beyond that iconic thicket of trees before you cross the border into Cornwall on the A30. Drive past the enchanted copse (that has an equally marvellous name of Broadwoodwidger) and take the next turn-off into Lifton.
The Arundell Arms is an oasis at the foothills of Dartmoor. Guests travel for miles to take advantage of its opportune location, surrounded by some of Britain’s best fishing lakes full of trout, with plenty of game around for shooting.
It’s the sort of place you dream of stumbling across when coming to the end of a long journey and in need of home comforts to revive yourself. It has everything on your wish list: thick stone walls that could share centuries of tales if they could talk – tick. Fresh, home cooked food – tick. Warm and welcoming staff – tick. Cosy fireplaces – tick. Garden to enjoy a pint while basking in the sunshine – tick.
The 300 year-old hotel has been cherished and maintained by the Fox-Edwards family for generations, with frequent renovations to keep it fresh and airy. Not only have the family invested a considerable amount into the aesthetics; creating elegant dining rooms, individually designed bedrooms (with quirky wallpaper to die for) and a landscaped garden bursting with colourful borders, but they’ve also hired an accomplished chef who ensures the quality of the food matches the fine setting.
Scooping the title of ‘Chef of the Year’ at the 2016 Food Reader Awards, head chef Steve Pidgeon and team skilfully provide a number of menu options to cater for any occasion. You could opt for fine-dining in the main dining room for a special occasion, a hearty classic dish in the pub, recharge with afternoon tea outside in the gardens, or bar snacks over a pint of local ale with friends.
The menus are quite rightly influenced by the surrounding game, fish and incredible produce from the area, freshly caught and cooked in Lifton. Choose from pan-fried cutlet of turbot with Brixham scallops and saffron potatoes, or perhaps a mixed grill of sea fish with Lifton asparagus and chips.
The Arundell Arms is also home to the second-best Sunday roast (obviously, the best ones are made by your mother, that goes without saying). Popular with travellers and locals alike, it’s the perfect treat to spoil yourself after exploring the beautiful countryside.
Make a weekend of it and book a night in one of the glamorously traditional bedrooms for a thoroughly foodie retreat. Forget about the alarm, inbox and to-do list, here you can just let nature do the work and enjoy the serene pace of life, while never being far away from a fantastic meal.
Fore Street, Lifton, Devon, PL16 0AA
Chef: Steve Pidgeon
Owner: Adam Fox-Edwards
Bedroom rate: from £160
- Kids welcome
- Dogs welcome
- Disabled access
- Outside catering
- Parking available
- Private dining available
- Gluten free options
- Beer garden
- Wedding venue
- Exclusive use
- Online booking
Restaurant opening hours
Char-grilled Lifton asparagus with parmesan shavings, Cornish sea salt, butter and wild garlic, £10.50
Mixed grill of sea fish with Lifton asparagus, Maris Piper chips, tossed salad leaves and herb butter, £23.50
Lemon balm crème brulée with marinated oranges and lemon curd, £7.95
The hotel is completely dog friendly, so it’s a great place to stop off with any four-legged friends.