The White Horse Inn, Moretonhampstead
Moretonhampstead , Devon
England TQ13 8PG
Tel: 44 1647 440 242
Concierge.com's insider take:
Charming and unexpected, the White Horse Inn on Moretonhampstead's high street leads a delicious double life: part old-school English pub, part modern Italian trattoria. At first glance, the White Horse Inn is an archetypal pub where friendly, wellie-clad locals gather on weekends to listen to live music and sit by the broad fireplace. But beyond the bar, you'll find a bright, Mediterranean-inspired courtyard, a dining room that resembles a Tuscan farmhouse, a rustic Italian menu, and what may very well be the best pizza in western England. Bought in 2006 and renovated by partners Nigel Hoyle and Malene Graulund, the revitalized White Horse Inn is still a center of Moretonhampstead's community life, but it's the excellent menu that has put the establishment on the map: Dinner standouts include Dartmoor rabbit dressed in fragrant sage mousse and salty pancetta, and locally caught brill sole in a rich, smoky seafood broth. At lunch, the thin-crust pizza from a custom-built oven is a taste of Naples in the Devon countryside.