Chagford is a delightful little Devon town with a village-like feel. Housing beautifully furnished and picturesque holiday cottages, it snuggles in the lee of the Dartmoor National Park above the pretty River Teign. At its heart, a distinctive –and still functioning - octagonal market house stands in The Square in the centre of Chagford from which run streets of beautifully preserved 15th and 16th Century buildings built using the distinctive Dartmoor granite. One of these lanes leads, by way of a short stroll, to the impressive St. Nicholas Church where, “so ‘tis said,” a local bride was shot on her wedding day and provided the inspiration for the classic novel, Lorna Doone. It’s a far more peaceful town these days offering comfortable self-catering accommodation to couples, families or larger groups of friends.
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Self-catering foodies will adore Chagford – whether for dining out or stocking up on fresh local produce to create feasts back in their well-equipped holiday cottage kitchens. The town has some lovely tea rooms and restaurants. Blacks Delicatessen will fill your baskets with cheeses, meats and send you home with a cornet of the local Chagford ice cream. Alternatively try the Devon Dairy for more delicious Dartmoor dairy products.
Chagford is sheer bliss for lovers of food and drink with some seriously top-class restaurants, a range of superb hostelries and some great lunch spots. Blacks Delicatessen – Chagford ice cream or The Devonshire Dairy for more Dartmoor dairy products. Build your own burger at The Old Forge or if calories really aren’t a holiday concern, the clotted cream rice pudding offers a very satisfying culinary experience.
There are charming Tea Rooms at The Courtyard and Whiddons Eatery, the latter housed one of Chagford’s 16th C thatched buildings.
Arts and crafts shops, boutiques, galleries, antiques, outdoor clothing oh, and a Spar for grocery trips, make it a great place for shopping. James Bowden (& Son) is almost a tourist attraction in its own right. It’s an old-fashioned ironmongers, that will sell you everything from a bag or nails and a fishing float to a smart pair of Grisport walking boots and a Mac in a Sac. Fathers and their sons have been known to lose all track of time while exploring the depths of this wonderful emporium.
Explore the Teign Valley, enjoying a picnic and paddle at Fingle Bridge – or enjoy a relaxing waterside drink overlooking the River Teign. Back in the town centre The Chagford Inn prides itself on the quality of its local ales, while The Globe and The Ring of Bell’s offer menus using the finest local produce.
Chagford and the surrounding area is virtually awash with local artists and crafts studios, from pottery to painters, jewelers to bespoke leather goods – making it something of a Mecca for seriously high quality holiday souvenir hunters or those seeking terribly tasteful Christmas presents while enjoying a self-catering autumn break in Devon.