We had been looking forward to arriving at the Bedford Hotel in Tavistock for a few days by the time we checked in. We had been camping at a festival over the weekend, and the lack of hot showers and mud had finally got to us. We filled with excitement as sat nav announced we had arrived at our destination and got parked in the hotel carpark as quickly as we could. A car has never been unpacked quite so quickly, and my daughter and I headed to the reception to make our arrival known.
Aware that we were looking more than a little disheveled at this point, we checked in quickly and headed straight to our room, with the lovely receptionist helping us out with our luggage and showing us the way.
It was amazing to be surrounded by creature comforts again, and we were really impressed with the family room we were going to be staying in that night. The size of the accommodation was the first thing that struck us. The ceilings were high and the sleeping rooms were separate with corridors in between.
The room provided for children would have easily slept three small people, with a bunk bed that had a double on the bottom and a single bunk on the top. There was also a desk, wardrobe and TV to keep everyone entertained. It was light and spacious, and when my daughter saw it she declared she would be taking the top bunk that night.
Down the corridor we found the large bedroom, complete with king sized bed, leather sofa, desk and occasional table. It was gorgeous and immediately I was looking to spending the night there knowing there was plenty of room for us to make ourselves at home.
Round the corner we found the tea and coffee making facilities as well as complimentary sparkling water. The first thing I did was pop the kettle on to make a much needed cup of coffee. It’s the simple things sometimes, that make all the difference.
The family bathroom was just perfect, filled with fresh white towels, much needed toiletries and more importantly a full sized bath. I ran the hot water immediately looking forward to getting both my daughter and I ready for dinner downstairs in the bar.
Once we felt a little more human, and my daughter had caught up with a few of her favourite cartoons, we headed downstairs for dinner. We had heard great things about the menu, and were really looking forward to enjoying some of the locally inspired dishes.
Well, I can certainly tell you that our evening meal didn’t disappoint. The starters definitely set the scene with a gorgeous tomato and basil soup for my daughter and the Bedford ‘mushrooms on toast’, which was beyond exquisite with Jale ale focaccia and Okehampton cheddar rarebit. My daughter’s bowl was practically licked clean and I can most certainly recommend the mushroom starter any day of the week.
The mains followed at just the right moment, and my daughter loved the presentation of her locally caught fish and chips. I went with fish of a different kid from the specials menu that showcased the local catch perfectly and was beyond delicious and incredibly light. Just what I needed following a weekend of food from catering vans.
Dessert was something else entirely. My daughter enjoyed a bowl of vanilla ice-cream, with chocolate sauce and a honey comb topping. What more could a 5 year old want! You might have already seen my Bedford Jaffa Cake when I posted it on Instagram. This interpretation of the classic little cake we are all familiar with was something else. Decorated with candied orange, a beautifully smooth and subtle chocolate nemesis and a light layer of orange sponge, it ticked so many boxes for me.
It’s safe to say we went to bed very happy hotel customers that night and had a wonderful night’s sleep in our family room at the Bedford Hotel.
We were lucky enough to be asked to join them for breakfast in The Woburn Restaurant the next morning, and loved the classic surroundings and presentation for the morning meal. My daughter enjoyed the fresh and flaky croissants with strawberry jam and I ordered the Full Devon Breakfast, which was cooked perfectly to order. Brimming with local produce, it was just the set up I needed for a day exploring Tavistock and looking for moor otters.
Before heading on our way, we took the opportunity to explore the hotel grounds, including their well kept walled garden, and of course see the moor otter that was currently in residence there. What a delightful spot this would make on a warm summer’s day enjoying afternoon tea, right? I hear the Bedford Hotel makes a rather amazing Devon cream tea.
I think you might have already guessed that we really enjoyed our stay at The Bedford Hotel in Tavistock. My daughter said it was like staying in a castle, and I have to agree with her that the turrets and rustic nature of the building lend itself well to a regal hotel experience. The hotel is also perfectly placed for exploring the award winning market town of Tavistock in Devon, as well as Dartmoor and beyond.
We were guests of The Bedford Hotel, Tavistock in exchange for this review but all thoughts and opinions are our own.