The Bedford Hotel

Beautiful historic hotel with top notch food in Tavistock

Well known as one of Devon’s best foodie haunts, the market town of Tavistock is also home to The Bedford Hotel, a striking stone building set in the historic heart of the town.

Built on the site of a Benedictine Abbey the hotel was named after the Duke of Bedford and designed by Jeffry Wyatt who was responsible for the transformation of Windsor Castle in 1824. The Bedford is every bit as majestic and a suitably elegant retreat for visitors to the town and surrounding Dartmoor National Park and Tamar Valley.

It’s cosy and luxurious inside and food is provided by the hotel’s team of talented and creative chefs led by executive chef Mike Palmer and head chef Raoul Ketelaars.

The Woburn Restaurant serves a brasserie-style menu at lunchtimes and during the evening and there’s a wide choice of beautifully presented dishes prepared using high quality Devon produce.

A short step away from the busy market area, the hotel is also a popular place for people popping in for a morning coffee or light lunch. The cosy lounge areas and busy bar – where you’ll find local Dartmoor Ales on tap ¬- are a great place to grab a moment of relaxation and quiet away from the busy streets.

If there’s one ‘must-do’ when visiting the Bedford, it has to be to try an afternoon tea. Widely acknowledged as the home of the Devon cream tea (a story which dates back to the 10th century), it’s no surprise that the hotel has become famed for the tradition.

Regular events include:
Jazz Sunday lunches
Comedy nights
Murder mystery dinners
Special interest breaks

Insider’s tips

The Bedford Hotel is birthplace of the cream tea. In the 10th century, workers rebuilding Tavistock Abbey were rewarded with bread, clotted cream and strawberry preserves. They proved so popular that the monks continued to serve them to travellers (a tradition upheld by The Bedford Hotel – one of the finest places in which to enjoy a Devon cream tea).

1 Plymouth Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8BB

01822 613221

Opening hours

Breakfast Monday to Friday 7.30am – 9.30am, weekends 8am – 9.30am

Lunch Monday to Saturday 12 noon – 2.30pm, Sunday 12 noon – 2pm

Dinner 7pm – 9pm

Evening bar meals 6.30pm – 9pm

Devon cream teas served all day, every day. Full afternoon tea 2.30pm – 5.30pm

Chef: Raoul Ketelaars

Owners: Warm Welcome Hotels

Bedroom rate: £140

Bedrooms: 31

  • Children welcome
  • Dogs welcome
  • Wifi
  • Disabled access
  • Parking available
  • Private dining available
  • Gluten free options
  • Beer garden
  • Wedding venue
  • Exclusive use
  • Online booking

Sample menu


Potted Devon pork, black mustard seed, sourdough, pork scratchings, Indian tomato chutney, £7.50


Dartmoor venison haunch wellington, wild mushrooms, glazed turnips, sage, juniper salt, £17.50


Affogato, griottine cherries, espresso coffee, mascarpone ice cream, pistachio and rosemary biscotti,  £7.50

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