More than your average gastro-pub food in a cosy setting at the Treby Arms
I love going down to Devon and Cornwall it is an amazing part of England to visit. I remember when my dad used to pick my brother and I up for half term and basically just drove where ever in the UK we felt like, the South West was one of the destinations. Earlier on in the year we took a trip to stay just off the National Park of Dartmoor in this little cottage. There is nothing better then sitting in a little cottage setting with a fire after being outside in the cold sipping on some mulled wine. We were just missing a good ol English pub outing, but I didn’t just want ANY normal pub, so we ended up at The Treby Arms.
The Treby arm’s bar is what you would expect from a quintessentially British pub, cute little wooden tables, low ceilings, a roaring fire, and nick backs around. The staff were so nice, they made us feel so welcome and there were a couple of locals coming in and out grabbing a drink and a little natter, but this is not a normal local pub. People from all over come to this foodie one Michelin starred little pub. Head chef Anton Piotrowski and his team have transformed this humble little village pub into a foodie gastro pub. We took our seats in the dining room just off the bar, there is more seating upstairs however where we were seated in a room with an open fire and around 4 tables so it felt very intimate.
I decided that we would go for both starters and main course so that we could experience more of what The Treby arms has to offer. I started with hoisin glazed kidneys with compressed cucumber, and spring onions, very light flavours to go with a very gamey piece of offal which was cooked perfectly.
Fried ham hock for my companion with crispy pork scratching, and parma ham, it disappeared pretty quickly.
Main course venison for me with mushroom and creamy potatoes and vegetables with an amazingly tasty and meat gravy.
Beef with fried onion rings, an egg and all the accompaniments which didn’t give me food envy… until…
The best chips ever and a little pot of the best gravy I have ever had landed next to the beef! Meaty, glossy and so yummy! We couldn’t get enough of it and used the chips to mop up every last drop of it! – food envy.
I was pretty full after all that however, if you didn’t know the Treby Arms chef is winner of Masterchef 2012 and one of his signature dishes which featured on the Masterchef final. “Tribe’s gone carrots” is their signature dessert and Anton’s carrot cake, which we saw every table had ordered, so we had to give it a try. A little cute plant pot filled with carrot cake complete with a little carrot and chocolate soil. They serve it along with a little bowl of local foliage in dry ice which gives off the aroma and ambience of what it was like to pick carrots in Devon.
The cake was moist, however all together with the icing it was too sweet for me and I couldn’t finish the whole thing even with a little help. Plus I felt that other then the actual real carrot there could have been more carrot in the cake itself. However the sorbet was amazing and the whole theatrical element of the dish is great.
I loved going to The Treby arms and it was one of the highlights of us going down to Devon. The food is seasonal and they make the most of the produce around their doorstep, everything was cooked incredibly well and presented beautifully. If you make the drive any time this summer definitely book yourself a table and see what is on their seasonal menu, or if you are planning a winter break then it’s worth a visit as well. If there is anything with gravy attached to the dish order it and bathe in that gorgeous sauce! I could drink a mug of it – honestly it is that good. Check it out and tell me what you think.
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For more information about The Treby Arms check out their website.