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Tally Ho is the best pub in South Devon

Pictured here from left to right are Mike Joiner, Kelly Joiner, chef Paul Howard and Bob Southwell, chairman of South Devon CAMRA

It’s official! We have the best pub in South Devon. The Tally Ho has won the South Devon CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) Pub of the Year 2022.

CAMRA judged the Tally Ho on the quality of its beer, food, hospitality and atmosphere, and the award is a fitting tribute to landlords Kelly and Mike Joiner, who took on the tenancy four years ago, and chef Paul Howard. Kelly said, “We feel proud to have received overall pub of the year because it reaffirms the hard work we have put in since we took it over in 2018, and the award is by people who understand the hospitality industry. The Tally Ho is very much a traditional Devon pub used not only by the villagers but by people from all of the surrounding villages plus Totnes, Newton Abbot and the Torbay area. It is as much an award for the people who support and have used us for many years as it is for us, because without their support the pub would not be a success. The pandemic and knock-on lockdowns did affect all pub businesses and the current energy crisis and inflation are still having an effect on the pub trade, but we are determined to come out the other side and still be here offering a great service to our customers for a long time to come.”

Our 14th century inn faced being turned into a private house after it was closed down in 2011, but the local community and those with fond memories of the pub clubbed together to buy the Tally, reopening it as a pub again in 2014. And in 2018, we were very fortunate to have Kelly and Mike Joiner take over the tenancy after selling their pub in New Zealand and moving to the South Hams. Congratulations to them and all the staff who provide such a warm welcome, excellent food and, of course, a fine selection of real ale. We’re very lucky to have you!