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Royal Seven Stars Hotel, Totnes

The Plains
Phone: 01803862125
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Ale Monster left this review about Royal Seven Stars Hotel

This is an imposing former coaching inn originally built around 1660, although small parts at the rear of the building date from the 14th century. It is now a privately owned hotel and free house with two public bars either side of the impressive central porch which originally led to a courtyard that had a roof with sky lights added around 1800. The public bar on the left of the building is fairly traditional with an L shaped brass top bar counter in the centre of the left hand wall, exposed stone walls across the front and left of the room, in the left stone wall is a red brick surround fire place and cast grate with a large brass plate above, red fabric bench seating and stools dotted around. Hanging from the beams are long brass hunting horns and there are various old paintings and mirrors on the walls. The back of the room is more of a dining area with a massive mirror on the back wall. As Steve mentions in the review below, the right hand bar is styled as a modern cafe wine bar sort of place, although it does retain an old central double sided fire place with log burning stove and some genuine old beams. This room is smaller with a short black and brushed steel bar counter in the back right corner, slate floor, modern furniture, black leather sofas and two large flat screen TV’s, one on either side of the room. There are several metal garden tables and chairs at the front of the building on either side of the main entrance.

Regular ales are currently Dartmoor Legend in the right wine bar and in the left traditional bar were Sharp’s Doom Bar, Courage Best Bitter, and Dartmoor Jail Ale with a single changing guest beer which was St Austell Tribute on this visit. I tried the Jail Ale and the Legend, both were kept in good condition in my opinion.

A superb historic building and a decent place for a drink, we decided to eat here and the food was posh nosh and a bit pricey. The two rooms have different menus to suit their contrasting styles, fairly traditional pub meals in the left hand bar and more contemporary continental dishes in the right hand bar. I liked the traditional room which is more my style and the beer choice had enough to keep me interested, therefore I would return.

On 20th December 2011 - rating: 8
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Steve of N21 left this review about Royal Seven Stars Hotel

The Royal Seven Stars Hotel is a charming 18 bedroom old world 17th-century former coaching inn, which sits in a commanding position overlooking the main roundabout in Totnes town center, near the banks of the River Dart. The former courtyard, now decorated with antiques, paintings, and the hotel's own heraldic shield, forms an inviting entrance to the pub. There are two main bars, one either side of the courtyard, and then a ‘posh nosh’ gastro restaurant at the back, which I imagine is primarily utilised by hotel guests.
The right hand bar is more in the style of a wine bar and seems to focus more on wines and cocktails. Whereas the left hand bar is the more traditional welcoming pub lounge bar having a central bar area, a large fireplace to one side and seating all round. More traditional pub food menu available in this bar and the couple of times we utilised this the meals were very good and reasonably priced
Four handpumps providing Dartmoor Jail Ale, Bays Gold, Courage Best and Sharps Doombar were on the week I visited. First time for me for the Bays Beers and I thought the Bays Gold was an excellent pint.
And finally, there is a very comfortable outside seating area underneath large white Jumbrellas and lined with planted troughs which gives you some isolation from the road traffic, and on a warm summer evening this affords an excellent spot to sit and watch the world and his wife go by...

On 28th October 2009 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Ale Monster
Totnes, 0.55 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Paignton, 6.22 miles, 2 hr 0 min walk (show)
Torquay, 7.75 miles, 2 hr 29 min walk (show)
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27th Jun 2013, 19:22
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24th Jun 2013, 16:04
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