Town Guide: Bovey Tracey
Bovey Tracey has quality independent retailers, with delicatessens, high-class butchers, farm produce, and fair-trade shops. Here’s our guide to the best places to visit.
Devon Guild of Craftsmen
The Devon Guild is the largest contemporary crafts centre in the South West, displaying beautiful pieces in an idyllic riverside setting, this former millhouse on a river in Bovey Tracey stocks a lovely range of products made by local artisans, including pottery, wrought iron pieces, jewellery and leatherwork. There are art and craft exhibitions, housed in airy white-walled studios, and upstairs is a rustic café, which sells a delicious salads and homemade cakes.
Clare’s Preserves is an artisan producer of multi-award winning marmalades, jams, jellies, chutneys and relishes. Clare hand-makes her products in her Bovey Tracey kitchen in small batches, using traditional open pot methods and local producers wherever possible: honey from Dartmoor beekeepers, Peter and Adam; gin from Exmoor’s small batch distillery Wicked Wolf, cider vinegar from Ostlers Cider Mill, Barnstable. Fresh seasonal produce, such as rhubarb, damsons and soft fruits come from local growers, often being picked to order and delivered the next morning – by the afternoon it’s in a jar. Labels and packaging come from companies in Devon and Somerset and they even use UK-manufactured glass jars.
The Cheese Shed
Cheeses from the West Country - including Menallack and Devon Oke plus well-loved cheddars by Keen's, Montgomery's and Westcombe. There's Harbourne Blue, an unusual and delicious 'blue goat', Vulscombe and White Nancy - both goats' cheeses. Elmhirst and Nanterrow make up the soft, fresher cheeses.
Dartmoor Whisky Distillery
The whisky won’t be ready for a couple of years, but this new distillery - the first on Dartmoor - welcomes visitors and runs tours of the distillery and tastings.
A lovely walk through National Trust land, with a wonderful cafe, Home Park, which serves great brunches, lunches and cream teas, and is dog friendly.