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A381 closed in the evening for a week

Devon County Council have given notice that the A381 between Blackpost Cross and The Bourtons will be closed for resurfacing between 19:00 and 07:00 from Monday 22nd January until Saturday 27th January (presuambly that means the road re-opens on Saturday morning and isn’t closed on that Saturday evening).

If you come to the Tally from “up north” (e.g. Staverton, Landscove, Broadhempston, Denbury, etc.) then you won’t be affected, but if you drive to our pub from anywhere else, then you’ll have to take a diversion around our beautiful Devon lanes.

If you’re coming along the A381 from the Newton Abbot direction, then you need to turn off right earlier than usual at Red Post Cross (immediately after Red Post Garage) and then keep turning left until you get to Littlehempston and the Tally Ho.

But if you usually come along the A381 from the Totnes direction then you need to leave Totnes on the A385 heading towards Dartington. Keep turning right and you’ll get to the Tally via Staverton.

A shorter, but more adventurous route is to leave Totnes on the A385 heading towards Paignton, tun left to Berry Pomeroy, left again at the little roundabout in Berry Pomeroy, straight across the A381 at Black Post Cross, then keep turning left until you get to the bottom of Ackrells Hill in Littlehempston where you turn right, go under the railway bridge, and you’re there!

If you’re coming from somewhere east e.g. Marldon, Torquay, Paignton, Stoke Gabriel, etc., then get to Red Post Cross and follow the first set of instructions above, or get to Berry Pomeroy and follow the third set – whichever works best for you.

More details, including DCC’s formal site notice, are on the Littlehempston website.

So please don’t be put off coming to the Tally whilst these roadworks are under way. If anything the atmosphere and company should be even better than usual, with no through traffic passing, and loyal customers who’ve gone that extra mile sharing the pub with you.

Littlehempston Bridge has re-opened!

Littlehempston Bridge has been repaired and re-opened after only two days! So please ignore our previous news item saying the bridge would be closed for a week, and keep coming to the Tally Ho following your usual route.

Hearty thanks go out to Devon County Council and their contractors for completing the work so quickly.

Littlehempston Bridge will be closed for a week

Road Works diversion map November 2017Devon County Coucil have given notice that the bridge over the river Hems in Littlehempston village will be closed from Monday 6th November for up to five days until Friday 10th November. If you come to the Tally from “up north” (e.g. Staverton, Landscove, Broadhempston, Denbury, etc.) then you won’t be affected, but if you drive to our pub from anywhere else, then you’ll have to take a short diversion around our beautiful Devon lanes.

If you’re coming along the A381 from the Newton Abbot direction, then you need to turn off right earlier than usual at Red Post Cross (immediately after Red Post Garage) and follow the diversion signs. And if you’re coming along the A381 from the Totnes direction then don’t take your usual left turn at the Tally Ho sign before the Pig & Whistle – instead carry on along the A381 for about another mile, and then turn left at Red Post Cross (sign-posted to Fishacre Barton and Broadhempston) and follow the diversion signs. Click on the map to see a larger view.

More details, including DCC’s formal site notice, are on the Littlehempston website.

So please don’t be put off coming to the Tally whilst these roadworks are under way. If anything the atmosphere and company should be even better than usual, with no through traffic passing, and loyal customers who’ve gone that extra mile sharing the pub with you.

We’re in the the Good Beer Guide 2018

We’re proud to announce that CAMRA’s recently published Good Beer Guide 2018 includes the Tally Ho! That’s the third consecutive edition that’s featured the Tally. Next time you’re in, take a look at the Guide which sits proudly on the bar – you can order your own copy from CAMRA’s website.

The Tally is a free house, which means that we can offer a range of beers from lots of different local breweries. As well as our popular regular beer Dartmoor Legend, we also have guest beers for you to sample. You’ll find more information on the range of real ales we offer on our Drink page.

Goodbyes and Hellos

Kim and Ian

It’s been a turbulent time at the Tally over the last few weeks with the departure of our management team, Rachel and Marc. All were delighted however with the return of locum management couple, Kim and Ian, who take over the helm, while permanent staffing is being put in place. Rachel and Marc have put in a lot of hard and useful work with some innovative ideas during their short tenure at the Tally and we wish them good luck in their future careers.

It was smiles all round with the immediate arrival of old hands, Kim and Ian, who helped out last year. The Tally was heaving last Friday, as regulars turned out to provide a welcome for this popular couple, who are delighted to be back to provide a warm and friendly welcome in their “favourite” pub. Ideas for refreshing the menu are in the pipeline already, so why not come along and enjoy the “Rally round the Tally” atmosphere, while enjoying good company and food?

Runner up as South Devon’s Pub of the Year and Rural Pub of the Year 2017

The South Devon branch of CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) has voted the Tally Ho as runner up in this year’s Pub of the Year and Rural Pub of the Year Competitions!

Ian Packham, vice-chairman of South Devon CAMRA presented the certificates to Rachel and Marc on Tuesday 25th April. The Tally Ho has been open as South Devon’s first community owned pub for just over three years. To have achieved recognition at this level again (we did it in 2015 too) is extraordinary and a great credit to all involved – particularly managers Rachel and Marc, all the other staff, the committee behind them, and the Tally Ho’s owners (over 180 of them to date).

Ian Packham explained that pubs are judged not only on the quality of the beer, but also on things like atmosphere, the welcome given, quality of the food, the cross section of clientele and value for money, plus the contribution to the local community. The Tally closely missed out on winning, as voting was close. Ian said “Your pub has done a cracking job considering it’s only been open 3 years and has already won twice. Congratulations to all involved. This is a ringing endorsement from CAMRA members for both the quality of the beer and overall quality.”

Only pubs that are included in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide are eligible for the Pub of the Year competition, so this award also confirms that the Tally Ho will be included in the next edition of the Good Beer Guide.

Our first Tap Takeover is a great success

Friday 31st March was a wonderful evening spent with South Hams brewery learning more about their range of ales, the ingredients used and the brewing process. The South Hams team, Sam and Joe, were very knowledgeable and informative and everyone enjoyed the samples on offer and learnt more about real ales. Have a look at our Pictures page to get a sense of the atmosphere!

We’re looking forward to our next “Meet the brewer” evening with Dartmoor Brewery on Thursday 13th April.

Gin from a community owned distillery has arrived

Glenwyvis GinThe Tally Ho has now received our first bottle of Glenwyvis Gin. It’s truly delicious!

Glenwyvis will be the worlds first 100% community owned distillery, built to bring distilling back to this highland town of Dingwall. Glenwyvis has historic roots that stretch back to Ferintosh distillery in the 17th century, but in name it also honours two other former local distilleries: Glenskiach and Ben Wyvis. The innovative craft distillery will be 100% powered by renewable energy – and with over 2,600 founding members it is destined to play a major role in Highland distilling for years to come.

Glenwyvis will be a whisky distillery, but it’ll take time to build, and then more time to mature the whisky before it can be sold and drunk. So meanwhile, the enterprising Glenwyvis community have produced Glenwyvis Gin.

Made in Shetland from nine botanicals, including Ross-shire Hawthorn berries, Glenwyvis Gin is characterised by a fresh, clean, citrus finish. This unique gin has been bottled for you to celebrate the community- led revival of distilling in Dingwall.

We’ve also started stocking Sam’s cider from Winkleigh, Devon.

Kitchen now re-opening on Sunday 27th November

The recent heavy rain has revealed a leak that we weren’t aware of, which means our kitchen closure has had to be extended by a day (better to find out now!). So we won’t now be serving food on Saturday 26th, but we definitely will on Sunday 27th!

We’ve still got tables available on Sunday, so get in touch if you’d like to put our newly re-furbished kitchen to the test!

Shortlisted for the Rural Community Ownership Awards

The Tally is up for yet another award! The Tally Ho and Littlehempston Community Pub Limited is one of three finalists in the South West of England category of the Community Ownership Awards 2016!

The awards are run by the Plunkett Foundation, a national charity who support people, predominantly in rural areas, to set up and run life-changing community co-operatives and who were a great help in getting our organisation going. Part of our application read “Things that seem impossible can be achieved through working together and pooling different skills. That’s probably the most important impact locally. We now have a community who are used to pulling together and seeing results.”

The winners in each of the nine regional categories will be announced at the awards ceremony on Monday 28 November at the Millbank Tower in London. Keep your fingers crossed for the Tally Ho!