Quest for bronze ends in the Tally

Early drinkers at the Tally Ho last Friday evening agreed to keep the noise down, while a film crew from the news channel NewsAsia Singapore shot the final sequence of a documentary featuring Mr Tan Kee Wee, who years ago inherited bronze antiques from his father – his quest was to discover whether they were from the Shang and Zhou dynasty or were admirable fakes.

The search led him to Berry Pomeroy and the studio-foundry of bronze artist, Andrew Lacey, an expert in archaeometallurgy (study of metal produced by people in ancient times). The final scenes of the UK part of this documentary, Bronzes: A forgotten treasure, due to be screened in Singapore in November, were shot in the Tally.

Dawn Tan, the documentary film host, and Kee Wee reflected on what they have discovered on their journey over drinks. (Dawn is a well known documentary maker and news reader in Singapore – a bit of an Anna Ford, possibly?) They and the film crew were hugely enthusiastic about the Tally, their welcome and the surrounding area. Pictured here from left to right are Simon, Pete, Dawn, producer Nivitra and Kee Wee.

Panic, a winner and Sunday BBQ’s

How many people does it take to light a BBQ? Panic reigned briefly when Tally volunteers manned the Sunday BBQ recently as it wouldn’t light – until it was discovered the gas had run out! (Pictured right to left: Kate Rudman, Andrew Mogford, Kendal Tredinnick and James Dunn).

Announced that evening was the worthy winner of July’s Come Dine with Us competition. Tally customers filled out voting slips and Jo Ash’s Beetroot and Puy Lentil Veggie Burger tickled the taste buds of most voters, winning Jo a meal for two at the Tally. Many thanks to Jo, Kendal Tredinnick, Anna Ash and Susie Dorman for being such good sports, and for Kate Rudman for coming up with the idea. And of course, well done to chef Paul for cooking up their tasty offerings.

That’s it for now for Come Dine with Us, but don’t forget Tenner Tuesdays are still running, and the Kitchen Table will return on August 19th – they’ve developed quite a following amongst Tally customers, as their food – both meat and vegetarian – is imaginative and delicious. (They also do catering for parties if you want to check them out). Their last visit was enhanced by a passing steam train, the Royal Duchy, en route from Par to Bristol. Sad you missed it? There are a couple more steam trains passing in September – check them out on our What’s on page.

The Knives and Forks are out in Littlehempston!

Four great reasons to visit the Tally in July. Four local ladies are going head to head in Littlehempston’s version of Come Dine with Me to add a bit of spice and zest to the menu at the Tally Ho. Every week throughout July, one of their signature dishes will appear on the Specials Board and customers can sample the dishes and give them a rating.

Chef Paul has already selected his favourite four from the many recipes submitted and the chosen chefs will show him how to recreate their dishes. The winner with the most points will receive a meal for two at the Tally!

The competition was launched amongst much good-humoured rivalry at the Tally Ho Pop Up bar at Littlehempston Fete. The first week in July stars Kendal Tredinnick (second left in the photo) who offers an unusual butternut squash dish, followed by Anna Ash (second from the right) who wows with a seafood recipe. Third week, Josephine Ash (far right) is in competition with Kendal to win over the taste buds of vegetarians with an imaginative veggie burger, and the final week is a Touch of Thai with Susie Dorman. Organiser Kate Rudman (far left) wished all the women good luck and suggested they get their knives sharpened!

So tickle your taste buds and Come Dine with Us – book your table by ringing 01803 862316 or use our contact form.

Praise for Beer Fest Ales

All agreed that the Beer and Cider Festival in mid June was a great success despite the grey weather. Lots of visitors came along to enjoy a wide variety of local ales and ciders – the beer buffs from CAMRA gave a definite thumbs up to the selection of 16 beers and the 6 local ciders certainly packed a punch. A merry band of volunteers manned the bar and BBQ throughout the weekend. Pictured here serving drinks are chairman Bob Clifford, Sam and Luke, while Adrian cooks the burgers.

The weather was warm enough (just) to sit out in the Beer Garden and enjoy the smooth jazz of the Fraser Weekes Trio – Fraser’s a local legend on jazz guitar. Singing from locals Liz Jeffery and friends added to the laid-back atmosphere.

Ian, our manager, was delighted to report that takings over the weekend exceeded what was normally taken in a whole week. And visitors from Manchester (pictured here) who were staying in Torbay declared the Tally one of the best country pubs they’d visited in Devon. Well done everyone for all the hard work!

Runner up as South Devon’s Pub of the Year 2018

We’ve done it again! We are hugely proud to report that the South Devon branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) has voted the Tally Ho as runner up in this year’s Pub of the Year competition.

Bob Southwell, chairman of South Devon CAMRA presented the certificate to Tally manager, Ian Bowers, on Saturday April 7th, surrounded by CAMRA members and Tally supporters. This is the third time we have won the award, which given the Tally has now been open just four years is a great achievement and a credit to all involved – our hard-working staff, the committee behind them, our brilliant bunch of volunteers and the Tally Ho’s owners (over 180 to date).

Pubs are judged not only on the quality of beer – we have some excellent local beers on tap – but also on qualities such as atmosphere, the welcome given, quality of food, the cross section of clientele, value for money and the contribution to the local community.

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 the Tally Ho will be included in the next edition of the guide.

Tally chairman, Rob Clifford said, “We are all absolutely delighted to win this award and it just shows what can be done with a small community pub that produces local beer and good food. We are very grateful to all the CAMRA members who voted for us and CAMRA’s continued support.”

Tally Rocks despite the Snow

The recent snow brought Littlehempston and the Tally to a halt, but not for long. The pub was cut off all Thursday and manager, Ian, reported seeing nobody for 24 hours – rather relaxing, he confessed. But his peace was soon disturbed, when committee member Anna Ash put out the call: “Let’s keep the pub open! Ian will be serving drinks, so if you fancy putting on your snow shoes and popping round to the pub we could have some fun. Kids welcome! There’s no gas – but we can keep food hot on the electric stoves in the kitchen, so if anyone would like to make a soup or a stew and bring it along to fundraise for the new roof – that would be very welcome.” Locals appeared through the snow with home-cooked food, and £60 was raised for the roof fund from the sales of home-made soup, stews and bread. Comments afterwards included: “Thank you Anna, for organising the pub being open last night and for everyone who helped out and made such wonderful food. It was such a lovely, cosy, feel good evening. ” “Littlehempston rocks, thank you, thank you, great night!” “The Rally round the Tally spirit still lives on.” Can’t wait for the next snow-fall!

Welcome to Paul, our new chef

We have a new chef! Paul Howard hails from Prescot near Liverpool and has worked as a chef for over 30 years. He started his career in an Italian restaurant up north where he worked for many years before moving to chef at a 3 star hotel in Jersey, where he met and married the hotel manageress, Alison, who hails from Yorkshire. After a stint in the Lake District, where son Thomas was born (now age 13), the couple moved to the Torbay area. Son Oliver, age 9, was born in Torquay. Locally, Paul has worked at the Floating Bridge in Dartmouth and for over 10 years at the Stoke Lodge Hotel in Stoke Fleming. Paul reckons that seafood is probably his favourite type of dish to prepare – and Liverpool is his football team.

Paul loves working at the Tally and welcomes the community aspect. A new menu is in the pipeline and some exciting dishes are already appearing on the Specials Board. The Valentines Day menu proved a big hit with everybody who squeezed in at the pub. But don’t worry – old favourites won’t disappear. There’s a new addition to the end of the menu: “If you have enjoyed a dish in the past and can’t see it on the menu, please ask – chef Paul may be able to oblige!”

CAMRA likes the Tally’s food too

There’s a very favourable review in this quarter’s BEER magazine from CAMRA. In an article on community pubs, food writer Susan Nowak praised the selection of ales and range of food. She pointed out that as Littlehempston was so small, the Tally needed to be a “destination pub” drawing in customers from a wide area. Which is exactly what the management committee and Ian and Kim are working on at the moment.

Have a look at the article on our Press cuttings page.

Dartmoor Real Ale Trail

The Tally has been selected by Dartmoor Accommodation for inclusion in their newly launched Dartmoor Real Ale Trail featuring over 35 pubs on and around the moor. Brains behind the trail, Lisa Jenkins, said “We know from people using our website that there is a thirst for information about good beer pubs in the area. Often tucked away off the beaten track, these can be hard to find so we felt a map, or Ale Trail, would be great way of solving this problem. From the dramatic high tors in the north, to the softer more rolling landscape in the south, this Real Ale Trail will help you seek out the delights of traditional real ales and good hostelries in this beautiful area.”

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 (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.