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.

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?