Five staff members of the Two Bridges Hotel pose at the entrance with a large celebration cake

Dartmoor Hotel Celebrates 25 Years of Family Ownership

A popular Dartmoor hotel that can trace its origins back to 1792 is celebrating the latest chapter in the hotel’s history with a variety of anniversary activities to mark a quarter of a century under the same family ownership.
The Two Bridges Hotel, which is approached by the pretty 18th century famous stone bridge and nestled against a breath-taking Dartmoor back drop, has been restored and enhanced by the Davies family since they acquired it in 1990.
Dartmoor based Philip and Lesley Davies have been the proud owners of the hotel for the last 25 years and with the assistance of their daughter Sarah have carefully transformed the hotel into the charming, quintessentially English, award-winning hotel it is today.  Sarah commented: “The Two Bridges Hotel is in one of the most enviable locations on Dartmoor. Back in 1990 when we first took on the hotel there were only 20 bedrooms and only a half were en-suite. We have moved the hotel on in many ways, refurbishing and extending the buildings and today there are now 32 individually styled bedrooms and suites, there’s a respected fine dining restaurant too, but we have made sure these improvements have kept the quirky, vintage charm of the hotel.”
To mark this special milestone, the Two Bridges Hotel is celebrating with a variety of anniversary activities including the sponsorship of a pony to support Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust’s educational programme for young people with learning difficulties. There will also be a photography competition on Twitter and Facebook to find and share stunning images of Dartmoor, with the best included in a special Two Bridges Calendar.  Two publications are also being created to celebrate the silver anniversary: a recipe booklet by the hotel’s Executive Chef Mike Palmer and a dossier on the history of this long established hotel.
Sarah continued: “The Tors Restaurant has definitely evolved since the early days, the dining room with its traditional wood paneling and classic English feel has been restored into a fine dining restaurant and we’ve focused on making the hotel an oasis of good food in the middle of Dartmoor.”
The Tors Restaurant at the Two Bridges Hotel recently scooped a prestigious Gold award for its fine dining and strong emphasis on local Devon produce in the Taste of the West Awards, and has gone from strength to strength in recent years under Executive Chef Mike Palmer’s direction.
The Davies family see a very positive future for the historic Two Bridges Hotel and its sister hotel, The Bedford Hotel in Tavistock, “The Two Bridges Hotel and The Bedford are very special to us. We’re proud to have played a part in the latest chapter of the Two Bridges Hotel’s history and we’d like to thank all those staff and hotel visitors who have supported us over the last 25 years.  We look forward to welcoming both new and returning visitors to this special hotel for many years to come.” concluded Sarah.
If you would like to find out more about any of the hotel’s Silver Anniversary activities or to make a booking visit www.twobridges.co.uk or call the Two Bridges Hotel on 01822 892300.
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