What the Papers and Guides Say
WHAT THE PAPERS & GUIDES SAY
'The Best Fishing Hotel in Britain' - Country Life
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Arundell Arms wins '2011 South West Tourism Excellence Award'
We are proud to be winners of the '2011 Best Business Hotel Award' from South West Tourism.
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The Field Magazine
The Arundell Arms is England's No.1 fly fishing school - May 2011 Full Article>
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The Telegraph's Hotel Guru
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Devon & Cornwall Air Ambulance
The Arundell Arms supporting the Devon & Cornwall air ambulances with it's first Christmas Fayre Find out more>
Food & Drink Restaurant Review
"From hearty traditional pub food to quality fine dining, the Arundell truly caters for everyone’s tastes and budget. A unique dining experience awaits you in the elegant dining room or the welcoming bar, with dishes utilising local quality ingredients to great effect. "
AA Quality Standard Report 2010
"First impressions are very favourable with a well presented exterior and neat and tidy grounds and garden. Inside public areas are in good repair and housekeeping throughout was found to be of a very good standard and a credit to the team. Bedrooms appear comfortable and well provided for with very good beds and well coordinated soft furnishings and fabrics."
The Good Food Guide 2010
"Fishin’, shootin’ and ridin’ types flock to Anne Voss-Bark’s civilised country retreat, secreted away in a valley close to the uplands of Dartmoor. This is sporting hotel par excellence, with 20 miles of angling rights on the nearby River Tamar and its tributaries, plus abundant opportunities for other waxed-up Barbour pursuits. After a day out in the open, rest your limbs in the elegantly appointed restaurant, where uncluttered menus make the most of fine regionally sourced produce. Alternatively chill out in the bar with a drink and some blue blooded, pub-style food (think croque monsieur and spiced venison burgers). The wine list embarks on a thorough-going tour of France, but also gives due attention to high caliber selections from the rest of the vinous world."
Financial Times - Pursuits, The Things We Long To Do
"Bright silver salmon and wild trout swim in the river Lyd. But it’s a chilly day and the fish are lying low..." Click here to read the full story >
Country Life - The Hotelier Reeling in the Customers
"Sitting in her daughter’s sunny London sitting room on a day when stock markets are shuddering, Anne Voss-Bark, chatelaine of fishing hotel The Arundell Arms in Lifton, Devon, suggests the perfect antidote to the credit crisis." Click here to read the full story >
Harden's Restaurant Guide 2009 Arundell Arms
"A hidden gem of a restaurant in a traditional hotel in a small village", offering "classic dishes lavishly executed from fresh ingredients"; it's been under the same ownership for over four decades, and "standards are maintained"
The Good Hotel Guide Review 2009
'Lovely atmosphere, friendly staff, brilliant food.' 'Service was exemplary, timing just right.' The bar meals are 'very good' too. A returning visitor praises this sporting hotel which Anne Voss-Bark has run for over 40 years. Others wrote of 'unpretentiousness', 'charming welcome', attentive staff'. The chef, Steven Pidgeon, has won an award for his promotion of local food suppliers, who are listed on the menu. Dishes might include grilled Cornish mackerel on iced tomato soup, mignon of wild venison with glazed salsify, garlic and shallot confit'
Matthew Norman - Restaurant Review
Country house dining can be fraught with "gruesome pretension, bewildering incompetence, snotty service and larcenous wine mark-ups", says Matthew Norman in the Guardian, but happily not at The Arundell, a fishing hotel whose restaurant could and should be used as a "teaching module for anyone in the business". The hotel is "perched on the River Tamar" in "bucolic" Devon and has a kitchen that relies on high-quality produce cooked with "precision and technical excellence". A starter of pan-fried Cornish scallops with wild garlic was "bursting with flavour", as was the crab ravioli accompanied by some "unbelievably flavoursome" pea shoots. Tournedos of Devon beef was good, but the best main was a duck fillet "cooked pink" and served with squash and a rhubarb compote, which drew "Meg Ryan-esque oohing and aahing" from Norman's wife. The restaurant also displayed a helpful attitude towards children that was "treasonably un-British". Puddings, especially a "gooey" chocolate fondant, were "predictably" terrific
New York Times Bestseller
This old coach inn has been one of England's premier fishing hotels for more than half a century, with 20 miles of its own fish-rich water on the Tamar River and five of its tributaries that are home to wild brown trout, sea trout and salmon. With exclusive rights to private beats, gorgeous natural surroundings, excellent cuisine, and top-notch accommodation in an area of Old England where timeless rhythms rule and country customs are honoured, The Arundell Arms is a standout among a vanishing breed of well-heeled sporting hotels.
1,000 Places to See Before You Die - by Patricia Schultz
Go to The Arundell Arms. There are so few places like it left: personally run by a great and charming character, unpretentious, utterly relaxing, with high standards and a point- fishing - to its existence. I could ask no more of any hotel; life seemed to settle down while we were here. You don't have to fish. The hotel - a 200 year-old coaching inn, inconspicuously situated in an inconspicuous village - makes a perfect base, amid some of England's loveliest countryside, for visiting both Devon and Cornwall. But if you want to learn, here's your chance: The Arundell Arms owns 20 miles of fishing on the Tamar and its tributaries, plus a beautiful 90ft-deep lake, ideal for teaching beginners. The two instructors, Roy and David, have taught thousands of people how to fish. Roy, there since 1961, is soon to retire; the younger David will carry on- and so will the indomitbale Anne. She remains firmly, yet gently, at the helm. All the bedrooms have recently been furnished: pretty curtains, antiques, elegant new lamps, flat screen TVs, crisp new bathrooms. There's a slate-floored sitting room full of squashy sofas, with a roaring fire whenever the weather demands, and a rambling bar where excellent bar meals are served. Outside in the garden is a very rare 250-year old circular cockpit that does service as the tackle room. Last, but not least - in fact, most important - there's the food. "The last thing you want, if you've had a bad day's fishing," says Anne, "is to come back to bad food". You won't. After a string of excellent dinners in the West Country, this was hands-down the freshest and most distinct. Thank heavens for The Arundell Arms, and long may it last.
HOTEL GURU - Fiona Duncan
Sunday Telegraph - July 2007
The Week - extract from The Guardian May 2007
"The wily teachers of a craft that looks easy."
"In the world of fishing I hear two names over and over again. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard that these two individuals have taught someone to fish. Roy Buckingham and David Pilkington, bailiffs from The Arundell Arms hotel in Lifton, Devon, have in piscatorial sense, spawned thousands of offspring.
On the course I attended, some years ago, David and Roy took a group of seven people who, aside from I, had never fished before and couldn’t see what all the fuss was about. By the end of the that first evening, I remember going up to bed, leaving the rest of the group still discussing the wonders of fishing - over brandies by the fire - with a passion that suggested they had just discovered the meaning of life. To Roy and David it had probably been just another day’s work, but to those people, the world had suddenly become a different place."
The Independent, December 2001
‘Forty Years of Fishing’
Mike Weaver celebrates the 40th anniversary of Anne Voss-Bark’s reign at The Arundell Arms, where it is possible to fish a different river every day of the week.
"For nearly four decades The Arundell Arms has been run by one of the best- known personalities in West Country fishing, Anne Voss-Bark. In that time, Anne has built up the reputation of The Arundell Arms for its comfortable and friendly accommodation, good food, fly-fishing courses and varied angling opportunities to the point where it ranks among the top few fishing hotels to be found anywhere.
For many, The Arundell Arms is best known for fishing for salmon on a falling spate or casting over a smooth pool for sea-trout on a warm July night, but for me this is a wild trout fishery, where I can lose myself in miles of remote streams with a fresh challenge around every bend. And if you have never caught a trout, there are few better places to make a start as countless anglers have cast their first fly under the tuition of Roy Buckingham or David Pilkington on one of the courses for which The Arundell Arms is famous.
The trout of these streams aren’t big, anything over eight inches is worth the effort, a ten-incher is a cause for minor celebration, and a 12-incher is well worth a special mention in the hotel fishing records. But the size of the trout matters not a jot. Far more important is the fact that these are truly wild fish, the genuine article."
Trout and Salmon - February 2000
Favourite European Hotels - Best Fishing Hotel
"This creeper-covered coaching inn, in a small Devon town, has been run by Anne Voss-Bark, an expert fly-fisher for over 35 years. It has twenty miles of trout, seatrout and salmon fishing on the river Tamar and its tributaries, a three-acre stocked lake and full-time fishing instructors. It is not luxurious but the food is excellent and the staff are warm without gushing, children and non-fishers are welcome too."
The Economist – January 1998
(Caroline Raphael, Editor of The Good Hotel Guide.)
"Rounding out an evening with coffee and quiet conversation, guests at The Arundell Arms in Lifton, England, savor the genteel comforts of a British institution: the sporting hotel. No rustic fish camp, The Arundell Arms provides what the civilized trouter requires - fine cuisine, comfortable accommodations, and 20 miles of private streams."