Tally Ho – destination pub?

Can the Tally depend for its custom on just the local area? In a favourable review in this quarter’s BEER magazine from CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) in an article on community pubs, food writer Susan Nowak praised the selection of ales and range of food. She also pointed out that as Littlehempston was so small, the Tally needed to be a “destination pub”, attracting customers from a wide area.

This was a theme taken up by local resident, Ali Taylor, in a recent interview on Radio Devon about the importance of the “local” to communities. When asked by Victoria Graham whether the Tally depended on people living nearby, Ali explained that a lot of custom came from further afield, many from the Torbay area. Some customers remembered the Tally as a popular meeting place as far back as the 50’s – romances developed, proposals were made and anniversaries are still celebrated at the Tally. Ali invited listeners to contribute their “Tales of the Tally” which one day could make a little book! (Looking at this old postcard taken in the 1950’s, things haven’t changed much!) If you have a story or photos, do get in touch. And if you want to hear the interview, go to the Press Cuttings page on the Tally Ho website and click on Radio Devon – Janet Kipling – 15th February 2018.

And more custom from further afield might come from the Tally’s recent inclusion in Dartmoor Accommodation‘s 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.” So we can expect to welcome some curious visitors at the Tally.