situated just off the A386 near Yelverton
Back in 1996 my wife ( Lucy ) and I needed a change in our life style. We were looking for a small Tearooms / B & B to see us into our retirement. The opportunity came to purchase such a place in Yelverton, Devon on the edge of Dartmoor and we moved from Redhill, Surrey in April 1997.
We soon learnt from a customer that the square tower on the side of the building was known locally as ' The Original Watch Office ' and the area outside was the remains of a World War Two Airfield known as R.A.F. Harrowbeer.
Curiosity got the better of us and we needed to know more about our new location. What was the history of the Airfield ? What Squadrons operated there ? What were they doing ? Who were they and what did they do in their leisure time ? Our research had begun, we were hooked.
Our research has led to the development of the ' Knightstone R.A.F. Harrowbeer Archives ' with a small museum of artefacts and memorabilia. We have hosted regular R.A.F. Harrowbeer Archive Week-ends to raise awareness of the Airfield and the vital part it played in World War Two, as well as promoting this lovely corner of Dartmoor.
What started as an interest became a hobby that then became a passion and finally an obsession. I have a very patient and understanding wife. Thank you Lucy I couldn't do it without your support.
' Abigail's at Knightstone ' is a traditional style licensed Tearooms which is open all year round.
The kitchen and seating area is on the ground-floor of the Original " Watch Office " of R.A.F. Harrowbeer with easy access for most types of wheelchairs.
There is a ' dog friendly ' area inside the tearooms.
' Abigail's at Knightstone ' offers :- Traditional Sunday Roast Dinners, homemade cakes, cream teas, tea cakes, pasties, paninies, daily hot lunches, high teas, etc.
Contact :- Andy and Becky Nankivell
Email :- firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel :- 07447744427 or 01852 853386
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Winter and Summer opening times
Daily from 10 a.m - 4 p.m.
All year round unless posted on the Facebook page
Other times can be arranged for private parties or functions.
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Valentine's Day, Mothering Sunday, Easter Sunday, etc. has a special Sunday Roast Dinner menu and booking is essential to avoid disappointment.
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From Easter Sunday ' Abigail's at Knightstone ' ( the tearooms ) will be providing 1940's week-end food which include :- Spam Fritters, Lobscouse, Woolton Pie and several other period dishes / cakes in addition to the normal menu.
Do you have an anniversary or birthday coming up, or maybe a family re-union, a time to get together and catch up on old times. We can offer a sole use room for most evenings for groups between 12 and 36 guests and can offer a buffet or 2 / 3 course meal to suit your taste.
We cater for small functions and groups ( our specialty is the ' Devon Cream Tea ' and ' High Teas ' ) but we have a wide range of other tempting goodies as well.
Christmas comes round fast, its never too early to prepare and book your family / works seasonal party. We can re-create the ' 1943 R.A.F. Harrowbeer Christmas Dinner '. ( Tried and tasted and enjoyed by the Archivist of the R.A.F. Harrowbeer Archives and friends - not to be missed ).
Why not give us a try while you soak up the atmosphere of the old Second World War Airfield, it's views, the artifacts of the R.A.F. Harrowbeer Archives.
If customers to the tearooms are interested in viewing the Archives or finding out more about R.A.F. Harrowbeer please ask a member of staff to call for Michael Hayes ( the Archivist ) or telephone :- 01822 853679.
Knightstone RAF Harrowbeer Archives
Knightstone, Crapstone Road, Yelverton, Devon, PL20 6BT GB
Archivist - Michael Hayes 01822 853679
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