An introduction to Stoke Gabriel
Stoke Gabriel is a parish in the district of the South Hams with two pubs, a post office, village stores, gift shop, tea room / restaurant and a café. are several bed & breakfasts in the village itself and many camp sites nearby.
School and Preschool
Stoke Gabriel has a thriving primary school, preschool and parent and toddler group. An exciting wooden climbing ship and fairy shop have recently been added to the children's play area, which is set in the parish orchard and enjoyed by children up to the age of 9.
There are are two churches: the ancient Parish Church of St Mary and St Gabriel which holds regular and mid week services, the church has a full choir and bellringers. The Baptist Chapel holds a morning service each Sunday as well as en evening service during the summer months.
Stoke Gabriel boasts much loved football and cricket clubs with grounds and clubhouses. The Stoke Gabriel Boating Association is very active with an active events calendar with boats and training available for members. There is also a Scout Hut by the Mill Pool, used by Beavers and Cub groups. It is also home to the fortnightly youth group. The Village Hall has a stage and can accommodate up to 120 people seated at tables and is located in the centre of the village. It's used for many different activities including talks, quizzes, shows and private functions. The Old School Room is much smaller and located close to the church and is used by the preschool, toddler group, choir and other groups. For the more active, there are plenty of places to walk, cycle, swim and sail, as well as private opportunities to learn to sail and kayak
The Orchard, next to the church was purchased by the Parish Council for the village and for everyone's enjoyment. As well as containing the play area, there is a picnic bench and specially commissioned sculptures by local artists.
The Mill Pool and river foreshore is privately owned but there are permissive paths where the public may roam.
The award winning Hoyle Copse, a piece of woodland and wildflower meadow of approximately 3 acres, was left to the people of Stoke Gabriel for their quiet enjoyment. It contains a well preserved lime kiln and is a wonderful haven for wildlife.
Shops and Food
There are 3 shops: an interesting gift shop, a general store which sells local produce, a range of organic foods and provides a delivery service, and a post office/newsagent. There are also 2 pubs: the Church House Inn is an ancient public house and The Castle Inn is a public house with a function room – both serve food. Emma's Tea Rooms provides quality home cooked foods and the River Shack is a riverside bistro/restaurant which holds weekend barbecues in the summer. There is plenty of choice for tasty meals, drinks and snacks! There are also 3 garages and a plant nursery.