Mary Tavy’s friendly stores

Readers of this blog will know that I am keen to support local stores.  Last month I told of my visit to Coombe Bissett in Wiltshire.  This month I popped into the revamped post office and stores at Mary Tavy.  They are on the A386 road between Tavistock and Okehampton on the west side of the Dartmoor National Park.

Martin and Tracey Bradford, the new owners, gave me a warm welcome.

Martin and Tracey Bradford

Martin and Tracey Bradford

They wear red and black branded t-shirts bearing their logo of Wheal Betsy, the instantly-recognisable engine house of the mine a mile north of Mary Tavy.  They also sport the logo on the awning outside the store.IMAG0119_BURST002_COVER

The Bradfords pack a good range of produce into a well-lit and well-organised space.


They have an impressive range of local wines and beers.


You can buy a cup of coffee for £1.20 or a hot pasty to sustain you on your Dartmoor walk.

It is a thoroughly friendly store and post office, invaluable to locals and visitors.IMAG0116_BURST002_COVER

Wheal Betsy engine house, the model for the shop's logo

Wheal Betsy engine house, the model for the shop’s logo




About campaignerkate

I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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2 Responses to Mary Tavy’s friendly stores

  1. Many thanks for the blog Kate, following your suggestion I have started a Facebook page:

    Kind regards and best wishes with the campaigning.

    Martin and Tracey

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