Bridge Hill, TOPSHAM, EX3 0QQ
This 'museum with beer' is substantially 16th century, although its constituent parts vary considerably in age. Most of the fabric is local stone, while the old brewhouse at the rear is traditional Devon cob. Four generations of the same family have run it since great-grandfather William Gibbings arrived in 1897, and it remains eccentrically and gloriously old fashioned. Usually around 10 real ales from local and further-flung breweries are served straight from their casks, the actual line-up varying by the week. There are no lagers and only a few wines, two from a local organic vineyard. Traditional, freshly prepared lunchtime bar food includes granary ploughman's, pork pies, veggie or meat pasties, and sandwiches, all made with local ingredients. Queen Elizabeth II visited in 1998; it is believed this is the only time she has officially stepped inside an English pub.
Tel: 01392 873862
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Branscombe Vale Branoc, Adnams Broadside, Exe Valley, Hanlons, Teignworthy, Jollyboat Plunder
12-2 6-10.30 (Fri-Sat 12-2 6-11 Sun 12-2 7-10.30)
No coach parties catered.
Credit cards not accepted
M5 junct 30 follow Sidmouth signs, in approx 400yds right at rdbt onto A376 towards Exmouth. In 1.8m cross mini rdbt. Right at next mini rdbt to Topsham. 1.2m, cross River Clyst. Inn on right