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 8 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. Traditional, freshly prepared lunchtime bar food includes granary ploughman's, 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.
Real ales: Branscombe Vale Branoc, Adnams Broadside, Exe Valley, Hanlons, Teignworthy, Jollyboat Plunder
Allowed in bar
Allowed in garden
M5 junction 30 follow Sidmouth signs, in approximately 400 yards right at roundabout onto A376 towards Exmouth. In 1.8 miles cross mini roundabout. Right at next mini roundabout to Topsham. 1.2 miles, cross River Clyst. Inn on right