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The Fountain Head

Often packed with walkers and locals

At a glance

Bar menu
Beer festival
Open all year

This 500-year-old forge and cider house is a true rural survivor, in a peaceful village just a short walk from the coastal path. The traditional worn flagstones, crackling log fires, rustic furnishings, village-brewed beers from Branscombe Vale, and the chatty atmosphere (no intrusive music or electronic games here) charm both locals and visitors. Hearty pub food includes home-made chicken liver and wild mushroom pâté served with hot toast; vension, vegetable and red wine pie and chips. There's a spit-roast and barbecue every Sunday evening between July and September. Don’t miss the midsummer beer festival.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 11–3 6–11 (Sunday 12–10.30)
  • Lunch: all week 12–2
  • Dinner: all week 6.30–9

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival


  • Parking available
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Family room available


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From Seaton on A3052 towards Sidmouth left at Branscombe Cross to pub.

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