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All the old-world charm you could want

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AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year

For over 400 years, this old building has stood in the rolling countryside between the Haldon Hills and the Teign Valley. Remodelling over the centuries has reflected its several roles, including a long spell as a centre for parish affairs and meeting place until in 1838 Pophill House, as it was then known, formally became The New Inn. Among the five landlords since was the poor chap in 1952 whose body undertakers mistakenly left in the mortuary, so that his funeral went ahead with an empty coffin – which is how the inn acquired its name. Inside, providing all the expected old-world charm, are low ceilings, blackened beams, an inglenook fireplace and antique furniture. The bar serves 30-odd wines by the glass, selected from a range of more than 250 bins, some quite rare, and the shelves groan under the weight of a mind-boggling 280 whiskies, mostly malts. Branscombe Vale brewery supplies NoBody’s Bitter, with other Devon and Cornwall guest ales adding to the choice. Crisp white napkins define the restaurant, where the seasonally changing menus, awarded an AA Rosette, rely extensively on fine Devon produce. A typical lunch or dinner would be beetroot carpaccio, Vulscombe goats’ cheese mousse, candied walnuts and celery and apple salad; followed by herb-crusted confit sea bream fillet and mussel chowder; or the ever-popular steak and NoBody ale pie; and, to finish, pistachio olive oil cake with raspberry sorbet. Daily specials might be panko crumb squid and sweet chilli mayo; and rack of Devon lamb, oregano crust, pesto mash, roast butternut squash and Madeira jus. If you want a bar snack, there’s homity pie; and ploughman’s, featuring Sharpham Brie, Devon Blue or Devon Oke cheese.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 11-11 (Sunday 12-10.30)
  • Lunch opening: Monday to Saturday 12-2.30, Sunday 12-3
  • Dinner opening: Monday to Thursday 6-9, Friday to Saturday 6-9.30, Sunday 7-9

Food and drink

  • Real ales: Branscombe Vale NoBody's Bitter, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Winkleigh Sam's Poundhouse Crisp, Sandford Orchards Devon Red

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Cider festival, Contact pub for details


  • Parking available
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

3 miles south-west of Exeter Racecourse (A38)

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