The Bridge Inn & Pub – Topsham, Devon

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We happened upon the Bridge Inn in Topsham due to, and propelled by, the 2PM pub lunch rule and we were most pleasantly pleased. As the owners aptly describe it – “Not so much a pub, more a museum with beer”. It is the living definition of “higgledy piggledy” with narrow, twisting hallways leading to tiny, crooked doors that lead to rooms on a severe tilt (parts of the building date from the 16th century). The pub has been in the owner Caroline Cheffers-Heard’s family since 1897. Summertime will bode well too as there are plenty of outdoor seats with a view of the river Clyst.

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The food is what you’d expect and want from a pub like this – simple, straightforward, fresh and tasty. We each had sandwiches – a home-cooked ham @ £4.70 and a smoked duck @ £5.65 (from local Mike’s Smokehouse) – that hit the exact right spot. Drinks, like the food, are ordered at the door to the back bar – casual as. Savoured a pint of Adnam’s Broadside which was aptly described as a “fusillade of mahogany colour and flavour”. The Bridge Inn was also given a tip of the hat by none other than the Guardian as one of the top 10  best budget eating places in Exeter and Topsham – we concur. Bridge-Sandwich2

And #1 hound was duly appreciative of a few ham table scraps….Bridge-Bill

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