Bridge Inn

Bridge Inn, Topsham

Bridge Inn

The Bridge Inn still keeps some rather archaic opening times so you might be unlucky gaining access. If you are lucky enough to gain access then the building is C16th with different sections of the building completed at different times.

It is thought there was a dwelling on this site as early as 1086, in the time of the Domesday Book. The stonemasons responsible for the construction of Exeter Cathedral may have lodged here.

The present building you see is substantially 16th Century, but the actual date of the different parts varies considerably. Unlike today, much building in the past was piecemeal, with new rooms added as necessary. Most of the fabric is local stone, but the old brewhouse at the rear is traditional Devon cob. This has the remains of the hop drying floor, and is adjacent to a large brewing chimney.

Great-grandfather was William John Gibbings from Clyst St. George. He moved into the Inn in 1897, and our family has been there ever since. The current licensee is Caroline Cheffers-Heard, his Great Grand-daughter. She is the fourth generation, her daughter Riannon will be the fifth, and Amelia, born in April 2008, will be the sixth generation.

The Bridge has a long history of promoting real ale. Ales from local breweries and particularly famous or select ales from the rest of the country are always available, although the actual list varies from week to week. There are usually around ten real ales available.

This is slightly more out of the way than any of the other pubs, so it’s perfect if you need a breather!

Address
The Bridge Inn,
Topsham,
Exeter
EX3 0QQ

Telephone
(01392) 873862

Website
www.cheffers.co.uk/bridge.html