If it’s a cosy country pub you’re looking for then you won’t find one more traditional than South Devon’s Churston Court. This 12th century manor house is like a museum, a restaurant and a pub combined – and you’ll encounter suits of armour in the corridors and historic portraits peering at you from the walls.
The pub is less than a mile from the South Devon fishing town of Brixham and the Grade I listed building is as welcoming to new arrivals today as it’s been for centuries. This is a pub packed with cosy corners and ingle nook fires, grandfather’s clocks and candelabras – and a romantic meal by candlelight in its restaurant is one of the most popular choices for a special meal in South Devon.
The restaurant’s A La Carte menu includes traditional, home cooked food made with produce and ingredients from the local area. All fish comes straight from nearby Brixham, and the Sunday roasts have a reputation that draws locals in from miles around every week.
Here’s something for the Agatha Christie fans amongst you, not only did the Dame live nearby and visit the pub regularly but it also inspired her novel ‘Murder on the Links’. That’s not the only role the pub has had to play in history...it was used by one of the Great Train Robbers – Bruce Reynolds – as a hideaway straight after the crime, although he wasn’t found when police searched the building.