You’ll find The Turf not far from the quirky resort of Topsham in East Devon, and it’s a favourite with walkers taking in the views of the historic Exeter Ship Canal. With an idyllic position overlooking the Exe Estuary, the pub has a sprawling beer garden that makes just the place to spend a sunny afternoon beside the water.
The pub is unique in that you can only reach it on foot, by boat or by cycling, so if you fancy ditching the car for a day and enjoying a walk with a well-earned pit stop then wander the canal to this pretty country haven. The pub sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so if you can just picture yourself tucking into a plate of something hearty while the boats glide past on the estuary then make sure you call in to The Turf.
Better yet, why not book one of the barbeques for your group and cook your own food in the garden? Whether for an occasion or just to do something different, if you let the staff know in advance you can arrange for a private barbeque in a setting that couldn’t be prettier if it tried.