The Bridge Inn was the very first pub the queen ever visited, and we have to say we think she made a wise choice. Found just outside of the East Devon town of Topsham, the pub dates back to the 16th century and perches right beside the River Clyst.
With more Real Ales than you’ll have time to sample in one Devon holiday and a selection of beers that change frequently the pub is a favourite with those who love an old English pub that’s just the way it used to be. The pub has been in the same family for decades, and it’s so friendly that if they have time one of the owners will show you around and give you a brief history of the building.
The outside seating means visitors can pull up a pew and admire the sight of the river, and the pub has always been a popular place for a rest with those cycling between Lympstone and Topsham. There are three bars inside the inn, and part of their charm is that they’ve been altered little since it first opened. If you’re keen to try as many of the beers as you can without getting...too merry, ask for a third of a pint as they’re happy to serve them.