A visit to Clovelly is a chance to step back in time, and the New Inn is every inch the historic country pub that’s seen and heard it all. You’ll find this 17th century inn on a narrow cobbled street in the privately-owned village of Clovelly, and if it’s character you’re after enjoy a drink in the front bar as this was the original pub.
Many a weary traveller has stepped through the inn’s door and on to the flagstones, including Charles Dickens himself. In fact, he wrote about the pub all the way back in 1860 but referred to it as ‘Steepways’ due to its position on a steep hill. Because the only other customers are those who pass the pub as they explore the village there’s a quiet atmosphere at New Inn, and it makes the perfect pit stop during a day exploring this unique North Devon resort.
If you fancy a quick bite to eat before heading back out to carry on enjoying Clovelly there’s a pub menu, but the restaurant upstairs is a popular choice with those who want something slightly more hearty. This is a lovely spot to sit and look out over the historic village, and there’s a modest garden at the rear of the pub too.