Church House Inn couldn’t be a more perfect country pub if it tried. From its Grade II listed status, to its award-winning meals and the pretty village church just across the road, if there’s ever been a quintessential Devon pub then this is probably it.
It’s easier to list the pub’s various awards than try to describe it, so here we go – its accolades include Devon Life’s ‘Best Country Pub’, the Good Pub Guide’s ‘Devon’s Dining Pub of the Year’ and it was also the first to be listed in the Michelin Pub Guide. The pub dates all the way back to 1400, and it started life as a place for the artisans employed by the church to stay.
The inn manages to combine a welcoming, traditional atmosphere with food that has the tables booked weeks in advance, and dogs are welcome inside too. Long wooden tables give the bar area a rustic feel, and visitors can sink back into the cushions and chat over a drink. The restaurant in the next room serves lunches and dinners that have made the inn one of Devon’s worse kept secrets, so don’t miss the chance to sample the locally produced dishes.
This is a place where dog walkers gather on a Sunday morning to chew the cud, and visitors pop in and enjoy a glimpse of village life as it’s been for hundreds of years.