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Bridge Inn, Exeter

Bridge Hill
Topsham
Postal town: Exeter
EX3 0QQ
Phone: 01392873862
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Ian Mapp left this review about Bridge Inn

It no longer the shocking pink colour from the 2018 photo!

I'd been looking forward to this one since reading about it in a couple of camra guides - including the 2022 GBG.

Closes during a Sunday Afternoon - but Google suggests it opens at 5:30pm. We arrived via the train and a walk at 5:37pm and it was in total darkness. All doors rattled and locked.

About to admit defeat when there was the best sound in the world, a bolt being scraped.

This was in the large bottom room - which I think may have been the Malthouse. In covid times, they haven't opened up the remainder of the pubs - which is a shame, as I love a pub mooch.

Four real ales detailed on a mobile board - no taps on the bar. The beer is served via gravity in the cellar. My jail ale was perfect.

A lovely chat with the two ladies running the show, including the 6th generation descent of the original licencee back in the 1897.

Exceptional, unique and well worth the visit.

On 24th November 2021 - rating: 10
[User has posted 846 recommendations about 838 pubs]


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Quinno _ left this review about Bridge Inn

Remains a timeless classic. Live folk music on during my visit with a wonderful atmosphere. Had too much of a good time to make notes, but I enjoyed my ales from Yeovil and somewhere else(!) and had a good chat with a few of the locals. It’s one of the best pubs in the country.

February 2014
A nationally-renowned c16th multi-room heritage pub, overlooking the river Clyst. It has been in the same family for over a hundred years, remaining virtually unchanged during that time and the opening hours are those of 1914. Inside, up a few steps, you come to a corridor with a serving door to the right and a room off to the left, containing some vintage newspaper cartoon almanacs and plenty of old memorabilia. Carry through the corridor to a smaller rear room, which oozes history. There is a serving hatch, grandfather clock and an ancient (and impressive) tall dark wooden settle, along with a proper fire. Toilets are located outside. As befits a riverside pub, there’s some seating on the bank but the recent downpour rendered it unexplorable; however, I am informed that in more clement weather a serving hatch is opened to serve those sat outside. A collection of ales and ciders available on stillage, mainly from local micros; no keg bitter or lager here. I failed to note the three I imbibed but quality was pretty good bar one that was just a little lacklustre. Friendly and helpful staff at the hatch. Bar snacks available, I was pleased that my pickled eggs came with gratis fresh-ground black pepper. A quiet pub with no noise – even the conversations were semi-whispered. No mobile phones allowed, so make sure yours is switched to silent! This is a must-visit pub, akin to somewhere like the Bell in Aldworth; all pub-lovers should get here at least once and I intend to return. Rated 9

On 22nd April 2019 - rating: 10
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Bridge Inn

One of the classic pubs of England, and one holding many happy memories from the period when I was living in the area. I was slightly nervous about re-visiting - in case things had changed too much - but thankfully I didn't need to worry... The serving hatch in the corridor, the side Tap Room and the tiny front snug beyond are all much as remembered. There is also a separate lounge to the rear (known as the Malt-house Room) which is opened on special occasions. Plenty of interesting items of furniture and decor to admire. Also has a few wooden benches outside, overlooking the River Clyst. Beers served direct from the cask via the 'inner sanctum', so you need to find the list of what's on. About seven interesting beers and ciders available on this visit, including a fine pint of Jollyboat Plunder (£3.50). A 'must visit'.

On 13th July 2014 - rating: 9
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Aqualung .
Topsham, 0.33 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Newcourt, 1.63 miles, 31 min walk (show)
Exton, 1.78 miles, 34 min walk (show)
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24th Nov 2021, 19:22
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
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  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : No last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
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