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The Old Smithy Inn - Pub in Devon

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Welcombe, Bideford, EX39 6HG, Devon
England, United Kingdom

The Old Smithy Inn
+44 (0)1288 331305(landline)

A lovely old thatched pub in a tiny hamlet on the North Devon/Cornwall border with beaches and the sea a short walk

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The main part of the building is 13th-century so there are ancient flagstones on the floor, the ceilings are low, the walls very thick, the windows small. It's the perfect pub for a Daphne du Maurier plot to unfold, but you also get home cooked classics (fish and chips, homemade burgers) on the menu (some with a twist) from ingredients sourced locally. Irish owners Murrough and Gráinne believe passionately in the pub being a social space and they encourage folk to wind down and enjoy the 'craic'. They also have a fine reputation for putting on live music events so do check the website before you come. You'll find hand-pumped ales, a decent wine list and a lovely garden to spill out into on sunny days.

Wheelchair access
Wheelchair access to some public rooms and to wc's.
Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Public transport
Within 2 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Handpumped ales
Pub serves four or more handpumped ales.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.
Food all day
Food is served all day long.

Local points of interest from The Old Smithy Inn:

Local points of interest from
The Old Smithy Inn:

  • Only a 20 minute walk away is Welcome Mouth with its extraordinary rock formations and beach at low tide. This is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the sun set over the ocean. You can access the South West Coast Path here. Cornwall is just a mile away.
  • Inland walking through a beautiful valley is Marsland Valley Nature Reserve with its beautiful butterflies and ancient trees. The valley ends in another beautiful wild & hidden beach.
  • The outstanding studio potters of Welcombe Pottery are based right across the lane from the Smithy. Check in advance with Alice & David about their pottery courses or just visit their shop & gallery of world class artisan pottery & glassware.
  • Within driving distance are the beautiful seaside towns of Appeldore, Instow and Westward Ho! to the north and to the south we have Bude, Padstow and Port Issac. In between you'll find many quieter, beaches and coves when you venture off the beaten track.
  • 9 miles away by road is the wonderful Tamar Lake. Just the spot for water sports, coarse fishing a walk/jog around the lake.
  • If you enjoy a longer walk head north along the Coast Path and about 5 miles from here is the historic Hartland Quay. You pass the impressive Spekes Mill waterfall on the way. The sunsets are spectacular here. A short walk from here is Hartland Abbey.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
"Greeted by Murrough & Gráinne and offered a traditional Devon cream tea - delicious! We instantly felt very welcomed here. The atmosphere is very relaxed with pods in the garden to seat groups of six. We would love to return. "

Gwen - Sawday's Inspector, United Kingdom

June 2021

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Bar snacks from £2.50; starters from £6.50; sharing platters from £13.50; mains from £15.50.


Mondays and Tuesdays all day.


Welcombe, Bideford, EX39 6HG, Devon


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