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The sunken boat in the Exe at Topsham

The sunken boat in the Exe at Topsham

Topsham is a lovely little town situated about 5 miles south of Exeter at the confluence of the River Exe and the River Clyst.

Topsham used to be one of the most important ports in the country as was for a long time the highest navigable point on the River Exe – until the Exeter Ship Canal was built.

The town has it’s fair share of good pubs – some in the picturesque Fore Street – others beside the river.

It’s easy to get to Topsham for a drink as the train and bus services from Exeter are good and the station is right in the town. Parking can be difficult in such a cramped old town though.

Topham has its own informative website.

You can locate the pubs on a map here.

Topsham Pubs

Bridge Inn

Bridge Inn - full review

Bridge Hill, Topsham, Devon, EX3 0QQ
Tel: 01392 873862
Unique old pub by the River Clyst bridge east of Topsham, near the station. The exterior is a rather vivid pink but don't be put off as the pub is a real treat - assuming you like pubs with no music and good beer. Don't ask for a lager or ... Read full review of Bridge Inn

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 5 stars out of 5

Exeter Inn

Exeter Inn - full review

68 High Street, Topsham, Devon, EX3 0DY
Tel: 01392 873131
Situated on the north side of Topsham, the Exeter Inn is geared up more for locals than tourists. However, you should not be put off by this as it has a lively welcoming atmosphere. It was certainly noisy on a previous visit as we arrived just ... Read full review of Exeter Inn

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Globe Hotel

Globe Hotel - full review

Fore Street, Topsham, Devon EX3 0HR
Tel: 01392 873471
The Globe Hotel is a 16th century coaching inn situated right in the heart of the ancient town of Topsham. As you enter the hotel main entrance the bar is on the left with a dining room to the right. There's another seating area at the back ... Read full review of Globe Hotel

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 4 stars out of 5

Lighter Inn

Lighter Inn - full review

Fore St, Topsham, Devon, EX3 0HZ
Tel: 01392 875439
Large riverside Hall & Woodhouse pub right on the town quay. There are a number of different seating areas inside and a predominantly dining area along the front of the pub. Food is available most of the time - with many fish ... Read full review of Lighter Inn

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 3 stars out of 5


Nelson - full review

High Street, Topsham, Devon EX3 0DU
Tel: 01392 877776
Formerly known as the Lord Nelson, the Nelson is a large food orientated pub just north of the centre of Topsham. When walking in to the Nelson there is a long bar directly opposite. The interior is dark wood. There are plenty of seats - ... Read full review of Nelson

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 3 stars out of 5

Passage House

Passage House - full review

Ferry Road, Topsham, Devon, EX3 0JN
Tel: 01392 873653
Cosy pub hidden on the small streets down by the river - near the ferry. There is a large emphasis on food here with a wide menu, and including many fresh fish specials. I've had the skate wing which was gorgeous and the roasts are good ... Read full review of Passage House

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Staying in Topsham

Reka Dom is an excellent B&B right by the southern tip of Topsham, near where the rivers meet. If you’re staying here try and get the tower room – the 360 degree views across the Exe and towards Exeter and Exmouth are superb. Reka Dom has a website

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