The Old Church House Inn is in a tranquil setting opposite Torbryan church and feels wonderfully off the beaten track, although Newton Abbot and Totnes are relatively near. With its white stone walls, attractive beer garden, and wisteria gracing the entrance, the Old Church House Inn is a picture-perfect country pub. The olde-worlde charm continues inside, where nooks and crannies abound. There are also three open fires, an ancient bread oven, and panelling purportedly retrieved from a ship of the Spanish Armada.
The bar offers a great range of ale, wine and spirits and is cosily located opposite one of the open fires. From the homely and inviting menu we opted for smoked salmon and prawns in Marie Rose sauce and chicken liver parfait served with pineapple chutney, both of which were light and fresh. For mains, coriander and garlic chicken with chunky chips and leaves and fisherman’s pie with salad and crusty bread were immensely satisfying. Both had nice little touches, with the dressing for the chicken in a separate jar and beautifully piped potato on the pie. For dessert we chose blueberry crème brûlée with homemade cookies, and treacle tart served with perfect custard.
There are ten rooms available, all modernised to the highest standard. It was difficult to leave this little enclave of perfection and we vowed to stay longer next time, maybe for one of the occasional live music nights.