Fingle Bridge Inn
Nestled in the Fingle Gorge, right on the banks of the River Teign, the Fingle Bridge Inn is a charming traditional pub and restaurant. This family-owned venue boasts a homely atmosphere, with a roaring fire in winter and outside terraces to enjoy when the sun shines. With its stunning location, it encourages fishermen, cyclists, nature enthusiasts and walkers to take a well-deserved break, and is also a popular rest stop for visitors to Castle Drogo.
The Fingle Bridge Inn was built on the site of a tea shelter founded in 1897 by Jesse Ashplant, and is still owned by the family – the scones served in its acclaimed cream tea even use Jesse’s original recipe. The Sunday carvery is extremely popular and can be enjoyed in the bar, on the terraces or in the restaurant. The extensive bar menu features pub favourites such as homemade pie of the day with seasonal vegetables, fish and chips and lasagne. There are also several children’s meals and vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Homemade desserts such as crumble, squidgy chocolate cake and bread and butter pudding are a must, and there’s a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, including tea and coffee.
The airy function room can seat up to 120 people and is frequently used for celebrations of all kinds – it holds a wedding licence and affords amazing photo opportunities. The venue is open from 11am-4pm in winter, and evenings at weekends; summer hours are much longer and include most evenings. It is best to phone ahead or check the regularly updated website for details.