The Yarcombe Inn, close to the church on the A30  
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The historic Yarcombe Inn is a Grade II Listed Building situated on the A30 in East Devon, an area of outstanding natural beauty.   Closed for over a year, its rescue in October 2009 was featured on the Save Our Boozer television programme hosted by Jay Smith.   The Inn then continued as a community-run pub for almost three and a half years before returning to its privately-run status in March 2013, but sadly once again closed for business in August 2014.

New owners purchased the building in June 2015, frustratingly before the Parish Council submitted the Asset Of Community Value (ACV) application which had been prepared by locals months before.   The new owners quickly declared their intention to have the building's status changed to residential; however permission was refused by East Devon District Council.

In 2017 the owners announced that they were putting the building back on the market.   Many villagers attended a Parish Council meeting in which strong support for saving the pub was expressed and it was unanimously decided that the Parish Council would take the appropriate action.   This is now an ongoing situation.

Money to purchase the inn has been raised by locals and the Parish Council, but the owners are still seeking a higher value based on a conversion to residential which, as previously mentioned, has been refused by EDDC!   See: Save The Yarcombe Inn News page.


The Inn is set in the beautiful village of Yarcombe nestling on the edge of the Blackdown Hills and dates back almost a thousand years.   It is said to have once belonged to the monks from Mont St Michel in France, and along with the rest of Yarcombe was later owned by Sir Francis Drake.



The pub comprises a large Bar area, Restaurant, Skittle Alley and Beer Garden at rear.  

The Inn is capable of providing catering for private functions such as birthdays, anniversaries, wakes, small wedding parties or business lunches etc.   Food may be eaten in the bar area or in the more relaxed surroundings of the attractive Drake Restaurant.



The Drake Restaurant (left) provides the setting for good food in comfortable surroundings.

The Skittle Alley has been used by several Local Teams in the past, and can also be made available for functions, be it Celebrations or just for a game of Skittles!

Traditional pub games like Darts, Shove Ha'penny, Bar Skittles and Tabletop Soccer are in place.

The Drake Restaurant



The Beer Garden at the rear of the building has beautiful views over the churchyard, open country and hills towards the East Devon and Dorset coast.

The rear of the building and the views surrounding are typical of this lovely area of outstanding natural beauty on the edge of the Blackdown Hills.

Yarcombe is a walkers' paradise (see Walking Guide page on this website) and the Inn is the perfect start and end point!


Many photographs of this beautiful area can be found throughout this website.   Those relating to the inn are on the pages accessible through the links at the top and bottom of this page.


The Yarcombe Inn  -  a Pub with Real Ale and Real Character!

- not forgetting our Awards:


In 2013 and 2014 the Inn won the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. Based on customer feedback, this prestigious award placed the Inn in the top 10% of businesses worldwide on Trip Advisor.



In addition to winning The Best Local Pub in the Cottages 4 You "Go Local Awards" in 2010, the Inn was also named CAMRA's Exeter & East Devon's Pub Of The Year, 2011 - the award was presented in April 2011 at the pub!



Visit Chard & Ilminster News to see article "Yarcombe Inn Celebrates CAMRA Award"!