Torbay is steeped with history and is surrounded by glorious Devon countryside. We have a great selection of traditional country pubs right here in St. Marychurch on Lilycot's holiday homes doorstep, and you don't have to travel far to find other great country pubs which are within easy walking distance from St. Marychurch.
We have compiled a list of our favourite country pubs in and around the Torbay area, and we have also including some classic country pubs worth a visit, whilst out and about exploring Devon.
For further information, or to book a table to eat, where available, we have also added direct links to the country pubs.
The Crown & Sceptre
The Crown & Sceptre St. Marychurch. This is a fantastic example of a classic country pub yet its right here in the centre of St. Marychurch. The Crown and Sceptre is infamous locally as it's renowned for its hospitality, fine selection of ales, and intriguing artifacts. The Crown also cooks its own ham and pies and pasties and serves a proper home made sunday lunch. The Crown & Sceptre has live music and host local jazz musicians every tuesday nights. Please feel free to bring any instrument along with you when you visit this truly unique public house. Dogs are welcome too.
For information on enterainment please follow the link to Lilycot's 'entertainment' page.
The Crown & Sceptre 2 Petitor Road, St. Marychurch, Torquay, Torbay, TQ1 4QA
The Thatched Tavern
The Thatched Tavern is in Maidencombe which is about one mile by road from St. Marychurch. If you would like to walk the Thatched Tavern its located next to the cost path at Maidencombe, en route to Shaldon. The Thatched Tavern serves great hearty pub food, and also has a restaurant area. On a sunny day the garden is great to sit out in. Dogs are welcome too.
for more information on eating out please follow the link to our eating out page.
The Thatched Tavern Steep Hill, Maidencombe, Torquay, Torbay TQ1 4TS
The Drum Inn
The Drum Inn resides in Cockington Country Park, in Torquay. The Drum Inn is owned and run by vintage Inns, so unfortunately it feels a bit like a chain, but the food is reasonable and it still feels like a classic old coach house, country pub. The Drum also has draw of Cockington Court, and Country Park which are all worth a visit.
For more information about Cockington please go to Lilycot holiday homes 'things to do and places to go' page.
The Drum Inn Cockington Village, Cockington, Torquay, Torbay, TQ2 6XA
The Church House Inn - Marldon
The Church House Inn is just outside Paignton in Marldon. The Church House Inn is a lovely country pub and is renowned for it award winning local food, great hospitality, great beers and wines and also has a lovely beer garden.
For more information on fine dining restaurants in and around Torquay and Torbay please follow the link to Lilycot holiday homes fine dining page.
Church House Inn Village Road, Marldon, Devon TQ3 1SL
The Church House Inn - Stokeinteignhead
The Church House Inn resides in the heart of the village Stokeinteignhead, and was built by the church in the 13th century. The Church House Inn supports local traders and serves locally sourced produce. Its fresh fish is purchased from G.B Fisheries in St. Marychurch. The Church House serves good food and its a great country pub.
For information on other local shops in St. Marychurch please follow the link to Lilycot's self catering in Torquay, local produce page and for more information on eating out please go to out eating out page.
The Church House Inn Stokeinteignhead, Devon TQ12 4QA
The Wild Goose Inn
The Wild Goose is in the village of Combeinteignhead which is about halfway between Torquay and Newton Abbot along the along the country lanes. Along with a good selection of local beers an ciders the Wild Goose also offers good food. The beer garden looks over the grounds of the village church.
The Wild Goose Inn Combeinteignhead, Devon TQ12 4RA
The Coombe Cellars
The Coombe Cellars is in an ideal location right on the edge of the river Teign. I think this is one of the best places to be to watch the sun go down as it sets along the river and up over the Dartmoor moors. The Coombe Cellers is also on the Templer Way, an historic local walk. The Coombe Cellars is owned by a chain but is well worth a visit. It serves imaginative food and stocks local ales.
The Coombe Cellars Combeinteignhead, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 4RT
The Churstone Court
The Churstone Court is in Churstone Ferrers on the back road in to Brixham. This is a listed 12th century Manor House and is locally known as the Churstone manor. Today its renowned for a fine wedding and events venue as well as being a hotel. Its opulent splendour is well worth a look. The food is reasonably priced and plentiful. They serve a great carvery on Sundays and if you fancy a walk to walk your lunch off, their are some great beaches close by.
For more information on beaches in Torbay please follow the link to Lilycot's beached page.
The Churstone Court Church Street, Churston Ferrers, Brixham, Torbay TQ5 0JE
The Steam Packet Inn
The Steam Packet Inn is next to the River Dart just down river from Totnes. This pub has gone upmarket in recent years but is still worth a visit on your travels in and around Torbay, especially on a sunny day when you can sit outside by the river. The Steam Packet serves local beer and great food. You can get to the Steam Packet Totnes by boat from Torquay.
For more information on boats trips from Torquay, follow the link and go to Lilycot's holiday home 'boat trips' page.
The Steam Packet St Peters Quay, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5EW
The Carpenters Arms Public House
The Carpenter Arms is in Ilsington village en route to Dartmoor National Park. I found this pub whilst walking the Templar Way which eventually ends up at Haytor on Dartmoor. I was made very welcome and ate a hearty pub dinner with all the trimmings. Great food and great local beers.
The Carpenters Arms Public House Old Town Hill, Ilsington, Devon TQ13 9RG
The Rugglestone Inn
The Rugglestone Inn in Widecombe on the moor is probably our favourite country pub. The Rugglestone Inn is in my opinion a real country pub. The Inn sits next to a stream and has geese and duck and all roaming about in the garden. Good honest food and beer from the barrel. If you wish to eat inside we would recommend booking your table before you arrive.
The Rugglestone Inn Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Newton Abbot, TQ13 7TF