HISTORY

The Cridford Inn - the oldest pub/inn in Devon and possibly the oldest in England dates back to 825AD. It had previously served as a nunnery and a farm, being originally inhabited by the early Britons/Celts, before the building was remodelled in 1081. In 1086 it was one of the nine small-holdings mentioned in the “Domesday Book” and by then belonged to the Abbey of Buckfast in the Manor of Trusham - a small village that’s nestled in the Teign Valley between Chudleigh, Newton Abbot and Exeter.

With cob walls, a thatched roof and inglenook fireplaces, this traditional Devon Longhouse is approached by passing over a babbling brook, guarded by Willy Catchum and his faithful girl Teresa Green. Why not throw a coin in the lucky wishing well?

This is a quintessential and quietly lovely English country Inn, offering the best locally sourced produce and interesting meals - from traditional pub food, to unmissable experiences, all prepared by skilled chefs who care passionate about food. Dine in a charming restaurant, (mind your head), rough it in the bar, or, weather permitting, watch the sun go down from one of the numerous outside tables.

The Inn is full of interesting artefacts with a great selection a real ales, local ciders and premium spirits and if you can stay the night, it also offers cosy and interesting B&B country accommodation.

During the early 13th-15th Centuries the inn was a farmhouse and the stained glass mullion window in the bar is from this period and is possibly the earliest surviving example of a Medieval domestic window in England. It is also believed that the Cridford Inn is home to two ghosts, one is said to be a Nun from the very early history of the property and a second is a Cavalier from Trusham’s conflict with Ashton, (a nearby village) during the Civil war of 1642-46. In more recent times, the building reverted back to farm use and as a Devon Longhouse was previously known as Cridford Farm, the home of one branch of the Cridford family who have a long history in Devon. Members of the Cridford family still live in Devon.

Trusham is located on the western side of the Haldon Hills, above the river Teign, which forms the Dartmoor National Park boundary and is just over half-a-mile away. The village is accessed via minor roads which are predominately single track with passing places. The A38 passes within 2 miles at Chudleigh. The centre of the village has the O S grid reference SX 854 821 and for sat nav users the postcode is TQ13 0NW.

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GLOWING REVIEWS

We stayed overnight at this wonderful old Inn. We were in the “Exe” room which was charming. Beautifully decorated with a large modern bathroom. The owners Paul and Ness were lovely. They were welcoming and very knowledgeable about the history of the building and surrounding area. The bar and other staff were also really welcoming. We had a really enjoyable 2 course lunch for ten pounds each, excellent value and wonderful home cooked food. The breakfast was great too! We will certainly be back!

TRISHA D.

Great christmas night out at the Cridford Inn. Barney the Chef did us proud 21 of us and everyone said it was fab.Ness and Karen running around after us all making sure we all had enough and keeping an eye on our drinks.The table was looked fab too ....will go back again and again thank you Ness and Paul.

JACQUIM

What a great find! A lovely old inn, serving good beer, an unusual but tasty ginger cider and really good home cooked food. Well worth going out of your way to visit this place.

JULIE B.

Fantastic family Sunday lunch. We ate here today as two families. The staff were very welcoming and helpful and the food was lovely. Would definitely recommend this place.

ANDREW

Our hosts were very welcoming, helpful and made our 2 night stay more than pleasurable. The food is exceptional and there is a wide choice of beer, wine and spirits. Overall our stay was excellent and the atmosphere in this beamed establishment very relaxing, we will visit again for sure

LEWED

What a lovely place to go, the new owners are absolutely delightful , Ness and Paul and they cannot do enough for you , the food is great too , I can especially recommend the Turbot absolutely scrummy . I hear they are doing Christmas lunch too if I’d not already paid a deposit elsewhere I’d be booking ! . Well done guys at last The Cridford feels loved and it’s clean too ! .

LIZ B.

We had an excellent lunch in this delightful inn, which is packed full of character. Would definitely recommend a visit here. They have an amazing range of spirits and local ales. Although we did not stay overnight, the rooms look very comfortable and well equipped.

COLIN