Topsham Beer Guide: Your Topsham guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Topsham

68 /100
Topsham Wines (Beer Store)
36 HIGH STREET
“Corner shop in the centre of Topsham which has a decent selection of 20+ Devon beers, plus Belgium, German, Spanish etc. Friendly service“
Jerseyislandbeer 209 days ago
62 /100
Wine World (Beer Store)
FORE STREET
“A small selection of 20+ Devon beers can be found in this wine shop, a few which were new to me. They also have a selection of Belgium beers“
Jerseyislandbeer 209 days ago
88 /100 BRIDGE HILL, TOPSHAM
“A must visit if your in the Exeter area, a wonderful gem of a 1850's heritage pub, just outside Topsham over looking a river valley. A choice of 6 Devon beers, served direct from the barrel and through a hatch. A couple of wood panel rooms inside with fires going. Also serving outstanding ploughman's lunch's & toasties. Note the opening hours, we went at lunch time as they close in the afternoons“
Jerseyislandbeer 210 days ago
68 /100
Topsham Wines (Beer Store)
36 HIGH STREET
“Nice little wineshop that also sells beers. Good selection of local Devon beers. About ten or so local breweries available here. Friendly service.“
saxo 1806 days ago
66 /100
Topsham Wines (Beer Store)
36 HIGH STREET
“Visited 13/7/2019. Compact slightly old-school wine shop with a modest selection of mainly local beers set out over a few shelves, and a small fridge. Found about a dozen bottles including a few new brewers. Attentive service. Keen prices. Worth a look, and worth combining with a visit to Topsham too, with its pretty little high street and waterside.“
Grumbo 1806 days ago
70 /100 BRIDGE HILL, TOPSHAM
“Visited on 24th June 2019, a Monday, at lunchtime. We sat outside in the sunshine and watched the river Clyst flow past us while having a beer and sandwiches. So I have not actually been inside because they have a serving door/hatch for outside drinkers and eaters. This door/hatch allows you to see the casks and your beer being gravity poured into the glass. Local Branscombe brewery ales on offer plus Adnam's Broadside and local ciders. Friendly staff, fresh beers and lovely sandwiches, what more do you want?“
BlackHaddock 1824 days ago
88 /100 BRIDGE HILL, TOPSHAM
“I have now been here four times. 1974, 1989, 2011 and 2018. This is the only pub that HM The Queen has drunk in during her reign - and it is just gorgeous. 100 yards out of town from the coastal village of Topsham’s railway station, ordinary from the outside but 100% atmospheric inside. Its small, dark, cosy bars were constructed for times when people were smaller and chattier. It looks unchanged for centuries though its real history only dates back to 1897. Beer is stored in a side room / cellar and served through hatches. They have a parlour bar for old friends, strictly by invitation only. Even the regulars only go their by anointment. Quintessential British pub-dom and as such priceless. The speciality is cask ales served straight from the barrel, usually in perfect condition. Little other beer. Why would you?“
Tim Webb 2090 days ago
68 /100
Globe (St. Austell) (Restaurant)
FORE STREET
“It's not a restaurant, it's an inn - a pub with a small hotel as its additional business. Now owned by St Austell. Yes, it used to host the Topsham brewery but this has moved to Exeter Quay, confusingly. It's not a Ratebeer place but as an example of what it is supposed to be it's not bad.“
Tim Webb 2090 days ago
52 /100 68 HIGH STREET,
“A semi modern workingman pub. 3 casks. A handful locals watching TV on a Thursday midday. Visited together with Rune 29.9.16.“
Finn 2788 days ago
80 /100 BRIDGE HILL, TOPSHAM
“A true gem. 3 small rooms and a large beer garden. Served via two hatches. A must-visit when you are in the area. A bit noisy outside. Visited together with Rune 29.9.16.“
Finn 2788 days ago
50 /100 68 HIGH STREET,
“A working class pub (we were told) in the upper main street of Topsham. Classic interiors in wood and with carpeted floors. We had beers from Sharp’s and Teignworthy, which we found among the four cask ales on offer. A few bottles in the fridge. Polite service. Bus stop outside, we went with no. 57 back to Exeter (Visited with Finn, 29.09.2016).“
Rune 2788 days ago
58 /100
Topsham Wines (Beer Store)
36 HIGH STREET
“A small cornershop right in the middle of Topsham. Has got a few shelves with regional beers, including bottles from the local Topsham brewery. Friendly and attentive. Worth stopping by (Visited with Finn, 29.09.2016).“
Rune 2788 days ago
82 /100 BRIDGE HILL, TOPSHAM
“About 20 minutes bus ride from central Exeter (bus no.57). The bus stops very close to the pub which is located by the river Clyst. A lovely old fashioned freehouse displaying an enchanting atmosphere. Family run for generations. Three rooms with a bar serving two of them. Six different real ales available at our stay, all of them in excellent condition dispensed by gravity. The beers are served in different amounts, starting at one-third pints. Knowledgeable and friendly service offering tasters of their ales. Music and even mobile free, a place for conversation between people and not machines. according to a message at the bar. We had our last drink outside by the banks of the river. Delicious cheddar sandwich for lunch. We visited the pub early in the afternoon from 12.00 to closing time at 14.00. Highly recommended (With Finn 29.09.2016).“
Rune 2789 days ago
80 /100 BRIDGE HILL, TOPSHAM
“Love this place - especially on a summer’s day when you can sit outside. Quite a quirky layout, but they do keep their beers well.“
MyBeerySelf 2793 days ago
84 /100 BRIDGE HILL, TOPSHAM
“One of those places so full of character you should never miss the option of a visit. Gloriously old fashioned, decent beer and you can have a very pleasant seat outside if the weather allows.“
Scotty001 2839 days ago
78 /100 BRIDGE HILL, TOPSHAM
“What a wonderful place. We thought at first it was closed but wandered round the side and a shadowy figure in the window indicated that we should go round the back to the Malt House. The front part was indeed closed so I can’t say what that’s like but the malt house is very unusual. It’s a small barn kitted out like a DFS showroom circa 1950 - full of old settees and suites, a sideboard cluttered with ornaments and a piano in the corner. The ledge that once held the malting room floor is lined with blue and white plates, jugs and tureens and the walls are salmon pink. Strangely, it was all rather bright - fluorescent lighting I think. The bar is by the door and it’s tiny. They have an A4 sheet of paper in a plastic folder listing the beers available (seven when we were there, and a jolly good list it was too). You place your order and the barman disappears through a low doorway, returning a few minutes later with the requisite beverages. Great! (Visited 13 January 2015).“
Boudicca 3404 days ago
44 /100
Globe (St. Austell) (Restaurant)
FORE STREET
“We thought we’d try out the Globe as the Topsham Brewery is located there and we were hoping they might have some Topsham beers on. Unfortunately, not so. It’s an upmarket hotel and restaurant with a nod to beer in the form of four hand pumps with the standard St Austell beers. If I were reviewing it as a hotel or restaurant no doubt it would score highly but it’s definitely not a place to go for a casual drink. I’ve added it here not because it’s Ratebeerworthy but to save you time in case you think it’s worth a look. We had a poke around the back looking for the brewery but in vain; then again, it was pouring with rain and we wanted to get to the Bridge so we didn’t try too hard. (Visited 13 January 2015).“
Boudicca 3404 days ago
62 /100 68 HIGH STREET,
“A rough and ready local - quite basic but warm and cosy with a welcoming real fire. The service was friendly too. It was quite busy when we visited so we sat in a rather dark and dingy area at the back until the barmaid came over and pointed out the lamp switch. There are six hand pumps including a couple of ciders. (Visited 13 January 2015).“
Boudicca 3404 days ago
78 /100 BRIDGE HILL, TOPSHAM
“Visited 12/05/2012. Historic pub with an unspoilt interior. Beers are served on gravity - there is a hatch to look after those people drinking outside. My Bristol United Brewers’ Collaboration was served in good condition by friendly staff. An excellent pub.“
downender 4417 days ago
74 /100 68 HIGH STREET,
“Visited 12/05/2012. Gazza sums this pub up perfectly - it’s an excellent example of a community local. Fours real ales were on offer, Teignworthy Beachcomber and guests from Cottage, Cotleigh and Sharps. Ciders are from the nearby Green Valley. Landlord and landlady (and their extended family) were really friendly, and the locals were welcoming too. Prices were below £3 which I understand is good going for this area. What pubs should be about - I’ll be back.“
downender 4417 days ago
80 /100 BRIDGE HILL, TOPSHAM
“Strange feeling of time warp just entering the place; a beautiful, rickety old pinkish bridging inn on the Clyst just across from the old Topsham Mill. Two rooms, one completely closed off gets raucous once filled, low beams, old timber, books and old knick-knacks everywhere. The publican pops his head out another doorway to take orders for bevvies, real ales only, as far as I know you can’t get much else aside local wines. There is no bar, just a porthole in the wall of the second room where the publican disappears to the cellar to get drinks. Open fire keeps the whole inn warm and cosy. Food is available for lunch and now dinner, locally sourced and very traditional. Mobile phones aren’t allowed so it gives a true feeling of years gone by. A great place for a drink, and if it gets too busy inside the carpark on the river becomes the overflow. Lovely!!“
ALLOVATE 4642 days ago
60 /100 68 HIGH STREET,
“A proper pub at the Exeter (north) end of Topsham’s high street with probably the second-best range of beer after the Bridge (which isn’t as good as it was). Usually has a Teignworthy brew plus two guests which could be anything local and micro - expect the unexpected! A well-run pub with very well-kept ales, and a local secret as all the tourists go to the Bridge and never see the rest of the village which is well worth a wander.“
Gazza 6049 days ago
86 /100 BRIDGE HILL, TOPSHAM
“A must-see. This must be one of the classic pubs of England seemingly unchanged for hundreds of years and run by the same family for many of them. Serves all beers from the cask with up to 15 available at any time. Situated north of the village by the river, but only a five-minute walk. Make sure you get there...“
Gazza 6171 days ago
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