A Devon pub has been recognised among the best British pubs worth travelling to. Making it to the top 10 of the Telegraph’s travel list, The Bridge Inn in Topsham near Exeter has international fame after it was visited by the late Queen in 1998.

Travel writer, Will Hawkes listed three South West pubs out of 10 across the UK as the best to visit including the Rashleigh Arms in Cornwall and The Fleece Inn in Gloucestershire.

However, The Bridge Inn is remarkably one of a few pubs around the country to have updated its listed status to further protect its historic interior. William John Gibbings from Clyst St George, moved into the Inn in 1897, and the family has been running the establishment ever since.

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The pub retains many of its historic features including a panelled corridor, rare historic glazed advertising, a stone fireplace and a hatch through which drinks are fetched. The Bridge Inn’s landlady, Caroline Cheffers-Heard, previously told DevonLive that the pub’s “lost in time” feel is part of its appeal.

She said: “My great-grandfather came here in 1897 and the interior has remained unchanged ever since. I have no plans to change it, so we will carry on exactly as we were. But it’s good to have the recognition.

“It’s hard work to maintain a building of this age. We’re very fortunate we have a vast range of customers from young to old and all walks of life. We’re a very basic beer pub and there are very few of those left. We’re known for real ale and always will be.”

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