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The Turf -Idyllic Pub On The River Exe


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Hannah Needam of This Is Your Kingdom shares one of her favourite hidden gems in the West Country...

On the rare occasion I mange to swap city life for a weekend visiting family in Devon I love nothing more than enjoying a nostalgic cycle along the banks of the River Exe followed by a yummy supper in the grounds of the Turf Hotel. This lovely spot holds many happy memories and despite it becoming an annual family pilgrimage for the last 16 years, is somewhere I never tire of!

Parking up near Powderham Castle it's a half hour gentle pootle past green fields of cows and glorious estuary views before arriving at one of Devon’s finest public houses. Run by Clive and Ginny Redfurn since 1990, the Turf is a true testament to what hard work and dedication can achieve and better still, pretty much all the goodies on offer homemade and locally sourced. I always order the crispy beer battered fish of the day followed swiftly by sticky toffee pudding with custard and Devon clotted cream (of course) plus a cheeky glass of Devon cider.

The Turf can only be reached by foot, boat or bicycle, making it the perfect place to go slow and set aside an entire afternoon for your outing. A great day out for all the family, the grounds provide the perfect place to embark on a Famous Five style adventure, indulge in a raucous game of cricket or just sit back, look out over the water and watch the world go by...

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Hannah runs This is Your Kingdom, a trusted place to share and celebrate lovely discoveries, great delights and simple pleasures, the very best the UK has to offer.
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