Local Pubs

There are a selection of good pubs locally

  • The Cruwys Arms, Pennymoor, EX16 8LF (2 miles) Tel. 01363 866662

Set in the peaceful Devon village of Pennymoor, the Cruwys Arms is a delightful 16th Century Inn offering great food served daily, real ales, beer garden and a function room. The pub also offers a skittle alley, pool table, dart board and a juke box.

Opening Hours: Monday – Sat: 5:30pm – 11pm: Sunday – 12 noon – 2:30pm and 7pm – 11pm

Website: http://www.cruwysarms.co.uk

  • The Ring of Bells, Cheriton Fitzpaine, EX17 4JG (2 miles) Tel: 01363 860111

Whether it’s a quiet pint and the crossword, a cheese and pickle sandwich, a refined three course meal, a few drinks with friends or somewhere to take the children, the owners have made it their mission to create a pub for everyone.

Opening Hours:

Monday: Closed; Tuesday to Saturday: 12pm – 2.30pm & 5.30pm – 11pm (9.30pm for food); Sunday: 12pm – 3pm

Website: http://www.theringofbells.com/

  • The Cadeleigh Arms, Cadeleigh, EX16 8HP (3.5 miles) Tel: 01884 855238

A traditional pub, with good food, who occasionally have live entertainment.

Opening Hours:

Monday: 6pm – 11pm; Tuesday to Saturday: 11.30am – 3pm & 6pm – 11pm; Sunday: 12pm – 3pm & 7pm – 10.30pm.

Websites: http://www.cadeleigh.com/13_Pub.html


  • The Black Dog, Black Dog, EX17 4QS (4 miles) Tel. 01884 860336

A traditional local pub.

Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 6pm – close; Wed, Thur, Fri & Sun Lunches 12 – 2.30 pm

Website: http://www.theblackdoginn.co.uk/

  • The Mount Pleasant, Nomansland, EX16 8NN (4.5 miles) Tel: 01884 860271

Renowned Village Freehouse Pub & Restaurant.

Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday:11:30am – 11:00pm. Food served all day from 12:00 midday, last orders at 9:15pm. Sunday: 12pm – 10:30pm. Food is served all day from 12:00 midday, last orders at 9:00pm

Website: http://www.mpli.ltd.uk/

  • The Fisherman’s Cot, Bickleigh, EX16 8RW (5.5 miles) Tel: 01884 855237

The Fisherman’s Cot nestling on the banks of the River Exe at Bickleigh is very picturesque. It boasts beautiful gardens and areas where customers can enjoy the stunning river setting.

Opening Hours: Food is served each day until 9pm.

Website: http://www.marstonstaverns.co.uk/pub/tiverton/fishermanscot

  • The Lamb Inn, Sandford, EX17 4LW (6 miles) Tel: 01363 773676

Award winning gastro-pub.

Opening Hours: They serve bar snacks from 10.00am till 6pm (excluding Sunday) and a full menu from 12.30pm – 2.15pm and again from 6.30pm – 9.15pm every day.

Website: http://www.lambinnsandford.co.uk/

Devon is simply filled with fascinating places to explore. (2 cities and 45 towns)

Besides these there are literally hundreds of villages in Devon.

The local Towns to Upcott are Crediton (7 miles) and Tiverton (9 miles) and the county city of Exeter (12 miles).



Dartmoor (which can be seen from the Roundhouse) is 25 miles away

Exmoor 15 miles


Devon has beaches on its South and North Coasts.

On the South Coast there is Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton to the East, and to the West there is Torquay (the English Riviera), and the wonderful Salcombe.

On the North Coasts there are such well-known beaches as Saunton Sands, Croyde, Putsborough and Woolacombe Bay. Croyde and Saunton are perhaps the best for surfing and are about an hour away (depending on the traffic).


There are some 21 National Trust Properties in the County.
















There are many other historic buildings, beauty spots, gardens, museums, in Devon and a more comprehensive list is provided in the Roundhouse.

Besides walking and exploring the beautiful landscape of the area there are many things to do, a few ideas are provided in the Roundhouse. One idea which may be of interest is Blacksmithing.

Simon Ridley, who made the ironwork in the roundhouse and lives in the parish of Poughill (over which the roundhouse looks out), offers a Blacksmithing Course for £150/day or £100 half-day.

See his website: www.devonblacksmiths.co.uk/

Devon EX17 4DF
Tel. 01363 866902 Mobile: 07866 425244

EMAIL: [email protected]

Contact with him should be made directly.


The historic market town of Crediton is convenient for both Dartmoor and Exmoor, and lies only five miles from Upcott and seven miles from Exeter. The town was the birthplace in 680 of St Boniface, the Patron Saint of both Germany and Holland.  It lies in an area of fertile red land and has been a farming community for most of its history. In the 8th century land was granted for the foundation of a monastery. This was specifically to encourage the Roman Christianity adopted by Canterbury. Celtic Christianity from Ireland, Wales and Cornwall predominated in this area when St Boniface was born. The two forms of Christianity co-existed uncomfortably until the Bishopric of Crediton was founded in 909. The See moved to Exeter in 1050.  The Church of the Holy Cross was a Collegiate Church or Cathedral is worth visiting.

During the Boer War, General Sir Redvers Buller of Downes House, Crediton led the Relief of Mafeking. His troops nicknamed him the People’s General and the people of the Crediton erected a statue of him by the clock tower in Exeter. There is also a memorial in the parish Church.

Around Crediton there are several dairies and creameries which are open to the public. There is a Farmers’ Market on the first Saturday of each month.



Tiverton is a busy market town. The name was originally Twyfyrde, meaning town of two fords, and Tiverton stands on two rivers – the Lowman and the Exe. It was thought to have been a Saxon settlement founded in the 7th century.

There is the site of a Roman Auxiliary Fort near Tiverton, believed to date from the middle of the 1st century. Tiverton Castle was originally built in the early 12th century and was the seat of the Earls of Devon for several centuries. It was rebuilt and enlarged in 1293, at which time it was owned by the Courtenay family, who married into the Royal family in 1495. There is an interesting collection of Civil War arms and armour in the castle, which is a favourite venue for weddings.

The Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life contains the largest social history collection in the South-West of England, in addition to displays on agriculture, industry and transport. This interesting enterprise has won the Museum of the Year Award. The Tiverton Craft Centre is a Victorian shop with showrooms exhibiting many examples of local craft work including pottery, basketwork, painting and slate work.

The town was once the industrial centre of Devon’s fabric trade and the rivers provided sources of power for the woollen industry. The Heathcoat Lace Factory, which has been in operation since 1816, continues the trade today. The town has a small, busy, shopping centre and a local cinema.

The Grand Western Canal was built in 1814 to carry limestone from local quarries to Tiverton. It was originally intended to link this waterway to Bridgwater and the Bristol Channel, but this never happened. Today the canal is a pleasant venue for boat trips and horse drawn barge trips.

There are many interesting places to visit around Tiverton. One of these is the National Trust property, Knightshayes Court at Bolham, two miles North of Tiverton. This Gothic Victorian house, built in 1869, is set in acres of attractive gardens. Bickleigh Castle is on the Exeter road out of town, and boasts a medieval hall, chapel, exhibitions, gardens and shop.



Exeter is situated on the River Exe and is the capital city or county town of Devon. The city has lots of character and historic buildings. It provides Devon with an attractive centre for education, medicine, religion, commerce and culture. Exeter Airport serves the city which also boasts a well-established university.

Exeter was of importance from early times due to it being the lowest point at which the River Exe could be crossed. This made Exeter a gateway to the south-west tip of England. There are signs of a Celtic origin, but it was the Roman Army who established a stronghold here for its Second Augustan Legion. This was in 50AD. Towards the end of the 2nd century the Romans started constructing defensive walls around the city. Large sections of these Roman walls can still be seen today.

The Romans left towards the end of the 4th century to help defend Italy from attack. Exeter entered the dark ages and was completely undeveloped between 400-700AD. At this time, the city began to lose much of the Roman influence and culture. By 680AD, the Saxons were in control of Exeter. Around this same time, St Boniface, was born in nearby Crediton. He is believed to have received his early training in a monastery in Exeter.

The Danes briefly occupied Exeter in 876, but were routed by King Alfred the following year. Almost twenty years later the Danes again besieged the city, only to be defeated again by Alfred the Great.

After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, the William the Conqueror arrived at Exeter and was soon in control of the city. The Rougemont Castle was built around this period on the highest point of the city walls. Below the castle, Rougemont Gardens contain the remains of the original castle moat. The Exeter Crown Court still upholds law and order from within the gates of Athelsstan’s Tower, part of the original Norman fortifications.

For many centuries Exeter had prospered as an international trading port until, following an altercation, the Countess of Devon built a weir across the river in the late 13th century. As sea craft could no longer reach Exeter, Topsham, a charming town on the wider part of the estuary, benefited, further enriching the Countess and her descendents. Exeter was later reconnected to the estuary around 1563 by means of a ship canal. As a result of this canal link, the city began to prosper once more. The main export was woollen cloth.

German planes blitzed the city during World War Two, destroying many of the historical sites. “Exeter is the Jewel of the West, and we have destroyed it,” so boasted German radio the day after the city was attacked by bombers in the early hours of 4th May 1942 in retaliation for the RAF bombing of Lübeck.  Much of the medieval city was destroyed including many of the records so useful to genealogists.

The Quayside is an atmospheric area in which to relax and wander around. The historic Custom House and various other old buildings and warehouses dating back to Charles II are open to visitors. The Custom House is one of the earliest brick buildings in Exeter, dating back to 1681. The cannons stand outside have never been fired, as they did not reach their ultimate destination.

There are several antique and craft shops around the quay area. It is possible to walk for quite a distance along the canal side footpaths down to the locks. There are several pubs serving food along these routes. Butts Ferry is also found at Exeter Quayside. The manually operated ferry links the quayside to the opposite bank of the river.

St Peters Cathedral dominates the cathedral close and the city skyline. The Normans built the cathedral early in the twelfth century and its present completed form was finished about 1375. The two magnificent towers are the main survivors of the original construction and can be seen from all over the city. Inside the cathedral is the longest unbroken Gothic vault ceiling in the world with its splendid sculptured bosses. One of these bosses, from 1350, shows the murder of Thomas a` Becket. The Bishops Throne and the Minstrel Gallery, both date back to around 1315.

A Roman bathhouse lies hidden beneath the Cathedral Green. This was excavated in the 1970s but subsequently protected and recovered a few years later. The bathhouse was built by the Roman Army and used by soldiers of the Second Augustan Legion. Also within the Cathedral Close is Mol’s Coffee House, once frequented by both Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh. The Royal Clarence Hotel, which was the first Inn in England to be called an hotel, is also here as is the Bishop of Crediton’s House. There are several other fine period buildings in this area and many antique, book, craft and gift shops.

The Royal Albert Museum was founded in 1865 and is located in Queen Street close to Central Station. The museum contains a wealth of local information, collections of ceramics, silvers, fine arts, and antiques and even has a model of the Roman bathhouse buried at the western end of the Cathedral Close. There is also a good collection of natural history displays with some great zoological presentations.

Exeter’s Underground Passages are a most unusual and exciting attraction. Dating from the 14th century, these medieval passages under Exeter High Street are unique – no similar system of passages are open to the public elsewhere in Britain. They were built to house pipes bringing fresh water to the city and have long fascinated local people. There are various stories of buried treasure, secret passages for nuns and priests – even one about a ghost on a bicycle. Their real purpose was simple: to bring clean drinking water from natural springs outside the walled city, through lead pipes into the heart of the city. The passages were vaulted to avoid disruption when repairs were necessary.

The 15th century Guildhall is one of the oldest in the country. The impressive Mayor’s Parlour contains the original Tudor windows. Part of the frontage of the building was added in 1592 but much of the interior is original. A much earlier building is recorded on the same site in the 12th century, perhaps adding to the atmosphere of great antiquity.

In addition to the sites already mentioned, there are a number of interesting museums and old houses. The Maritime Museum complex houses the world’s largest collection of boats, some on land and some afloat. In fact, Exeter has something for everyone from the casual tourist to the serious shopper.