The Drewe Arms, Broadhembury
With its medieval thick cob walls and antique beams this timeless local once had a far reaching reputation as a destination fish restaurant famed for its Scandinavian vibe. Today it appears the pub has managed to buck the ‘gastro’ trend and successfully execute a U turn in terms of its function. It is still a destination pub but the buzz now comes from the eclectic mix of locals aka ‘the drinking crowd’ that in turn provide the pull for the diners.
Taking over custody of this 16th century treasure are Kate and Dan with Kate’s mum suitably cast in a supporting yet all encompassing role – upkeep of the pretty beer garden is just one of her ongoing projects. Between the three of them new life has been breathed into the heart of one of the prettiest villages you could hope to find in the Blackdown Hills.
This collective family effort is certainly paying dividends with each individual infectiously passionate about their respective roles. The close knit community have rallied behind the young couple and been integral to their continuing success. In fact this is one of the pubs we often use as a barometer against which we can measure our own journey as a family run enterprise – it was the very first account that Mum managed to get Otter Bitter into all those years ago.
Today there are 5 Devon cask ales on the bar, 3 skittles teams, quarterly beer festivals, a steady stream of cyclists needing rehydration and an enticing food offering. The business is open all day every day and the latest award above the door is CAMRA’s ‘Exeter and East Devon Summer Pub of the Year’. Certainly Kate and Dan have found that happy and often elusive equilibrium between drinkers and diners and the Blackdowns once again has a real jewel in its crown.
The Drewe Arms, Broadhembury, Honiton. EX14 3NF.
Tel: 01404 841267