CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Devon Life today CLICK HERE

The Chichester Arms, Mortehoe

PUBLISHED: 14:29 21 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:56 21 August 2017

The Chichester Arms, Mortehoe

The Chichester Arms, Mortehoe

Archant

Devon Life columnist Patrick McCaig of The Otter Brewery, takes us on a trawl of some of his favourite pubs. Here’s Patrick’s lowdown on The Chichester Arms in Mortehoe

This month we head north towards the coast to a village that can trace its origins back to the Domesday Book. Just ten miles from Barnstaple as the crow flies or the sea otter swims, after a bracing 25-minute walk up the hill from Woolacombe, the blue-shuttered, low-ceilinged Chichester Arms mercifully appears to the out-of-breath wayfarer like an oasis.

It’s certainly well run – bar manager Fran ably assists landlord and landlady Alex and Julia with Fran’s fiancée Elliot helping head chef Duncan in the kitchen. Alex is a qualified archeologist who was seduced 20 years ago by the charms of the on-trade.

Around him he’s assembled a capable and attentive team led by general manager Katharina that together deliver a very friendly experience. Julia’s cousin was the pub’s previous custodian – the Chichester tradition is that when the time feels right the Inn inevitably passes over to whoever is managing it.

In close proximity to the fast moving waters of the Bristol Channel the building is actually an old vicarage dating back to the 1700s. Sat in the centre of the village it is now a cosy place with an unpretentious and lived in interior – tongue and groove paneling, local photographs on the walls and an eclectic mix of bank notes pinned above the bar all help to set the scene as you walk in.

The building is an old vicarage dating back to the 1700s. Photography by Richard PorterThe building is an old vicarage dating back to the 1700s. Photography by Richard Porter

A little intrigue comes from the hatch and hidden tunnel beneath the carpet that leads into the church next door…perhaps this modern day refuge once fuelled the tired clergy of old with a restorative pint or two.

Today it’s a core of local followers that sing praise to the Chichester and all that it offers. The ‘Friday Night’ club is particularly well versed and passionately support it on all fronts, especially the pool, darts and skittles teams.

The pub’s first beer festival in June went down a storm and occasional themed nights help to pass the quieter months – this is North Devon so let’s have a mid-winter Brazilian night with Samba and cocktails to liven things up!

We opted to sit out the front and watch the world go by – there’s also a small beer garden at the back. This whole area is a much loved tourist destination and holidaymakers come here for a multitude of reasons. Woolacombe boasts a top-drawer, classic sandy beach three miles in length that is extremely popular with families. In fact the entire coastline is a magnet for the energetic and adventurous whether on two legs or four and the Chichester caters for them all.

On a menu mindful of allergies you’ll find home-cooked pub food with a local twist – the traditional Devon ploughman’s happily sits next to a tasty pork and scrumpy burger made exclusively for them by a local butcher. Ex-battery chickens cared for at nearby Borough Farm supply the eggs, fresh crab comes from Philip Dennis of Lundy Fish and meat and poultry are delivered by Crediton-based MC Kelly and Ivan Clarke of neighbouring Mullacott. The specials board offers more adventurous dishes like roasted fillet of cod with lime, chilli and paprika.

Set in a small village away from the crowds this is a pub well worth seeking out and it’s great to see a core of enthusiastic staff doing all the right things…sun, sea, surf and Summer Light – what’s not to love?!

The details:

Real Ale:

Summer Light, Otter Brewery

Golden Pig, Country Life Brewery

North Coast IPA, GT Ales

Contact details:

Address: Chapel Hill, Mortehoe, EX34 7DU

Tel: 01271 870 411

Website: www.chichesterarmsmortehoe.co.uk/

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Devon Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Devon Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Devon Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Food & Drink

12:31

Kath Hope takes up the challenge to reduce her festive food miles and source her Christmas food and drink from within our bountiful county

Read more
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

SU CARROLL breaks bread with charismatic Devon restaurateur Edmond Davari as he embarks on a new venture

Read more
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

We hooked up with RACHAEL JOWITT, head roaster for leading South West coffee roastery, Voyager Coffee, to hear how the business is developing

Read more
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

From pale ale and real cider to craft beer, Devon is home to a number of real ale breweries and CAMRA award-winners, meaning a good pub is never far away – we pick 16 places to go in Devon to find the best pint

Read more
Friday, November 16, 2018

Devon Life’s readers and followers have been voting for their favourite food & drink stars and we can now reveal our winners who were honoured at our glamorous ceremony at Sandy Park on November 15

Read more
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Public Houses are a cornerstone of life here in Britain, dating back as far as the Roman invasion in 43 AD. Devon is no different and its humble establishments are steeped in history and nostalgia. We’ve taken a look at 11 of the county’s most historical pubs

Read more
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

A traditional Christmas pudding recipe, served with clotted cream and a brandy Crème Anglaise with a dash of cognac

Read more
Friday, October 26, 2018

Whether you have strawberry or raspberry jam on your scones, or prefer Earl Grey to English breakfast tea, we’ve found 12 of the best tearooms that Devon has to offer

Read more
Monday, October 22, 2018

We’ve spoken to award-winning chef Michael Caines MBE to find out more about Lympstone Manor’s wine celebration evenings and when their new vineyard will produce its first bottle of wine

Read more
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Sunday lunch is an enduring British institution that’s incredibly important to get right. We’ve chosen 12 places in Devon that will guarantee sublime stuffing, mouth-watering meats and Yorkshire pudding perfection.

Read more
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

As the winter begins to close in, there’s nowhere better to take refuge than one of Devon’s many cosy pubs. Here are 9 you should look for when needing to escape the nippy British weather

Read more
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Check out Michael Caines’ column in the latest issue of Devon Life where you can read more about what this recipe will be perfect with

Read more
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

We reveal the winner of Devon’s Tea Room / Coffee Shop of the Year. Sponsored by Radio Exe

Read more
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

We reveal the winner of Devon’s Best Sunday Roast. Sponsored by cottages.com

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today


subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search