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“Picture yourself driving down some truly rural winding Devon lanes. Imagine exploring a countryside rich in blooming Summer hedgerows with sheep safely grazing in their fields, as you enter a place known only to a discerning few, an area of outstanding natural beauty where two lush, picturesque valleys sweep down to secret beaches on a wild and rocky shoreline. Situated at the head of these valleys you will find a hidden treasure… an oasis of calm, culture, music and food trading in the ciders and ales of the region. You have arrived at The Old Smithy Inn. “



We are situated at the head of the historic and timeless Welcombe valley near the beautiful unspoilt coastline of North Devon and the striking Welcombe Mouth  and Marsland Mouth beaches. The inn is surrounded by beautiful local walks and only a few minutes from the South West Coast Path. Our much-admired beer garden has a lovely view towards the sea with fabulous sunsets to be enjoyed on long sunny days and warm summer evenings. In the Winter months our roaring wood stove provides a cosy and inviting haven to relax in when the wind blows outside!

The Old Smithy Inn is North Devon’s only authentic thatched coastal inn.



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The Old Smithy Inn | Pub Food Devon | Bed & Breakfast
The Old Smithy Inn | Pub Food Devon | Bed & Breakfast

The Old Smithy Inn  - culture - music - food

Bed & Breakfast


We have 3 new rooms available for bed and breakfast. All are double en-suite. Breakfast in bed option available by pre-order. 

The ethos at the Smithy is towards fresh food cooked on the premises with a strong bias towards local and British ingredients where possible. We are blessed with fantastic locally produced meat, game and fresh fish but also seek to strongly support plant-based food as a healthy sustainable option. Our approach has always been to be as inclusive as possible of those with food allergies and dietary preferences, (as always please inform your server if you cannot decide on anything from our extensive range of dietary options. We will be happy to modify any dish for you).


Children eat proper 'cooked from scratch' food at the Smithy. Kids sized portions of most mains are available. 


Our Sunday Roasts are well known for the quality and care with which we prepare them. We have a rotating selection of beef, pork, lamb and gammon options alongside a fantastic nut roast. Our meat & vegetable gravy are prepared from scratch over 3 days from fresh stocks and are finished with wine and always gluten free.

FOOD & DRINK @ The Old Smithy Inn  

We have three stylish new rooms to choose from:


On a clear day look down towards the sea from your own balcony deck in our Marsland and Welcombe Rooms (both are double ensuites).


If you are looking for the ultimate in a stylish, cosy bolthole then choose the Nook, our hidden gem!


All rooms are on the pub site but separated by our beautiful beer garden from the main building for those who want peace and quiet and an early night.


Please book your stay here. Note: check-ins can only be accepted after 3:30pm, breakfast is from 8:30-9:30am with check-out by 10:30am.


Staying at the Old Smithy  

We also are happy for Britstop and other campervan users to stay free of charge in our car park – just phone up to book a table – as part of the deal, free stay means eating a meal and having drinks from the bar.


From surfers to globe trotters, your house on wheels is always welcome at the Smithy!


Campervan Stop-overs  


Campervan Stop-overs
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The Old Smithy Inn is a 13th century thatched inn nestled at the top of the valley in Welcombe, set in stunning unspoilt countryside a mile from the sea on the north Devon Cornwall border.




Taste of the West
Taste of the West

We are dog friendly!​

We are dog friendly!



From the fishing fleets of Brixham, Clovelly and Lundy to the rich hunting grounds of Exmoor, the pastureland and crop fields of Devon and Cornwall, to the vineyards, breweries and distilleries that have become a phenomenon over the last decade we are truly blessed with an abundance of amazing food and drink here at the Old Smithy Inn.

Taste of the West GOLD 2022





Welcombe, Bideford, North Devon, EX39 6HG


Telephone – 01288 331 305


To book a table,

Call us on 01288 331305 after 12 noon

For other enquiries send us a message







The Old Smithy Inn | Pub Food Devon | Bed & Breakfast

To book a table,

please call us on 01288 331305 after 12 noon

For other enquiries send us a message.

Opening Times
We are dog friendly!

We are dog friendly!​

The Old Smithy Inn | Pub Food Devon | Bed & Breakfast