The Old Smithy Inn

Bideford, Devon
+44 (0)1288 331305
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A lovely old thatched pub in a tiny hamlet on the North Devon/Cornwall border with beaches and the sea a short walk


3 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Pets welcome

The Experience

The main part of the building is 13th-century so there are ancient flagstones on the floor, the ceilings are low, the walls very thick, the windows small. It’s the perfect pub for a Daphne du Maurier plot to unfold, but you also get home cooked classics on the menu (some with a twist) from ingredients sourced locally.

Irish owners Murrough and Gráinne believe passionately in the pub being a social space and they encourage folk to wind down and enjoy the ‘craic’. They also have a fine reputation for putting on live music events so do check the website before you come. You’ll find hand-pumped ales, a decent wine list and a lovely garden to spill out into on sunny days.

Separated from the pub by the garden are three very comfortable bedrooms with valley views, well-dressed beds and underfloor heating. You can have breakfast (special diets catered for) delivered to your room (two have covered verandas) or head back to the pub.

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We think you'll love

  • The lovely wild location for walks and the coast
  • Delicious food and the great atmosphere
  • Being lazy and having breakfast delivered to your room
The Old Smithy Inn - Gallery

You should know

  • If there's a band playing you will hear it - better to join in
  • You can't see the sea from the bedrooms
  • Bedrooms not good for those with reduced mobility


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights.
Occasionally in November, January & February.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Bar snacks from £2.50; starters from £6.50; sharing platters from £13.50; mains from £15.50.


Nightly price
from £100
3 Doubles
From £100



if you look for the experience of the original English Pub - that is the address! We arrived and in the Pub a Band just began to play. Young and old was together, enjoying to chat, to listen, to get to know each other. The food was just great, the service, just all... you arrive and it is like coming to meet friends. We stayed 3 night and has a lovely small apartment in the bungalow next by. From the pub we took walks every day to the wonderful coast line or the historical sights around. So, if you want to meet the true hospitality - don't miss this pub! Thanks Markus and Susanne

Markus, Steinebrunn

We stayed here last summer. Murrough and Grainne couldn’t of been better host, , friendly happy people who made us very welcome including our young pup . Accommodation was ideal, clean, and comfortable.Most days we were out enjoying the beautiful surrounding countryside and beaches and returned to enjoy a pre booked delicious evening meal. I am dairy free and Murrough made provisions and every effort to provide me with a variety of agreeable satisfying alternatives . We would definitely visit again and have recommended The Old Smithy Inn to other family members- they’d love it.

Guy & Lou, Lymington

Greeted by Murrough & Gráinne and offered a traditional Devon cream tea - delicious! We instantly felt very welcomed here. The atmosphere is very relaxed with pods in the garden to seat groups of six. We would love to return.

Gwen, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

You're right on the border of North Devon and Cornwall, with rolling hills and farmland going down to a wild coastline. There's an artisan pottery next door which you can visit and buy from. Walks and cycles from the door will be hilly and beautiful - packed lunches can be arranged at the pub. Above you is a Marshland nature reserve, the coast is just a short walk away for great wavy beaches.

Local points of interest from Murrough & Gráinne McHugh

  • Only a 20 minute walk away is Welcome Mouth with its extraordinary rock formations and beach at low tide. This is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the sun set over the ocean. You can access the South West Coast Path here. Cornwall is just a mile away.
  • Inland walking through a beautiful valley is Marsland Valley Nature Reserve with its beautiful butterflies and ancient trees. The valley ends in another beautiful wild & hidden beach.
  • The outstanding studio potters of Welcombe Pottery are based right across the lane from the Smithy. Check in advance with Alice & David about their pottery courses or just visit their shop & gallery of world class artisan pottery & glassware.
  • Within driving distance are the beautiful seaside towns of Appeldore, Instow and Westward Ho! to the north and to the south we have Bude, Padstow and Port Issac. In between you'll find many quieter, beaches and coves when you venture off the beaten track.
  • 9 miles away by road is the wonderful Tamar Lake. Just the spot for water sports, coarse fishing a walk/jog around the lake.
  • If you enjoy a longer walk head north along the Coast Path and about 5 miles from here is the historic Hartland Quay. You pass the impressive Spekes Mill waterfall on the way. The sunsets are spectacular here. A short walk from here is Hartland Abbey.


Murrough & Gráinne McHugh

Murrough and Gráinne lived in Bristol for several years, he working in specialist education and she in interior design. They've now settled into the community down here and have set up an apprenticeship school for teenagers and young adults who want to get into the food industry. They're a lively, happy pair and run a good team to look after you. Their generosity of spirit shines through.