I think it is fair to say that when it comes to the hospitality industry, location really is everything. No one wants to go for a meal or a drink in an establishment overlooking a motorway, with a view of a landfill or just in a dreary dull street with no redeeming features. Ambience and location really are an important part of the dining experience. And here at The Passage House Inn, we think we’ve hit the jackpot! Not only are we in the much loved harbour town that is Topsham with it’s beautiful buildings and village like atmosphere, but, we are situated right by the water with gorgeous views across the River Exe and smack bang in the middle of the Exe Estuary Trail. We’ve recently put up boards in our beer garden with birds you might spot on the estuary and a map of the trail itself for those walking or cycling their way around.
Since 2001, Devon County Council have been developing the trail as part of the National Cycle Network Route 2. Once completed it will be almost 26 miles in length although you can obviously pick and choose individual sections to complete, especially if you utilise some of the ferry services available (such as the one just metres from our door!) Devon County Council are rightly very proud of this route, not only does it provide “an exciting opportunity for people to experience cycling or walking around the entire Exe Estuary, appreciating the wildlife and passing through some beautiful riverside towns and villages steeped in maritime history” but the different habitats on the Estuary are so diverse that it has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area, a Ramsar Site (internationally important area for birdlife) and is a candidate for a Special Area of Conservation.
The Passage House Inn is in a very unique and beautiful area of the world and we still can’t believe our good fortune at being nestled amongst it all. No matter what time of year, no matter what the weather, we are always afforded a changing view of wildlife on the estuary that provides extra interest and variety to those coming to visit us at the Passage House Inn. So whether you’re just ambling along the Topsham to Lympstone stretch or ambitiously cycling along the whole trail, make sure you visit us for a coffee before you go, a refreshing drink mid walk or a meal to refuel once you’ve completed your day of discovery along our very own Exe Estuary Trail. There’s really no place we’d rather be.