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Ancient Devon Longhouse Inn Attracts New Owners

Ancient Devon Longhouse Inn Attracts New Owners

Posted: Tuesday 16 October 2018

Dating back to circa 825AD, The Cridford Inn in Trusham is possibly one of the oldest inns in the country. With its history and idyllic, deepest Devon location, it’s no surprise that its new owners worked quickly to ensure a dream move to continue its heritage.

Amid local pub closures and chain pub openings, the traditional English country pub continues to be a genuine hidden gem. The charm, the atmosphere, and a genuinely warm welcome is still something locals and tourists alike can’t get enough of. And so it proved for new owners, Paul and Ness Moir.

With two teenage sons and their 20th wedding anniversary on the horizon, Surrey-based Paul and Ness’ long held desire to run a country inn finally became a reality. Located in the heart of Devon in the village of Trusham, near Newton Abbot, The Cridford Inn is one of those quintessentially English pubs that ticked all the right boxes for the couple. 

And it’s not hard to see why they were so taken with the Cridford Inn. The property’s cob walls and thatched roof are home to inglenook fireplaces, a slate-floor wooden-beamed lounge bar, restaurant and function room. Not to mention a sizeable and fully equipped commercial kitchen in which new Head Chef, Sean McBride, can prepare classic British dishes, with local produce and ingredients wherever possible, for imaginative nose to tail cuisine.

With the inclusion of four, first floor, en-suite letting rooms, sizeable car park, and stream-side beer garden seating, the Cridford has the potential to provide increased profits for the couple with additional tourism income, alongside their 7-day a week opening times.

With the leasehold now secured, Paul and Ness take over from the previous owner who invested heavily in the property with a high-quality refurbishment throughout. They now aim to make their mark, adding their enthusiasm and drive to make a big success as new owners of the dog-friendly Cridford Inn, while immersing themselves into village life. 

Jon Clyne, Director from Charles Darrow commented: “It was great to be involved in the sale of the Cridford Inn, a real gem of a pub. We had much interest, but Paul & Ness were standout candidates and we look forward to all of their plans coming to fruition.”