TOPSHAM, Devon

Topsham is an attractive town on the Exe estuary, Devon, in England's Westcountry. Now part of Exeter, it nevertheless maintains a distinctive identity. Loved by its locals, and savoured by those who visit, Topsham offers river walks; wildlife; a Saturday morning market; many characterful shops, restaurants and inns; and quiet space to sit and watch the sailing boats go by. But while present-day Topsham is undoubtedly picturesque and has a rich historical heritage, it always has been a working town. Despite no longer being one of the great trading ports of Britain, it continues to have a very strong business and commercial life, with traditional maritime trades continuing alongside the modern and computerised. The site aims to support and encourage the current and future community, so that the history which awaits us may be just as interesting and rewarding.

Topsham - looking north from Quay

Salutation reopens


The Salutation Inn just reopened for business after its extensive renovation to what the new owners describe as a fine dining restaurant with rooms (just so we're absolutely clear on this - it is emphatically not a pub!).



 As you can see, now the front coaching gate opens into the a foyer leading to the GlassHouse, a glazed atrium cafe occupying the site of the old courtyard. Today the owner showed me briefly around, and I was very impressed. The Assembly Room above the entrance (I saw it last in the early stages of renovation - see the Devon History Society website) is particularly beautiful.

See www.salutationtopsham.co.uk for further details and menus.

Foyer, with GlassHouse beyond
night view

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