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

Food and Drink

Topsham is a great place to visit - and not just for its scenery and shops. Whether you want luxurious fayre, a cream tea, or just some great food with your pint, Topsham is well worth a visit. 


Topsham Grill House - a new venture by Denley's - is now open at 62 High Street (adjacent to Denley's). Open Mon-Fri 4pm-11pm, it cooks takeaway food including kebabs, hot and cold Eastern Mediterranean starters, charcoal-grilled meats, and pizzas. Telephone orders welcome.  62 High Street, Topsham, Exeter, EX3 0DY. Tel: 01392 875440.

Avocet Cafe - small, friendly, relaxed café situated in the heart of Topsham
Beijing Topsham Fryer - Chinese takeaway / fish & chips 49-50 High Street, open all week, noon-2pm (not Sundays), 5-11pm
01392 876463
Denley's Essence of India - Winner of the Exeter Curry Chef award 2007. Open lunchtime and evenings for eat-in or takeaway, and also for bar snacks in the Denley's pub section.
The Cafe - Open lunches / daytime inc. Sundays: light modern blackboard menu. Also opens 6-9pm, Tue and Fri, with baked potatoes and specials such as curry/chilli).
The Fish Shed, Dart's Farm: "highly regarded as one of the best Fish and Chip and wet fishmonger's shops in the country".
The Galley - award-winning fish and seafood restaurant (see news above).
Georgian Tearoom at Broadway House - award-winning tearoom and licensed restaurant (see E&E feature).
L'Estuaire - Bistro and Bar, Topsham Quay, French classics, coffee and tasty cocktails six days a week
Matthews Hall Cafe - open daily in Matthews Hall cafe/foyer. Mon-sat 8-4, Sun 10-4. Tel: 07925304204.
La Petite Maison - award-winning French bistro restaurant
Marcello - family-run Italian restaurant; 01392-879061, e-mail
Route 2 - licensed Cafe Bar and Cycle Hire
The Salutation Inn - fine dining restaurant with rooms, incorporating the GlassHouse atrium cafe.
Topsham Lock Cottage - Open 28th June to 25th August:  cafe in restored lock-keeper's cottage on canal path opposite Topsham. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Opening hours on weekdays are 10.30 until 4 and weekends 10 until 5. Open on August Bank Holiday.
Topsham Wine Cellar - continental vineyard bar style, serving local food and drink including tapas, Pebblebed wines, beers. Open Wed-Sat 5:30-9:30pm, also Sat 11am-2:30pm, or by arrangement. Contact via link or 07814788348.
The Pebblebed Cellar also hosts Vino Italian Kitchen events, Marc and Kim Millon's once a month 'pop-up' serving set 3-course Italian regional and seasonal meals to accompany the range of wines imported by Vino.

Dutch Apple Pie - authentic Dutch apple pie delivered in the Topsham area
Little Green Ice Cream Machine Co - environmentally friendly mobile (cycle) ice cream vendor, available for weddings, events and other hire, in Devon and Cornwall
Secret Gourmet - as advertised in Estuary Magazine, Woodbury-based cookey school

Inns and pubs
Topsham is also a popular place for a good night out, and can cater for most tastes at a very high quality. The CAMRA-recommended Bridge Inn, Globe Hotel and Exeter Inn are just three of its many pubs with varied styles. Ray Girvan's Topsham Ten reviews our ten (or thereabouts) pubs.

The Bridge Inn- historic real ale pub
Denley's - see Denley's Essence of India
Drakes is currently closed.
Exeter Inn - friendly local pub with real ale reputation
Globe Hotel - 17th century coaching inn with restaurant (traditional English with innovation)
The Lighter Inn - popular inn at Topsham Quay, lunch and evening menu
The Nelson - centrally located pub with restaurant (under new management as of June 2014)
Passage House Inn - riverside inn/restaurant specialising in local seafood. Facebook
Route 2 - licensed Cafe Bar by quay

The Turf - by Turf Lock, accessible by ferry

The Topsham Ten at Exeter through the Bottom of your Beer Glass: historical background. And Luke Hanney kindly sent us an annotated map he created in Google Maps. Thanks!

View Topsham Ten in a larger map


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