The Church House Inn
Rattery, South Brent, Devon, TQ10 9LD
We hope that you will be tempted to visit the Church House Inn at Rattery, South Devon, a very old and characterful country pub. We are the Edwards family, primarily Will and his father John who took over the Church House in June 2015, having previously had hotels and pubs in Salcombe and Newquay. Will has now become the 7th generation of landlords in the family, all within South Devon and Cornwall.
The name Church House Inn dates back to the 1400’s when the Church Authorities decreed to clean up all the Churches by moving retail and social activities outside. Adjacent to the churches houses were built or bought or were already owned by the church and so reclassified. Our Church House falls into the last category there having been a building on the site noted as far back as 1028 and it being immediately next door to the church. It is therefore one of the oldest pub sites in Devon if not England. In the 12C it would have been the dwelling occupied by the stonemasons who were building a stone church on the site of the previously wooden structure and ale would have been produced (to keep the stonemasons happy!). There are possibly a few parts of the present building dating back to that time but most of the building’s structure dates from the 16C when it and the Church had major overhauls. It is these aspects of the building which lend to give the pub its truly old atmosphere and character and even the resident ghost is friendly if a little shy!!
Whilst purporting to have a tunnel leading to the crypt in the church, we have not found it or heard the vicar knocking to be let in but the pub does consist of the old bar, a restaurant (built within the walls of the old stable block and newly refurbished 2016), an extensive terrace and garden.
Whilst we have no intention of being just a Gastropub, we do seriously care about the quality and taste of the food we serve. We believe in starting with the simple things doing them really well (bar nibbles and snacks) and then continuing that attention to excellence through all our menus. It goes without saying that we seek to source our ingredients as locally as possible and we are blessed that South Devon has an abundance of suppliers of excellent quality produce. Head Chef, Isaac Cohen who hails from Exeter, produces Seasonal Menus changing month by month whilst bearing in mind the need to retain favourite and staple dishes. He also sets out to prepare, make and cook as much as possible in-house.
OUR MISSION: To run the Church House Inn as a true country/village pub offering a warm welcome, friendly, caring service, fine ales and wines, a well-equipped bar, really tasty food, good coffee, open fire and wood burner, bags of ‘olde worlde’ character and for it to be the ‘local’ for the community of Rattery.
Mon – Sat: 11:00am to 11:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm to 10:30pm
Lunch: 12:00 to 2:30pm daily (3:00pm on Sundays)
Dinner: 6:30 to 9:00pm daily (incl Sunday)