Horsebridge, Devon, PL19 8PJ
How the Royal Inn came into being
The Royal Inn stands near the ancient Horsebridge, which was built over the River Tamar in 1437 by French Benedictine monks.The monks stayed on the site of what is now the pub and a building was erected as a nunnery about 50 years later.After Henry the Eighth's dissolution of the monasteries, the nunnery became a pub and was named The Packhorse Inn.
Charles I is reputed to have visited the pub during the civil war and left his seal in the granite step 'for services rendered'. From that day forth the pub became known as the Royal Inn. As you enter the Inn through its Devon porch, look for the seal leaded into the granite step beneath your feet.
The Royal Inn today
The Royal Inn has two bars with open log fires, and an additional dining room. Outside there are are tables and benches and a covered area with tables.
The menu offers a choice of starters and home made soup, main meals, grills and salads, desserts and coffees, and daily specials are displayed on the blackboard in the bar. Local seasonal produce is used when available.A selection of white and red wines are available to complement your meal.
For Christmas and New Year the Royal Inn can host your lunchtime or evening party. A traditional three course yule-tide meal and coffee is available.
The MG Car Club meets at the Royal Inn regularly for 'Natters' - the Tamar Valley branch meet at 9pm on the third Wednesday of each month, and often start their adventures from here too!