Tucked away in a leafy valley, in the very middle of a sleepy Devonian village called Milton Combes, you’ll find a 16th Century Pub with a particularly unusual name: The Who’d Have Thought It Inn.
A History of The Who’d Have Thought It Inn
Founded as early as the 16th century (though no one knows the exact date), many of the building’s original features can still be seen throughout the property which is thought to have originated as a farm. The Who’d Have Thought It was once called ‘The Welcome Inn’ and used to be one of two village pubs. The other pub, The First and Last, was converted into a village post office in the mid-1900s. By 1986, the post office also closed its doors, leaving The Who’d Have Thought It as one of the only surviving businesses in the village.
According to local legend, The Welcome Inn’s name was changed after the 1891 Census. Owner at the time, Abraham Beer was so shocked at being granted his license and listed as ‘licensed victualler’ that he renamed his entire Inn in celebration!
Today, original exposed oak beams and vaulted ceilings are abundant, while the entire bar and restaurant area retain their cosy feel. The pub is located in the very heart of the village, known locally for its annual duck race, and is frequented by locals and visitors to the area alike.
Visiting the Who’d Have Thought It Inn
No phone signal and a roaring fire that easily heated us up after the cold chill of the air outside: we visited the Inn on a late autumnal afternoon in search of a warm drink. Twinkling lights and a large Christmas tree completed the festive look; all coming together to create a more than welcoming ambiance. After all, there was no sign of the alleged resident ghost!
Today, the pub operates as a restaurant, pub, and retreat from the nearby hustle and bustle of busy town life at nearby Yelverton and the big city of Plymouth. There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options on the seasonal menu, as well as gluten-free options for those with food intolerances. For those wishing to visit from a little further afield, the pub also has several ensuite bedrooms you can book for a romantic weekend away.
Address: The Who’d Have Thought It Inn, Milton Combe PL20 6HP
Nearby attractions to The Who’d Have Thought It Inn:
Buckland Abbey: Seven Centuries are packed into this former ecclesiastical building. In the 16th century, the abbey was converted into a family home. It was used as a residence for the Grenville and then the Drake family for over three hundred years. Today, the Abbey operates as a museum and is owned by the National Trust.
Plymouth: The largest city in Devon, Plymouth, is just a fifteen-minute drive from the sleepy little village of Milton Combe. Head there to see theatre performances, go shopping or soak up some naval history.
Burrator Reservoir: Pretty at any time of the year, Burrator Reservoir has some great walking trails and is a must-visit on any trip to South Devon. Head here for some spectacular views and a wander into nature.
Dartmoor: Of course, most people head to the Who’d Have Thought It Inn for a chance to visit the spectacular National Park of Dartmoor. There, you’ll find wild open moorland, hiking routes, adventure activities and one of the highest concentration of Neolithic Sites anywhere in the world.