About the team
Kate, Dan, Viv and their team welcome all arrivals to The Drewe Arms in Broadhembury warmly, like old friends. After your initial delight in the ancient medieval building, you walk into a quirky, tasteful interior: sisal flooring and antique beams abound. Passing diners intent on their meals, chatting sociably, you walk to the bar and discover a wonderful selection of ales – five pumps offering an ever changing feast of hops – plus ciders and lagers both on tap and bottled, backed up by a splendid choice of soft drinks and a wine cellar to delight in.
Whether you choose to settle in by the woodburning stove, which casts a gentle warm bonhomie to all or, if the weather is kind, out into the expansive garden where the patio and grassed areas sport chunky tables and benches, you are sure to find a spot to relax and enjoy the occasion.
Excellently placed just 5 minutes from the A30 at Honiton, 5 minutes from the M5, Junction 28 Cullompton, and only 30 minutes form the centre of Exeter, The Drewe Arms will take you back to a time we remember with happy nostalgia – traditionally family run, offering classic pub style food supported by a daily changing selection of specials to whet your appetite.
Nestled in the foot of the Blackdown Hills, the area is a magnet for walkers and the team welcome all: well behaved children and dogs included! Open 7 days a week from midday to 11pm (Sundays and Mondays midday until 9pm), food is served Tuesday to Saturday from 12noon-2.45pm and 6-8.45pm, and Sunday from 12noon to 3.45pm – no food is served on Mondays.
What are your opening hours?
As per our contact page but we are also open on Christmas Day for drinks from 12-2pm. Closed Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Do you allow dogs?
Yes, we allow well-behaved dogs, on leads, in the bar area and in the garden.
Are children welcome and do you have a children’s menu?
Yes, well-behaved children are welcome. We do not have a set children’s menu as our menus are frequently changed, however we are able to do smaller portions of the majority of our dishes, or choose from the light bites menu.
Do you have disabled access?
Because our pub is a beautiful original medieval building, we have the occasional step up or down from the entrance into the bar and into the toilets. We are therefore not wheelchair friendly – even though our staff will help wherever possible.
Can you cope with dietary requirements?
Yes, we are happy to deal with dietary needs. Please let us know when you book of any dietary requirements and we will happily do our best to cater for you.
Do you accept larger functions?
The largest table we accept is a table of xx and we would require a pre-order.
Do you have a car park?
We have a very small car park but the village ‘square’ has lots of space for parking.
Broadhembury is a village in East Devon, about 5 miles north-west of Honiton and 7 miles east of Cullompton. It is set within the Blackdown Hills, designated as an AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty), in the centre of a horseshoe of the hills of Hembury Fort and North Hill, which create a sheltered, beautiful valley.
Hembury Fort, a prehistoric hill fort dating from 3000 BCE, was also used by the Romans. After the departure of the Romans, this area of Devon was sparsely occupied by the Celtic people – in those years Hembury Fort was called Handria. With the arrival of the Saxons, little wattle churches were built and the villagers lived in little cells or wooden huts. The Saxons brought the plough and cultivated the holdings. At the time of the Norman conquest of England in 1066, the population density of Broadhembury was 9 per square mile. During the Black Death of 1364, the population was affected, with two priests dying of it.
Henry VIII presented the land at Broadhembury to his faithful courtier, Thomas Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton, who sold it Sir Thomas Drewe, son of Edward Drewe. Edward Drewe, a sergeant at arms to Queen Elizabeth, was responsible for the building of the manor house adjoining a small farm house at The Grange in about 1603.
Broadhembury has changed very little in outward appearance during the last century, with many of the thatch and cob cottages standing since the 16th century.
Julius Drewe purchased the inn and half the village at the turn of the 20th century. Broadhembury House, a large thatched residence, was converted by him from an old cottage. The garden, which is of particular beauty, is occasionally open to the public.
The descendants of Julius Drewe (who also built Castle Drogo in Drewsteignton), still live in the village, in Broadhembury House. It is thanks to Sir Cedric Drewe, who was a Member of Parliament for many years, that the village has kept its excellent character over the years.