About the team
Rob, Nat, Rebecca, Austin and their team are looking forward to welcoming you to The Drewe Arms. The Drewe is a 16th Century building, with all it’s beautiful and quirky features you would expect to find in a pub of it’s age. It is nestled in the Blackdown Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The village itself is a beautiful chocolate box village vibrant with a wonderful friendly atmosphere.
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.
We offer a wide selection of drinks to suit all tastes. Our lagers and ales mainly come from Otter and Dartmoor Brewery, we also have a Devon Red cider on tap amongst others, and our wines are sourced from the a local supplier, Christopher Piper wines.
Our Head Chef Lee Villiers, provides and exquisite menu to suit all tastes. Born and bred in East Devon, Lee has been a chef all his life and worked in a number of places. He is well known for his creative flair and his love of fish and creates a range of food, whether your taste buds are for some good old pub classics or something more exotic.
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, with locally sourced food, some even from our own developing vegetable garden.
Nestled in the foot of the Blackdown Hills, the area is a magnet for walkers and the team welcome all people, little people and furry friends of all kinds alike.
Booking is advisable for food.
We are closed Monday, open all day Tuesday to Sunday (although on quieter evenings we will close when the bar empties).
Food is served Tuesday to Friday 12-3 and 5-9. Saturday 12-9, Sunday 12-4.
We do have the odd stair, although we will always help and assist for those needing access.
ALL our menu (apart from the cheese and biscuits and rosemary bread), can be done Gluten Free. Any other specific requirements, please just ask. As we cook everything from fresh, we can generally accommodate most needs.
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.