The Salutation has been an Inn since at least 1720. The fine 3 story façade stands proudly in the centre of Topsham, an old port and ship building town located at the head of the Exe Estuary, 4½ miles from the sea. The main entrance ‘porte cochère’ (carriage porch) with what has been described (by English Heritage) as one of the largest single leaf doors in the country carrying above it the Assembly (Topsham’s best room) and its architecturally unique Venetian window. The building is protected with a star listing. From Regatta Balls to 19thC balloon trips it has all happened here.
“The inns and taverns of Topsham are as varied and excellent as those of any old river-port. Best of all is the Salutation (1720) with its former Assembly Room, and all the other attributes of a good 18th Century inn” Extract from Devon by W.G.Hoskins (1954)
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The Salutation is no longer a ‘pub’ and does not even have the modern convenience of a bar counter, but we are still refreshing weary travellers in the tradition of the old English Inn. Personal service and customer satisfaction is our aim whether staying the night and having Dinner or just passing by and enjoying tea in the Atrium.
In the Assembly Room
The Exeter Gazette states that the Aylesbury feat of jumping a horse over a table in a dining-room was attempted a few days ago at the Salutation Inn, Topsham, by a party of sporting costermongers; but a catastrophe was prevented by the timely interference of the landlord.
Striving for Excellence
The new philosophy of The Salutation is to consistently serve the finest food in an unique atmosphere for all occasions.