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The History

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 innExtract from Devon by W.G.Hoskins (1954)

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Graffiti etched into a window from the year 1774

1774 Graffiti

September 12th 1774

John Collins graffiti on the window glass of top floor suite.

Newspaper cutting about the Salutation Inn


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.

The Future of the Salutation Inn

The Future

Striving for Excellence

The new philosophy of The Salutation is to consistently serve the finest food in an unique atmosphere for all occasions.
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