The Yarcombe Inn

 

  

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WELCOME TO ASHLEY AND RENATA AT THE YARCOMBE INN

 

We extend the warmest of welcomes to Ashley and Renata, new tenants at The Yarcombe Inn.   They hope to open the pub later this summer which is very good news indeed.   There will be more information in the next issue of Yarcombe Voices, due to be published shortly.   We wish Ashley and Renata and their family good luck and great success and we look forward to seeing the Yarcombe Inn thriving once again.

 


A MESSAGE FROM ASHLEY POTTER AT THE YARCOMBE INN


Firstly, I would like to introduce myself: my name is Ashley Potter and I have taken over the leasehold of The Yarcombe Inn.

A little bit of background about me: I have a NVQ level 2 in catering and hospitality which I achieved at Exeter College.   I worked at a nursing home for almost 18 years from the age of sixteen, I have always had a passion for cooking food.   Almost five years ago I decided to go self-employed with my partner and start our own business which is called Olivers Catering and I have attended many shows, events, festivals and birthdays pre-Covid.

Roughly three years ago I started to run a café in Exeter which has now closed as I want to concentrate all my effort and time on this new adventure.   The Yarcombe Inn has the full support of all of our families and we look forward to welcoming you soon.

Regards and best wishes from Ashley and Renata.

 


ASSET OF COMMUNITY VALUE CLASSIFICATION

The Parish Council's application for the pub to be classified as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) has been approved and the ACV now remains active until 2025.

 


CURRENT OWNERS

The pub is currently owned by Eagleyed Ltd, a company with no apparent internet presence, run by Martin Bayntun - see the Gumtree ad.   Blue Alpine have also advertised - both companies have addresses in Pinner.   A third company, SLS Properties in South London has also acted as agents.

 


A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE YARCOMBE INN

Your attention should be drawn to the historic significance of The Yarcombe Inn within this community and indeed nationally.   Since the time of the listing of The Yarcombe Inn (formerly known as The Angel Inn), much archeological research has taken place.   Mrs Ruth Everitt, historian and author of the book From Monks to The Millennium, spent many years after the publication of her book continuing her research into the history of the Parish of Yarcombe.   It was clear from ancient documents both in the public domain and in private ownership that The Yarcombe Inn was in use some 900 years ago as a Church House providing succour for wayfarers, a tradition that has continued to this day.   Sadly Mrs Everitt is no longer alive to provide the precise details of this research; however, she found conclusive evidence that this Church House provided shelter in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries for the many pilgrims who came to visit and pray at the monastic house of St Michael Hall that stood near the river Yarty, before travelling to Newnham Abbey, Glastonbury, Salisbury, Winchester, Chichester and finally to their destination at Canterbury.

During internal building repairs to The Yarcombe Inn in the mid-1990s The Yarcombe Horse was discovered. This important corbel made of Ham Hill stone is of a horse wearing a halter made from twisted rope.   It is very rare evidence for the style of horse equipment used in Devon during the Norman period and is one of the earliest depictions in stone within the British Isles of a horse wearing a rope halter.   It is thought that it has its origins either in the church previous to the present medieval Church of St John the Baptist, or is from St Michael Hall.   The sculpture resides at present in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter.

Our historic buildings, be they stately or vernacular, are an integral part of our national identity.   Certainly much of the fabric of The Yarcombe Inn is perhaps no more than four hundred years old but there are parts of it which together with its history make it a building of significant historical interest and importance, not just within the Parish of Yarcombe and the County of Devon but nationally as well.

 

 


YARCOMBE INN COMMUNITY BENEFIT SOCIETY LTD

Below are the Minutes of the Yarcombe Inn Community Benefit Society Limited's AGM which was held on 29th September 2020: