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The Devon Arms - Now and Then

The Devon Arms

Look no further than The Devon Arms for enjoyable pub food and a refreshing drink. Located right on Torquay harbourside, this comfortable family (and dog) friendly pub offers a wide selection of food throughout the day including Sunday lunches. Entertainment is also available regularly, such as an open mic night on a Monday evening and live music and bands on a Friday and Saturday evening.

Our friendly staff are always happy to help you and we ensure that the pub is consistently clean and tidy. Along with our high level of customer service, we source most of the ingredients for our meals locally depending on the season. With more than 40 years of experience, we primarily focus on the community and create a warm and welcoming atmosphere in our pub. We offer great value for money and all of our food and drink is reasonably priced.


Since the demise of 'The Bird in Hand' public house, the Devon Arms can lay claim to being one of the oldest - if not the oldest - pub in Torquay. The Devon Arms is certainly Torquay’s original and oldest liquor selling establishment.

Originally a gin house in the 1800's it was popular with the sailors and harbour workforce - and some say Torquays ladies of ill repute!

Over the years the Devon Arms has been visted by many famous faces, including the singer Ruby Murry (who regularly drank here) and the 60s folk singer, Donovan. During WW2 the American 4th infantry drank in the Devon Arms before leaving to go to Utah beach on D-Day. Torbay’s 1st Mayor W.F.Splatt also drank in here in the late 1800's.

Interior of the Devon Arms.

Torquay Harbour in 1842

Enjoy a pint and a meal in Torquays oldest drinking establishment

Whats close by?

Torquay Harbour

This lovely marina is very popular with seafaring folk and holiday makers, with wonderful views out to Brixham in the west and Teignmouth towards the east.

Kents Cavern

The Torbay area has been inhabited since Paleolithic times is shown by human bones and tools found in Kents Cavern in Torquay - great place to visit and very close to the Devon Arms

Shopping Centre

We are very close to the main shopping area. From boutiques to department stores, there is something for everyone. Why not stop by for a meal and drink when you're all shopped out!

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