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Tours > Some Moorland Pubs > Woodbury Salterton Roger Johnson, Public House Connoisseur
Some Moorland Pubs
by Roger Johnson, West Country Contributor

The Diggers' Rest Inn
Woodbury Salterton

At Woodbury Salterton, seven miles southeast of Exeter

The Diggers' Rest Inn, Woodbury Salterton
Until 1955, this delightful country pub was called the Salterton Arms, and served only cider. In 1957 it acquired a full license, a new name - The Digger's Rest - and a publican whose family have held the license ever since. The digger referred to on the inn sign are not homy handed sons of Devon, but an Australian who patronised the public bar in the late nineteen fifties. There has been an inn on the present site for 500 years. Although the present establishment has had many facilities added to it, the original building can still be detected in part. This hostelry boasts a skittle alley, an extensive beer garden and a juke box that once belonged to Elton John. Its rural setting makes sitting outside a bucolic idyll. It has an extensive menu that is rural rather than gourmet in nature. The use of fresh local produce more than compensates for any lack of sophistication. Indeed, it is afforded the ultimate accolade in that the locals eat there. If you are looking for a genuine Devon inn this is well worth the ten minute detour from the main road.

Photograph by kind permission of the Diggers' Rest.

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