Pub famed for its carvery confirms closure – Sidmouth’s Bowd Inn goes dark

A Devon pub which is renowned for its farmhouse carvery has announced its sudden closure. The Bowd Inn in Sidmouth has closed its doors with immediate effect.

Anita Merritt www.devonlive.com

It has not been confirmed how long the pub will be shut or if the current owners will reopen it again. Customers who have emailed the pub this week have been shocked to receive automatic replies stating that the business is no longer trading.

The response from The Bowd Inn states: “Unfortunately, the Bowd Inn is now closed. We would like to thank all of our guests for your custom and support.

“Emails will be reviewed periodically and responded to where appropriate.” The owners of the pub have been contacted by DevonLive but have declined to give further insight into the reasons behind its closure.

A spokesperson for the Bowd Inn said: “The business is now closed until further notice and we have no additional comment to add at this time.”

The pub’s website has been updated today to give news of its closure. It simply states: “Sorry, but we are closed until further notice. Thanks for your support.”

Its website reveals that the Webb family took over The Bowd Inn just under nine years ago. Tom Webb said: “We, the Webb family, had our eye on the Bowd Inn for some time and saw its potential and beauty, and hoped that one day it would become available.

“Fortunately for us, our chance arose in late 2013, and after many months of negotiation, a deal was struck and we received the keys in April 2014. After weeks of not always straightforward renovations we opened on May 10, 2014, with our team ready to do what they do best, look after you, our customers.”

On TripAdvisor, many customers have left five-star reviews. Just two weeks ago a customer said: “A fabulous Sunday roast and a carvery that looked beautifully presented. Well worth a visit.

“Thank you to the chap behind the carvery (possibly the owner) for really making a fuss over our party and for making our foreign visitor feel so welcome. Would highly recommend!”

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