The Maltscoop Inn at Merton
The Maltscoop Inn at Merton had been leased by Clinton Devon Estates to members of the same family for more than 100 years and when landlady Margaret Down decided to retire in 2012, there was great concern locally that the pub, like many others across the UK, would close down for good. (According to CAMRA - The Campaign for Real Ale - 300 pubs closed in the six months up to the end of March 2012.)
Although the revenue from leasing the property for residential use would have been greater, Clinton Devon Estates was committed to keeping a village pub in Merton, both for the benefit of the local community and for visitors to the area. Landlady Louise Rollason approached the Estates with a business plan for the Maltscoop which included the restoration of the old building and an investment in a refurbished kitchen to enable the pub to offer an exciting menu of locally produced home-made food.
The restoration is now complete and the village pub has firmly established its place as the focal point of the local community.
As well as the Maltscoop Inn, Clinton Devon Estates owns three other pubs in the east of the county. They are The King’s Arms in Otterton, the Otter Inn at Colaton Raleigh and The Feathers at Budleigh Salterton.
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