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.

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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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…and the Lord Clinton was, by the whole Council, brought to the King’s presence, who after like thanks was given, was pleased that he should be made High Admiral of England and one of his Privy Council…

– Official record of appointment of 9th Baron Clinton as Lord High Admiral for life on 4th May 1550

Do what you can to elevate your profession. It is an honourable one

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

to set out against the Scots, the King’s enemies and rebels

– Instructions given by Edward 1 to John de Clinton on 8th April 1298, prior to him leading the Royal army to victory at the Battle of Falkirk. As a direct result the Clinton Barony was formed on 22nd July 1299

We are trustees for life of the countryside

– 22nd Baron Clinton, 2002

Handing over something more valuable than we have today,

– Estates ethos