NEWS: The Swan Inn in Lympstone relaunches as team behind River Exe Café takes over

As Lympstone becomes one of the food epicentres of the region, now the ever-popular watering-hole, The Swan Inn, has been given a new lease of life.

The team behind the multiple award-winning restaurant River Exe Café have taken over the helm of The Swan Inn – a traditional pub in Lympstone near Exmouth. The popular inn has relaunched with a locally-sourced menu, a fine selection of craft ales, cider and wine, and the same lively atmosphere that has attracted locals, cyclists and revellers in for decades.

The Swan Inn

Owners David Foa and Paul Craven are keen to retain the pub’s community-ethos and renowned warm character, whilst stamping their own mark through their passion for locally sourced produce, warm hospitality and professional service. The family-friendly pub is complete with exposed oak beams, vast fireplaces and a glorious beer garden.

Bringing their tried and tested approach to the best shoreline dining, new owners David and Paul pour their knowledge and skill in the service of polished pub classics using superb produce from the region; as supplied to River Exe Café.

Dishes include East Devon pork belly with potato terrine, heritage carrots, spiced apple confit and black treacle jus. And everyone’s favourite, Yellow Hammer beer battered fish with all the trimmings.

Commenting on the launch, David Foa says, “The Swan is a community institution of which we have been regulars for years. Taking over this year-round destination allows us to retain our talented team at River Exe Café, which only opens between April to September.


He continues, “We’re in the perfect location – a stone’s skim from Exeter, Lympstone is an ideal location to stop off either by train or cycle trail.”

Previously known for its prized salmon and home to rare birds, Lympstone has more recently attracted several food giants, earning its new-found status as a culinary hotspot. Michael Caines’ Michelin starred Lympstone Manor opened in 2016, and last year British charcuterie company Good Game relaunched The Globe in the heart of the village.

The appeal is contributed to the village’s prime location for produce, as the River Exe flows through the village with dayboats supplying the freshest fish, and surrounding fertile fields with exceptional beef, lamb and dairy.

River Exe Café was brought to national attention when Michel Roux Jr made the foodie pilgrimage to the floating café for Channel 4’s The Hidden Restaurants, exploring Britain’s most unusual destination restaurants. Roux heralded their mussels ‘mind-blowing’.

The Swan Inn is open every day from 9.30am – midnight, closing at 11pm on Sunday.

The Swan Inn, The Strand, Lympstone, Exmouth, EX8 5ET

01395 270403 or email


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