John, Karen and family welcome you to their lovely historic riverside inn located in beautiful countryside with fabulous gardens all in a tranquil riverside setting. We are at the heart of the community and we welcome families and dogs and have a large car park. All of our 6 letting rooms are en-suite and we have secure online booking available. 10% discount to all lakeside camping guests.
Our lovely pub has a traditional bar at the front and our riverside room is the perfect place to eat, enjoy Sunday Carvery and has can be separated to create a great space for your function.
The History of the Anchor Inn - The Legend of Tom Faggus
In popular legend, Tom Faggus was the ‘Robin Hood’ of Exmoor who took to a life of crime after losing all his property in a lawsuit.
He was born in North Molton and worked there as a blacksmith in a forge which stood until the last century.
His constant companion on the road was a strawberry mare called ‘Winnie’. Time after time they outwitted the authorities and between them there seemed to be a magical link.
In evading law officers, he is said to have jumped the horse off barnstaple bridge into the river Taw and off bridges in Exford and Exebridge. There is also a tale of how he persuaded a farrier to turn the shoes on Winnie ‘front ways afore’ in order to evedae his pursuers.
He was eventually captured in The Anchor Inn at Exebridge, when he gave alms to an officer disguised as a beggar.
They shot Winnie immediately and took Faggus to be tried.
He was hung from the gallows in 1671.
Origin of the pubs name The Anchor Inn
A person, thing or place that can be relied on for support, stability, or security: Hope was his only anchor.
Anchor, Hope & Anchor, Anchor & Hope: From the Letter to the Hebrews (6:19): “We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope.”