The Lighter Inn takes its name from the Lighter, a flat bottomed boat used at Topsham to unload larger ships that had to anchor in the middle of the channel. Until 1958, the quay by the Lighter Inn was still served by a railway siding, and the area not so developed for tourism.
A former landlady of the pub was mentioned in a police report as early as February 1832, as is displayed on our wall, "Mrs Perriam, of the Lighter public house, Topsham, was fined 1s for allowing tippling in her house, from which arose the row we stated in our last."
On 4 May 1971 the inn was gutted by fire. The headline in the local papers was "10 escape as blaze sweeps Exeter inn". The report went on to say "the fire started at dawn and swiftly spread to the roof timbers of the historic building—one of the oldest in Topsham". The inn has since been restored and in 2014, Hall & Woodhouse styled the interior of the pub to honour the hardworking boat folk and sea-farers that built Topsham into the thriving dockside beauty spot that it is today.
We love dogs, as all good pubs should! Well-behaved dogs are welcome in our bar and outdoor areas. Wi-Fi access is free to all our guests (subject to availability).
The Lighter Inn is proud to be part of the Hall & Woodhouse family. For more information on Hall & Woodhouse and to find other Hall & Woodhouse houses click here.
Monday - Saturday, 11am - 11pm
Sunday 11am - 10.30pm
Food service times:
12pm - 9pm daily
There is a short-stay car park situated across the road from the House, pay and display tariffs and details can be found online
If you're are a member of the Gourmet Society, all you need to do is book a table through us, or our booking site OpenTable, and let us know that you are a subscribed GS member. We hope to see you soon!
(Offer valid Monday –Thursday, January-November and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, or on a Bank Holiday. Please remember to book with 24 hours notice).