When The Globe was taken over by St Austell Brewery in 2011 (formerly and since the 1970s it had been in the very capable hands of the Hodges family), many here were concerned that this ever-popular central Topsham hotel, pub and restaurant would lose something of its role as a gathering place and hub for the whole community.
Such concerns were unfounded. St Austell, still an independent family company founded in 1851 with an extensive pub estate across the West Country, has proved to be wholly sympathetic and in touch with Topsham and its community. This is in no small part due to the landlords Jason and Debbie Manton who run The Globe with great efficiency, warmth and friendliness.
The Globe quite simply has everything you want and need in a town centre hostelry. It offers accommodation both in the main 16th century inn building as well as in rooms around the courtyard; it remains as popular as ever with its local clientèle (Friday early evenings are always heaving); the beers from St Austell are excellent, including Tribute and Proper Job; there is a good wine list; and the restaurant serves freshly prepared, locally sourced food throughout the day and evening, a light lunch or if you prefer a full three-course dinner menu.
Furthermore, the Malt Room is available for hire for private parties, events, business meetings or conferences.
The Globe, it seems, is going from strength to strength at the centre of our community and long may it continue.