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Three Horseshoes

Three Horse Shoes, Branscombe

Picture courtesy: Pete Dakin

The Three Horse Shoes was situated on the main Exeter to Lyme Regis road (A3052). It was a well known jazz venue where the Roger Marks Armada Jazz band recorded a live CD in Feb 2001. In Feb 2005 planning permission to redevelop the site for housing was refused and the pub has been closed ever since.
My wife of a few hours and I arrived at this Inn, having motored from Bristol, in the evening of the 11th March 1961, to start our two week honeymoon. The Landlord then was Charles (I forget the surname) who ran a happy and very popular pub; with a wine-cellar of which he was justly proud.
We dined there most evenings, and did not stint on the drinks. The entire fortnight, accommodation, meals, the lot, cost less than £70 ! Those were the days!
Although returns to old haunts are often disappointing, I googled the place as a possible venue for a recent wedding anniversary visit, only to find that it is more decayed than its 1961 patrons - what a shame. Oh to win the Lottery; just to be able to return The Three Horseshoes to its '60s buzz and jollity.
Nigel Aylett (January 2014)
With reference to Mr. Nigel Aylett’s comments regarding the Three Horseshoes Inn Branscombe Devon. The landlord was Mr Charles L. Jenkins. I, too had my honeymoon there in March 1966 and recently tried to find the pub on a nostalgic visit. Very sad to see such a fine pub fade away. We had a very happy time. Branscombe is little changed apart from the caravan camps and the new cottages on the hillside. The old cottages were always there and many happy times were spent by my inlaws in the summer with their four boys.
Rosemary Canning (July 2017)

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