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Old Ship Inn

Picture source: Pete Dakin

The Old Ship Inn was situated on Old Fore Street. This was the oldest pub in Sidmouth, dating back to 1350. It was though to be a monastery before becoming a pub. In the 1930s & 40s it was a guest house then reverted back to being a pub. In June 2011 it closed and was turned into a coffee shop.
Source: Les Howard
I remember that The Old Ship was a pub in the 1970s, but at some time in the 1980s it was for a while an antique shop before reverting to being a pub again, which it remained until recently becoming Costa. English Heritage insisted upon removing the Victorian "black & white" style of the interior furnishings and returning them to a more "natural" finish, which (surprise!) coincides perfectly with the kind of modern decor that suits Costa.
Peter Wilton (December 2015)

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