Latest Covid Update – Garden Bar re-opening Tuesday 13th April 2021

We hope you all enjoyed a relaxing Easter break over the weekend.

The Garden Bar will re-open on Tuesday 13th April and we recommend you book, especially for tables and food in the evenings.

Opening times:

Monday – closed

Tuesday – Saturday

11am – 2pm and 5pm – 10pm


11am – 2pm (kitchen closed)

Hot and cold soft drinks will be available, as well as draught beer and cider, wines and spirits.
There will be a range of cakes, hot and cold pastries, snacks and ice cream, as well as the evening hot food menu available to eat in (or takeaway Tue, Wed, Thu only).

Covid safe distancing measures will be in place and masks need to be worn by everyone while moving around the premises. We will be operating table service only and each, individual customer will need to register their visit, either by using the NHS Track & Trace app or by giving us your contact details. Groups of up to 6 persons from separate households may book a table (larger family groups by advance booking only). Telephone 01626 775285 to book or for any further information. (We regret we are unable to accept bookings through social media channels.)

Advance Notice of Service Changes

Starting from Tuesday 23rd March and in preparation for re-opening the Garden Bar for operation on 13th April, (subject to the planned lifting of Covid restrictions), we are taking the opportunity to close the bakery shop for 3 weeks.

Throughout this period we will continue to provide our evening, takeaway hot food service on Tuesday through to Saturday by delivery only. Local draught beer, bottled cider, lager, wines and spirits are also available by delivery only, 7 days a week.

Order by telephone on 01626 775285. All deliveries will take place between 5pm and 8:30pm, minimum order £10.

Sustainability and Environmental Update

At the Old Commercial Inn we regularly review our systems to make sure we are making the best use of our resources and the least impact on the environment at the same time. Some examples are:

  • When we deliver off-licence and hot food takeaway orders we often take these on foot for near neighbours so give us a wave when you see us laden down with goodies! When we need to drive we use our economical hybrid Toyota Auris which is also used for trips to suppliers.
  • While we trade in the garden during restricted Covid opening we use CE marked, compostable PLA, clear plastic pint cups which are made from rapidly renewable starch resources such as tapioca and corn.
  • We use Boxroll, UK manufactured lavatory paper made from 100% recycled pure wood pulp (sourced from environmentally and accredited forests) in all our lavatories and are happy to add a pack for you when we next order.
  • Dairy milk for hot drinks comes from friendly, local dairy Dunns at Drewsteignton in returnable, glass bottles.
  • We choose not to have a tumble drier and all the laundry is line dried whenever the weather allows.
  • Takeaway hot meal containers are made from Bagasse (pulped non-wood fibres such as sugar cane and bamboo) which is compostable and biodegradable, and we buy in bulk as much as we can. Side orders are delivered in white paper pots with PLA (Polylactic acid) lining or pure paper pots. These can all be torn up and added to your food recycling. We use paper carrier bags and smaller paper bags for shop items.

Did you know that food waste collected from homes and businesses in the Teignbridge area goes to our friends at Langage Dairy Farm? They’re the first UK Carbon Neutral Dairy with an anaerobic digester facility generating electricity from food waste. Enough power is generated to supply over 500 Households, 25,000 Light bulbs or 5,000 Laptops. Great to know while you are enjoying one of their luscious Devon ice creams! More information here.


Off Licence Sales

All beer, wine and spirit sales will now take place via delivery direct to your door, seven days a week! We have local cask beer available in two-pint containers at £3 a pint (minimum order of two pints). Also available is our usual wide range of bottled beers, wines, ciders, spirits and more (minimum order of £10). Order by phone on 01626 775285 before 3pm and deliveries will be made between 3pm and 5pm the same day. If you are also ordering food from us between 5:30pm and 8:30pm, your beers, wines and spirits will arrive with your food.

*** Latest Covid Update – January 2021 ***

During this next lockdown period the Old Commercial Inn bakery shop and off licence will continue to provide bread, cakes and sweet and savoury pastries, along with takeaway hot and cold drinks, and hot food takeaway in the evenings. Our hours remain the same and remember you can place your order in advance in person or by phoning us on 775285. (Sorry but we are unable to take orders through social media channels.)