A Little History
In the 18th century, the road outside was a main turnpike carriage route between Tiverton and South Molton, and Chulmleigh. At that time, one end of the pub was an ostler house, used to accommodate the carriage drivers, whilst at the other end was a blacksmith's forge. Where the carpark is now, there stood some tall barns which also provided the stabling for the carriage horses.
The blacksmith's forge was still operating as a working shop until 1963 and the actual forge, itself, remains as a feature in the restaurant. Outside the front of the forge is the old cooper's wheel which was used to make cartwheels and, inside, there are even pictures of the last blacksmith plying his trade.
The pub has been in the same hands for 31 years this year and the Butler family look forward to welcoming you to their home.
The Mount Pleasant Inn is a well known venue for pub food at its best, whilst maintaining its character as a rural village pub which prides itself in being a freehouse inn, as is recognised by the contributors to various guides.
Set in the heart of the Mid-Devon countryside, The Mount Pleasant Inn is located in the centre of the village of Nomansland at a crossroad on the main B3137 road between Tiverton, 8 miles to the East, and South Molton, 9 miles to the North West. The village of Witheridge is 2 miles to the West. The A361, North Devon Link Road, is 4 miles to the North and the pub is only 15 minutes from the M5 motorway. For those with SatNav, the location is EX16 8NN. There is parking at the front of the building and also to the rear.
The village of Nomansland has a number of quaint obscurities, and not least in its name. Some many years ago the crossroad was the meeting point of a number of different parishes and, accordingly, the cross, which would have adorned the centre of the crossroad, did not belong to any parish in particular, thus Nomansland. Today, the crossroad is still the boundary between two parishes, Cruwys Morchard to the East and Thelbridge to the West. Even though it is in the centre of the village, the pub is the last building, on the main road, that resides in the Cruwys Morchard parish (maybe it could be said it is also the last pub in the parish! Or even the first!).