Public House of the Month


Thatched Tavern

Torquay, Devon

Nestling in the heart of Maidencombe, a pretty picture postcard village in the Torbay countryside but only 300m from the beach is the beautiful Thatched Tavern. Drink or Dine in the cosy bar and cottage with roaring log fires in the winter, our light and airy restaurant or Al Fresco in the fantastic award winning garden that surrounds the pub. Stay in one of our two comfortable en-suite bedrooms.

Steep Hill, Maidencombe, Torquay, Devon TQ1 4TS

Tel: 01803 329155

  • Accommodation
  • Free Wifi
  • Car Park
  • Garden

Thatched Tavern

Posted on December 2014

Michael and Fiona Bruckin have taken the time to tell us about their beautiful sea side country pub.

Tell me about how you first started in this industry?

I have only wanted to do two things in my life and they are; running my own pub and being an engineer. I am lucky enough to have done both.

I first started in the hospitality industry at the humble age of 16. I trained as a chef for 3 years at the Westminster Technical College with hopes to go on and run my own kitchen.  I then had a change of heart, retrained as an engineer, and worked at that for 16 years. It wasn’t until 1998 I ran my first pub and I haven’t looked back since.

What are your pub’s best bits?

The garden is so beautiful and the Thatched Tavern won best garden at the 2010 Hall & Woodhouse annual awards. And when you see it, you’ll know why.

I would also say that our team are the best part of the pub, they really are fantastic. We are lucky enough to have had the same team for over 3 years. They work so hard and the pub wouldn’t be what it is without them and their dedication.

What are the best parts of your job?

The best part of my job is simply running the pub. The moment we saw the Thatched Tavern we fell in love. We love living in the area, I wake up every morning and think how lucky I am.

What sort of food is offered at the Thatched Tavern and what is your signature, most popular dish?

We offer homemade traditional pub food. Our signature dish is definitely our homemade pies. We have sold over 5,000 so far this year.

If I was to go to the bar now and buy you a Badger beer which one would I get you?

That’s easy; it would be a pint of First Call. It’s a light easy drinker and a fantastic place to start if you are unfamiliar with the range.

If you were to recommend a perfect combination of Badger Ale and a meal for your guests, what would you recommend?

One of our delicious Steak and Ale pies with a bottle of Golden Champion.

What’s good to see and experience in your area after a visit to the pub?

We are lucky enough to have our own private beach at the pub, so when the sun is shining it is the perfect place to relax. To be honest, all of the surrounding area is so beautiful, I advise everyone to do a coast path walk to soak up the beautiful country side.


What is your favourite time of year at your pub?

The spring is my favourite. After the bleak winter months the garden starts to come to life again and we put out the 20 hanging baskets which surround the pub and they look fantastic.