The Merry Harriers: Award Winning Pub and Restaurant in Devon
The Merry Harriers, Forches Corner, Clayhidon, Devon, EX15 3TR
About Us

The Merry Harriers is an Award winning Freehold Free House owned by Angela and Peter Gatling since June 2005 and set in the beautiful Blackdown Hills, recently designated an "area of outstanding natural beauty".

The Merry Harriers is just off Junction 26 of the M5, 3 miles from Wellington and 10 minutes from Taunton, the county town of Somerset and 25 minutes from Honiton plus only 30 miles from the cathedral city of Exeter. Brown tourist signs will guide you to the pub from the A38 and the top of Ford Street.

From Taunton via Blagdon Hill or from Wellington via Ford Street, the drive to this delightfully old worlde inn could not be more pleasant. Set amidst beautiful countryside, The Merry Harriers, with its beamed ceilings, cosy inglenook, characterful bar and dining areas, offers a relaxing retreat for lunch, an evening meal or just a drink with friends.

Complementing a wide range of fresh fish, meat and game is an excellent choice of fine wines (fourteen available by the glass) and local real ales. A large mature beer garden can be used in the summer months, in which can be seen birds such as Song Thrushes, Wrens, Gold Finches, Nuthatches, Housemartins and Woodpeckers, some of which nest in the garden and surrounding woodlands. There is also a children’s play area and ornamental pond.

On an historic note, the Inn dates from 1492 and stands by the side of the once infamous Forches Corner, where records show ambushes took place during the 17th Century Monmouth Rebellion and Highwaymen patrolled the roads, (some of whom were hung outside the pub). It is also said that the Pub is haunted by two ghosts - the Headless Horseman and an Old Lady - both of whom are alleged to be mischievous but friendly.

Known for Fresh Fish, Meat and Game, Real Ales and Fine Wines, The Merry Harriers is currently listed in 'The Good Pub Guide', 'The Good Beer Guide' and the 'Which Pub Guide'.

Wherever possible, we use Local or West Country produce, which is freshly cooked to order. We will always have a number of vegetarian dishes on our daily menu.

(Please advise us of any special dietary needs - we are happy to cater for customers who need gluten, wheat, feather and fur "free" food)


The Merry Harriers Pub & Restaurant, Forches Corner, Clayhidon, Devon, EX15 3TR Tel: 01823 421270