Strete, Devon Strete

All photographs copyright Nick Shepherd

The Kings Arms

The Kings Arms in Strete was closed by Heavitree in 2013 and was without a tenant for almost two years.

In April 2015 Heavitree erected a fence to the Kings Arms car park restricting access to everyone, leading to speculation that they were planning to close the pub permanently and change the use of the pub to accommodation.

This prompted a mass meeting in the Parish Hall where over 100 residents packed the hall to hear Ian Coates and Malcolm Hollis present the options available to the community to ‘Save Our Pub’. It was unanimously agreed that the Parish Council should apply for Community Asset Status for the Kings Arms to restrict Heavitree from securing perceived closure. It was confirmed in June 2015 that the Kings Arms was on the approved listing as a Community Asset.


A super opening night where almost everyone in the village turned up.
So many inside and in the garden area followed by live music together with a welcoming speech from the Parish Council Chairman and a special rendition of ‘On the Strete Where You Live’ from everyone in the bar.

The winter months saw monthly Quiz Nights that were very successful and Strete Lunch Club where 30 to 40 members enjoyed lunch together once a month.

Other community events included Halloween, Fireworks in November, Downton Abbey fancy dress, regular music nights and charity events to build on the community spirit in the village.

The Kings Arms is a Victorian Grade II listed pub located in the centre of Strete village in the coastal AONB of South Devon. The Kings Arms features wonderful cascading flowers, a large garden with a play area for children and far-reaching views of country and seaside with ample car parking. The bar area is both child and dog friendly – the perfect place to relax and enjoy a drink! There is a long list of options including ale, draught lager, cider, stout and a variety of wines. The accompanying restaurant offers amazing sea views, a delicious menu and friendly staff.

If you aren’t convinced already, The Kings Arms is also home to a new section of the South West Coastal Path, making it an ideal pit stop for walkers, visitors, cyclists and locals.

The Kings Arms creates a warm, friendly atmosphere. Customers have been ecstatic about their experience and have shared it with others. The pub’s goal is to bring a traditional village pub back to life.
It is a place where people come to meet friends for a drink or dine with each other.

Scott & Rebecca worked hard to establish a good rapport with the community as well as provide good food at sensible prices for visitors and residents alike.
However, after giving it their all for 12 months and due to circumstances beyond their control, the Kings Arms is, once again, closed for business.
It is hoped that new tenants will be found by Heavitree soon and that this part of the website can be updated with positive news for the community of Strete and its many visitors.