The History of The Highwayman Inn
I find it hard to describe The Highwayman Inn, you really have to see it to believe it. It has an air of magic and mystery to it, leaving you feeling slightly like Alice down the rabbit hole!
Driving along the edge of Dartmoor National Park with the rain driving down, The Highwayman Inn is a welcome sight amongst the bleakness of the open moor. Pulling up outside, you are unsure what to expect when greeted by a larger-than-life wall mounted highwayman, adorned with pistol and tricorn. In the place of the front door lies an old horse drawn coach. Where else to go but to step inside! Once inside the carriage, still complete with original seats and lanterns and padded walls, you step through another door and into The Highwayman Inn.
The building has been on the site since 1282 and has always been used as an inn. The structure has changed very little, original photos can bee see at thehighwaymaninn.net
It has had various names over the time, The Golden Fleece and The New Inn. However it was Buster Jones and his wife Rita, who made The Highwayman what it is today.
They moved to the pub in 1959 from Wales and began work on the transformation, which was to continue over the next forty years or more. Swept up with the atmosphere and history of the surroundings, the name 'The Highwayman Inn' was born. Much to the amusement of the locals, the pair transformed the old pub into the wonder we see today. Artefacts were collected and local resources used to build what has been described as 'the most unusual pub in Britain'. The stagecoach is the old Launceston to Tavistock carriage, still boasting the original colours. Slabs of tree trunks provide handsome bar tops and the entire inn glitters with coins, in cracks in the floor, wedged into beams and left as an offering to the fairy folk.