The Champ
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Monday
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday
2:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
2:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Quaint old fashioned music pub in the heart of the North Devon village of Appledore. Quirky, soulful, BYO food. Good beer, wines and spirits - other beverages are available.
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  • quentle1
    Bruges, Belgium35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A real pub!
    This is a real drinking pub! Extremely friendly, and busy with locals that are happy chatting to us visitors. 3 real ales, from the one brewery. They often have live music too. Very welcoming staff and owners. A must go to pub if ever you are in wonderful Appledore.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Matt D
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fine and friendly pub
    If you’re looking for a’proper’ pub this really is it. Wandered in on Wednesday night blues night and was blown away by some genuinely great musicians. I’d forgotten what a pleasure it is to be in an actual pub listening to a handful of people playing music together for the sheer joy of it.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Lynne C
    West Midlands, United Kingdom6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Champ really is the champ!
    Brilliant night last night - open mic blues night. The place was full and the music fabulous; absolutely buzzing. What really made our night was the excellent bar service - two young men - Sam (the manager?) and Ben were really rockin’ behind the bar; so friendly and on the ball. It’s a shame we can only get here when we’re on holiday. Thanks guys
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 August 2023
  • the A
    Hampshire, United Kingdom14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    What an amazingly warm welcome we got! The guys behind the bar know their craft. A wonderful mix of regulars and tourists all getting on with the business of enjoying a brilliant and cosy pub. We were lucky enough to be treated to an amazing live set of blues played by excellent musicians. Proof that pubs can exist as pubs without being a restaurant. When i’m back in the area, I will definitely be visiting again.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Excursion787092
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best pub this side of Nagasaki !!
    What an amazing pub; I've been in too many over the years and this is easily in the top five. Great live music most if not all nights and even accommodated an unusual music request from my son....thanks! Really welcoming and friendly pub well run by real people especially Sam and Josh - you guys are legends and made our holiday even if it rained most of the time. The Sam's cider is probably the best cider in the world. Thanks guys and see you soon !! Tony
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 September 2023
  • Booballoo
    Staffordshire, United Kingdom25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This Champ still holds the title!
    It’s been a few years since we last visited this delightful pub, the last time we were in the area it was closed in the COVID restrictions. We’re delighted to say it’s lost none of its charm - good atmosphere, busy right from opening mainly with locals who obviously know they have a gem here but also visitors like us, the ales are great and kept well, and along with fish and chips brought in from Sylvesters virtually next door it made for a fantastic evening. Unfortunately we had to leave before the live music started but can certainly recommend a visit if you’re in the area,
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 October 2023
  • sean p
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Warm welcome, great beers and live music
    Received a very warm welcome to this fantastic pub. The live music was great and a brilliant atmosphere all brought together by the brilliant bar team and the landlord Sam! Thank you for an awesome visit and look forward to returning
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 November 2023
  • Helen C
    Bristol, United Kingdom23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Proper pub
    A lovely cosy pub, it’s a drizzly day in Appledore and the Champ is a perfect place to relax and sit by the fire. The guy serving was very friendly and knowledgeable about the ales and spirits. The live music is great .
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 February 2024
  • Paul
    Nottingham, United Kingdom143 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great welcoming traditional pub!
    Lovely little spot. Great range of beers and ales, I had a few fantastic sessions ales. My wife had a Exmoor based gin and loved it. Great bar snacks. Friendly service. A small place with a really nice feel, would definitely recommend popping in for a drink.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 March 2024
  • CaCarolin
    Chatham, United Kingdom156 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very friendly welcome
    4 adults walked in with an upset toddler! Even so we were very warmly welcomed by the manager with some great beers and cider! Fire was great and we were able to eat fish and chips bought elsewhere in the pub. A lovely afternoon- didn’t want to leave!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 March 2024
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james m
Bromsgrove, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
A great evening in the Champ. Excellent atmosphere helped by an energetic live band. A good selection of beer and cider (plenty of other drinks for another evening) and our dog was very welcome. A really fun evening!
Written 17 May 2024
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Nicky P
Wolverhampton, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
What can I say? Fantastic proper pub great people great music we will be back in May !wonderful place and dog friendly too!
Written 7 April 2024
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Paul B
Bodmin, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Lovely dog-friendly bar in the centre of Appledore with friendly staff and great recommendations of local beers and ciders.
Written 5 April 2024
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JimmyDevlin
Oxford, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Lovely local pub in the centre of Appledore, good beer, kids and dogs welcome and BYO fish and chips from the chip shop next door.
Written 1 April 2024
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CaCarolin
Chatham, UK156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
4 adults walked in with an upset toddler! Even so we were very warmly welcomed by the manager with some great beers and cider! Fire was great and we were able to eat fish and chips bought elsewhere in the pub. A lovely afternoon- didn’t want to leave!
Written 6 March 2024
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Paul
Nottingham, UK143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Lovely little spot. Great range of beers and ales, I had a few fantastic sessions ales. My wife had a Exmoor based gin and loved it. Great bar snacks. Friendly service. A small place with a really nice feel, would definitely recommend popping in for a drink.
Written 4 March 2024
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Davidbignose!
Woodstock, VT2,309 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Good atmosphere and a very good pint of ESB - served by a host who had tons of personality! Good to see that one local business is helping another.....fish and chips from Sylvesters and a pint or two in the Champ.
Written 16 February 2024
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Helen C
Bristol, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A lovely cosy pub, it’s a drizzly day in Appledore and the Champ is a perfect place to relax and sit by the fire. The guy serving was very friendly and knowledgeable about the ales and spirits.
The live music is great .
Written 10 February 2024
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waterboatc
Wokingham, UK205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The very best in live music, mostly from the locals who are so very talented. Fabulous little pub with excellent beers and great vibe. Thank you for being the best little champ.
Written 24 November 2023
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sean p
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Received a very warm welcome to this fantastic pub. The live music was great and a brilliant atmosphere all brought together by the brilliant bar team and the landlord Sam! Thank you for an awesome visit and look forward to returning
Written 5 November 2023
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