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Tuckers Maltings

Sit down and take a drink in a venue which is right at the heart of Devon’s Industrial & Agricultural Heritage. The company of Edwin Tuckers’ origins go back to 1831 trading as agricultural merchants, seedsman & maltsters.

In 1898, Edwin Tucker’s son, Parnell, had the foresight to choose a section of land next to Newton Abbot Railway station for the erection of a new 60 quarter Malthouse. which would comprise two germinating floors, production machinery and two kilns.

Work began on its construction in January 1900 and it officially opened for business on Monday the 5th November 1900 with a final cost of £8,000. A further 50 quarter Malthouse, with three germinating floors and two additional kilns was added between December 1901 and November 1903.

It is a testament to Parnell Tucker’s vision that much of the machinery and methods from 1900 continued to be used for over 118 years until the Maltings ceased production in October 2018.

Many know the Maltings for the annual SIBA Beer Festival which has taken place on one of the maltings floors every April for over 25 years and it is now regarded as one of the top festivals in country.

The Maltings itself is still in the ownership of Edwin Tucker & Sons with a long term future for the building being developed.   

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The Taphouse

The Taphouse came about over a beer as two friends Richard and Jonathan were contemplating life. They came to the realisation that Tuckers Maltings was the perfect venue for a craft beer bar. With a lot of planning and hard graft the Taphouse opened in October 2016…

In February 2020 Edwin Tucker & Sons took ownership of the Taphouse with a view to taking it forward to the next stage but still very conscious of keeping the unique character of the venue in place.

During the great lockdown we have kept ourselves busy by expanding the bar, kitchen, beer garden and improving our accessible facilities. 

We now are proud to offer 22 keg lines and over 200 traditional and craft beers from the UK and across the world, there is bound to be something for everyone. 

Here we have no jukebox, no TVs, just quality conversation and even better beer and the bar shares the history of the building and the Maltings itself. The tables & benches are made using timber from old storage bins used to hold barley which are over a century old. 

The many photographs, drawings and articles around the bar show the history of Tuckers Maltings, its links to the railway and Newton Abbot. Part of the building was at one time was used as the store for Henley’s Cider, the original sign for which can be seen on the wall.


We came across this place quite by chance while walking the Templers Way and it was a godsend on a hot and thirsty day. Incredible array of beers and some genuine effort has gone into selecting decent real ales and craft beers.

– JT –

A hidden gem of Newton Abbot. Set in an old maltings house this place is amazing! A fantastic selection of Craft Beer on the taps, and also a huge range of bottled and canned beer from all over the globe. If you don't like beer there's wine, vodka, gin and soft drinks. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and the taproom has a relaxed, family/dog friendly atmosphere. Well worth a visit!

– Rebecca –

What a cracking place. Very atmospheric and a excellent range of beers, both on tap and bottles/cans. Cask, Keg and craft beers galore. Also has Cider and a selection of wines and spirits. Outside seating area upstairs where you can watch the trains.

– Richard –



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