About Ide Village

The village of Ide covers about 1600 acres and lies 2 miles S.W. of Exeter in a small valley, the Alphinbrook, a tributary of the river Exe. The Exeter Domesday Book records a manor of Ide or Ida which “paid geld for 2 hides” and there was “land for 6 ploughs” and it was “worth 40 shillings” (£2). The name of the village is thought to be derived from a church dedicated to the German saint Ida (pronounced with the initial E sound). There are strong reasons to believe that Bishop Leofric set up the first church in Ide some time after 1057 but the present church building only dates from 1834 ,the previous one having been demolished as it was in a dangerous state. It is thought that it is the only church in England to be dedicated to St. Ida and it is now part of a Mission Community with Alphington and Shillingford St. George.

Ide Community Shop & Post Office

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The Ide Community Shop

The Ide Community Shop is run by the community for the community – MORE TEXT HERE

Shop opening times:
Monday-Friday: 8am – 12 noon & 3pm – 7pm
Saturday: 8am – 1pm
Sunday: 9am – 12 noon

Post office opening Times:
Monday-Friday: 9am – 11:45am & 3pm – 5pm Saturday: 9am – 12 noon

Links: Ide Community Shop

Places to Eat & Drink in Ide

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The Huntsman Inn

Fresh, seasonal ingredients form the backbone of the traditional modern British food now served here.

Home made pies, outstanding fish dishes and hearty pub fayre are favourites to those who have already found this lovely pub.

They use local suppliers and as do as much as they can on site to keep their carbon footprint down. It has a great atmosphere, serves great beer and food and is an essential place to visit if looking for a great example of the Great Modern British Pub.

Large private car park.

Vegetarian Options:
Yes, vegetarian options are available.

The Poachers Inn

The pub has a great reputation for superb food, all prepared and cooked on the premises and using, wherever possible, local ingredients. The venison is from Haldon, and all other meats are sourced locally. There is a separate dining room for more intimate entertaining and reservations are advisable.

The Poachers Inn also boasts three sumptuous letting rooms, one with a four poster bed, available for 1 night or longer stays.

The garden looks out onto the Devon hills and is a great place to sit in the sun and get down to nature. During the summer the barbecue is open for private parties or for hire to cook yourself.

Large private car park.

Vegetarian Options:
Yes, vegetarian options are available.

The Twisted Oak

The Twisted Oak has been around for many years but in 2015 a new lease of life was injected into the grounds with a brand new refit and the pub became part of Your Friendly Pub Co! John & Tania also own “The Farmers Union” in the heart of Exeter’s city centre.

The Twisted Oak enjoys a prime location on the outskirts of the village of Ide, just off the A30 main road heading south to Devon and Cornwall. It is only one mile from the centre of Exeter yet located in the countryside with extensive grounds.

They offer a family friendly and comfortable atmosphere in which to enjoy all that a traditional English pub has to offer, including a selection of real ales, largers, ciders, and fine wines. They have a fantastic kids indoor and outdoor play area, also a large sunny beer garden

Large private car park.

Vegetarian Options:
Yes, vegetarian options are available.

Parking facilities

where to park to enjoy the walks

Parking is available in the main village carpark at the top of the high street, or the pub car parks if you ask nicely n that

History of the village

Historically “the majority of Ide’s residents lived in the village itself in a long street where many picturesque cottages, with thatched roofs and olde-worlde gardens give no hint of the nearness of Exeter from which indeed that are entirely hidden by surrounding hills” and most people worked in the village itself and many were involved in the woollen or serge “industry”. Like most English villages Ide has seen many changes in its character since 1900 but despite the Agrarian and Industrial “Revolutions” population numbers have not fluctuated greatly due to the proximity of Exeter for work.

At the turn of the C20th there were 6 shops, (2 bakers, 2 butchers and 2 general stores), a working mill, a brew house, a wheelwright, a blacksmith, a primary school, a congregational chapel, a policeman, a midwife and 2 doctors. The majority of the population worked on the 6 farms or in service in the large houses such as Pole House and Ide House and there was a railway station on the old Teign Valley line which closed in 1958.


Devon County Council’s Locality Budget Funding, via Cllr. Alan Connett
Teignbridge District Council, Councillors’ Community Fund (Cllr. Kevin Lake and Cllr. John Goodey)

Ben Ervine
Becky Moran
Jackie Chadwick
Richard Sharman
Susanna Morgans
Simon Blissett, Minuteman Press