THE VISION AND HISTORY
The Taphouse came about over a beer (as most good things do). Two friends Richard and Jonathan were sitting down over a pint(s)!! and contemplating life. Richard saying how he would love to open a micro pub and Jonathan, a director of Tuckers, realising the potential of The Maltings as a perfect venue their dream was realised. With a lot of planning and hard graft and with the help of Richard’s son Oli the Taphouse was finally opened at the end October 2016 and run by the two couples, Richard & Nikki and Jonathan & Julia (alongside the day jobs)!!
Sam, Jonathan’s son, stepped in as Manager, having been involved from the start but from overseas where he had been pursuing his passion of brewing & beer at the Foghorn brewpub in Australia. He had previously built up his wide knowledge of craft beers as well as traditional beers having spent a year in the USA working in a bar as part of his university degree (yes, really) ! He has also spent time in the north working for Brewdog and Thornbridge Breweries.
Having helped build a successful business. Sam wishing to expand his experiences further in the trade joined the Abbeydale Brewery in Sheffield.
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.
Our current manager Josh has vast experience in the local pub and hospitality trade and is still involved part time in the New Lion Brewery in Totnes.
The Covid 19 lockdown means that we have to temporaliy close but this hasn't stopped us making great improvements by expanding the bar & kitchen area behind and revamping the disabled toilet. We have also introduced temporary opening for take outs, check our Opening Hours on the website or our Facebook page for the latest details.
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. This would comprise two germinating floors, production machinery and two kilns at the far end of the building. Work began on its construction in January 1900 and it officially opened for business on Monday the 5th November 1900. The final cost was £8000. 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 sadly the Maltings ceased production in October 2018.
Many of you will know the Maltings for the annual SIBA Beer Festival which take place every April and has been held in the building for the last 25 years. There are over 250 beers to sample as well as live music & food during the three day festival, it is now regarded as one of the top festivals in country. Following the closure of the Maltings the festival is no longer held on the Maltings floor
Our neighbours within building are Teignworthy Brewery. Specialising in traditional ale, Teignworthy boasts the largest bottled beer range in Devon with nine different bottle conditioned ales using the malt from the Maltings, the whole process from malt to beer to Taphouse being a 50 yard trip, not bad for the carbon footprint!! Just recently a gin still was installed upstairs making Black Dog Gin, using Dartmoor water from their own supply and many locally foraged botanicals.
Black Dog Gin can be purchased at the bar!
The Taphouse will satisfy everyone’s needs. With over 70 traditional local beers and over 100 craft beers from the UK and across the world, there is bound to be a beer for everyone whether you are new to the beer scene or an expert beer geek!
You are seated in a room that shares the history of the building and the Maltings itself. The tables & benches are made using recycled wood from the old storage bins which had been used to hold barley before germinating and kilning for over a century. The aroma still exudes from these (you may notice the aroma as you step into The Taphouse).
The many photographs drawings and articles around you show the history of Tuckers, the railway & 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.
Here you will find no jukebox, no TVs, just quality conversation and even better beer. We also have a range of ciders, wines, spirits and soft drinks available as well as tea & coffee. Ask at the bar for more details.
Sit back, relax, take in the atmosphere and enjoy - Cheers!