We’re based in the town of Bampton in Devon, which is a traditional town dating back to 700AD. It has many listed buildings, some as early as the 17th century and has been declared a conservation area.
Exmoor National Park is just six miles from the town and the beautiful beaches of North and South Devon are just a 40-minute drive away.
Exmoor is also the place where English author Richard Doddridge Blackmore’s novel ‘Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor’ was first published in 1869.
Bampton is probably best known for its fair, which was established in 1258 and is held on the last Thursday in October. It offers trade, entertainment and rides, but unfortunately was not able to run in 2020 due to the Coronavirus. We hope it will happen again in 2021.
Two of the oldest buildings in Bampton (other than the Church of St Mary) are the old vicarage and our very own sister restaurant, The Swan, which dates back to the 1400s.
The history of the town and its buildings is still obvious and gives the town its much-loved quirky character. Spelt began life here in Bampton as a bakery in the 1700s, which is where the idea for our name came from.
If you’re lucky enough to be able to visit us, once lockdown restrictions have lifted and it is safe to do so, we’d love to see you. Take time to explore the town for yourself. You can find out more about its history and things to see and do at https://bampton.org.uk.