Turf Hotel is a pub in a very unique location. It is unique in a sense that people only get there by bike, boat, foot, or a helicopter. The location is not that accessible by car, thereby adding to the overall serenity and calmness of the place.
Over the past 30 years, the pub has been serving people under the ownership of Clive and Ginny Redfern who shared that they did not expect to settle on such kind of business. Both of them have different field of expertise, so for Clive and Ginny, it was an odd business for them to start with before.
Throughout the years that Turf Hotel operated, it has experienced a lot of changes and struggles. During the 1970s, the Exeter City Council had decided to demolish the building. However, it was saved when it got included in historical buildings that were built in 1830.
The building of Turf Hotel was built alongside the construction of the Exeter Canal. Over the years, it has already been made as a pub even before the Redferns came.
With inspiration and plans, Clive and Ginny decided to buy the place 30 years ago. Since the Turf Hotel is located on a unique location, the opening of the pub is seasonal. They close the pub in mid-November and open it again in March. Before winter starts, they also offer lunchtimes.
According to Clive, what is fun and nice in doing their business and job is meeting their customers. They always have the time to talk to them and listen to their different stories. With that, they did not give up the Turf Hotel and will never have an idea of selling it again.
Indeed, over the past 30 years, Clive and Ginny have been enjoying their business. They also expect their grandchildren to come there continuously.