about route 2
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Route 2 is a totally new and different concept for Topsham. We offer good, simply prepared food and we value the importance of local sourcing wherever possible. We are also firmly committed to green and sustainable business practices. Being located directly on the National Cycle Network's Route 2, we welcome cyclists and serve the community as Topsham's friendly local café. Our cycling-friendly credentials have been confirmed by being listed as one of the top ten cycling cafés in the country by The Guardian.

The building, formerly The Steam Packet Inn, has been sensitively refurbished and comprises the Route 2 Café Bar and Apartments. The historic building is Topsham’s second oldest hostelry (the oldest is The Bridge Inn) and was originally called the Red Lion. In 1850 it was renamed the Steam Packet after the Zephyr steam packet that sailed every Saturday from Topsham to London, a journey that took three days, with stops in Cowes and Portsmouth. At one time, the pub had its own brewhouse as well as two skittle alleys. The Steam Packet was closed by Heavitree Breweries in 2008.

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