Route 2 is a totally new and different concept
for Topsham. We offer good, simply prepared
we value the importance of local
sourcing wherever possible. We are also firmly committed to green
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.