There has been a pub on this site for many years. Once a row of cottages, the Pub has been extended and converted over time. The old stable block and forge is now the dining area and retains some of the old cobb walls. The floors are uneven and the ceilings vary in height from bar to bar. Previous landlords include a Bailiff, a Farmer, a Gamekeeper's son and even a Postman!!
The Inn is now run by award-winning Richard and Denise Bell; professional Licensees with over 60 years combined experience.
A licence to serve liquor was first granted to enable the travelling stipendary priests to purchase refreshment as they moved about their parishes. The area around the Pub became known as a "Coldharbour", a safe place for a weary traveller to seek a harbour from the cold.
In the early days the pub was called The Angel but, due to it being named The Quiet Lady in Thomas Hardy's rather risque novel, The Return of the Native, changed it's name to The Silent Woman in the late 1920s or early 1930s.
We are compiling a history of The Silent Woman and would love any information or photographs that you may have. We are especially interested to know exactly when the name change occured. If you can help us in any way please telephone us on 01929 552909
Richard and Denise Bell have been the Tenants since November 2002. Once the purchase of the business had been completed, they set about transforming the pub into the cosy, award winning hostelry it has now become. The 1970s style bar back was replaced with handcrafted wood and glass, new carpets replaced the old lino and the fireplace was opened up to allow a roaring fire to burn on those cold winter nights.
Hours of time were spent in developing the outside areas to create beautiful flower displays in the summer and an area to provide shade.
All this has lead to Richard and Denise becoming Regional Winners of The British Institute of Innkeeping Licensee of the Year Award in 2006/2007; culminating in a ceremony at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Sarah (past Chef), Denise, Richard, Beth(daughter)
In 2013 Richard and Denise entered the Licensee of the Year Award for only the second time. This time they came in seventh place thus missing the Finals but by only 1 mark!! However, as there was 38,000 entries it was still a magnificent achievement.
In recent times Richard and Denise have been joined by their daughter, Beth, who has added a new dimension to the team. Her new ideas and approach to the business enable us to maintain our traditional values with modern standards. The addition of Jodi, Steph & Sarah to our full time team has completed the senior staff set.