The historic walkway that runs from the High Street to the Cathedral Yard was closed after the fire at the Royal Clarence Hotel last month. Martin’s Lane is home to several businesses from jewellery makers to pasties and the much loved The Ship Inn. It is now re-opened giving better access to the Cathedral Yard and Cathedral Green, home to a selection of fantastic independent businesses in Exeter from retailers to cafes and of course Exeter Cathedral and Exeter Christmas Market– all perfect for Christmas shopping or a relaxing lunch, afternoon tea, dinner or festive drink.
Did you know?
- During World War II, the Ship Inn was home to Sam the spaniel who, it is said, was known to collect glasses, bring orders to tables and collect money for the bill!
- Martin’s Lane has also been known as Luxury Lane and Fyshe Street
- There was a gate between Martin’s Lane and Catherine Street but it was removed in 1820
- In 1847 a mob tried to roll a tar barrel down Martin’s Lane injuring a policeman
- It is rumoured that Sir Francis Drake drank at The Ship Inn and is responsible for a note dating from 1587 which is displayed in the pub