We're anything but ordinary.
You'll find no 'Live, Love, Laugh' quotes in here, or mass produced....well, anything! The vast majority of our fixtures and fittings are recycled, reclaimed and re-loved. Outside the bar, you may have spotted the ship wreck and the torpedo (and no, we haven't got a complex, thank you very much! #ourtorpedoisbiggerthanyours)
From our bespoke Octopus sculpture, making a break for it out of the window, to the diver's helmet pub sign, from our bespoke door handles, to the silver darlings guiding you into the bar, there are countless art installations and curios to occupy your eyes and conversation while you're here...click on each image to open it fully and read the descriptions.
This fabulous retro poster was part of the British Seagull Outboard Motor marketing - a little while ago! She is a welcome sight as you exit the gentlemen's facilities. Once a year, Lynmouth holds the Regatta and Maritime Festival, and contestants from far and wide come to complete the Seagull Race - it's one of the highlights of the event and worth checking out!
This is Saucy, our scantily clad figure head and guardian of the bar. Saucy knows all, as she gazes indifferently out of the window. She has heard, and seen, some curious things in The Ancient Mariner, and never told a soul....a good one for telling secrets to. She briefly flirted with a Tinder profile, but couldn't find the Captain of her Severn Seas....
No trip to The Ancient Mariner is complete without someone going "...is that a torpedo?!". Yes, yes it is! Forming another of our excellent outdoor curiosities, this beast is the real deal. Terrify unruly children by telling them that high pitched screams can set it off, and they'll therefore be responsible for the destruction of Lynmouth Street when it fires off. At least it's not pointing at Wales, any more #welovewalesreally
Oh Ned, how we love thee. We commissioned this piece as part of our ongoing efforts to add to our sustainable art works and curios. Ned makes all of his sculptures by hand with recycled materials. The octopus contains bits of bike, trampoline, bed springs...Ned's vision included having a tentacle reaching out through the window to grab onto the pub sign and diver's helmet....go and have a look!
This is our 'TIME AT THE BAR' bell, with a fascinating history. You can read all about the history of the vessel, HMRT Saucy on information boards in the bar.
Our 'Silver Darlings' (or Herring) guide you into the bar from the pavement and outdoor seating area. Can you spot the Red Herring?
The S.S. Iron Duke was a dreadnought battleship in the Royal Navy, and was the flagship of the Grand Fleet in the First World War. This is a genuine life ring from the vessel.
This beautiful printing press was invented by George Clymer in around 1813, and were designed to allow for single lever ('leever' or 'lehver', hey?!) to print onto broadsheet newspapers. DON'T PUT YOUR FINGERS IN IT, NOR THOSE OF YOUR CHILDREN!
Yes. Yes it is a word. Promise. And yes, it does look like an old fashioned microphone! These were used to measure temperature against depth and were designed to be lowered from a winch on a helicopter, being first held at the surface of the sea, before being 'let go' on a winch to the full extent of the wire. Want to know how cold Captain Nemo got? This is the tool for you. Fetch the helicopter at once!