One of the local area’s oldest and most popular pubs, The Merry Harriers at Clayhidon, had closed suddenly due to ‘unforeseen health issues’. The car park now fenced off and a notice says that it will not reopen ‘for the foreseeable future’.​

The current landlord took over the pub in 2015 and has continued to operate a successful bar, restaurant, and bed and breakfast business until very recently.

The Merry Harriers is one of the Blackdown Hills’ former coaching inns and is more than 400 years old.

It is believed to be haunted by a number of rogues from its eventful past.

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