Holiday brings a boost

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A South Devon pub has received over 600 enquiries and 180 bookings after it was featured on the BBC's Holiday programme.Licensees Steve and Karen...

A South Devon pub has received over 600 enquiries and 180 bookings after it was featured on the BBC's Holiday programme.Licensees Steve and Karen Simmons of the Waterman's Arms at Bow Bridge have taken on extra staff to deal with the number of enquiries after the Eldridge Pope pub was visited by former newsreader Angela Rippon for a slot on the show.It was chosen after another BBC crew used it as a base while filming the Goss Challenge in nearby Totnes.The Simmons have also seen a huge increase in the number of people calling in for a drink while visiting the picturesque area.“It has been absolutely unbelievable,” said Steve. “Thankfully, we were warned by the BBC what to expect but the amount of interest still exceeded anything we had hoped for. “We have three telephone lines coming into the pub and for two and a half hours after the programme, they were constantly engaged.”Such is the level of interest that Steve has achieved the equivalent of 10 per cent of his annual business is just a matter of days.The programme was filmed last July and the camera crew spent three days at the pub. The Waterman's Arms has 15 letting bedrooms, one of which has a four poster bed. One of the features offered to customers is a Champagne breakfast which Steve and Karen provide for all their guests to ensure their day starts off in style.

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