Originally known as The Druid Arms, the name was changed in the 1920s when the Drewe family commissioned Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869 - 1944) to design and build Castle Drogo. The Drewe family persuaded the brewery to change the name and offered to buy a new sign, bearing the family coat of arms, which stands outside the pub today.

Some believe that the 'Drews' part of Drewsteignton came from the early Druid settlers, literally "the Druids on the River Teign". Records show that in 1275, the village was known as "Teyngton Drue". It is also said that during the reign of Henry II and Richard I, the manor at Drewsteignton was held by Drogo, also known as Drewe de Teignton

The pub was taken over by Ernest and Mabel Mudge in 1919 and after Ernest’s death, Mabel continued to run The Drewe alone.

Mabel eventually retired in 1994 at the age of 99, after seventy five years. She was reputed to be the oldest landlady in the country. Many of her relatives still live in the village today.

For a short spell the pub was run by the villagers.